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Donald Trump pleads ‘absolute immunity’ in the copyright infringement case filed by Eddy Grant

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Former US President Donald Trump has filed a motion to deny singer-songwriter Eddy Grant a copyright infringement claim, stating that the former President, and then candidate to re-election, benefited from “Presidential absolute immunity.”

Grant initially sued Trump for copyright infringement after his 1983 song “Electric Avenue” was used in a 55-second animated video created during the 2020 presidential campaign. Grant claimed in the suit that he never granted Trump or a...

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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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Arizona court charges two individuals for running a scheme monetising the rights to songs they did not control

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Two individuals — Jose Teran, 36, of Scottsdale, Arizona and Webster Batista, 38, of Doral, Florida. — were charged in Federal Court with conspiracy, wire fraud, transactional money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.

Batista was arrested at his residence in Florida on November 18 by Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. Mid-November, a federal grand jury in Phoenix slapped Teran and Batista with a 30-count indictment.

Teran and Batista have be...

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Shopify sued by educational publishers for copyright infringement

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E-commerce platform Shopify has been sued by publishers of educational material and textbooks for copyright infringement.

In a lawsuit filed with the District Court for the Eastern Dictrict of Virginia, publishers Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning, Elsevier, McGraw Hill and Pearson Education have accused Canada-based Shopify of "contributory and vicarious copyright infringement and contributory trademark infringement."

The publishers —represented by by Matthew Oppenheim of law firm Op...

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A British court sentences software developer to 30 month in prison for enabling access to video content

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Chester Crown Court has sentenced a British citizen from Winsford, Stephen Millington, 42, to thirty months in prison for creating and building a software package which enabled illegal access to TV channels and video streaming services such as BT Sport, SKY and Netflix, among others.

Millington had pleaded guilty to multiple fraud and copyright offenses, including making and supplying software to enable illegal access to subscription content, distributing infringing film content via a dedic...

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