Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The record and music industries have grown tremendously and have become much more sophisticated in recent years. At one time a music publisher merely listened to a song and if he liked it he acquired the copyright. A recording artist or a recording A & R man would record those songs that he happened to like. Those who were lucky had their share of hits. This normally does not work any more, although it does in certain localized contexts. The record industry is big business and spans national borders as well as continents, affecting and bringing into contact with each other persons living around the globe. It should be recognized and treated as such.

Unfortunately, there is a tremendous lack of communication and understanding in the international area. Americans know their American business adequately. But they become confused when they start dealing with European, Canadian, and Far Eastern companies. I would like to discuss some various aspects of these international dealings.