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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).

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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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Mr. Probz and his company Left Lane have accused Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Records of withholding royalties

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Dutch artist and producer Dennis Stehr, a.k.a. Mr. Probz, and his company Left Lane B.V. have accused Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and its subsidiary Ultra Records of withholding royalties for years in a summons filed in Amsterdam.

Stehr and Left Lane signed a license agreement with SME and Ultra in 2013. The agreement included an ’at source’ provision. The lawsuit states that SME deducted administration and distribution fees from Stehr's royalties as they were passed through the company'...

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