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2007 Syracuse Sci. & Tech. L. Rep. 1 (2007)
From Turntables to Digital Technologies: Striking a Balance between Disc Jockey Performances and Moral Rights of Musicians

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                                                 Fall, 2007

2007 Syracuse Sci. & Tech. L. Rep. 5

Length: 14392 words

Author: Jason R. Wachter 1



P1 Every night of the week club-goers wait in line for hours to get into the hottest clubs in some of the hottest cities
in the world. If they are lucky enough to get past the velvet ropes and through the club doors, in a matter of minutes,
they could hear the music of as many as ten different artists ranging from the likes of Madonna, the Rolling Stones,
and Nirvana to Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg blended into one musical track. 2 This unique
phenomenon in the music industry is the work of celebrity disc jockeys (DJs), who splice, scratch, and mix
classic and popular songs together to create an entertaining musical work of their own.     3 These creations are so
entertaining, in fact, that celebrity DJs have developed a new music industry phenomenon that club-goers, club
owners, and even radio stations have come to depend on night after night. 4

1 J.D. Candidate, Syracuse University College of Law, 2008; Executive Editor, Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter.

2 See, e.g., DJ AM, hLe/w.z c     otnn (last visited Nov. 26, 2007); DJ Splyce, lilet    m /(last visited Nov. 26,
2007) (both websites provide examples of eclectic mixes of music).

3 Splicing refers to the combination of two elements, here songs, to create a final product. See Larry King Live: DJ Splyce Hollywood's Disc
Jockey   to    the   Stars   (CNN     television broadcast   Nov.    12,   2005),   transcript available   at
ht//rcts.cnn.co/TRAASCRIPTSi05 11/12ilkO.htm.1 (last visited Nov. 26, 2007). Scratching is a technique by which the performer
uses vinyl and moves the record back and forth against the needle to produce sounds of varying degree.See Jam 2 Dis, Scratching,
mll/ ww     2dis.comi2ddiwe£htm (last visited Nov. 26, 2007). Mixing refers to a combination of typically two or more musical tracks
blended    together   to   produce    a    composite    audio    recording.See Yahoo!     Education,  Mix,
hit://euteation.y ahoo.comiret /renceidictionarylentrv/mix (last visited Nov. 26, 2007).

4 See, e.g., Clubplanet.com, hLgp:iiwww.clubplanet.cort/(last visited Nov. 26, 2007) (provides a listing of nightclubs, DJ performances, and
more); Sheckys Media, Inc., htujeckscoLm/ (last visited Nov. 26, 2007) (lists most bars and nightclubs in major cities); Clear Channel
Broadcasting, Z100 - New York's Hit Music Station, hwt>vww.zlOO.co main.htm (last visited Nov. 26, 2007) (the radio station regularly
broadcasts live from various nightclubs in the New York area); Emmis Communications, Hot 97, it twww.hot7 cor1 (last visited Nov.
26, 2007) (the radio station regularly broadcasts live from various nightclubs in the New York area).

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