Saturday, July 3, 2010

Billboard: Reading the Tea Leaves on Elena Kagan and the Music Industry

Here's my Billboard column on what Elena Kagan's record may -- or may not -- say about her views on issues important to the music business. A taste:
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan endured questioning at the end of June from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the weightiest legal issues of the day. Abortion. Separation of powers. The president's authority in wartime.

But even though committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a champion of the recording industry and strong copyright protection for all creators, Kagan managed to avoid a grilling on her views about the proper scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbors or whether sound recordings properly qualify as works made for hire.

To get a sense of how she would rule on issues of interest to the entertainment industry, we are instead left to scour her record for tea leaves. Let's take a look...
Please go to Billboard and read the whole thing...

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