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Florida judge sides with Sony Music Entertainment on most counts in infringement case against Bang Energy

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Sony Music Entertainment has scored a partial legal victory after a District Judge in Miami ruled in a pretrial decision that the record label's copyrights had been infringed by energy-drink brand Bang Energy for their use in a series of adversing videos posted on short-format platform TikTok, as well as on Triller, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

SME has sued Bang parent company Vital Pharmaceutical and its CEO Jack Owoc in August 2021 for using sound recordings from its repertoire — inclu...

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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).

Copyright & Regulation

US Justice Department starts legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in the digital advertising market

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The US Justice Department — alongside eight States — have filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the Alphabet-owned company of "monopolising multiple digital advertising technology products in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act."

The suit — in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — alleges that through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation, Google "subverted competition in Internet advertising technologies."

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Creative Industries

Delhi High Court orders ISPs in India to block access to 20 stream ripping sites

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Delhi High Court has ordered ISPs in India to block access to 20 stream ripping sites, following legal action taken by local recorded music industry organisation IMI and international labels' body IFPI, acting on behalf of Sony Music India, Universal Music India and Warner Music India.

The two organisations said it was "the first successful blocking action targeting stream ripping sites in India" and that the decision resulted in "disrupting one of the most prominent forms of music piracy i...

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Red Wolf Broadcasting and Global Music Rights settle infringement lawsuit

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Global Music Rights, the boutique performing rights organisation set up in 2013 by artist manager Irving Azoff, and Red Wolf Broadcasting Corporation have announced that they have reached an agreement to settle GMR’s lawsuit filed against Red Wolf alleging infringement of copyrighted songs in the GMR repertory.

"GMR and Red Wolf are pleased to have reached an agreement which includes a long-term GMR license entered into between the parties, as well as settlement of all disputes between the ...

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