With the digitalization of music and the increasing popularity of online streaming services, people can conveniently create their own playlists and music compilations at will and share them worldwide. Imagine a world in which any selection and arrangement of songs, whether made by you, a DJ, a radio station, or a record label, is protected under the regime of Copyright Law. The result would be a vast amount of copyright infringements when a playlist or compilation gets mimicked by others. Thus far, only the High Court in London, UK, was confronted with this problem, but the parties settled, leaving the underlying and yet still existing legal issues unresolved.
This article evaluates the risks, benefits, and disadvantages of this unexplored scenario by analyzing the existing comprehensive laws in the United States and abroad, shining light on legal ramifications and policy rationales.
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