In an unprecedented expansion of common law copyright protections, New York's Court of Appeals said Tuesday that recording artists are shielded in perpetuity under the state's standards even when their foreign copyrights have long since expired. The court said the common law rights of performances, as opposed to published compositions, remain intact forever in New York. Attorneys predict the ruling will have a significant impact on the recording industry.
N.Y. High Court Expands Copyright Protection for Recordings
New York Law Journal
April 6, 2005