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Apple iTunes Accused of Running a ‘Massive Piracy Operation’ In Major Songwriter Lawsuit

The representatives and music companies of several high-profile 20th century composers and songwriters have filed a sizable copyright-infringement lawsuit against Apple.  The plaintiffs’ legal team argues that Apple has long sold bootleg music through the iTunes store, alongside (and often at a lower price than) the official, legitimate versions of the songs. Additionally, it’s said […]

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RIAA Strikes Back After Spinrilla Accusations of False DMCA Takedown Notices

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is firing back against claims that it falsely issued DMCA copyright-infringement notices.  About one week ago, Digital Music News reported that Spinrilla had filed suit against the RIAA over a series of allegedly baseless DMCA copyright-infringement notices. Spinrilla claimed that said notices distracted employees and ate up valuable […]

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Judge Allows Universal Music Class-Action Lawsuit to Proceed; Suit Also Filed Against Sony Music

(photo: Bill Oxford) Earlier today, a U.S. District Court judge allowed a class-action lawsuit filed against Universal Music Group (UMG) to proceed.  In February, five musicians submitted two class-action complaints claiming that Sony Music and Universal Music unlawfully denied them the opportunity to terminate (and regain control of) their copyrights approximately 35 years after the […]

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Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against The Weeknd Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Experimental rock band Yeasayer’s Black Panther copyright-infringement lawsuit against The Weeknd has been postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The plaintiffs and defendants submitted an extension request to U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who approved it today. Now, The Weeknd and Universal Music Group’s response is due by April 29th, while pre-conference materials […]

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Good News: Musicians and Freelancers Included In Senate’s $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

The U.S. Senate Floor. The Senate’s $2.2 trillion stimulus package contains support provisions for gig workers and freelancers, in addition to measures designed to help small businesses, individuals, and others. Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously (96-0) in approval of the legislation, which has been sent to the House of Representatives for a vote that’s expected […]

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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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Music Publishers Score $189,500 Verdict Against Wolfgang’s Vault

(photo: David Veksler) A New York jury has ruled against Wolfgang’s, a vintage concert-footage restorer and merchandise distributor, and ordered the San Francisco company to pay several music publishers a total of $189,500. Though a district judge found Wolfgang’s — previously known as ‘Wolfgang’s Vault’ — guilty of copyright infringement in 2018, for hosting 197 […]

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Spinrilla Sues the RIAA for Issuing False Takedown Notices

Independent hip-hop discovery app Spinrilla is suing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for allegedly issuing false DMCA takedown notices. In a lawsuit submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Spinrilla claims that the RIAA has made a habit of filing false DMCA notices—or allegations of copyright infringement—regarding a […]