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CMU Podcast: MPAA, Dr Luke, iTunes, Prince

By and | Published on Friday 14 August 2015

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CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including big tech hitting out at the MPAA trying to get web-blocking through the US courts, Dr Luke being sued over a drum sample, why everyone should stop freaking out about iTunes being ‘illegal’, and Prince comparing record deals to slavery (again). The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

Big tech v The MPAA

Big tech hits out at web-block case in the US – calls it SOPA by the back door

Lenny Lee Goldsmith v Dr Luke

Dr Luke facing trial over ‘Price Tag’ drums
• Judge wants Dr Luke to stand trial over breakbeat on Jessie J hit song (The Hollywood Reporter)

Illegal iTunes

iTunes is no more illegal now than it ever was as private copy exception gets a rethink
iTunes is illegal under UK copyright law (TorrentFreak)
Using iTunes in the UK is now practically ILLEGAL: Copying music from your CD collection now violates copyright law (The Daily Mail)

Prince

Record deals are slavery, says Prince
• Prince to release Tidal-exclusive album next month
• Prince compares record contracts to slavery in rare meeting with media (NPR)

What we didn’t have time to talk about:

Beatport to pay “trapped” royalties this week
• New Vevo boss courting Warner Music
• Plagiarism lawsuit Shakira and Sony/ATV lost now thrown out by judge
• Jay-Z and Timbaland set to testify in long running moral rights case
• Rdio brings in radio, as Mixcloud considers live programmes
• Google company rebrands as Alphabet Inc
• Spice Girls 20th anniversary reunion is/isn’t happening

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