The Future of the Compulsory License in Copyright Law


Debbie Chu

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Debbie Chu (2L) delivered the third and final Student Scholars Series lecture of the 2015-16 academic year on March 30th. Chu’s scholarship, “The Future of the Compulsory License in Copyright Law: Tick Tock and It’s Time to Eliminate It,” discussed how the compulsory license in U.S. Copyright Law is required to make and distribute recordings of a song, such as Quietdrive’s cover of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic song “Time After Time.” She explained the compulsory license allows recording artists to record their own version of a song as long as they pay a statutory royalty and comply with other statutory provisions in Section 115 of the Copyright Act.

A summary of the event is available here.