Entertainment law scholars and practitioners as well as fans of pop music in general should check out a new resource from the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University Law School. The Discography: Legal Encyclopedia of Popular Music contains summaries of over 2,400 court opinions about the music industry, covering almost 200 years, on a wide range of topics “from sampling and fair use, to tax deductions for black leather pants.”
Researchers can search for opinions by case name, by artists or parties such as producers and record labels, or by topics like bankruptcy, contracts, or torts. Results can also be limited by jurisdiction and date. In addition, the website features a blog and a legal music news section.