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Ed Sheeran awarded £900,000 in legal costs in ‘Shape of You’ case

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Ed Sheeran and his co-songwriters, John McDaid and producer Steven McCutcheon, have been awarded £916,200 in legal costs, after winning their UK High Court copyright trial over the hit 'Shape of You' earlier this year. 

Justice Zacaroli wrote in a ruling that Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue, who had sued Sheeran, arguing of similarities between his song and their composition 'Oh Why', should pay the legal costs. 

"I consider it is appropriate that the claimants' success is reflected in an...

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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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BREIN’s Annual Report 2021 illustrates the ongoing popularity of torrent sites, cyberlockers and illegal IPTV platforms

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Bittorrent remains the most popular protocol to access unlicensed content, but streaming/download link sites for cyberlockers are also very popular, as are illegal IPTV subscriptions with Video-On-Demand (VoD) for audiovisual content, according to the Annual Report 2021 from Dutch anti-piracy organisation BREIN Foundation.

The BREIN Foundation provides collective protection for copyright and neighboring rights on behalf creators, performers and the creative industry — producers, publishers, ...

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California district court denies motion to dismiss from YouTube in copyright case filed by composer Maria Schneider

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The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied a motion to dismiss filed by YouTube related to the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by US composer Maria Schneider, Uniglobe Entertainment, and AST Publishing, in which they accused the Alphabet-owned video streaming service of having a two-tiered copyright enforcement system.

Plaintiffs alleged YouTube and parent Google "facilitate copyright infringement" by provising “powerful copyright owners,” such ...

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Bright House Networks and major record labels settle copyright infringement case

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Charter Communications' affiliate Bright House Networks has settle a lawsuit filed by major record labels — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group — in which they claimed that Bright House enabled "massive" copyright infringement.

In an August 2 filing in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the two parties notified the Court that they have "resolved" the action. The settlement was filed the day prior to the trial that was scheduled in Tampa...

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