Does Glee infringe copyright laws by their remakes of songs such as Madonna’s Vogue musical video and Olivia Newton-John’s 1981 hit Physical? Fines could total $150,000 for each of these instances. The fine for the use of a camcorder to record Physical could reach $300,000. You may think children would be excempt from the illegal use of such copyright infringements, but think again. According to the New York Times, Girl Scout troops were told by the the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) that they must pay royalties for their “public performance” of copyrighted songs at camps in the 1990s. There are also cases against Youtube videos of kids dancing to copyrighted songs. A Brainerd, Minn. mother refused a $5,000 infringement fine for file sharing, and is slugging it out in court with RIAA (representing 4 major companies) . The fine has gone from $1.9 million to $54,000. What is the law concerning copyright? Here are six.
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