PRS campaign puts the spotlight back on safe harbours in wake of GEMA ruling
PRS campaign puts the spotlight back on safe harbours in wake of GEMA ruling

3 July 2015

As you all know, we here at CMU have a team of seven analysts exclusively dedicated to assessing the relative cuntishness of the...

MegaUpload execs fight to get their assets back from the US government
MegaUpload execs fight to get their assets back from the US government

2 July 2015

So, the many MegaUpload legal wranglings rumble on, with various technicalities having been further explored since the last big development, the jailing of...

Rick Ross gets bail following kidnap and assault charges
Rick Ross gets bail following kidnap and assault charges

2 July 2015

Rick Ross is out of jail after posting a $2 million bond, according to TMZ. As previously reported, the rapper was recently arrested over...

Newport bar owner fined and given suspended sentence for infringing music rights
Newport bar owner fined and given suspended sentence for infringing music rights

2 July 2015

The owner of a bar in Newport has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £20,000 to record industry collecting...

French magazine held liable for publishing piracy guide
French magazine held liable for publishing piracy guide

1 July 2015

A court in France has ruled that a magazine publisher violated French copyright law by running an article offering some top tips on...

RIAA seeks customer information from domain firm in Grooveshark v2 chase
RIAA seeks customer information from domain firm in Grooveshark v2 chase

1 July 2015

LA-based domain registrar Namecheap has been ordered to hand over the personal details of one of its customers, a person suspected of being...

Sirius settles with majors over pre-1972 recordings
Sirius settles with majors over pre-1972 recordings

29 June 2015

American satellite broadcaster Sirius XM has reached a settlement with all three majors and ABKCO, best known for controlling the early Rolling Stones...

Rick Ross refused bail after arrest for assault
Rick Ross refused bail after arrest for assault

26 June 2015

Rapper Rick Ross is currently incarcerated after being refused bail in relation to charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. He is being...

Former East Village owners jailed over brothel card payments scheme
Former East Village owners jailed over brothel card payments scheme

26 June 2015

Shoreditch venue East Village shut down somewhat abruptly two years ago as its licence was suddenly revoked due to suspicions that two men...

CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Ed Sheeran, UK Music, Deadmau5
CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Ed Sheeran, UK Music, Deadmau5

26 June 2015

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Taylor Swift causing a u-turn on Apple...

19 adds the 'Spotify equity issue' to its big Sony Music legal battle
19 adds the 'Spotify equity issue' to its big Sony Music legal battle

25 June 2015

While America's real pop idol took on Apple last weekend, the telly-show-made Idols are taking on the major record companies and tackling many...

Sound recording copyright term now 70 years in Canada
Sound recording copyright term now 70 years in Canada

25 June 2015

So that was quick wasn't it? The sound recording copyright term in Canada is now 70 years after release, like in Europe. As...

Diddy responds to arrest for kettleball assault
Diddy responds to arrest for kettleball assault

25 June 2015

A rep for Sean 'Diddy' Combs has commented on his arrest earlier this week after an altercation with a football coach at UCLA. As...

Australia passes web-blocking laws
Australia passes web-blocking laws

23 June 2015

Hey Australia, worry not, we've had web-blocking for ages now, and it's not resulted in the entire internet being censored offline by the...

Deadmau5 reaches settlement with Disney over trademark dispute
Deadmau5 reaches settlement with Disney over trademark dispute

23 June 2015

Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, and Disney have "amicably resolved their dispute" over the producer's attempt to trademark his mouse head logo, a legal...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs charged with assault
Sean 'Diddy' Combs charged with assault

23 June 2015

Sean 'Diddy' Combs has been arrested in LA, after becoming involved in an argument with his son's American football coach at UCLA. According to...

Former Pirate Bay man says new Aussie anti-piracy rules won't work
Former Pirate Bay man says new Aussie anti-piracy rules won't work

22 June 2015

Having now served his time, former spokesman for The Pirate Bay Peter Sunde has been busy explaining why new anti-piracy measures in Australia...

Ghanaian reggae singer criticised after saying most legislators use marijuana
Ghanaian reggae singer criticised after saying most legislators use marijuana

22 June 2015

A popular reggae singer in Ghana, Blakk Rasta, real name Abubakar Ahmed, has been called to appear before a committee of the West...

Music industry wins judicial review on private copy levy
Music industry wins judicial review on private copy levy

19 June 2015

The High Court in London has sided with the music industry in its battle for compensation for the introduction of a private copy...

Set back for Kesha as judge says Dr Luke dispute should be heard in New York
Set back for Kesha as judge says Dr Luke dispute should be heard in New York

19 June 2015

One half of the Kesha v Dr Luke legal battle is on hold, after a Californian judge said the matter should be heard...

Bieber and Usher song copy claim re-instated by appeals court
Bieber and Usher song copy claim re-instated by appeals court

19 June 2015

An appeals court in the US has re-instated the previously reported lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher which claimed that they ripped of...

Live sector raises concerns over business rates being applied to festival sites
Live sector raises concerns over business rates being applied to festival sites

19 June 2015

A few days before UK Music published its report stating that so called music tourism - people travelling to music events - generated...

CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Blinkbox, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters
CMU Podcast: Apple Music, Blinkbox, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters

19 June 2015

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the indie label backlash against Apple Music,...

Monster ordered to pay Beastie Boys another $668,000
Monster ordered to pay Beastie Boys another $668,000

17 June 2015

A New York judge has told the makers of the Monster energy drink to pay the Beastie Boys another $668,000 towards the legal...

Police defend facial scanning at Download
Police defend facial scanning at Download

16 June 2015

Police have defended the use of facial recognition technology at last weekend's Download festival to check the 90,000 attendees against lists of known...

Beyonce hits back at new song theft claims
Beyonce hits back at new song theft claims

16 June 2015

Legal reps for Beyonce have requested that new claims of song theft made against their client be thrown out of court on the...

BB King estate hearing pushed back
BB King estate hearing pushed back

12 June 2015

The expected court hearing later today to consider the previously reported dispute over BB King's estate has been postponed to 22 Jun. The...

Warner Music submits settlement over internships litigation
Warner Music submits settlement over internships litigation

12 June 2015

Warner Music this week submitted papers to a federal court in Manhattan proposing a settlement to the previously reported class action lawsuit that...

BB King's family submit legal papers in ongoing estate dispute
BB King's family submit legal papers in ongoing estate dispute

11 June 2015

So legal wrangling around BB King's estate continues to unfold ahead of a court hearing tomorrow, with new legal papers filed on behalf...

American Attorneys General also investigating Apple's digital music dealings
American Attorneys General also investigating Apple's digital music dealings

10 June 2015

Following the news that America's Department Of Justice and Federal Trade Commission were both investigating allegations made against Apple that it had been...

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