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California’s appeals court rules that Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ did not copy Spirit’s ‘Taurus’

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The Ninth Circuit in San Francisco has handed Led Zeppelin a victory in its appeal to the 'Stairway to Heaven' infringement case. The British rock band was accused by the heir of the late Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit of having copied the instrumental 'Taurus'.
The "en banc" court affirmed the ruling by the United States District Court for the Central District of California which found the British composers of the 1971 song 'Stairway to Heaven' - Jimmy Page and Robert P...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

Litigation

New York judge rejects motion to classify a termination rights case against Universal Music Group as a class-action lawsuit

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The US District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a motion filed by a group of artists to qualify as a class-action lawsuit their case against Universal Music Group and its division Capitol Records on the issue of termination rights.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that since Plaintiffs each represent a specific case, requiring specific lawsuits, it could not be covered by a class-action suit.

The suit was initially filed in 2019 by Leonard Graves Phillips, Stan ...

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Copyright & Regulation

US Justice Department starts legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in the digital advertising market

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The US Justice Department — alongside eight States — have filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the Alphabet-owned company of "monopolising multiple digital advertising technology products in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act."

The suit — in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — alleges that through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation, Google "subverted competition in Internet advertising technologies."

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Creative Industries

Delhi High Court orders ISPs in India to block access to 20 stream ripping sites

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Delhi High Court has ordered ISPs in India to block access to 20 stream ripping sites, following legal action taken by local recorded music industry organisation IMI and international labels' body IFPI, acting on behalf of Sony Music India, Universal Music India and Warner Music India.

The two organisations said it was "the first successful blocking action targeting stream ripping sites in India" and that the decision resulted in "disrupting one of the most prominent forms of music piracy i...

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