Ed Sheeran Blocked from Receiving ‘Shape of You’ Royalties as Infringement Suit Continues

It’s both the best of time and the worst of times for singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

The British pop star recently announced that he would be taking an 18-month hiatus after a record-setting two-year world tour that has left him a reported net worth of $175 million. But, at the same time, Sheeran is facing yet another copyright infringement case.

Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/29/ed-sheeran-block-shape-of-you/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 29, 2019

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  • European Licensing Consortium ICE Crosses €1 Billion In Collections

    ICE, a European copyright hub and distributor of song rights royalties, has officially paid more than €1 billion ($1.11 billion) worth of online royalties to rightsholders.

    ICE is comprised of three major rightsholders groups: PRS, STIM, and GEMA.

     

    The consortium group is integrated into a multitude of digital platforms, and it facilitates the payment and distribution of publishing royalties to rightsholders. The group works heavily with publishers, collective management organizations (CMOs) and other rightsholders.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/29/ice-billion/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 29, 2019

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  • Why is No One Talking About this Provision of the CASE Act? It’s Because It Benefits Users of Copyrighted Works

    The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the CASE Act), H.R. 2426 and S. 1273, a bill that would create an optional small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office, was introduced by Congress in May 2019. Before that, it had been introduced in different forms in prior Congresses as well. Over that time, and especially this year, just about every aspect of the bill has been held under a microscope, poked and prodded and discussed ad nauseum. There has been so much analysis and discussion of the provisions of the CASE Act that it’s hard to believe that there could possibly be some aspect of the bill that has gone unnoticed. But in fact, there is one aspect of the bill that has largely gone undiscussed. It’s time for that to change. But to do that we need to set the stage.

    Read more: https://copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/why-is-no-one-talking-about-this-provision-of-the-case-act-its-because-it-benefits-users-of-copyrighted-works/

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    SOURCE: Copyright Alliance

    Date: August 27, 2019

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  • “Baby Shark” Owner Pinkfong Faces a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit — Based on a Public Domain Song

    Yet another hit song is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
    This time it’s the children’s song “Baby Shark” created by the South Korean brand Pinkfong, which has garnered more than 3.3 billion views on YouTube. A musician named Johnny Only says that the song belongs to him, and he’s suing Pinkfong’s parent company SmartStudy in a South Korean court of law.

    Even Only admits that “Baby Shark” predates him, however. Although no one is quite certain of the song’s origin, it’s believed to have been a campfire chant developed at U.S. summer camps for kids sometime last century. The song may have emerged in conjunction with the success of the “Jaws” franchise — though that’s just another theory.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/26/baby-shark-copyright-infringement/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 26, 2019

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  • Are Hit Songs Under Attack? What a Top Music Industry Attorney Thinks About the Rise In Copyright Trolling — Our Latest Podcast

    In the wake of the $2.78 million copyright infringement decision against Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” the industry is getting very, very concerned. Here’s what one industry attorney is doing about the scary rise in questionable copyright infringement litigation.

    Ed McPherson is one of biggest attorneys in the music industry. And he’s getting worried about a spate of recent music copyright infringement decisions with highly-controversial outcomes.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/26/hit-songs-attack-copyright-infringement-podcast/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 26, 2019

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  • Drake Slapped with a Massive Copyright Infringement Lawsuit — For Stealing a Beat

    Producer Samuel Nicholas III — aka Sam Scully — filed a federal lawsuit in Louisiana against superstar rapper Drake this week.

    Drake, alongside various collaborators and several record labels, is accused of copyright infringement for sampling one of Nicholas’ beats that was allegedly used in two songs.

    The two songs in question were hit singles for Drake in 2018: “Nice For What” and “In My Feelings,” both of which were released off his Scorpion album from the same year. Nicholas, who lives in New Orleans and goes by the stage name Sam Skully, insists that Drake, in both songs, lifted a beat from a song he made in 2000 called “Roll Call.”

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/24/drake-copyright-infringement-lawsuit-beat/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 24, 2019

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  • As the Threat of Re-Recordings Gets Serious, Scooter Braun Plays Nice With Taylor Swift

    Despite the bad blood between Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift — or perhaps because of it — Braun congratulated the singer on her latest album.

