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Unfair to Genius: The Strange and Litigious Career of Ira B. Arnstein

Gary Rosen


The long and tortured career of Ira B. Arnstein, “the unrivaled king of copyright infringement plaintiffs,” opens a curious window into the evolution of copyright law in the United States. As the book shows in this history, the litigious Arnstein was a trenchant observer and most improbable participant in the transformation of not just copyright, but of American popular music itself. A musical prodigy in the late nineteenth century, Arnstein performed as a boy soprano at the famous 1893 “White City” exhibition in Chicago. He grew up to be a composer of moderate accomplishment, but by the mid-1 ... More

Keywords: Ira B. Arnstein, US copyright law, United States, American popular music, composer, Tin Pan Alley, Great American Songbook

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Rosen, author