This comment discusses the idea of individuals receiving preliminary permissions of copyrighted works before using the work as a component of their own. By doing so, an individual has a better opportunity to avoid copyright infringement. Lin Manuel Miranda, the writer of the musical Hamilton, took preliminary measures to avoid copyright infringement, and these measures will be examined throughout this comment. Copyright infringement cases and other infringement cases will be addressed, as well as a proposal to simplify obtaining preliminary permissions in copyrighted works.
Deidre Davis, Living to See His Glory Days: Why Hamilton's Lin Manuel Miranda is Not Liable for Copyright Infringement, But Other Writers and Composers Are, 17 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 92 (2017)