Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

Article Title

The Dissonant Tune of International Harmonization and the Domestic Duration of Phonorecord Protection


Caz McChrystal


This Article focuses on the disharmony between the duration of protection for sound recordings in the U.S. and the prevailing duration adopted throughout the world, as well as the pitfalls of the domestic duration of protection. Part I focuses on the framework of international treaty requirements for the durations of protection for sound recordings, Part II juxtaposes the prevailing international model with that of the U.S., and Part III examines ways the U.S. can harmonize its sound recording protections with the surrounding world, while maintaining the expansive protection that has powered the American record industry.