Capitol Wants Copyright Lawsuit Against Vimeo Moved To U.S. Supreme Court
December 19, 2016 at 3:01 AM (PT)
The ongoing legal battles over music recorded before 1972 take a new twist, as CAPITOL RECORDS is now maneuvering to move its seven-year copyright battle with VIMEO over user-uploaded clips to the U.S. Supreme Court. MEDIAPOST reports, "the dispute centers on uploads that incorporate music recorded before 1972. CAPITOL argues that different legal standards apply to those tracks -- including records by THE BEACH BOYS, THE BEATLES and NAT KING COLE -- than to music recorded in 1972 or later."
Lawyers for CAPITOL contend that the "safe harbor" clause in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act doesn't apply to music recorded before 1972.
"Rights in pre-1972 sound recordings, and remedies for violations of those rights, are matters for the States to regulate and control," CAPITOL argues in a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, according to the MEDIAPOST story.