The “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist “Randy California” is more cash-grab than copyright infringement, says Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law at Illinois.
"The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers should include in their standard membership agreement that musicians arbitrate, not litigate, infringement cases before a panel of musicologists or professional musicians. There’s no musician who wouldn’t be thrilled to have a panel of musicians judging their case rather than a jury. It’s easier to make reforms in that direction rather than trying to have the courts do anything."
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