Q: How would copyright or patent for musical equipment work internationally?

Let us say that Country XYZ has no such thing as copyright infringement and they make musical gear

with preexisting recordings from other companies, and it is perfectly legal in that country.

If a musician in the USA, where it would not be legal to use preexisting recordings from other companies without clearance, bought an instrument from Country XYZ , could the American musician use the gear in his music commercially?

1 Lawyer Answer
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
  • International Law Lawyer
  • Pensacola, FL

A: What you propose sounds a lot like copyright infringement. I don't understand your terminology--like what do you mean by "gear". An instrument, to me, is a horn, a guitar, a piano, etc., not something that reproduces pre-recorded data.

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