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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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Major labels sue Verizon for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement

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The three major companies — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group — have filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York accusing telecom operator Verizon of allowing "tens of thousands of its subscribers" to engage in massive copyright infringement.

They have sued Verizon for "contributory and vicarious copyright infringement." The suit reads: "Verizon has knowingly contributed to, and reaped substantial profits fr...

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Songwriters and Pace Rights Management sue PRS for Music over live music royalties

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A group of songwriters and composers, joined by Pace Rights Management, has sued PRS for Music over the way the London-based British music rights society manages royalties from live performances.

Their goal of the legal action is to "overhaul the implementation of procedures and policies which are prejudicial to their interests and to the interests of PRS Members more broadly," according to a statement from Plaintiffs, which include Robert Fripp and James and William Reid from the Jesus &...

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French court confirms Maurice Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ is in the public domain

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A French court in Nanterre has ruled that the 'Bolero' composed by Maurice Ravel is definitely into the public domain and the work is no longer copyright protected. The ruling can still be appealed.

The court was ruling on a copyright dispute involving the heirs of Alexandre Benois, a stage designer who worked on the original performance of 'Bolero' when it was first performed at the Paris Opera in 1928, to French right society SACEM, which declined to recognise Benois as co-author.

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