#DoubleStat: Songwriters Brace for the Real Trickle Down Royalty as Big Tech Advertising Revenue Tanks

Per-unit royalties are a bet on yourself. Revenue share royalties tied to the performance of someone you license to is a bet on that platform, not on yourself. Nowhere is this more obvious than with songwriter royalties set by the government–penny rates on vinyl compared to revenue share on streaming, particularly advertising based streaming. This includes, of course, non-statutory rates for audiovisual licensing at YouTube which has a mix of statutory and non-statutory.

Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/10/29/doublestat-songwriters-brace-for-the-real-trickle-down-royalty-as-big-tech-advertising-revenue-tanks/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: October 29, 2022

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  • Judge rejects Pandora’s cartel claims against comedy rights agency

    A US judge has rejected arguments by streaming service Pandora that an agency representing the copyrights of a roster of comedians is operating an anti-competitive licensing cartel. Judge Mark Scarsi concluded that Pandora had failed to demonstrate that the operations of Word Collections contravene American competition law.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/judge-rejects-pandoras-cartel-claims-against-comedy-rights-agency/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 28, 2022

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  • Song right revenues began to recover in 2021, but are still 5.1% below pre-pandemic levels

    Revenues collected by the music industry’s song right collecting societies worldwide increased by 7.2% to 8.48 billion euros last year, following a COVID-caused dip in 2020. However, with live music still very much restricted in 2021, total collections were 5.1% down compared to pre-pandemic levels. This is all according to the latest stats pack from global collecting society grouping CISAC.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/song-right-revenues-began-to-recover-in-2021-but-are-still-5-1-below-pre-pandemic-levels/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 27, 2022

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  • Global songwriter royalty collections topped $10bn in 2021, but were still below pre-pandemic levels

    Publisher and songwriter royalties collected by their societies globally hit EUR €8.48 billion in 2021 (USD $10.02 bn).

    Although that total royalties haul represented a 7.2% rise versus 2020, it remained below pre-COVID levels, highlighting the impact of lockdowns on live performances.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/global-songwriter-royalty-collections-topped-10bn-in-2021-but-were-still-below-pre-pandemic-levels/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: October 27, 2022

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  • How Bad Would a Recession Be for Hollywood?

    Everyone from Jeff Bezos to Gwyneth Paltrow is talking about the likelihood of a deepening recession, with the Amazon founder advising Twitter followers on Oct. 19 to batten down the hatches and the Goop CEO confessing late- night worries about the economic outlook a few days earlier. Technically, the U.S. economy entered recession territory midyear, following the second straight quarter of decline in gross domestic product. But the economy has rallied in the past following such declines, leading some to argue we aren’t yet in a recession; the glass-half-full crowd points to low unemployment even amid rising inflation as an indicator we aren’t in such bad financial straits.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2022/biz/news/recession-inflation-impact-on-hollywood-movies-tv-1235415036/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3&recipient_salt=44b86a45cc341bf0e4a54672d3b92bed408f33e80b1cb0325e520de4d3612f9d

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: October 26, 2022

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  • Global Streaming Is Still Growing, But Starting to Get Squeezed

    Just over a decade after Netflix created the international SVOD market — with the launch of regional versions of its streaming platform, first in Canada, then worldwide — the battle over the future of global streaming has entered a new phase.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/global-streaming-growing-international-series-1235244246/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3&recipient_salt=44b86a45cc341bf0e4a54672d3b92bed408f33e80b1cb0325e520de4d3612f9d

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 25, 2022

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  • MLC Says Nearly $700MM In Royalties Distributed to Date to Members

    The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) formed after the Music Modernization Act, has distributed nearly $700 million in blanket royalties to its members.

