Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dr. Seuss, Music Licensing, and The Message of the Zax

(Originally published July 10, 2014 in

Music licensing is messed up. While that has been my opinion for a while, it became painfully clear during the month of June when I was privileged to participate in three different round table discussions on music licensing sponsored by the U.S. Copyright Office, taking place in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York.

After leading the Nashville and LA sessions, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights in the U.S. Copyright Office, Jacqueline Charlesworth, made reference to a humorous, but very poignant, book by Dr. Seuss to start the New York sessions. I remember reading the story as a kid. It’s called The Zax.

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