Question: Is @CountryMusic Association’s “Project Music” Use of Classic Album Art Implied Endorsement?

Project Music looks to be a joint venture between The Country Music Association, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Google and others. 

I’m not a lawyer but isn’t Project Music’s use of these classic album covers  “implied endorsement?”  Since this is some sort of music endeavor you might think these artists are lending their name to this commercial music oriented endeavor.  I mean I’m sure most of the artists here don’t need the money, but still it’s nice to be asked right?

I’m probably overthinking this. I’m sure this was cleared first with KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Booker T and the MGs, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Daft Punk etc etc.

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By Dr. David C Lowery

Platinum selling singer songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; platinum selling producer; founder of pitch-a-tent records; founder Sound of Music Studios; platinum selling music publisher; angel investor; digital skeptic; college lecturer and founder of the University of Georgia Terry College Artists' Rights Symposium.


  1. Surely they cleared it with the artists (and the copyright holders of the artwork, if they’re different). But if not, yeah, this is wrong on multiple legal levels.

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