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Scenes from the Copyright Office
Touro Law Review
  • Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky College of Law
Abstract

This essay uses a series of vignettes drawn from Billy Joel’s career to describe his encounters with copyright law. It begins by examining the ownership of the copyright in Joel’s songs. It continues by considering the authorship of Joel’s songs, and it concludes by evaluating certain infringement actions filed against Joel. This Essay observes that Joel’s encounters with copyright law were confusing and frustrating, but also quite typical. The banality of his experiences captures the uncertainty and incoherence of copyright doctrine.

Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2016
Notes/Citation Information

Brian L. Frye, Scenes from the Copyright Office, 32 Touro L. Rev. 83 (2016).

Citation Information
Brian L. Frye. "Scenes from the Copyright Office" Touro Law Review Vol. 32 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 83 - 109
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brian_l_frye/20/