May 22, 2022

Research Tools: USC Law School Now Home to Digital Archive of Music Copyright Infringement Cases

From The Daily Trojan:

The Gould School of Law is now home to the Music Copyright Infringement Resource, an online case archive consisting of hundreds of music infringement cases.

The digital archive, which contains material dating back to 1845, provides complete summaries of every U.S. music copyright decision, including those involving Michael Jackson, George Harrison and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Founded in 1997 by Charles Cronin, a professor at the Gould School of Law, this project was established after the 1984 copyright case Selle v. Gibb. In Selle, a garage band musician claimed that the Bee Gees song “How Deep Is Your Love” was strikingly similar to his song called “Let It End.” The final ruling concluded an appellant needed concrete evidence to win a case.


Jonathan Barnett [a professor of law and the academic director of the Entertainment and Media Law Program at the Gould School of Law,] said the Music Copyright Infringement Resource is free to the public and can be accessed for one’s own interests and benefits.

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