Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law


Amanda Scales

First Page



This Note first explores the special concerns faced by classical composers and the distinctions that make classical composition inherently different from popular songwriting. The Note also discusses some of the more recent developments under the Copyright Act that affect composers of art music, most notably the Copyright Term Extension Act and the Fairness in Music Licensing Act. The Note then analyzes the adverse effects that the current state of the law has on classical composers. Ultimately, this Note offers suggestions for composers who wish to protect their works while retaining their artistic integrity and continuing the traditions of classical music, possibly even earning a living.