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TuneIn Says Google Is Receiving Special Privileges In the UK — Major Labels Disagree

San Francisco-based internet radio and podcasting platform TuneIn has doubled down on its arguments against the major labels, maintaining in an appeal that they provide Google with special privileges in the UK. In the underlying copyright infringement lawsuit, major labels Sony Music and Warner Music UK alleged that the 19-year-old TuneIn lacked the licensing to […]

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Cox Communications Politely Asks to Delay Its $1 Billion Payment to the Major Labels

Earlier this month, a federal court upheld the $1 billion copyright infringement penalty that a jury levied against Cox Communications back in December of 2019. Now, the mega-ISP has moved to delay its billion-dollar payment to the major labels while it pursues an appeal. To recap, the underlying courtroom confrontation between Cox Communications and the […]

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Congress’ $2.3 Trillion Spending and Relief Bill Also Includes the CASE Act

Washington, D.C.’s James Madison Memorial Building, which houses the U.S. Copyright Office. In addition to a felony streaming law, Congress’s newly passed $2.3 trillion stimulus and spending package includes the CASE Act, which would establish a “copyright small claims” court. The 5,593-page-long stimulus bill’s “intellectual property” section begins on page 2,539 and starts with the […]

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YouTube Doesn’t Have to Identify Its Infringing Users, German Court Rules

Berlin, Germany. Photo Credit: Stefan Widua A German court has ruled that YouTube doesn’t have to identify the personal information (email, phone number, IP address, etc.) of users who upload copyrighted content without the permission of the media’s owner. The Federal Court of Justice’s First Civil Senate, which handles cases concerning copyright law, trademarks, and […]

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New U.S. Law Could Hit Streamers With Felony For Streaming Copyrighted Content

Photo Credit: Victor B. In addition to the CASE Act, a new felony streaming law may end up in the year-end omnibus bill. Lawmakers are looking to cram several controversial copyright provisions into a spending bill. But they’re receiving lots of push back from tech companies and civil liberties organizations like the ACLU. These activists […]

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US Copyright Office Isn’t Dismantling the DMCA Anytime Soon

Washington, D.C.’s James Madison Memorial Building, which houses the U.S. Copyright Office. Photo Credit: UpstateNYer The U.S. Copyright Office has indicated that it will forego dismantling and replacing the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for the time being. Copyright Office officials made clear their position on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in a recent […]

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Rolling Stones Threaten Litigation Against Donald Trump – BMI Offers to Help

Photo Credit: Michael Candelori After sending several cease-and-desist orders, the Rolling Stones threaten legal action against Trump. President Trump played the Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during his Tulsa rally. The song’s usage drew criticism from the band, who now has music rights organization BMI on their side. “The BMI […]

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Google Countersues Sonos to ‘Assert IP Rights’ in Escalating Patent Battle

Photo Credit: Mitchell Luo Google countersues Sonos, alleging patent infringement of five Google-owned patents. The suit follows Sonos’ patent lawsuit against Google – first filed back in January. Sonos filed two lawsuits covering five patents on its wireless speaker design. In the lawsuits, Sonos seeks a ban on Google laptops, phones, and speakers in the […]

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Peloton Spent More Than $60MM In Litigation and Settlement Costs Over the Past Year

In late February, Digital Music News was first to report that Peloton had settled its ugly copyright-infringement lawsuit with 14 music publishers. The high-stakes legal battle didn’t come cheap for the exercise-equipment company, however, as it’s spent over $60 million on litigation and settlements during the last year. Peloton revealed the staggering figure in a […]

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Ford Slapped With $8.1 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit for Stealing a Song Library

Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters, commonly known as the Glass House. (photo: Dave Parker) Digital music library Freeplay Music has filed a multimillion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Ford Motor Company. An amended version of the complaint was shared exclusively with Digital Music News late Monday (April 20th). At the firmly worded document’s start, Freeplay Music alleges […]