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Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber sued for copyright infringement over ‘10,000 hours’

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Music company Melomega Music ​filed a copyright infringement ​law​suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles​ accusing Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber ​— and their co-writers and their respective publishers — of copying portions of R&B song ​'The First Time Baby Is A Holiday​'​ in their song '10,000 Hours​'.

Melomega​ claimed in the suit that Bieber and his co-writers copied the chorus, verse and hook ​​...

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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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SoundExchange files a lawsuit against Slacker for failing to pay statutory royalties

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US music rights society SoundExchange has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against digital media company Slacker, Inc. and its parent company LiveOne, Inc. "to recover unpaid royalties owed to performers and rights owners."

SoundExchange said Slacker operates under the statutory license for the use of sound recordings on digital radio but the service stopped paying statutory royalties in 2017.

"SoundExchange has been in negotiations wi...

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Copyright & Regulation

US Department of Justice seizes six domain names; Brazil takes down 461 music streaming apps as part of Operation 404

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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has seized six domain names of websites "used to distribute copyrighted material without the authorization of the copyright holders."

According to the DoJ, law enforcement investigation from the Eastern District of Virginia confirmed that copyright-protected music content was "present and available" for streaming or downloading on each of these six websites.

The crackdown was part of ongoing efforts by the DoJ and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) t...

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British court sentences individual to four-and-a-half years imprisonment for selling and advertising unauthorised TV decoders

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The Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, England has sentenced Michael Hornung to four years and six months imprisonment following conviction by a jury for selling and advertising unauthorised decoders.

Hornung was found to have operated his illegal business for over a three-year period between 2014 and 2017. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) alongside the Greater Manchester Police investigated in 2014 the activities of an online supplier of television set-top boxes which e...

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