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California court dismisses lawsuit filed by Spencer Helden who was featured on the cover of Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’

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A district judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Spencer Elden whose picture as a four-month old naked baby chasing a dollar note landed on the cover of Nirvana's 1991 album 'Nevermind'.

Elden argued that the picture "constitutes commercial child pornography" and that he had endured significant physical, psychological, financial and reputational damage for the past ten years.

"This unprecedented album cover is perhaps the first and only time a child’s full-frontal nudity ...

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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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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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New York judge rejects motion to classify a termination rights case against Universal Music Group as a class-action lawsuit

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The US District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a motion filed by a group of artists to qualify as a class-action lawsuit their case against Universal Music Group and its division Capitol Records on the issue of termination rights.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that since Plaintiffs each represent a specific case, requiring specific lawsuits, it could not be covered by a class-action suit.

The suit was initially filed in 2019 by Leonard Graves Phillips, Stan ...

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