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That is a really interesting case. Thanks for posting it.

 

Especially interesting about the plaintiff (ABS) having their expert's testimony thrown out; he was essentially unable to provide a valid argument for their position that a remastered recording is not a separate work. Their whole case was based around that position. You'd think they'd have worked it through first...

 

It seems utterly clear to me that a remastered recorded is a new, copyrightable sound-work, but it's the kind of issue I did not necessarily expect a court to agree with or understand. I'm glad they did.

 

I'll be watching this with interest. Thanks again for posting it.

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You'd be amazed MOI to hear about how many people go to court without a clue or a plan. I read quite a few tax related cases and it's on both sides. Several cases where the judge completely dumps on IRS attorneys for making stupid arguments and several others where the petitioner was a complete idiot and gets steamrollered by the government.

 

But this is a free country, within certain limits we all have the right to go to court for basically anything.

 

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Possibly but probably not enough to qualify. The judge wrote about significant audio differences that involved taste, artistic decisions, etc. Simply changing formats and other pure technical stuff would not be enough.

 

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Interesting that there is a spate of cases trying to recover money from the past when Randy Newman's quote, thanks to Pandora's box is more relevant now than in the past:

 

"Who would want to break into the music business? It's like a bank that has already been robbed"

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