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Apple Corps. Wins $77 Million Judgment Against Beatles Counterfeiters

U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom has awarded Apple Corps. $77 million in damages from an unlicensed merchandise lawsuit pertaining to Beatles gear.  Apple Corps. sued 77 individuals and small businesses that were found selling unauthorized Beatles t-shirts, sweaters, and other apparel, and the $77 million verdict reflects a $1 million fee levied against each […]

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Federal Judge Allows Global Music Rights, Major Radio Stations to Air Their Antitrust Grievances

Global Music Rights founder Irving Azoff The legal battle between Global Music Rights (GMR) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has taken another interesting turn, as a federal judge has allowed each of their antitrust lawsuits to proceed. GMR had been attempting to dismiss the RMLC’s antitrust lawsuit, which alleges that the performers’ rights […]

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Original Masters Belonging to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Elton John, Peter Frampton Destroyed In Universal Studios Fire, Universal Music Confirms

In a recent court filing from the ongoing lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG), additional light was shed on the extent of the damage caused by the 2008 Universal Studios fire. Many masters, including those of Slayer, Soundgarden, Michael McDonald, Elton John, Les Paul, Peter Frampton, and Sonic Youth, were “affected” — i.e. lost — […]

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R. Kelly Faces New Federal Indictment for Sexually Abusing a Minor

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have charged R. Kelly with several additional crimes stemming from his alleged sexual abuse of a minor between 1997 and 2001.  Few details have been made available concerning the specific nature of the charges, but R. Kelly’s current legal counsel took to Twitter to proclaim the well-known artist’s innocence. As the […]

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Juice WRLD Family Members Getting Dragged Into $15MM Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Order signed February 11th, 2020 by U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall Surviving Juice WRLD family members are now being dragged into a massive, $15 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Yellowcard prior to the rapper’s death. Juice WRLD suffered a tragic overdose on December 8th of last year while his private plane was […]

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R. Kelly’s New York Bribery, Racketeering, and Sexual Assault Trial Has Been Postponed

A federal judge has delayed R. Kelly’s racketeering, sexual assault, and bribery trial in New York until July. However, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly didn’t give the troubled artist a break because she was feeling charitable. Rather, she said that Kelly’s upcoming trial in Chicago, which is set to begin on April 27th, will likely […]

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Kesha Ordered to Pay Over $373,000 Ahead of Dr. Luke Defamation Trial

Dr. Luke’s defamation lawsuit against Kesha hasn’t yet gone to trial, but a judge has already ordered the singer-songwriter to pay over $373,000 in damages. On Thursday, New York Supreme Court Judge Jennifer Schecter ruled that Kesha had in fact defamed Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald—known professionally as Dr. Luke—when she sent Lady Gaga a text claiming […]

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A&R Executive Sues Warner Music Group After Losing a $500,000-a-Year Gig

Warner Music Group (WMG) is being sued by Michael Flynn, a producer/A&R exec who says that he was promised—and later denied—a $500,000-per-year A&R job. In the filing, which was submitted to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Flynn claims that he was recruited after current Warner Records CEO and co-chairman Aaron Bay-Schuck […]