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Toots Hibbert’s estate loses case in Jamaican court about the ownership of recordings from the Droop Lion project

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Jamaican producer and manager Cabel Stephenson has won a copyright case initiated by the Estate of Toots Hibbert — the late reggae artist who performed as Toots & The Maytals — over the recording rights to an album Hibbert contributed to with reggae act Droop Lion.

The case was heard by Jamaica's Supreme Court. Attorney Ian Wilkinson, acting on behalf of defendants Doreen Hibbert and Leba Thomas, argued that in his capacity as songwriter and executive producer of the recordings, Hibbert ...

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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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Rick Astley seeks ‘million of dollars’ from rapper Yung Gravy for impersonating his voice in ‘Betty (Get Money)’

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British singer and songwriter Rick Astley has sued American rapper Yung Gravy in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the 2022 song 'Betty (Get Money)' infringed on his right of publicity.

Astley objects in the suit to the featuring in the song of singer Popnick, who imitated Astley's voice and tone from 1987's song 'Never Gonna Give You Up', which was written by Stock Aitken Waterman. In addition, Astley's lawyers claim these actions violates California Civil Code § 3344 and constitut...

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Donald Trump sues Bob Woodward for releasing sound recordings of interviews

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Former US President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Pensacola, Florida against journalist Bob Woodward, claiming that the journalist infringed on his copyright by releasing audio recordings of a series of interviews he granted to Woodward between December 2019 and August 2020.

In addition to Woodward, Defendants include publisher Simon & Schuster, and its parent company Paramount Global.

The interviews served as the foundation for Woodward's book 'Rage', out in Se...

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Unison files lawsuit against SGAE for anti-competitive practices of abusive litigation

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Spanish music rights society Unison Music has filed a new lawsuit against the Spanish rights organisation SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores) before the Commercial Courts of Barcelona.

In the suit, Unison accused SGAE of abuse of dominant position in the Spanish rights management market and anti-competitive practices of abusive litigation "in order to hinder the progress of the proceedings that the Spanish competition authority (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia - ...

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