    The MLC held its second annual membership meeting last week, sharing some key metrics the group has met. It also announced that three current members of the MLC Board of Directors were each selected to serve a second three-year term on the board–initial terms were slated to end in October 2022.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/24/mlc-royalties-distributed-to-date-2022/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 24, 2022

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  • Salary Survey: What Hollywood Earns Now, From Stars to C-Suite Execs

    As streamers grapple with the economic realities of writing overinflated checks to lure talent, and the pandemic has made studios more comfortable with the idea of day-and-date releases, the days of an eight-figure home run for talent and creatives are likely gone for good. Now, industry insiders say shifting pay models are causing a “gold rush” for TV actors looking for a big per-episode payday, while showrunners get rewarded for keeping a series on the air for at least two years with longevity bonuses, and experienced directors can use a “track record as a blunt object” in negotiations.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/what-hollywood-earns-now-stars-execs-salaries-1235243926/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 20, 2022

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  • IMPALA Sets Sights On Increasing Digital Payouts As Recorded Music Revenues Lag Behind Pre-Streaming Levels

    Europe’s Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) has rolled out an updated digital strategy that centers on increasing payouts from streaming services and compelling “all labels to pay fair contemporary digital royalties,” according to an official update.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/14/impala-digital-strategy-october-2022/?mc_cid=9807978681

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 14, 2022

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  • #DoubleStat: @SenatorLeahy Says Show Me the Money on the MLC–@ArtistRights Watch

    Readers will recall that the MLC is sitting on a pile of other peoples money (i.e., the Mechanical Licensing Collective, the DSPs one-of-a-kind joint venture quango mandated by the good folks from Washington who are here to help). We estimate that the MLC has got at least $500 million socked away at City National Bank in Nashville collecting dust–or interest. More on that later. This would include current black box plus $424 million or so in historical black box it voluntarily paid to the MLC by the DSPs–an inexplicably large sum given all the DSP audits over the years.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/10/20/doublestat-senatorleahy-says-show-me-the-money-on-the-mlc-artistrights-watch/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: October 20, 2022

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  • Netflix’s Data Vault Cracks Open a Little (For Its Advertising Partners)

    If Netflix’s business models were structured like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the company would be about to enter Phase 3. Phase 1, of course, is when the company launched its DVD-by-mail service in 1999, transforming the way DVDs were rented. Phase 2 began in 2007, when it supplemented its DVD subscriptions with a streaming video-on-demand service, ushering in the modern era of streaming entertainment. Phase 3 of the Netflix Revenue Universe (the NRU?) will begin in earnest in November, when the company launches its advertising-supported streaming tier.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/netflix-viewership-advertising-tier-1235244112/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 19, 2022

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  • Streaming Remuneration: An answer to global cultural dominance by European/US Streaming Services

    Streamers Lack of Local Cultural Contribution

    Look at Spotify’s “Global Top 50” playlist on any day and the world’s biggest music service will show all or nearly all English language songs. With few exceptions these songs are performed by Anglo-American artists released by major record companies.

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2022/10/19/streaming-remuneration-an-answer-to-global-cultural-dominance-by-european-us-streaming-services/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: October 19, 2022

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  • More artists sue Trax Records over allegedly unpaid royalties

    A stack of artists have sued Trax Records, the Chicago-based label that played an important role in the development of house music in the 1980s. The plaintiffs claim that the label hasn’t paid them the royalties they are due and – in some cases – released their music without ever paying them anything at all.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/more-artists-sue-trax-records-over-allegedly-unpaid-royalties/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 18, 2022

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  • Federal Judge Orders Slacker and LiveOne to Pay SoundExchange $9.8 Million In Owed Licensing Payments

    LiveOne (formerly LiveXLive) and its Slacker Radio subsidiary have been ordered to pay about $9.77 million in owed licensing payments to SoundExchange, which filed a lawsuit against the audio-entertainment platform in June.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/18/liveone-slacker-soundexchange-payment-order/?mc_cid=a28f97c307

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 18, 2022

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  • CRB Orders Phonorecords IV Settling Parties to File All ‘Supplemental’ Written and Oral Agreements Following Pushback

    Earlier this month, leading music publishers and streaming giants including Spotify released an unredacted version of their Phonorecords IV settlement. But songwriter organizations then called for the disclosure of any “side” agreements, and the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has now ordered the parties to shed light upon deals related to (but not included in) the core settlement.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/18/phonorecords-iv-crb-order-side-agreements/?utm_source=Daily%20Snapshot&utm_campaign=a28f97c307-Daily_Snapshot_October_19_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-a28f97c307-21364965&mc_cid=a28f97c307

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 18 2022

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  • CISAC Global Collections Report 2022

    Behind its dry veneer, CISAC’s Global Collections Report
    tells a story I care a lot about. It’s a human story of songwriters, painters, screen directors, writers, lyricists and other creators, whose work inhabits the culture around us. These are the people, across all repertoires, who make up the “royalty economy”, and they are the lifeblood of our creative industries.

