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This is three times as many as any other common law nation.
The wisdom of the common law, which made it a crime to go armed to the terror of the people, inures to our benefit today.
Flo & Eddie appealed, but the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case to the Florida Supreme Court, asking justices to decide, among other things, whether state common law recognizes a property right in sound recordings.
On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court came to the conclusion that Florida common law does not recognize an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings.
For now, plaintiffs approach state courts because federal statutes do not displace common law at the state level.
But Thursday's ruling upheld a decision by a federal judge, who found that nothing in Florida statutes or common law deals with copyrights of recordings that were made before 1972, when the federal Sound Recordings Act went into effect.
In 1961, the territories then unified into one republic made up mostly of French speakers as well as an English-speaking minority that adhered to British common law.
Age of consent laws in the English colonies were based directly on English common law, which meant lawmakers here determined cases by consulting legal precedents set in England.
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COMMON-LAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of common law for English Language Learners
: the laws that developed from English court decisions and customs and that form the basis of laws in the U.S.
legal Definition of common law
- the common law of torts
- in suits at common law…the right of trial by jury shall be preserved
- —U.S. Constitution amend. VII
legal Definition of common-law
- common-law immunity
- her common-law husband
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