Pirate Bay co-founder appeals domain ruling
Pirate Bay co-founder appeals domain ruling

26 May 2015

Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij is to appeal the previously reported ruling in the Swedish courts that said the controversial file-sharing site's flagship...

BB King daughters accuse business associates of murder
BB King daughters accuse business associates of murder

26 May 2015

Two of BB King's daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, have accused the musician's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron...

The IAO’s open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market
The IAO’s open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market

26 May 2015

Following the leak of Sony Music's 2011 Spotify contract last week, the recently formed International Artist Association has followed the lead of the IMMF...

CMU Beef Of The Week #255: Rihanna v The Boy Wonder
CMU Beef Of The Week #255: Rihanna v The Boy Wonder

22 May 2015

I think trademark is probably my favourite area of the law. No, seriously. Yeah, I know I have a bit of a reputation...

The IMMF's open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market
The IMMF's open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market

21 May 2015

Following the leak of Sony Music's 2011 Spotify contract earlier this week, the International Music Managers Forum has published an open letter to...

The Pirate Bay's Swedish domains to be seized
The Pirate Bay's Swedish domains to be seized

21 May 2015

The Stockholm District Court has ordered that two key domains used by the always controversial Pirate Bay - including the service's flagship thepiratebay.se...

Legal debates continue on the copyright status of 'Happy Birthday'
Legal debates continue on the copyright status of 'Happy Birthday'

21 May 2015

"Did Patty abandon her birthday?" That's the question we need to answer. Or, to be more specific, did Patty abandon the copyright in...

Sony's 2011 Spotify contract leaks
Sony's 2011 Spotify contract leaks

20 May 2015

Given the interest in the deals done between major rights owners and the streaming platforms, not to mention the flurry of litigation over...

More legal wrangling in 19 v Sony battle
More legal wrangling in 19 v Sony battle

20 May 2015

There has been more pre-trial wrangling in what could well be the most interesting of all the music-based legal battles this year: the...

Glasgow's Arches taking legal advice over licence restriction, London's RichMix launches petition over potential closure
Glasgow's Arches taking legal advice over licence restriction, London's RichMix launches petition over potential closure

20 May 2015

The Arches in Glasgow has said it is taking legal advice over the local council's decision to cut its licensed hours. The licence...

Band agreements: How and why a self-releasing act should write one
Band agreements: How and why a self-releasing act should write one

18 May 2015

As part of the CMU:DIY programme at The Great Escape on Saturday, Scott McKinlay and Aneesh Patel from law firm Harbottle & Lewis...

BMI wins Pandora royalties case, streaming service to appeal
BMI wins Pandora royalties case, streaming service to appeal

15 May 2015

Having finally had a set back in its bid to cut royalty payments, Pandora has said that it will appeal a court ruling...

50 Cent denies jewellery heist
50 Cent denies jewellery heist

14 May 2015

50 Cent has denied stealing jewellery worth a quarter of a million dollars in Las Vegas earlier this month. According to TMZ, jewellery...

Rightscorp wins one, loses one
Rightscorp wins one, loses one

13 May 2015

Rights owners sending warning letters to suspected file-sharers in the US, and asking for one-off payments to make good on past copyright infringement,...

Gary Glitter to appeal sixteen year prison sentence
Gary Glitter to appeal sixteen year prison sentence

13 May 2015

Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has submitted an appeal against his conviction for sexual crimes against children in the late 70s and...

IMPALA and IFPI welcome European Commission’s digital single market
IMPALA and IFPI welcome European Commission’s digital single market

8 May 2015

Global record industry trade group IFPI and pan-European indies organisation IMPALA have both welcomed the European Commission’s Digital Single Market plans which were...

European Commission unveils Digital Single Market plans, artist community expresses concern
European Commission unveils Digital Single Market plans, artist community expresses concern

7 May 2015

After months of chatter about the so called 'digital single market', yesterday the European Commission finally unveiled its plans for harmonising rules and...

Sony content pulled from SoundCloud as frustrations remain
Sony content pulled from SoundCloud as frustrations remain

7 May 2015

Sony Music has pulled a bunch of recordings by its artists off of SoundCloud, seemingly as talks between the digital firm and the...

Pandora defeats ASCAP appeal on rate court ruling
Pandora defeats ASCAP appeal on rate court ruling

7 May 2015

Pandora is fighting battles with the American music community on so many fronts it can be hard to keep up. I really need...

CISAC calls on Canada to extend song copyright term too
CISAC calls on Canada to extend song copyright term too

7 May 2015

With copyright extension on the agenda in Canada, the songwriting community has said it would like a little bit of that action too...

Apple accused of pressuring the record industry to abandon freemium streams
Apple accused of pressuring the record industry to abandon freemium streams

5 May 2015

In this busy world in which we live it can be hard to keep track can't it? For example, who is the bigger...

Blurred Lines legal team request retrial in landmark plagiarism case
Blurred Lines legal team request retrial in landmark plagiarism case

5 May 2015

Here we go then. Legal reps for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have requested a retrial in the 'Blurred Lines' case because, well,...

Gap Band added to Uptown Funk songwriter credits
Gap Band added to Uptown Funk songwriter credits

5 May 2015

Mark Ronson's hit 'Uptown Funk!' has itself another five songwriters, which is quite an achievement given it already had six. The new co-credits...

Grooveshark 2007-2015
Grooveshark 2007-2015

1 May 2015

The music industry will be dining on a generous helping of shark fin soup tonight after finally forcing the always contentious not-really-licensed streaming...

New anti-piracy laws go live in Russia
New anti-piracy laws go live in Russia

1 May 2015

While diplomatic tensions between Russia and the West of late may have made it harder for the copyright industry's lobbyists in the US...

CMU Beef Of The Week #252: The Music Industry v Grooveshark
CMU Beef Of The Week #252: The Music Industry v Grooveshark

1 May 2015

And so, it came to pass, that on the 30th of April in the year two thousand and fifteen (Eastern Daylight Time), the...

Grooveshark's apology
Grooveshark's apology

1 May 2015

Below is the text of Grooveshark's statement on its shutdown overnight as part of a settlement with the major labels. Dear music fans, Today we...

Courtney Love sued by autobiography 'co-writer'
Courtney Love sued by autobiography 'co-writer'

30 April 2015

Ah, remember when it was announced that Courtney Love was going to publish her autobiography back in 2011? And then it never emerged....

Canadian ministers asked to reform anti-piracy 'notice and notice' scheme
Canadian ministers asked to reform anti-piracy 'notice and notice' scheme

28 April 2015

As the Canadian government sets about with its plans to extend the sound recording copyright term from 50 to 70 years, ministers in...

Grooveshark could face mega-damages bill in Universal legal battle
Grooveshark could face mega-damages bill in Universal legal battle

27 April 2015

Could this be the beginning of the end for often controversial streaming service Grooveshark? The "YouTube of audio" in that it lets users...

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