    Read the full report below:

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: October 2022

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  • IMPALA again confirms opposition to ER on streams, while calling for focus on music’s “investment stream”

    The pan-European trade group for the independent music sector, IMPALA, has again voiced its opposition to the extension of performer equitable remuneration to streaming, while calling for “all labels to pay fair contemporary digital royalties” to artists.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/impala-again-confirms-opposition-to-er-on-streams-while-calling-for-focus-on-musics-investment-stream/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 13, 2022

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  • BMI announces shift to for-profit business model

    US song rights collecting society BMI has announced plans to shift from operating on a not-for-profit business model to a for-profit business model. Why? Because doing so will “open up new and important opportunities for us to invest in our business and ensure we can continue to deliver on our mission to support our affiliates and grow the value of their music”. Or that’s what CEO Mike O’Neill reckons.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/bmi-announces-shift-to-for-profit-business-model/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 13, 2022

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  • Que Sera Sera writer’s daughter seeks dismissal of termination rights case filed by her daughter

    The daughter of the late Jay Livingston – a prolific songwriter perhaps best known from co-writing ‘Que Sera Sera’ – has submitted a motion to the courts in Nashville seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her by her own daughter relating to Livingston’s copyrights and royalties.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/que-sera-sera-writers-daughter-seeks-dismissal-of-termination-rights-case-filed-by-her-daughter/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 12, 2022

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  • Study on the place and role of authors and composers in the European music streaming market

    This study is prepared by Emmanuel Legrand of Legrand Network and commissioned by GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and
    Composer.

    The key question this report attempts to answer is: “How do authors and composers connect with the new music streaming economy, and what can be done to improve the relationship between the two parties?”

    Read the full report here: https://authorsocieties.eu/content/uploads/2022/09/music-streaming-study-28-9-2022.pdf

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    SOURCE: The European Authors' Society

    Date: September 2022

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  • Music Creators North America welcomes increased transparency on streaming rate deal

    The Music Creators North America organisation has welcomed the decision by the US National Music Publishers Association and Digital Media Association to release in full details of the deal they have done regarding the royalties streaming services will pay to songwriters and music publishers in the US over the next five years. However, MCNA is still calling for the full release of any related “side agreements”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/music-creators-north-america-welcomes-increased-transparency-on-streaming-rate-deal/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 10, 2022

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  • Will Sunlight Win at the Copyright Royalty Board in Big Tech’s Latest Credibility Debacle?

    There’s an old saying among sailors that water always wins. Sunlight does, too. It may take a while, but time reveals all things in the cold light of dawn. So when you are free riding on huge blocks of aged government cheese like the digital music services do with the compulsory mechanical license, the question you should ask yourself is why hide from the sunlight? It just makes songwriters even more suspicious.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/10/09/will-sunlight-win-at-the-copyright-royalty-board-in-big-techs-latest-credibility-debacle/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: October 9, 2022

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  • Irving Azoff’s collecting society sues three US radio companies for copyright infringement

    American collecting society Global Music Rights has sued three radio companies in the US for failing to secure licences covering the organisation’s songs. The accused broadcasters are “sophisticated media companies” that have “wilfully infringed” the copyrights of the songwriters GMR works with, the society argues in three lawsuits filed earlier this week.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/irving-azoffs-collecting-society-sues-three-us-radio-companies-for-copyright-infringement/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 7, 2022

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  • When is “fair use” fair? In Warhol copyright case, Supreme Court could offer new answers.

    Two deceased superstars, the artist Andy Warhol and the musician Prince, will take center stage at the nation’s highest court. No, it’s not one of those hologram concerts no one ever asked for — looking at you, Whitney Houston and John Lennon — it’s a Supreme Court case that could reshape federal copyright law.

