The law of music copyright, although now quite old, is still relatively young in its development and refinement when compared to other segments of the copyright law. The impediment in its progress is partially due to the technicalities inherent in the discipline itself, and also to the lack of musical sophistication on the part of most law making bodies. Modern day electronic developments in recording and storing sound will do much to facilitate and broaden the scope of the law. Its implementation through a Music-Legal Board of Experts could be the effective step needed in order to overcome the present shortcomings of music copyright law.
Irving B. Marks & Robert M. Phillips, Music and Law: Copyrighting a Musical Idea, 18 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 523 (1969)