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

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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.

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Free, D., (2016) “Beckingham v. Hodgens: The Session Musician’s Claim to Music Copyright”, Entertainment and Sports Law Journal 1(3), p.4. doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/eslj.160

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Dominic Free (Partner and Head of Media Litigation at the Simkins Partnership)

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