Copyright infringement ruling strikes a chord
Abstract: The music world is sitting up and taking note of another significant court ruling on the availability of copyright protection for elements of songs. The court’s decision emphasizes that common “building blocks” of music aren’t copyrightable. This article covers the court’s application of a two-part test with “extrinsic” and “intrinsic” components and its conclusion that no individual component of the plaintiff’s ostinato (a repeating instrumental figure) was copyrightable. Gray v. Hudson, No. 20-55401 (9th Cir. March 10, 2022).