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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 […]

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IMPALA Unveils 10-Point COVID-19 Crisis-Management Plan, Calls for EU Unity

IMPALA COVID-19 Task Force’s 10-Step Plan The Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) has created a 10-point COVID-19 crisis-management plan, which features relief-minded recommendations for governments, the European Union, and the independent music industry itself. The promptly issued response strategy comes less than one week after IMPALA officially formed its COVID-19 Task Force. The first of […]

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After Beating $2.8MM Copyright Infringement Case, Katy Perry Turns Attention to Instagram Photo Lawsuit

Photo Credit: Glenn Francis / CC by 2.0 Having emerged victorious in a long-running, extremely expensive copyright infringement lawsuit just last week, Katy Perry and her legal team are turning their attention to a Hollywood photo agency’s formal allegation of unauthorized image use. Perry posted the picture in question—a Halloween-party shot showing her dressed as […]

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IMPALA Launches Coronavirus Task Force, Works to Develop Relief Guidelines

(photo: IMPALA) IMPALA, one of Europe’s foremost independent record label trade associations, has established a task force to gauge the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and develop recovery-minded strategies. The IMPALA COVID-19 Task Force will release a collection of suggested relief measures next week, and these guidelines will center on possible responses from […]

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Federal Judge Reverses Katy Perry $2.8 Million Copyright Infringement Decision

Last year, a California jury found Katy Perry guilty of copyright infringement and ordered her to pay $2.8 million to Flame, a Christian rapper. Now, after a long, expensive courtroom battle, Perry and her legal team have successfully overturned the ruling. California District Judge Christina A. Snyder submitted a 32-page filing on the matter this […]

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Led Zeppelin Didn’t Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ Federal Appeals Court Rules

Led Zeppelin’s Plant n’ Page (photo: Paul Hudson CC by 2.0) Led Zeppelin has officially beaten the rap on a long-running copyright infringement lawsuit surrounding ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The copyright infringement lawsuit against Led Zeppelin was first filed years ago by now-obscure classic rock back Spirit, whose song ‘Taurus’ bears considerable resemblance to portions of […]