"The Legal Loophole That May Leave Some of Rock's Greatest Riffs Up For Grabs"

"Sitting in the courtroom that day, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Were some of the most famous passages in rock history  really not protected by copyright? And did this also apply to any number of other songs whose deposit copies were certainly equally lacking? I felt as if someone had dropped $100 bills on the ground. Countless unregistered bits of song—guitar solos, bass lines, horn parts, background vocals—could be sitting out there exposed to unscrupulous financial exploitation."