    Braun made headlines after purchasing Big Machine Label Group, which stores the ultra-valuable recording catalog of Taylor Swift. The deal was rumored to be worth $300 million and was orchestrated through Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, a move that enraged Swift.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/24/scooter-braun-love-album-comments/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 24, 2019

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  • Outdated safe harbor laws have no place in trade agreements

    Earlier this month, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) sent U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a letter cautioning against the inclusion of language drawn from a decades-old internet safe harbor provision in the current United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The letter was sent just after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which have rekindled debates over internet platform accountability and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

    Read more: https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/458545-outdated-safe-harbor-laws-have-no-place-in-trade-agreements

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    SOURCE: The Hill

    Date: August 23, 2019

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  • DOJ Consent Decree Review Moving Fast, Reviewing Hundreds of Comments From Across the Industry

    By the end of this year, performing rights organizations could find themselves with the most negotiating power they have had since 1941 — or the biggest lobbying fight of their lives on Capitol Hill. In the next few months, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will decide whether the consent decrees governing PROs ASCAP and BMI should be changed, left alone or perhaps even “sunsetted” — terminated at a future date.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/publishing/

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: August 23, 2019

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  • Major book publishers sue Amazon’s Audible over new speech-to-text feature

    Some of the world’s largest book publishers have jointly filed a lawsuit against Amazon-owned audiobook company Audible today over a new, controversial speech-to-text feature the literary industry claims is a violation of copyright law.

    Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/23/20830057/amazon-audible-speech-to-text-feature-lawsuit-major-book-publishers

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: August 23, 2019

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  • Ennio Morricone May Reclaim Copyright to Film Scores, Judge Rules

    An appellate court has ruled on Wednesday that iconic film composer Ennio Morricone may reclaim the rights to his film scores, THR reports. Morricone sued Bixio Music Group in 2016 in an attempt to regain the copyrights to six of his film scores from the late ’70s and early ’80s.

    Read more: https://pitchfork.com/news/ennio-morricone-may-reclaim-copyright-to-film-scores-judge-rules/

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    SOURCE: Pitchfork

    Date: August 22, 2019

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  • Plagiarism lawsuits are killing the music industry [op-ed]

    As we’ve seen in the past few weeks, the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit of 2015 will eventually lead to the death of all popular music.

    Well, maybe it won’t be that dire. But ever since the verdict that ruled that ‘Blurred Lines’ stole from Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’, basically ruling that lifting the “feel” or vibe of a song constitutes plagiarism, things have gotten ridiculous.

    Read more: https://themusicnetwork.com/plagiarism-lawsuits-music-industry/

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    SOURCE: The Music Network

    Date: August 22, 2019

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  • Spotify Faces Billions In Potential Damages for Infringing 243 Eminem Songs — Yes, Billions

    Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify — and questioned the legality of the entire Music Modernization Act in the process.

    The massive lawsuit, filed Wednesday (August 21st) in the U.S. District Court in Nashville, alleges that Spotify grossly infringed upon hundreds of works by Eminem. Those include classics like “Stan,” “Lose Yourself,” “Without Me,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “My Name Is,” among many others.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/22/spotify-infringement-eminem/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 22, 2019

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  • WGA Opposition Leader Phyllis Nagy Says Fight With Agents Could Undermine “Future Of Residuals”

    WGA West presidential candidate Phyllis Nagy says that writers’ residuals are in danger, both from the growth of streaming services and the threat they pose to the traditional licensing fee-based residuals model, and from the guild’s four-month-long standoff with Hollywood’s talent agencies, which she says will leave the WGA divided if it continues to drag on ahead of next year’s film and TV contract negotiations with management’s AMPTP. That contract expires on May 1, 2020.

    Read more: https://deadline.com/2019/08/phyllis-nagy-residuals-future-streaming-agency-standoff-future-1202700842/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: August 21, 2019

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  • Taylor Swift Is Re-Recording All of Her Old Albums — Just to Make Scooter Braun’s Life Miserable

    Taylor Swift didn’t appreciate it when her old masters were sold to the highest bidder. Now, she’s doing something about it.

    After Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings for a cool $300 million, Taylor Swift emerged as one pissed-off critic. The reason, of course, is that Big Machine held the rights to all of Swift’s lucrative masters, and the singer had zero say on their sale.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/21/taylor-swift-re-recording/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 21, 2019

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  • Two more estates join the Harold Arlen litigation against Apple, Amazon et al

    The estates of two other legendary American songwriters have joined a legal battle that accuses tech giants and an assortment of independent record labels of exploiting song rights on various digital music platforms without licence.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/two-more-estates-join-the-harold-arlen-litigation-against-apple-amazon-et-al/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 20, 2019

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  • Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

    Eminem’s publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a major new lawsuit claiming Spotify has infringed hundreds of song copyrights and challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/eminem-publisher-sues-spotify-claiming-massive-copyright-breach-unconstitutional-law-1233362

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 21, 2019

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  • U.S. tech industry leaders: French digital service tax harms global tax reform

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major tech firms and U.S. tech industry groups said on Monday that France’s new digital services tax undermines the global tax regime and multilateral efforts to reform it.

    Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-tax-usa/u-s-tech-industry-leaders-french-digital-service-tax-harms-global-tax-reform-idUSKCN1V91UC

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    SOURCE: Reuters

    Date: August 19, 2019

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  • WGA Drops Lawsuit Filed In State Court Against Big 4 Agencies, Consolidates Claims In Federal Court – Update

    UPDATED with UTA response: The WGA East and WGA West have dropped their lawsuit against the Big 4 talent agencies, and have answered and filed counter-claims in the federal antitrust case that CAA, WME and UTA brought against the guild. Click the link below to read the counterclaims.

    Read more: https://deadline.com/2019/08/wga-withdraws-talent-agency-lawsuit-state-court-caa-wme-uta-1202671876/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: August 19, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Moves Agency Lawsuit to Federal Court, Adds Racketeering and Antitrust Claims

    The Writers Guild of America on Monday dismissed its state court lawsuit against the Big Four talent agencies and refiled similar allegations and more in federal court against the top three firms, expanding an already bitter fight.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/writers-guild-moves-agency-lawsuit-federal-court-adds-racketeering-antitrust-claims-1233123

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 19, 2019

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  • Subsidizing the Platform Giants, Part 1: What If YouTube Paid for Content?

    When talking about the platform giants, the first instinct of many is to see high market shares as an antitrust problem, because very concentrated industries are a prerequisite for antitrust intervention. High concentration figures, though, can also mean that one firm has an advantage not available to others. In this series of posts, we will look at some small advantages–that often go unnoticed–of online firms that can lead to big market disparities. In these cases, the best outcome would be eliminating the advantage rather than torturing the antitrust laws to get a more complicated, but inferior, result.

    Read more: http://www.telecomsense.com/2019/08/subsidizing-the-platform-giant.php

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    SOURCE: TeleComSense.com

    Date: August 15, 2019

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  • YouTube Tweaks Copyright Policy: Rights Holders Can’t Monetize Videos With Short or Unintentional Music Uses

    YouTube is tweaking its copyright policy, blocking rights holders from manually monetizing “creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music.” In a blog post, YouTube announced the change, which will go into effect in mid-September, won’t affect copyright claims filed through content ID, which handles 98% of all claims filed on YouTube, according to the company.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/digital-and-mobile/8527617/youtube-copyright-policy-rights-holders-short-music

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: August 16, 2019

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  • The Trump Administration Picks a Side in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Fight

    Not that anyone has ever harbored doubt about the success of the British Invasion, the 1960s phenomenon of U.K. rock bands taking the United States by storm, but now the U.S. government is standing behind Led Zeppelin in its ongoing legal fight with heirs of a guy nicknamed Randy California.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/trump-administration-picks-a-side-led-zeppelins-stairway-heaven-copyright-fight-1232537

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 16, 2019

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  • Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, Google/Alphabet File a 92-Page Formal Protest Against Streaming Royalty Rate Increases

    The fearsome foursome of Spotify, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, and Pandora aren’t backing down against proposed publishing rate hikes for streaming music services.

    Back in March, the streaming music giants first announced their intentions of fighting a major increase in streaming royalty rates for publishers and songwriters. The sizable 44% increase, which applies to streaming mechanical rates in the U.S., was handed down by the Copyright Royalty Board before drawing the sharp rebuke of streaming platforms.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/15/spotify-amazon-pandora-google-streaming-music-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 15, 2019

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  • How Film Producers Became the New Expendables: “There’s Panic and Confusion”

    In March, Amy Pascal was scrambling. The producer’s overall deal at Sony Pictures — greenlit by the studio’s former chairman and chief executive Michael Lynton — was set to expire in three months, and there was little chance that current film chairman Tom Rothman would renew a 4-year-old arrangement that saw Pascal earning significant backend compensation on movies she produced. The deal had led to a $10 million windfall on 2018’s Spider-Man spin­off Venom, according to multiple sources, and with two guaranteed release slots every year, Pascal essentially was guaranteed an eight-figure income for her services. Even more disconcerting for the Sony film chair turned producer, there was little appetite elsewhere for a similar contract.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/why-hollywood-studio-film-producer-deals-are-disappearing-1231089

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 15, 2019

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  • YouTube is changing how some copyright claims work, and it could result in ‘more blocked content’

    YouTube is changing how it handles copyright claims around brief or unintentional clips of music in an attempt to make the system fairer to video creators. In the short term, however, YouTube warns that the changes could lead to more videos being blocked entirely.

    Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/15/20806189/youtube-manual-music-copyright-claim-update-more-blocked-videos

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: August 15, 2019

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  • Cyndi Lauper Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Kinky Boots’

    Cyndi Lauper has settled a copyright infringement suit filed by songwriter Benny Mardones.

    Mardones and writing partner Robert Tepper accused Lauper of lifting parts of their song “Into the Night” for the finale of her musical, Kinky Boots. The 2013 musical swept the Tony Awards that year with 11 nominations and six wins.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/12/cyndi-lauper-kinky-boots-lawsuit/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 12, 2019

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  • Spotify, Apple, Pandora, Amazon, Google Warn Against Ditching the PRO Consent Decrees — “The Resulting Chaos Will Be Felt by Everyone in the Music Industry”

    Should the Department of Justice really do away with the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees?

    Not according to major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora/Sirius, Amazon Music, and YouTube owner Google/Alphabet. As the U.S. Department of Justice deliberates over whether to trash the decades-old Decrees for the licensing of public performances, the streaming services — represented by DiMA — have issued a dire warning of a Decree-less future.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/12/spotify-pandora-amazon-google-consent-decrees/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 12, 2019

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  • Lady Gaga Accused of Copyright Infringement on ‘Shallow’ — Based on 3 Notes

    A little-known singer-songwriter named Steve Ronsen is threatening to sue music superstar Lady Gaga, saying that her award-wining hit song “Shallow” was copied in part from a song he posted on SoundCloud in 2012.

    Not only does Lady Gaga deny the charges, but her legal representative has said that they are prepared to fight them as well.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/12/lady-gaga-shallow-copyright-infringement/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 12, 2019

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  • SoundExchange to Connect Labels, Music Publishers and Podcasters with New Licensing Service

    Washington, DC – August 12, 2019 – SoundExchange today announced plans to collaborate with SourceAudio to provide a new solution for the rapidly growing podcast industry to secure music with fully integrated, global licenses. The collaboration would provide Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, with access to SoundExchange’s vast membership of music creators and offer licensing for label and publisher-owned music.

    Read more: https://www.soundexchange.com/news/soundexchange-to-connect-labels-music-publishers-and-podcasters-with-new-licensing-service/

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    SOURCE: Sound Exchange

    Date: August 12, 2019

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  • ‘An Edifice Whose Foundation Has Eroded’: Inside ASCAP and BMI’s DOJ Comments on WW2-Era Consent Decrees

    With the Dept. of Justice review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees well underway, the two performance rights organizations laid out their argument as to why the 78-year old agreements should be sunsetted in comments filed with the DOJ and made available to Billboard. The two month-plus period for public comment ended on Friday.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8527186/ascap-bmi-comments-consent-decrees-dept-justice-doj

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: August 12, 2019

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  • British Band Makes a T-Shirt Inspired by Abysmal Spotify Royalties

    While She Sleeps has taken an unexpected step to bring attention to paltry Spotify royalties.

    While She Sleeps, a British metalcore band, has released a t-shirt that’s meant to spread awareness of their lackluster Spotify royalties — and, more broadly, the financial difficulties faced by today’s musicians and bands.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/09/british-band-t-shirt-spotify-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 9, 2019

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  • De La Soul Says Tommy Boy Is “Not In the Business Of Giving Artists Back Their Masters”

    Fans of the legendary hip-hop trio De La Soul will be disappointed to hear that the group has broken off negotiations with Tommy Boy Records.

