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House music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens win back their recording and publishing copyrights from Trax Records

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House music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens have been able to reclaim from Chicago-based label Trax Records the rights to their early recordings and and to some compositions following a lengthy legal process in the Northern District of Illinois coordinated by TaP Music Publishing.

The case was apparently settled in May 2022 but the outcome was only made public on August 26 by a statement from TaP Music. Heard and Owens released material such as 'Can You Feel It', 'Bring Down the Walls'...

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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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US District judge denies Ed Sheeran’s motion to dismiss in ‘Let’s Get It On’ copyright infringement case

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A US District Judge has denied the motion filed by British songwriter and performer Ed Sheeran to dismiss the copyright infringement case over his song 'Thinking Out Loud'.

In a lawsuit filed in 2018 by investment banker David Pullman and his company Structured Asset Sales (SAS) accused Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge to have "copied and exploited, without authorisation or credit" Marvin Gaye's song 'Let's Get It On'. SAS acquired a portion of the estate of 'Let's Get It On' co-writer Ed Tow...

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Association of American Publishers supports scholarly journal Anesthesiology in defamation case filed by Pacira

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The Association of American Publishers joined forces with the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology to file an amicus brief in support of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in their ongoing suit filed by pharmaceutical company Pacira.

The American Society of Anesthesiologist is the publisher of the scholarly journal 'Anesthesiology', which published an article a series of articles c...

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Japan Supreme Court hears JASRAC case on performance rights in music school

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Japan's Supreme Court heard on Sept. 29 the arguments on whether music schools and students should have to pay copyright royalties for performances held during lessons.

The case was initiated by Japan rights society JASRAC (Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) which sued music schools for failing to pay licensing fees for the performance of music during lessons at the schools.

The Tokyo District Court ruled in 2020 that both performances from teachers an...

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