RINGTONES AS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

On September 14, 2006, the U.S. Patent Officefs Copyright Royalty Board considered a request by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), relating to United States Code 17 U.S.C. ˜ 115 regarding a novel question of law -- if the delivery of songs to cell phones and the like constitute a gphonorecordh (gsongs,h for these purposes) copyrighted entity, and if so – what are conditions and limitations of the legal rights involved?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the especial terms related to this topic?
What is the history of the Copyright Act for Music Works?
What are the biggest legal issues involved in this ruling?
Who decides if a ringtone is gderivativeh work?
What would make a piece derivative work, legally?

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