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I just read about a new pending lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven, and wanted to give my opinion. It's not the first time LZ has been sued, and probably won't be the last. Here's a link to the article at Businessweek. Note 1: I didn't proofread, edit, or spellcheck this. This is the web, FTLOG. Let the errors go. Note 2: This is one man's opinion. There's a detailed story in Businessweek about the latest copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin, one of my favorite bands. I've read most of the biographies and sagas about LZ, plus I have all their music and videos. With that level
There's a bill in Congress and some other important info highlighted in this New York Times essay. It's about how early performers such as Chuck Berry are being ripped off by a law that's being exploited by music streaming services, and the amount of money stolen by Google each year through profits from illegally copied songs and albums. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/20/opinion/do-you-love-music-silicon-valley-doesnt.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-
The Beatles' "Love Me Do" and its b-side "PS I Love You", released in 1962, are now in the public domain within Europe after its copyright lapsed on 31st December 2012. Under existing E.U. law, copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years. Recent changes to extend the limit to 70 years wont retrospectively cover music released in 1962. http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/reissue-labels-capitalise-on-love-me-do-going-public-domain-as-ipo-begins-consultation-on-copyright-extension/
I am a designer and I have just started doing some Led Zeppelin artwork that will include pictures of them as well as lyrics and some of their own artwork, can anyone help me with what I need to do to get permission before I think about publishing?