NY District Court Strikes Music Bootlegging Law

U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. dismissed a federal indictment of Jean Martignon, who runs a Manhattan mail-order and Internet business that sells bootleg recordings. The judge struck down a 1994 law banning the sale of bootleg recordings of live music, ruling the law unfairly grants “seemingly perpetual protection” to the original performances. Cf. U.S. v. Moghadam, 175 F 3d 1269, 1272 (11th Cir. 1999).

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