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Cher files lawsuit against Mary Bono after rights to songs she wrote and performed with Sonny Bono were terminated

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US performer and songwriter Cher has filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Mary Bono, the widow of Cher's former musical partner and husband Sonny Bono. In the filing, Cher claims that Mary Bono had wrongly terminated her share of the songs she wrote and performed as a duo with Sonny Bono in the 1960s. 

In the lawsuit, Cher argues that "this action has become necessary because now, more than forty years after plaintiff received her fifty percent ownership of her and Sonny's com...

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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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SUISA Digital slaps Snapchat with a copyright infringement lawsuit in Hamburg

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SUISA Digital — a Liechtenstein-based subsidiary of Swiss rights society SUISA — is suing short format platform Snapchat for copyright infringement.

SUISA said Snapchat "refuses" to pay authors and publishers for music represented by the music licensing organisation and used in videos on the Snapchat platform. As a result, SUISA Digital filed a lawsuit against Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. for copyright infringement in the Hamburg District Court.

Through its lawsuit, SUISA Digital "...

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Appeals court in California affirms Toni Basil is the sole author of the song ‘Mickey’

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United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California has affirmed a previous ruling stating that Antonia Basilotta, known as Toni Basil, has full authorship of the song 'Disney'.

British company Stillwater had filed in District Court an action against Basilotta, seeking a declaratory judgment about her ownership of copyrights in certain sound recordings. Stillwater claimed that the producer on the track, Greg Mathieson had a right to co-authorship of the song.

However, the D...

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NetEase’s Cloud Music sued Tencent Music Entertainment for ‘unfair competition’

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Tencent Music Entertainment — China's largest music streaming company — has been sued by rival NetEase's Cloud Music for unfair competition and plagiarising of its app design, according to a Reuters report.

"We urge TME to immediately rectify its products and businesses and stop all behaviours of unfair competition," NetEase Cloud Music said in a statement on the Weibo social media platform.

Reuters said that the suit is centered around some features of TME’s suite of music streaming...

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