Compulsory Licenses Should Require Display of Songwriter Credits

Chris Castle asks why the US compulsory licenses don’t require services to display songwriters as this is clearly required by treaties to which the US is a party.

It also begs the question: By failing to obtain names of writers and display them are services violating Article 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights which requires the protection of “moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author?” Attribution being the most important of these rights.

Music Tech Solutions

by Chris Castle

In Washington, DC yesterday, I was honored to participate in a symposium on the subject of “moral rights” sponsored by the U.S. Copyright Office and the George Mason University School of Law’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.  The symposium’s formal title was “Authors, Attribution and Integrity” and was at the request of Representative John J. Conyers, Jr., the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  (The agenda is linked here.  For an excellent law review article giving the more or less current state of play on moral rights in the U.S., see Justin Hughes’ American Moral Rights and Fixing the Dastar Gap.)

The topic of “attribution” or as it is more commonly thought of as “credit” is extraordinarily timely as it is on the minds of every music creator these days.  Why?  Digitial music services have routinely refused to display any credits beyond…

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