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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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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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Snoop Dog hit with copyright infringement lawsuit filed by producer Trevor Lawrence

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Trevor Lawrence Jr. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California against Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., professionally known as Snoop Dogg.

Lawrence — a producer and drummer — claims that Snoop Dog failed to license Lawrence’s "authorship interests in connection with the musical compositions and sound recordings embodied in two songs released by Broadus and more broadly commercially exploited by Defendants."

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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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