A refreshed, revitalised and abridged form of Ben Challis's classic 2003 essay on music sampling, "The Song Remains The Same", has just been republished in the WIPO Magazine (Issue 6, November 2009) which is free both online and as a pdf. Ben's article can be found and downloaded here. By sheer coincidence, the article which follows it in this issue is "Is Sampling Always Copyright Infringement?" by my Polish friends Tomasz Rychlicki and Adam Zieliński, co-authors along with DJ Twister of "Sampling and scratching in US copyright and Polish law: a comparative analysis", published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law Practice earlier this year (click here for abstract). A third short-but-sweet piece on contemporary copyright issues is "Legal Use of Digital Content – Making it Clear and Simple" by Lesley Ellen Harris.
Issue 4 of this year's scholarly Intellectual Property Quarterly, published by Sweet & Maxwell in association with the Intellectual Property Institute, features "The 'Three Step Test' in European Copyright Law: Problems and Solutions" by Jonathan Griffiths (Queen Mary), as well as "Copyright and the Fourth Estate: Does Copyright Support a Sustainable and Reliable Public Domain of News?" by University of New South Wales lawyers Kathy Bowrey and Catherine Bond.