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Dec 27, 2011

Capitol Records is at the center of a lawsuit filed by the sister of the deceased drummer of the group The Knack, Bruce Gary.

Felice Catena filed the lawsuit recently in L.A.

Oct 27, 2011

The U.S. Copyright Office recently released a document outlining the organization's agenda through 2013. Among the many topics it plans to focus on, the office identified the legal treatment of pre-1972 sound recordings and the issue of public performance of sound recordings.

Because federal copyright law does not currently protect sound recordings made before 1972, the Copyright Office has undertaken a study regarding the possibility of extending copyrights to earlier recordings, the report stated.

Oct 19, 2011

Kanye West and Jay-Z are being sued for allegedly unlawfully sampling a song originally written by blues musician Syl Johnson.

Kanye West and Jay-Z's recently released album "Watch the Throne" sold more than 436,000 digital copies in its first week and has since gone platinum.

Sep 28, 2011

For years, the issue of pirated music has plagued the record industry, which has aggressively pursued users who illegally download and share copyrighted songs via the internet.

Sep 21, 2011

Major music label BMI recently filed a lawsuit against Grand Rapids, Michigan, night club owner Mark London, alleging London committed copyright infringement by playing music in his club without paying licensing fees.

According to the suit, the songs "Say It Ain't So," by Weezer, "Ignition," by R.