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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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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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BREIN’s Annual Report 2021 illustrates the ongoing popularity of torrent sites, cyberlockers and illegal IPTV platforms

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Bittorrent remains the most popular protocol to access unlicensed content, but streaming/download link sites for cyberlockers are also very popular, as are illegal IPTV subscriptions with Video-On-Demand (VoD) for audiovisual content, according to the Annual Report 2021 from Dutch anti-piracy organisation BREIN Foundation.

The BREIN Foundation provides collective protection for copyright and neighboring rights on behalf creators, performers and the creative industry — producers, publishers, ...

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California district court denies motion to dismiss from YouTube in copyright case filed by composer Maria Schneider

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The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied a motion to dismiss filed by YouTube related to the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by US composer Maria Schneider, Uniglobe Entertainment, and AST Publishing, in which they accused the Alphabet-owned video streaming service of having a two-tiered copyright enforcement system.

Plaintiffs alleged YouTube and parent Google "facilitate copyright infringement" by provising “powerful copyright owners,” such ...

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Bright House Networks and major record labels settle copyright infringement case

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Charter Communications' affiliate Bright House Networks has settle a lawsuit filed by major record labels — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group — in which they claimed that Bright House enabled "massive" copyright infringement.

In an August 2 filing in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the two parties notified the Court that they have "resolved" the action. The settlement was filed the day prior to the trial that was scheduled in Tampa...

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