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US Court orders Russian operator of stream-ripping services to preserve and produce server data

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The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has granted a motion filed by Universal Music Group asking the court to order the Russian operator of two YouTube stream-ripping services to preserve data related to the access by users of pirated content.

  The motion stated that Defendant Tofig Kurbanov, owner and operator of stream-ripping services www.FLVTO.biz and www.2conv.com, had engaged in and facilitated copyright inf...

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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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Mr. Probz and his company Left Lane have accused Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Records of withholding royalties

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Dutch artist and producer Dennis Stehr, a.k.a. Mr. Probz, and his company Left Lane B.V. have accused Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and its subsidiary Ultra Records of withholding royalties for years in a summons filed in Amsterdam.

Stehr and Left Lane signed a license agreement with SME and Ultra in 2013. The agreement included an ’at source’ provision. The lawsuit states that SME deducted administration and distribution fees from Stehr's royalties as they were passed through the company'...

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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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Timbaland and Swizz Beatz settled $28m lawsuit with Triller over ‘Verzuz’

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Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have settled their lawsuit with the social video platform Triller over Verzuz, the livestreaming platform they launched in 2020 and sold to Triller a year later for an undisclosed amount. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

When Timbaland and Swizz Beats sold Verzuz, they became shareholders in Triller. At the time, they said the acquisition was “a momentous occasion not only for Verzuz and Triller but the music business as a whole.”

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