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Submission + - Howard Mann Claims Rights To 273 Jackson Tracks (hollywoodnews.com)

clone53421 writes: Howard Mann, the entrepreneur who bought the Jackson estate, claims to have come across a shocking find: 273 masters to unreleased Jackson tracks featuring himself, Tina Turner, and the Jackson family. Finders keepers, he says... the music belongs to him now.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out in the courts. Undoubtedly I expect the Jackson family will try to paint this as a copyright issue, and they might actually have a case to make: Buying a copy of a song does not give you a claim to owning the song, rather it gives you a license to play it – and even this license has certain restrictions with regards to public performances, etc. It will be up to the courts to decide this one: Is buying the master to a song different because it is the only copy known to exist?

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