H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya

Kumar Jayasuriya has over 25 years of experience practicing law and working in legal education. He practiced maritime and admiralty law in San Francisco and later taught legal research and writing classes at Boston University School of Law, the University of Texas School of Law, and Georgetown Law. He has published several articles on various topics of law and legal education and has served as the chair of the nation’s largest organization of academic law librarians.
As the Legal Research Manager at Ober|Kaler, Kumar addresses all advanced legal research questions and trains Ober attorneys on how to conduct efficient research using the most current technology

Keep on truckin' (creative commons with attribution to frankieleon)

Keep on truckin' (creative commons with attribution to frankieleon)
Keep on Truckin’ (creative commons with attribution to frankieleon)

Do music streaming services need to pay royalties to play classic rock? It’s actually an open question. Some services have refused to pay performance royalties for all pre-1972 recordings. For many years, a false rumor persisted that because pre-1972 recordings are not protected by federal copyright law, they are not protected at all, and one need not pay royalties to use such recordings. To understand why that rumor is false, one needs to understand something about the history of legal protection for sound recordings in the U.S.

Prior to 1972, the Copyright Act of 1909 protected songwriters, but did not accord copyright to sound recordings on the federal level, and instead permitted each state to maintain its own common law of copyright. In 1972, Congress amended the 1909 Act to create an exclusive right for sound recordings produced after February 15, 1972. 17 U.S.C. Sec. 5(n) (1909 Copyright Act (Rev’d to 1973)). (more…)