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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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California court reject Meta’s motion to dismiss in infringement case filed by Swedish label Epidemic Sound

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The copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Swedish production music company Epidemic Sound against Meta Platforms will be able to proceed, following the decision from a San Francisco federal judge to deny a motion to dismiss from Meta.

Meta argued that Epidemic did not make a case for infringement and that its allegations were not supported. However, judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, disagreed, considering instead t...

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Malaysia court delivers landmark ruling in sports and entertainment piracy case

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The High Court of Kuala Lumpur has ruled that it was illegal for commercial premises to show sports and entertainment content without having the proper licensed.

The High Court's decision follows legal action taken by satellite delivery platform Astro, which argued that the 42 East Pub and Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur was showing content, including Premier League football, from the platform without having a commercial license.

Premier League General Counsel Kevin Plumb welcomed this dec...

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US government shuts down online ebook platform Z-Library and charges two Russian nationals of copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering

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Two Russian nationals Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova were charged by a Federal Court in Brooklyn, with criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering for operating Z-Library, an online ebook piracy website.

Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova were arrested on November 3, 2022 in Cordoba, Argentina at the request of the United States. Z-Library operated as a complex network of approximately 249 interrelated web domains, according to the indictment. Those domains have been ...

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