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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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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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Appeals court reverses verdict enjoining Cox Communications to pay record labels $1 billion in copyright infringement case

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The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has overturned an earlier decision condemning Cox Communications to pay $1 billion in damages to a group of record companies after a jury found the cable and internet service provider liable of customers' infringement of over 10,000 songs .

Cox was accused of not taking measures to address piracy on its networks despite multiple requests from rights holders. After a lengthy court case, a jury found in favour of Plaintiffs, over 50 rec...

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Sarah Silverman and Paul Tremblay suffer setback in their lawsuit against OpenAI as court dismisses most of their legal claims

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US District Judge Araceli Martínez-Olguín from the District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed most of the claims against OpenAI in lawsuits filed by author and comedian Sarah Silverman and writer Paul Tremblay for copyright infringement linked to the use of their works to train OpenAI's chatbot ChatGPT without authorisation and compensation.

Plaintiffs asserted six causes of action against OpenAI: (1) direct copyright infringement (Count I); (2) vicarious infringeme...

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ECAD is seeking performance rights from music used at the Pernambuco carnival

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Brazil's umbrella organisation for music rights societies ECAD (Central Collection and Distribution Office) is seeking royalties from the organisers of the carnival events in the sate of Pernambuco, which have failed in recent years to pay performance rights.

The city hall of Recife is reportedly in default with the mandatory payments for public performance rights for the songs played during the festivities it organises, according to ECAD.

ECAD argued that the State of Pernambuco has be...

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