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Matt Simons Takes Legal Action Against UMG Over Allegedly Unpaid “Catch & Release” Royalties

Matt Simons performing live in Berlin in 2016. Photo Credit: Denis Apel “Catch & Release” singer-songwriter Matt Simons has taken legal action against Universal Music Group’s Republic Records for allegedly breaching the terms of their worldwide licensing agreement by withholding royalty payments. Netherlands-based Maspeth Music, which “furnishes the services” of the Brooklyn native Matt Simons, […]

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Major Labels Pursue Legal Action Against Vimeo In Italy

Venice, Italy. Photo Credit: canmandawe The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is officially pursuing legal action against Vimeo over the New York City-headquartered video-sharing service’s alleged “failure to prevent unlicensed music appearing on its platform.” The London-headquartered IFPI revealed its legal action – the precise details of which aren’t yet clear – today, […]

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Lizzo Scores Another Major Victory In ‘Truth Hurts’ Copyright Infringement Claim

Photo Credit: Andy Witchger / CC by 2.0 Lizzo (full name Melissa Jefferson) has scored another major victory in her much-publicized “Truth Hurts” copyright infringement lawsuit against brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen as well as Justin “Yves” Rothman. The underlying legal confrontation kicked off back in October of 2019, when Lizzo sought a judicial declaration […]

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Sorry, HFA Can’t Duck Out of Eminem Publisher Lawsuit, Judge Rules

Eminem. Photo Credit: EJ Hersom / CC by 2.0 Judge Aleta A. Trauger has denied the HFA’s motion to dismiss the copyright infringement lawsuit it’s facing from Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style – while also determining that the Blackstone Group-owned company cannot be held liable for vicarious copyright infringement in this instance. Judge Trauger just […]

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Grammy-Winning Artist Calls on YouTube to Disclose Information About Repeat Copyright Infringers

Last July, Grammy-winning jazz professional Maria Schneider named YouTube in a class-action lawsuit for allegedly discriminating against certain creators with its Content ID program. Now, Schneider has formally called on the Google-owned platform to disclose a list of the takedown notices it’s received as well as the identities of repeat infringers. To recap, Maria Schneider […]

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Pro Music Rights (PMR) Provides Official Update on Multimillion-Dollar Settlement Agreements

Florida-based performing rights organization (PRO) Pro Music Rights has provided official updates on a pair of high-profile settlements that it finalized back in December of 2020, with a Chinese medical-cannabis company, China Food and Beverage Company, as well as with a similar company, Net Savings Link (NSAV Holding). Pro Music Rights (PMR) disclosed the updates […]

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Bob Dylan Moves to Dismiss $7.25 Million Lawsuit Stemming From UMPG Catalog Sale

Bob Dylan performing live. Photo Credit: Alberto Cabello In late January, Bob Dylan was named in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit for allegedly failing to honor the terms of a contract he’d inked with songwriter, theater director, and psychologist Jacques Levy. Now, the 79-year-old “The Times They Are a-Changin’” singer and songwriter has formally moved to dismiss […]

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Taylor Swift and Evermore Theme Park Drop Their Lawsuits Against One Another

Taylor Swift and Pleasant Grove, Utah-based Evermore Park have officially dropped their lawsuits against one another. The first of the two legal actions initiated last month, when Evermore Park – which started welcoming visitors in September of 2018 – accused Taylor Swift of infringing upon its trademark with her ninth studio album, Evermore. Swift released […]

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Sosa Entertainment, Spotify Jointly File to Settle Long-Running Lawsuit

One week back, Digital Music News was first to report that a judge had lifted the 60-day stay in Sosa Entertainment’s much-publicized courtroom confrontation with Spotify – presumably because their settlement talks had fizzled out. Now, however, the parties have reached a compromise and officially settled the case. The lawsuit kicked off in November of […]

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Apple Fined $308.5 Million for Infringing Fairplay DRM Technology

Photo Credit: Zhang Kaiyv A federal jury has found that Apple infringed upon a Texas-based company’s patent with its FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) technology, and as a result, the Cupertino-headquartered iPhone designer has been ordered to pay $308.5 million. The underlying courtroom confrontation kicked off back in 2015, when Sugar Land, Texas’s Personalized Media […]