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Charter Communications sued by Universal, Sony and Warner for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement of music works

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The three major music companies – Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group – have once again sued US digital service provider (DSP) Charter Communications for "contributory and vicarious copyright infringement."

  The music companies ague in the filing with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado that Charter has "knowingly contributed to, and reaped substantial profits from, massive copyright infringement committed by t...

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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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The Weeknd settles infringement lawsuit related to the track ‘Call Out My Name’

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Suniel Fox and Henry Strange, members of the electro duo Epikker, who sued The Weeknd two years for copyright infringement over his 2018 track 'Call Out My Name', have filed a motion Los Angeles federal court in which they inform the court that they have reached a settlement with Defendant. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“The parties have reached a settlement in principle of this action. Because the parties are still in the process of formalising, executing, and consummating that...

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Texas court dismisses Kirk Johnson’s lawsuit against Nickelback

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A US District Court dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Nickelback and music publisher Warner Chappell Music by singer and songwriter Kirk Johnston, from the band Snowblind Revival, who claimed that the Canadian rock band ​copied his 2001 song 'Rock Star' in their namesake song, released on Nickelback’s 2005 album 'All the Right Reasons'. 

Johnston argued in the May 2020 lawsuit that the lyrics of the songs had similarities in the description of rock star's lives. In add...

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Jagger/Richards sued for copyright infringement for ‘Living In A Ghost Town’

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been sued in New Orleans federal court by songwriter Sergio Garcia Fernandez (a.k.a. Angelslang) who accuses the Rolling Stones' songwriting duo of using portions of two of his songs in 'Living in a Ghost Town', their single released in 2020 during the Covid pandemic.

In a lawsuit, Fernandez claims that Jagger and Richards “misappropriated many of the recognisable and key protected elements” from his 2006 song 'So Sorry' and his 2007 composition 'Seed of G...

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