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Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Might Get Tossed

The previously reported Ariana Grande copyright infringement lawsuit could be dismissed sooner rather than later. Earlier today, District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald sent a letter to the lawsuit’s plaintiff and legal team, in which she indicated that their complaint hasn’t yet been served to Ariana Grande. Lawsuits must be served — i.e. disclosed and properly delivered — […]

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Marvin Gaye’s Estate Doubles Down on Pharrell Williams Perjury Charges

Marvin Gaye’s estate has doubled down on perjury allegations against Pharrell Williams, whose statements in a 2019 GQ interview are said to have contradicted those he gave while under oath in the courtroom. Today, Marvin Gaye’s lawyers submitted a firmly worded retort to Williams’s defense and attempted dismissal of the perjury claims. The court filing, shared with Digital Music News […]

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One of Germany’s Largest ‘Fake Stream’ Operations Has Been Shut Down

Followerschmiede.de on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 The recording industry has taken decisive action against a company that offered artists stream-manipulation services—i.e., fake plays on Spotify and other leading music platforms. The IFPI, which represents the global recorded music community, previously submitted the lawsuit to a Berlin court via BVMI, which represents over 80 percent of […]

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Spotify Faces Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuit In California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles A California man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Spotify over the company’s alleged misclassification of his employment status and failure to provide legally required breaks and payments. Matthew Elias submitted the lawsuit both on his behalf and on behalf of “all others similarly […]

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Jay-Z, Yo Gotti File Second Lawsuit Against Mississippi Department of Corrections Over ‘Barbaric Conditions’

Jay-Z and Tennessee native Yo Gotti have filed a second lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections, once again stemming from the state’s failure to address the alleged mistreatment and abuse of inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (which is more commonly known as Parchman Prison). Team ROC, the charitable and justice-centered division of Jay-Z’s […]

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Peloton Settles Ugly Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Involving 14 Music Publishers

Peloton has now settled its contentious legal battle against 14 different music publishers, a group corralled by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). Peloton shared news of the settlement with Digital Music News this morning, and publishers confirmed the news. The extremely contentious (and expensive) litigation started last year, with Peloton aggressively fighting back against copyright […]

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Rock Band Yeasayer is Suing The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar for Black Panther Copyright Infringement

Brooklyn-based rock band Yeasayer is suing The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for copyright infringement over “Pray for Me,” which was created for and featured in 2018’s Black Panther. Brooklyn-based rock band Yeasayer is suing The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for copyright infringement over “Pray for Me,” which was created for and featured in 2018’s Black Panther. In a filing submitted to […]

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How Long Will Spotify Allow Bootleg “Podcasts” to Top the Charts?

A substantial number of podcast bootleggers are delivering illegal music to Spotify users, and it’s unclear how — or if — the streaming service will stem the tide of copyright infringement and stolen royalties. According to a report from Pitchfork, a simple-but-effective process allows users to make demos, live recordings, unreleased tracks, and a slew of otherwise unpublished […]