    Read More: https://www.marketplace.org/2022/10/07/when-is-fair-use-fair-in-warhol-copyright-case-supreme-court-could-offer-new-answers/

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    SOURCE: Marketplace

    Date: October 7, 2022

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  • Thinking Outside the Pie: @legrandnetwork Study for GESAC Highlights Streaming Impact on Choking Diversity and Songwriter Royalties

    Emmanuel Legrand prepared an excellent and important study for the European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC) that identifies crucial effects of streaming on culture, creatives and especially songwriters. The study highlights the cultural effects of streaming on the European markets, but it would be easy to extend these harms globally as Emmanuel observes.

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2022/10/06/thinking-outside-the-pie-legrandnetwork-study-for-gesac-highlights-streaming-impact-on-choking-diversity-and-songwriter-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: October 6, 2022

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  • HYBE Acquires AI ‘Singing Voice Synthesis’ Company Supertone in $32MM Deal

    Hybe has acquired AI tech startup Supertone in a deal worth an estimated $32 million. Supertone synthesizes realistic voices that can sing.

    According to Korean media, the deal follows a 4 billion won ($2.8M) investment to acquire an 18% stake in the startup last year. Now media reports say Hybe finalized a deal to buy out Supertone completely.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/05/hybe-acquires-ai-singing-voice-synthesis-company-supertone/?mc_cid=15a7ccc64d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 5, 2022

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  • Taylor Swift says Shake It Off song-theft accusers don’t even have the right to sue

    As the song theft legal battle in relation to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ rumbles on, at a court hearing yesterday attention turned to the argument that the songwriters suing Swift don’t even have the legal right to pursue the litigation.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/taylor-swift-says-shake-it-off-song-theft-accusers-dont-even-have-the-right-to-sue/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 5, 2022

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  • Songwriters call for full transparency around US song royalty rate settlement deal

    The Music Creators North America organisation has called on the US Copyright Royalty Board to make public the agreement reached between the music publishers and the streaming services regarding the rates to be paid by the latter for the streaming of songs in the years ahead. MCNA says that all songwriters need access to an “un-redacted copy of the agreement under consideration in its entirety, including any and all related or potentially related agreements”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/songwriters-call-for-full-transparency-around-us-song-royalty-rate-settlement-deal/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 5, 2022

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  • Streamers Use Playlists to Control the Music Industry

    Paul Johnson’s life was like any other struggling musician’s—working multiple jobs, picking up gigs, hustling. Then his warm acoustic folk-pop tune “Firework” made it on to one of Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlists, designed to surface brand-new artists. Spotify and other streaming platforms invest heavily in playlists, ranging from the algorithmically generated Discover Weekly (which predicts new music subscribers might like) to the editorial RapCaviar (the most desired real estate in hip-hop). Playlist placements are highly coveted, both for how they rack up the streams—more than 7 billion in five years, in the case of RapCaviar—and the way they expose music to new listeners. The latter paid off for Johnson.

    Read More: https://www.wired.com/story/spotify-streaming-playlists-music/

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    SOURCE: Wired

    Date: October 4, 2022

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  • Will Roger Waters’ Explosive New Comments About Israel and Ukraine Sink a $500 Million Pink Floyd Catalog Sale?

    While there’s been no official word, legendary British rockers Pink Floyd have been shopping their recorded-music catalog and other assets for several months, seeking as much as $500 million, according to the Financial Times, with both major music companies and investment firms as the top bidders. But sources say an explosive new interview with founding member, main songwriter and stakeholder Roger Waters — in which he makes extensive remarks about Israel, Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and other political matters that one could politely characterize as controversial — is giving at least one potential buyer cold feet and seems likely to lead others to rethink their positions.

    Read  More: https://variety.com/2022/music/news/roger-waters-israel-ukraine-pink-floyd-catalog-sale-1235392886/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: October 4, 2022

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  • Supreme Court won’t review copyright fight over Paramount’s ‘What Men Want’

    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t weigh in on a copyright fight over the Paramount Pictures movie “What Men Want.”

    The decision brings to an end at least part of author and screenwriter Joe Carlini’s multiyear fight with the Los Angeles-based studio over a script he co-authored and alleged the movie was based on.

    Read More: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-10-04/supreme-court-wont-review-copyright-fight-over-paramounts-what-men-want

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    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

    Date: October 4, 2022

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