    De La Soul was attempting to negotiate a deal that would have made all of the group’s classic albums available on music streaming services. The dispute reportedly relates to royalty splits that, if left unchanged, would give the group only 10% of the proceeds earned from streaming.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/09/de-la-soul-tommy-boy-masters/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 9, 2019

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  • The Netflix Lobbying Machine: Inside the Effort to Sway Policy Worldwide

    Four weeks after this year’s Oscars, a mysterious letter arrived at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice had taken an interest in — of all things — the Hollywood awards season. In the preceding weeks, Netflix had earned 15 Oscar nominations, including its first for best picture (for Roma), incensing some of the streaming company’s traditional competitors. Executives at multiple studios began quietly discussing a proposed rule change for an upcoming meeting that would force Netflix to honor a more conventional theatrical release for its Oscar-contending films.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-lobbying-machine-inside-effort-sway-policy-worldwide-1229622

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 9, 2019

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  • AMC May Face ‘Walking Dead’ Profits Trial Sooner Than Expected

    With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, and possibly more, AMC could be headed to trial early next year over its zombie hit, Walking Dead. On Thursday, a Los Angeles judge expressed his inclination to begin a so-called “mini-trial” examining the contract enjoyed by Robert Kirkman, who created the comic franchise and is one of the executive producers now suing over profits.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/amc-may-face-walking-dead-profits-trial-sooner-expected-1230433

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 9, 2019

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  • A Coalition of ‘Free Market’ Organizations Urges the U.S. Department of Justice to Maintain Its ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

    Several free-market-focused lobbying groups and organization have asked the Department of Justice to keep consent decrees that regulate ASCAP and BMI.

    The coalition of organizations and lobbying groups feel the age-old regulations are required to address ongoing anticompetitive concerns. In statements issued earlier today, the message was clear: the music licensing market is “inherently anti-competitive” and needs regulations to function.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/08/free-market-doj-consent-decrees/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 8, 2019

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  • The ‘unintended consequences’ of user-centric streaming payouts

    Here’s the thing about the ‘user-centric’ model of music-streaming payouts: it’s nowhere near as simple as a lot of people think it is, on several levels. The idea of each streaming subscriber’s monthly payment (well, the portion of it that is paid out in royalties) being divided only between the artists they have listened to that month, rather than going into a central pool to be divided based on service-wide streams, *feels* like a fairer way of doing things, it’s true.

    Read more: https://musically.com/2019/08/08/the-unintended-consequences-of-user-centric-streaming-payouts/

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    SOURCE: Music Ally

    Date: August 8, 2019

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  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Close $200M Netflix Overall Deal

    Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss officially have a new home.

    The duo have signed what sources say is a $200 million multiyear overall film and TV deal with Netflix. Under the pact, Benioff and Weiss will depart their longtime home at HBO and create and develop new projects for the streaming giant.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-creators-close-200m-netflix-deal-1230119

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 7, 2019

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  • SAG-AFTRA Faces Divisive Election Fight Over Its Future

    On July 29, as SAG-AFTRA officials were mailing ballots for the fractious union’s elections, a lawyer letter arrived on behalf of anonymous clients demanding that incumbent president Gabrielle Carteris be stricken from the ballot for “serious election violations.” Three days later, counsel for Carteris and for leaders of her Unite for StrengthUSAN slate issued a missive blasting Membership First presidential candidate Matthew Modine and members of his slate for “once again attempting to interfere in SAG-AFTRA’s democratic process and elections by threatening or supporting the threat of baseless litigation against SAG-AFTRA.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-faces-divisive-election-fight-future-1229827

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 7, 2019

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  • Copyrighting the ‘Building Blocks’ of Music? Why the Katy Perry Case Alarms Producers

    After a seven-day trial, last week’s copyright infringement ruling against Katy Perry came down to four notes from her 2013 hit, “Dark Horse.”

    On July 29, a jury ruled in favor of Christian rapper Flame, a.k.a. Marcus Gray, who says that Perry and her collaborators Juicy J, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut and Sarah Hudson lifted the looped synth melody from Flame’s 2008 song “Joyful Noise.” Perry, the co-writers and her label, Capitol, now have to pay out $2.8 million dollars in damages.

    Read more: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13863015/perry-dark-horse-flame-joyful-noise-copyright-infringement-precedent

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    SOURCE: KQED

    Date: August 6, 2019

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  • Simpsons Composer Alf Clausen, Fired After Nearly 30 Years, Sues Fox for Discrimination

    Alf Clausen — the composer for The Simpsons for nearly 30 years — has sued Fox for discrimination after he was abruptly fired.

    Clausen is suing both Fox and its new parent company, The Walt Disney Co. He alleges the companies discriminated against him because of his age and disabilities before they outright fired him in 2017.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/06/simpsons-composer-fired/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 6, 2019

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  • US Senate Judiciary Committee approves small-claims copyright bill (CASE Act) and reports its to legislature without amendment

    This (newly minted) GuestKat has been keeping an eye on a possible amendment to the US Copyright Act proposed by the Copyright Office in a 2013 report. Recently, this small-claims amendment proposal received a big boost from the Senate Judiciary Committee; on July 18, Senate Judiciary reported the bill without amendment to both the Senate and House of Representatives for full consideration. Although the bill must still receive a majority of votes in both chambers, last week’s measure provides hope to “hundreds of thousands of U.S. photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, songwriters, and authors, as well as a new generation of creators including bloggers and YouTubers.”

