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Taylor Swift states she is the sole author of the lyrics to her song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’

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Taylor Swift has attempted to set the record straight regarding her 2014 song 'Shake It Off', for which she has been accused of copying the lyrics from the 2001 song 'Playas Gon’ Play', performed by 3LW, and written by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.

In a motion filed in federal court, she states that "the lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me." Swift was sued in 2017 by Hall and Butler for infringement. A District Judge initially dismissed the case in 2018, considering tha...

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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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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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Paramount’s motion to dismiss in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ copyright case is rejected by California court

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A US District court has denied Paramount's motion to dismiss in the 'Top Gun: Maverick' copyright case.

Paramount was asking the court to reject the claim filed by Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, the heirs to the late Ehud Yonay, the author of an article in California Magazine that served as inspiration for the original movie 'Top Gun' released in 1986.

In a First Amended Complaint (FAC), Plaintiffs argued that asserts that the original 'Top Gun' was “derived from” the article as well as th...

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