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Nathan Butler and Sean Hall’s case against Taylor Swift dismissed with prejudice

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Taylor Swift and songwriters Nathan Butler and Sean Hall — who accused her of having infringed the copyright in their 2001 song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ with her 2014 song ‘Shake It Off’ — have informed the United States District Court for the Central District of California that they have reached an agreement.

Hall and Butler alongside Swift told US District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald to dismiss the action "in its entirety.” Judge Fitzgerald signed on December 12 the order to dismiss the suit "pu...

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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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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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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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