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Federal Court Finds Jimi Hendrix Relatives Guilty of Trademark Infringement

Jimi Hendrix in 1967 (public domain) A New York federal court has found two relatives of Jimi Hendrix, Leon Hendrix and his daughter Tina Hendrix, guilty of trademark infringement. Digital Music News obtained an exclusive copy of the corresponding legal filing, which Judge Paul A. Engelmayer just recently signed. (Separately, Judge Engelmayer in April of […]

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Federal Court Upholds $1 Billion Copyright Infringement Ruling Against Cox Communications

A federal court has ordered mega-ISP Cox Communications to pay the entire $1 billion copyright infringement penalty that a jury levied against it in December of 2019, as part of its years-long courtroom confrontation with the RIAA and the Big Three labels. The underlying lawsuit between Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered Cox Communications and the RIAA initiated in […]

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Appellate Court Upholds November Ruling on New York’s Ticketed Event Ban

An appeals court has upheld a November ruling on New York’s ticketed event ban. Photo Credit: Bill Oxford In November, Digital Music News was first to report that a judge had invalidated New York’s controversial ticketed event ban, which prohibited live music that was not “incidental to the dining experience.” Now, an appellate court has […]

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Nicki Minaj Faces $240 Million Lawsuit for Allegedly Stealing “Rich Sex”

Nicki Minaj is facing a $240 million lawsuit for allegedly stealing her 2018 “Rich Sex” track – and allegedly failing to pay an agreed upon 15 percent of the royalties associated with “I Endorse These Strippers” – from a rapper named Brinx Billions. Brinx Billions, whose full name is Jawara Headley, submitted the nearly 100-page-long […]

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Ticketmaster Fined $10 Million for Hacking Into a Rival’s Servers and Stealing Information

Ticketmaster has been fined $10 million for allegedly hacking a rival ticketing platform and stealing sensitive information between 2013 and 2015, the Department of Justice announced in a formal release. Federal prosecutors levied five charges, including wire fraud and computer intrusion, against Ticketmaster for allegedly accessing “without authorization the computer systems of a competitor.” The […]

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YouTube Finds a ‘Smoking Gun’ Against Pirate Monitor In Content ID Litigation

The YouTube logo. In a new legal filing, YouTube indicated that it has found a “smoking gun” against Pirate Monitor, which levied a massive class action lawsuit against the Google-owned video-sharing platform in July. Counsel for YouTube and Google recently submitted the “smoking gun” filing to a California federal court, arguing against Pirate Monitor’s motion […]

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Will Twitch Users Face Prison Time for ‘Felony Streaming’?

Photo Credit: Caspar Camille Rubin Yesterday, it came to light that Congress had slipped a felony streaming law into the 5,539-page-long COVID-19 relief and government-spending bill. Now, some are asking whether Twitch users will face prison time if they violate the regulation. The felony streaming portion of the decidedly lengthy bill begins on page 2,539 […]