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Zayn Malik accused of allegedly infringing the copyright of Patrick Simmons’ ‘Somebody Tonight’ with his song ‘Better’

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Formal Entertainment and its principal Patrick Simmons have sued with the US District Court for the Central District of California former One Direction member Zain Javadd Malik, known as Zayn Malik, for willful copyright infringement with his song ‘Better' from 2020.

Simmons — a California-based writer, composer, producer, and performer under the alias Havyn — is accusing in the lawsuit Malik and co-Defendants to have copied his song 'Somebody Tonight', released in 2018.

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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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Mumsnet sues OpenAI for scrapping content from the digital parenting platform

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Online parenting platform Mumsnet has filed a lawsuit in London against OpenAI, the developer of chatbot ChatGPT, accusing the artificial intelligence of mining the content accumulated over 25 years to train their model. This is the first legal action against OpenAI initiated in the UK.

Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of the platform, said the lawsuit follows attempts from Mumsnet to offer a license to OpenAI, a proposal that was rejected by the AI company. "Earlier this year, wrote Roberts...

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California appeals court affirms Michael Jackson’s estate sale of his catalogue to Sony Music did not violate the artist’s will

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An appeals court in California has tentatively ruled that the estate of Michael Jackson was within its rights to sell the late artists' catalogue to Sony Music for an estimated $600 million.

The court sided with the estate — represented by John Branca and John McClain — against the artist's mother, Katherine Jackson, who objected to the sale, arguing that the transaction violated the terms of Michael Jackson's will, according to a report from Billboard.

Instead, the court said the execut...

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Snoop Dog hit with copyright infringement lawsuit filed by producer Trevor Lawrence

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Trevor Lawrence Jr. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California against Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., professionally known as Snoop Dogg.

Lawrence — a producer and drummer — claims that Snoop Dog failed to license Lawrence’s "authorship interests in connection with the musical compositions and sound recordings embodied in two songs released by Broadus and more broadly commercially exploited by Defendants."

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