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Music publishers sue Anthropic for allegedly infringing music lyrics

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Universal Music Group Publishing, alongside Concord and ABKCO have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in the district court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville division, against artificial intelligence (“AI”) company Anthropic, accusing the Amazon-backed AI start-up of engaging in "the systematic and widespread infringement of their copyrighted song lyrics" with chatbot Claude.

In the lawsuit, they claim that the company “unlawfully copies and disseminates vast amounts of c...

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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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Next Era Music Publishing seals a global deal for administration and collection with Downtown Music Publishing

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Downtown Music Publishing, a division of Downtown Music Holdings, will represent the catalogue of independent company Next Era Music Publishing worldwide for administration and collection, excluding Korea and China.

Amsterdam-based Next Era said the agreement "marks a significant milestone" which will allow the boutique publishing house to "streamline collection and administration as well as drive unique opportunities for its creators and partners." Next Era currently represents 45 songwrite...

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Influence Media acquires pre-2021 recorded music rights from Enrique Iglesias

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Recording artist and songwriter Enrique Iglesias has sold a bundle of music rights to assets management platform Influence Media Partners. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed by a Bloomberg report estimates the deal to be in the "none figure" range.

The partnership deal covers his pre-2021 recorded music rights including his independent masters and the recorded music royalties going through Universal Music, along with Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rights.

“My songs hold im...

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Reservoir and Mushroom Music sign grentperez to a global publishing deal

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NASDAQ-listed music company Reservoir Media has teamed with Australia's independent music publisher Mushroom Music, to co-sign Australian singer-songwriter grentperez to a worldwide publishing deal that includes his entire catalogue and future works.

The two companies said that the collaborative joint-venture will see Reservoir and Mushroom Music "work together on all creative and administrative aspects of grentperez’ songwriting career."

grentperez said, “I am incredibly honored to have...

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