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District court confirms Cox has to pay $1bn to labels for copyright infringement

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By Emmanuel LegrandA US District Court judge in Virginia upheld a $1 billion award in the copyright infringement case against Cox Communications. A court found in 2019 that the internet service provider had infringed copyrights owned by Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group and had "knowingly contributed to, and reaped substantial profits from, massive copyright infringement committed by thousands of its subscribers." The jury ordered in December 2019 Cox to ...

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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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Italy’s Artisti 7607 takes Netflix to court over performers’ remuneration

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Artisti 7607, the Italian not-for-profit collecting society has sued Netflix in a Rome civil court to obtain "adequate and proportionate" remuneration that the video streaming service is required to pay by law.

The society claims that for the past eight years, it has been negotiating with Netflix to obtain the data necessary to determine the compensation due to artists, as required by European and national legislation. Due to failure from Netflix to provide data, Artisti 7607 said it had no ...

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US District Court dismissed ‘Top Gun’ case

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The US District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the claim from Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, the widow and son of Ehud Yonay, that Yonay was entitled to damages for copyright infringement from Paramount Pictures related to the sequel of 1986 movie 'Top Gun'.

The original movie was based on an article authored by Yonay, the rights of which were licensed in 1983 to Paramount Pictures through an Assignment of Rights. The heirs to Yonay claimed that the agreement also appli...

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Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment files lawsuit against the operator of an illegal internet protocol television service in Dallas

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Members of anti-piracy coalition the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) have filed a civil copyright infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the operator of a Dallas, Texas-based illegal internet protocol television (IPTV) service.

The lawsuit alleges William Freemon, the operator of the IPTV service, which operates under several names, most notably Streaming TV Now, infringed ACE members’ copyrighted works by offering subscripti...

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