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British High Court Orders ISPs to Block Multiple Stream-Ripping Sites

London, England. Photo Credit: Eva Dang The British High Court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block four stream-ripping websites – including Russia-based FLVTO.biz, which is also engaged in a years-running courtroom confrontation with the RIAA. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) recently announced its legal victory over the stream-ripping websites (singling out giants 2CONV.com […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses $50 Million Copyright infringement Claim Against Triller

In November, Wixen Music Publishing filed a $50 million copyright infringement lawsuit against short-form video app (and fast-growing TikTok competitor) Triller. Now, a federal judge has dismissed the complaint in part because it’s unclear “whether the 1976 Act or the Copyright Act of 1909 applies” to the allegedly infringed works. Wixen Music Publishing, which has […]

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Judge Dismisses Pro Music Rights Amended Defamation, Harassment Complaint, Citing Jurisdictional Oversight

Florida-based performing rights organization Pro Music Rights recently refiled its defamation and harassment lawsuit against musician Miles Goldman, but the case has once again been dismissed without prejudice due to jurisdictional issues. Digital Music News first reported on the courtroom confrontation about two weeks back, when Pro Music Rights submitted the initial complaint. In brief, […]

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Cox Communications Officially Appeals Its $1 Billion Copyright Infringement Verdict

Cox Communications has officially appealed the $1 billion copyright infringement verdict that a jury levied against it in December of 2019. This appeal arrives about six weeks after a federal court upheld the $1 billion ruling and approximately three weeks following the mega-ISP’s moving to delay making the substantial payment. To recap, the underlying courtroom […]

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Pharrell Williams Cleared of Perjury Allegations – and Millions In Sought Damages – From Marvin Gaye Estate

Earlier this month, Digital Music News was first to report that both the Marvin Gaye estate and counsel for Pharrell Williams had called for a ruling in their latest courtroom confrontation. Now, a federal judge has officially dismissed the Gaye estate’s request for millions in additional damages. To recap, this newest twist in the years-long […]

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Dwight Yoakam Sues Warner Music Group for Refusing to Hand Back His Masters

Dwight Yoakam performing live. Photo Credit: SD Dirk Country star Dwight Yoakam has filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group (WMG) over the Big Three label’s alleged failure to hand back his master recordings. “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere” creator Dwight Yoakam recently submitted the 25-page-long complaint to a California federal court, and Digital Music […]

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YouTube Seizes the Domain of Stream-Ripper Youtubeconverter.io

Photo Credit: Christian Wiediger YouTube has officially seized the domain of stream-ripping platform Youtubeconverter.io. The UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently ruled to transfer Youtubecoverter.io to YouTube, which formally submitted the underlying complaint to WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center on December 23rd, 2020. A name-related mistake in this initial complaint prompted additional communications between […]

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Judge Dismisses Pro Music Rights Defamation, Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Due to Jurisdictional Issues

Five days back, Digital Music News was first to report that Pro Music Rights had filed a defamation lawsuit against a Georgia-based artist named Miles Goldman. Now, a judge has dismissed the suit without prejudice due to jurisdiction-related oversights in the original complaint. In brief, this initial complaint centered on the defendant’s allegedly making “defamatory […]

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Charter Communications Says P2P Piracy Is ‘No Longer a Problem’ for the Music Industry

The RIAA’s years-running lawsuit against Charter Communications is showing few signs of slowing down, and if found liable for its users’ alleged copyright infringement, the Spectrum operator plans to argue that peer-to-peer piracy is no longer a problem for the music industry, according to a new filing. The underlying courtroom confrontation kicked off in March […]

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Marvin Gaye Estate, Pharrell Williams Counsel Demand Ruling In Latest Legal Showdown

The Marvin Gaye estate and “Freedom” creator Pharrell Williams have jointly demanded that the court make a ruling in their latest legal showdown. Representatives for Marvin Gaye as well as counsel for Pharrell Williams recently called for a decision in their ongoing courtroom confrontation, which initiated in December of 2019. For background, a federal appeals […]