US District Judge Harold Baer Jr. Friday struck down a 1994 bootleg law banning the sale of bootleg recordings of live music. Judge Baer dismissed the indictment of a Manhattan business owner who sells bootleg recordings.
The court held that the bootleg law was written in the "same spirit" as federal copyright laws. However, while federal copyright laws protect property for a fixed period of time, the bootleg law had no such time limit, granting "seemingly perpetual protection" to the original performances, and was therefore invalid. The ruling is not yet available online. AP has more.