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Maria Schneider files class action suit against YouTube for copyright infringement

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By Emmanuel LegrandUS composer and performer Maria Schneider has filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube and parent companies Google and Alphabet in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, seeking damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement under the Copyright Act. At the heart of the lawsuit is how independent rights holders that do not have access to YouTube's Content ID system can monitor and police infringing content. YouTube, acco...

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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).

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Netflix drops lawsuit against the creators of ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’

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Netflix has filed in federal district court documents confirming that it has dropped its copyright lawsuit against the creators of 'The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical'. The two parties have reached a settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.

The filing states that the case has been dismissed "with prejudice," which means that it cannot be brought again, according to Reuters, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The video streaming service filed a copyright infringement ...

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Warner Music Group sues Bang Energy

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Warner Music Group has joined the other two major companies in suing energy drink brand Bang Energy and its CEO Jack Owoc for using the company's repertoire without authorisation or remuneration.

WMG's lawsuit, filed in Florida Southern District Court follows similar action previously taken by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. WMG accuses Bang Energy to have used its repertoire in a series of snap videos to promote the brand.

According to Reuters, Warner Music said it se...

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Florida judge sides with Sony Music Entertainment on most counts in infringement case against Bang Energy

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Sony Music Entertainment has scored a partial legal victory after a District Judge in Miami ruled in a pretrial decision that the record label's copyrights had been infringed by energy-drink brand Bang Energy for their use in a series of adversing videos posted on short-format platform TikTok, as well as on Triller, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

SME has sued Bang parent company Vital Pharmaceutical and its CEO Jack Owoc in August 2021 for using sound recordings from its repertoire — inclu...

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