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COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: VMG SALSOUL, LLC V. CICCONECopyright Infringement: VMG Salsoul, LLC v. CicconeTachina Valentine-Dixon Full Sail University Advanced Entertainment LawJuly 31, 2016
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: VMG SALSOUL, LLC V. CICCONE 2AbstractMadonna Louis Ciccone, who is known as the pop star Madonna, was sued for copyrightinfringement. The plaintiff, VMG Salsoul, LLC accused the pop star and her producer of themega hit ‘Vogue’ of copying a .23 second segment of horns, which was previously used in theirsong ‘Love Break.’ In the end, the district court ruled that the alleged copying of the songcomposition was too trivial to be considered infringement. The case was appealed and the NinthCircuit upheld the court’s original ruling. This case is a great example to learn from. It providesinformation about laws and exceptions, like ‘de minimis’ that can potentially help Gavel andBeats Entertainment, Inc. in the near future. No one wants to be sued, regardless of the reasoningbehind it. It is important for others in similar professions to learn from the examples that arearound us. The history of copyright law in this country spans over the past two hundred years.By understanding the past, you are able to change the future.
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: VMG SALSOUL, LLC V. CICCONE 3Copyright Infringement: VMG Salsoul, LLC v. CicconeHistory of Copyright LawCopyrights are a form of protection that is govern by United States laws. The copyrightprotects ‘original works of authorship’ for creators in different industries (Definition of aCopyright, 2016). These industries include, but are not limited to, literary and musiccomposition. Copyright law dates back to England, during the introduction to the printing press.In the late fifteenth century, printing press were being used to produce books. This lead to thegovernment establishing a register of license, which was administered by the Stationers’Company (Copyright Timeline, 2016). The ideology of copyright law made its way to Americaand found its way in the United States Constitution. In 1787, the U.S. Constitution, Article I,Section 8, Clause 8 stated, “the Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of scienceand useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to theirrespective writings and discoveries” (United States Copyright Office,2016).