Students Earn Top Honors at Grammys Writing Competition

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LOS ANGELES, CA—UCLA School of Law students Christopher Chiang ’20 and Graham Fenton ’20 won the top two prizes in the Recording Academy’s 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition on Jan. 24 and were honored at a number of red-carpet events during Grammy Awards week.

Chiang took first prize for his paper “Copyright Protection Designed for Music’s Illusory Innovation Space: A Sliding Scale Framework of Broad to Thin Protection.” The essay examines copyright and policy issues arising from disputes over authorship of popular tracks including the Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. song “Blurred Lines”; the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway to Heaven”; and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.”

Fenton was a runner-up for his paper “Taming the Ticket Market: How a Closed Ticketing System Can Beat Back Scalpers and Recapture Lost Revenue.” The essay explores how the music industry and Congress can apply blockchain technology in their efforts to combat the multi-billion-dollar ticket scalping market.

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