    Read more: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/08/us-senate-judiciary-committee-approves.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: August 6, 2019

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  • The Philadelphia Phillies Sue to Keep Their Mascot From Becoming a Free Agent

    The Philadelphia Phillies are doing more than just competing for a place in this year’s baseball playoffs. On Friday, the club filed suit in New York federal court over an attempt to grab ownership to the “Phanatic,” the team’s mascot.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/philadelphia-phillies-sue-keep-mascot-becoming-a-free-agent-1228956

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 2, 2019

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  • 123 artists speak out in support of Led Zeppelin in ‘Stairway To Heaven’ song-theft case

    Elsewhere in song-theft litigation news, a plethora of artists – including Korn, Tool, Linkin Park, Jason Mraz and Sean Lennon – have put their name to a so called amicus brief submitted in the ongoing ‘Stairway To Heaven’ case, also in the US. The music stars want judges in the Ninth Circuit appeals court to uphold an earlier ruling that said Led Zeppelin did not rip off a song called ‘Taurus’ when they wrote their 1971 classic.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/123-artists-speak-out-in-support-of-led-zeppelin-in-stairway-to-heaven-song-theft-case/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 2, 2019

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  • Katy Perry told to pay $550k to Christian rapper Flame

    Katy Perry has been ordered to pay a Christian rapper $550,000 (£454,000) of her own earnings from her 2013 song Dark Horse by a US court.

    That amount is a part of the $2.7m (£2.2m) awarded to gospel artist Flame, who has successfully sued the star for copying one of his songs.

    Her label, Capitol Records, will have to pay most of the total amount.

    The singer’s legal team say they plan to appeal, if the case is not dismissed pending a defence motion.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49202652

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: August 2, 2019

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  • The New Copyright Directive: Fair remuneration in exploitation contracts of authors and performers – Part II, Articles 20-23

    In Part I of this two-part post on Chapter 3 of the new Copyright Directive, I argued that Articles 18-23 were well-intentioned. It is now up to Member States to send clear signals of support to their creative community by not rendering these provisions ineffective. In addition, while there is ample opportunity to harmonise creator-protective provisions upwards, in the longer term attention needs to be given to not inadvertently reducing protection in the few Member States that already have stronger provisions relating, for example, to equitable remuneration, contract duration, termination, and reversion (see also this study).

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/08/01/the-new-copyright-directive-fair-remuneration-in-exploitation-contracts-of-authors-and-performers-part-ii-articles-20-23/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: August 1, 2019

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  • To Secure Royalties at the Expense of Artists, ByteDance and TikTok Hire a Former Music Industry Advocate

    For weeks, TikTok parent company ByteDance has remained locked in bitter negotiation talks with European rightsholders.

    To secure music licenses, the Chinese conglomerate referred collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM, GEMA, and ICE – STIM and GEMA’s joint venture licensing hub – to the UK Copyright Tribunal.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/08/01/bytedance-tiktok-music-industry/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 1, 2019

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  • UK Music again asks government to investigate Pledge collapse as its UK company is wound up

    UK Music has again called on the government to investigate the collapse of PledgeMusic. The cross-sector trade group wants to know if there were any regulatory breaches at the crowdfunding and pre-order platform, and whether there are any lessons that can be learned to prevent similar companies collapsing in this way in the future.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/uk-music-again-asks-government-to-investigate-pledge-collapse-as-its-uk-company-is-wound-up/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 1, 2019

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  • SAG-AFTRA President’s Counsel Criticizes Election Challengers for “Threat of Baseless Litigation”

    The SAG-AFTRA election became a battle of lawyer letters Thursday as counsel for president Gabrielle Carteris and for seven other leaders of her Unite for Strength/USAN slate issued a missive blasting MembershipFirst candidate Matthew Modine and members of his slate for “once again attempting to interfere in SAG-AFTRA’s democratic process and elections by threatening or supporting the threat of baseless litigation against SAG-AFTRA” either directly or “in concert or coordination” with others.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-presidents-counsel-criticizes-challengers-threat-baseless-litigation-1228716

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 1, 2019

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