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Appeals court overturns a ruling awarding $1.4 million to rapper Rackboy Cam

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has overturned a ruling that awarded rapper Rackboy Cam $1.4 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Rackboy Cam (real name: Anthony Campbell) was awarded the sum after he filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in 1918 against music producer June James, Rayshawn Lamar Bennett also known as YFN Lucci, Rakin Hasheem Allen aka “PnB Rock” and Think It’s a Game Records.

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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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OpenAI sued by online publications Raw Story, Alternet and The Intercept

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OpenAI, the parent company of AI chatbot ChatGPT, has been sued in New York Federal Court by online publications Raw Story, Alternet and The Intercept for copyright infringement.

Plaintiffs accused OpenAI of allegedly using their content to train ChatGPT without a license remuneration and credits. The are seeking damages in the amount of at least $2,500 per violation, and are asking for an injunction forcing OpenAI to remove all their copyrighted material from data training sets.

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Ye — a.k.a. Kanye West — sued by the Estate of Donna Summer in California for the use of ‘I Feel Love’ in the song ‘Good (Don’t Die)’

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The Estate of Donna Summer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit with a Federal Court in California against rapper Ye, a.k.a. Kanye West, for allegedly using without a license a portion of her 1977 track 'I Feel Love' into his song Good (Don't Die), from the album 'Vultures 1', released on February 10.

Ye and singer Ty Dolla $ign are accused in the lawsuit of having used "instantly recognisable" parts of her song in 'Good (Don't Die)'. The lawsuit said the Estate had explicitly rejecte...

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Sony Music settles with performers over the reversion rights to their recordings

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Sony Music has reached a settlement with a group of recording artists from the 1970s seeking to reclaim the copyrights in their recordings, according to a joint filing in New York federal court seen by Reuters.

In the joint filing, they informed the court that they have resolved their dispute and asked the court to close the case. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. Sony Music and Plaintiffs' attorney Roy Arnold of Blank Rome did not comment on the settlement. The Sony Music case h...

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