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‘Let’s Get It On’ co-writer Ed Townsend withdraws case against Ed Sheeran

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The heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote with Marvin Gaye the song 'Let's Get It On', have withdrawn their appeal in the case against Ed Sheeran and his song 'Thinking Out Loud'.

A US court found earlier this year that Sheeran and his co-writer, Amy Wadge, did not infringe on Gaye's song. The heirs to Townsend initially filed filing a notice of appeal Thursday with a federal court in New York in June.

However, in a new twist, Plaintiffs have decided to drop the appeal with prejudice,...

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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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SUISA sues X parent company Twitter International for using unlicensed music

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Music rights licensing entity SUISA Digital Licensing, a subsidiary of Swiss rights society SUISA, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Munich I District Court against Twitter International.

The suit alleges that the parent company of X used unlicensed music represented by SUISA Digital on the social network. SUISA Digital said the lawsuit follows "repeated attempts" to license X for more than half a year. "Twitter International refuses to pay songwriters, composers and publishe...

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New York court dismisses Black Sheep’s lawsuit against Universal Music Group

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US District Judge Jennifer Rochon from the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit filed by rap act Black Sheep against Universal Music Group for withholding royalties from Spotify. The judge said the claims were covered by the statute of limitations.

Black Sheep were suing UMG for alleged New York state-law violations for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment. Black Sheep accused UMG ...

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Daryl Hall sues John Oates to block the sale of music assets to Primary Wave

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A judge in Nashville has issued an order to temporarily block the sale of music assets owned by John Oates, the longtime music partner of US performer and songwriter Daryl Hall, to Primary Wave Music.

The move was prompted by a lawsuit filed by Hall against Oates in which he argued that Oates' plan to sell off his share of a joint venture with Hall would violate the terms of a Hall & Oates business agreement, according to Associated Press.

Chancellor Russell Perkins of the Davidson Co...

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