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Beckingham v. Hodgens: The Session Musician’s Claim to Music Copyright

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Dominic Free

Partner and Head of Media Litigation at the Simkins Partnership
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The High Court judgment in Beckingham v. Hodgens, delivered in July but as yet unreported, revisits the issue of the backing musician’s entitlement to a share of the copyright in a song on which he has played. The decision seems to put the law in this area back on the right path, from which it had strayed in Hadley & Others v. Kemp (the Spandau Ballet case) [1999] EMLR 589. It also demonstrates the continuing divergence between conventions in the music industry and the law in relation to music copyright.
How to Cite: Free, D. (2002). Beckingham v. Hodgens: The Session Musician’s Claim to Music Copyright. The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 1(3), 4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/eslj.160
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Published on 22 Sep 2002.

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