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Taylor Swift files a motion to dismiss in copyright infringement case

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Taylor Swift's attorney, Peter Anderson, has filed a motion to dismiss a copyright the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler who argued that her song 'Shake It Off' contained similarities with their song 'Playas Gon' Play', performed by 3LW.

On December 9, District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald denied a motion for summary judgment filed by Swift and ruled that “even though there are some noticeable differences between the works, there are also signif...

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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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French court finds stream-ripping site Mpgun.com guilty of infringement after legal action from SCPP

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A French court has found the operator of stream-ripping site Mpgun.com guilty of copyright infringement, following legal action initiated by neighbouring rights society SCPP.

The Nanterre court of first instance ruled that Mpgun.com had been committing infringement by the reproduction and making available to the public unlicensed works that are controlled by members of SCPP. The court found that “the transformation of the stream of data accessible in streaming into mp3 or mp4 files by their ...

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Disney and the authors of ‘Predator’ agree to a settlement

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The Walt Disney Company's affiliate 20th Century Studios has settled out of court with James and John Thomas, the brothers who authored the screenplay to 'Predator', which became a movie in 1987, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In a filing in a Los Angeles federal court, the two parties informed the court presided by US District Judge George Wu that they have reached an agreement and that they have dropped the copyright lawsuit. In December, the two parties had issued a notice informing the...

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The Association of American Publishers’ case against the State of Maryland is set for a Feb. 7 hearing

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United States District Judge Deborah Boardman has set for February 7 the hearing date for the case involving the Association of American Publishers (AAP) against the Maryland Attorney General regarding Maryland's new law on library ebook licensing, which sets a mandatory framework for publishers to make their digital books available to libraries.

The AAP sued Maryland at the end of December 2021 to try to block the law, which was adopted in the spring of 2021 and took effect on January 1, 20...

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