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Jacques Levy estate’s claim against Bob Dylan dismissed by New York appeals court

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The Appellate Division in New York has dismissed the claim from the Estate of Jacques Levy, who worked with Bob Dylan on the lyrics to the songs recorded in 1976's album 'Desire', that he was entitled to a share of the sale of Dylan's publishing catalogue to Universal Music Publishing Group.

A first court ruling in August 2021 had already dismissed the claim, which was subsequently appealed by Levy’s widow Claudia C. Levy, who was asking the court for $7.25m from the sale of Dylan's catalogu...

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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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Mr. Probz and his company Left Lane have accused Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Records of withholding royalties

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Dutch artist and producer Dennis Stehr, a.k.a. Mr. Probz, and his company Left Lane B.V. have accused Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and its subsidiary Ultra Records of withholding royalties for years in a summons filed in Amsterdam.

Stehr and Left Lane signed a license agreement with SME and Ultra in 2013. The agreement included an ’at source’ provision. The lawsuit states that SME deducted administration and distribution fees from Stehr's royalties as they were passed through the company'...

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Netflix drops lawsuit against the creators of ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’

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Netflix has filed in federal district court documents confirming that it has dropped its copyright lawsuit against the creators of 'The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical'. The two parties have reached a settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.

The filing states that the case has been dismissed "with prejudice," which means that it cannot be brought again, according to Reuters, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The video streaming service filed a copyright infringement ...

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Timbaland and Swizz Beatz settled $28m lawsuit with Triller over ‘Verzuz’

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Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have settled their lawsuit with the social video platform Triller over Verzuz, the livestreaming platform they launched in 2020 and sold to Triller a year later for an undisclosed amount. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

When Timbaland and Swizz Beats sold Verzuz, they became shareholders in Triller. At the time, they said the acquisition was “a momentous occasion not only for Verzuz and Triller but the music business as a whole.”

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