BBC signs licensing deal with Welsh-language collecting society
BBC signs licensing deal with Welsh-language collecting society

26 January 2015

Eos, the collecting society for Welsh-language songwriters and publishers, has signed a licensing deal with the BBC bringing to an end a long-running...

New lawsuit extends reach of pre-1972 debate
New lawsuit extends reach of pre-1972 debate

26 January 2015

So the whole pre-1972 thing Stateside was ramped up last Thursday with a new lawsuit on the issue that expands the list of...

Investigation into police response to Ian Watkins accusations continues
Investigation into police response to Ian Watkins accusations continues

26 January 2015

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has entered the next stage of its investigation into the way police responded to allegations of child abuse...

As Topshop fails to overturn Rihanna passing off ruling, does it set a precedent?
As Topshop fails to overturn Rihanna passing off ruling, does it set a precedent?

23 January 2015

Topshop has failed to overturn a court ruling that said its sale of a t-shirt featuring a photo of Rihanna amounted to 'passing...

Jacksons appeal again for retrial of AEG litigation
Jacksons appeal again for retrial of AEG litigation

23 January 2015

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother Katherine were back in court yesterday arguing once again for a retrial in her legal battle with AEG...

Man accused of leaking Madonna songs arrested in Israel
Man accused of leaking Madonna songs arrested in Israel

22 January 2015

An Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing and selling unreleased music from a number of major musicians, including Madonna. Last month,...

Disclosure deny song theft claims
Disclosure deny song theft claims

22 January 2015

Disclosure have responded to claims that they stole lyrics for songs on their debut album, 'Settle', which featured guest vocalists Sam Smith, Eliza...

Roy Harper trial begins
Roy Harper trial begins

22 January 2015

The trial of folk musician Roy Harper on sexual offences against two underage girls began this week. As previously reported, Harper was arrested...

Pirate Party MEP publishes copyright review in European Parliament
Pirate Party MEP publishes copyright review in European Parliament

21 January 2015

A Pirate Party MEP from Germany has published a draft report looking at some key copyright topics across the European Union with a...

Beastie Boys seeking over $2 million in legal costs from Monster drink
Beastie Boys seeking over $2 million in legal costs from Monster drink

20 January 2015

If Monster Energy Drink thought that having to pay $1.7 million to the Beastie Boys for the uncleared use of the group's music...

Latest Gary Glitter trial begins in London
Latest Gary Glitter trial begins in London

20 January 2015

The latest trial of Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, on child sexual abuse charges began yesterday. The prosecution outlined ten alleged offences...

Tulisa fails to have assault conviction overturned
Tulisa fails to have assault conviction overturned

16 January 2015

Tulisa Contostavlos has lost her appeal against an assault conviction she received last year. As previously reported, the singer and English language educator was...

Three-strikes back in the Irish commercial courts
Three-strikes back in the Irish commercial courts

15 January 2015

So, is this Irish labels v UPC thing still ongoing? Yes, yes it is. Let's recap. In Ireland the major record companies reached a...

Rightscorp criticised over its use of new Canadian copyright alert law
Rightscorp criticised over its use of new Canadian copyright alert law

13 January 2015

Canadian copyright law recently changed so that internet service providers are now obliged to pass on copyright infringement notices to allegedly infringing customers...

Iggy Azalea secures preliminary injunction against ex to stop distribution of early tracks
Iggy Azalea secures preliminary injunction against ex to stop distribution of early tracks

13 January 2015

That there Iggy Azalea that you won't shut up about has only gone and got herself a preliminary injunction to stop her pesky...

Hollywood reckons US Copyright Alert System has had limited impact but is yet to reach scale
Hollywood reckons US Copyright Alert System has had limited impact but is yet to reach scale

12 January 2015

The US movie industry reckons that America's graduated response programme for combating online piracy is having limited results, though they continue to endorse...

Van Halen trademark squabble settled
Van Halen trademark squabble settled

12 January 2015

The company that represents the intellectual property of the band Van Halen has reached a settlement with Kelly Van Halen, the ex-wife of...

808 State DJ given prison sentence for drug dealing
808 State DJ given prison sentence for drug dealing

12 January 2015

808 State's Darren Partington has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for possession of heroin and crack with intent to supply. The musician...

ID&T fires back at Disney in Tomorrowland trademark dispute
ID&T fires back at Disney in Tomorrowland trademark dispute

9 January 2015

So this is fun. When EDM festival franchise Tomorrowland launched in the US back in 2013 it hit on a snag, Disney owned...

As Blurred Lines case approaches, should the songs be played in court?
As Blurred Lines case approaches, should the songs be played in court?

8 January 2015

God I hope this legal battle between Marvin Gaye's family and the 'Blurred Lines' profiteers gets to court next month, because if Robin...

Iggy Azalea seeks injunction against former boyfriend over unreleased music
Iggy Azalea seeks injunction against former boyfriend over unreleased music

8 January 2015

Iggy Azalea's case against former boyfriend Maurice Williams has finally made it into court, with the rapper herself appearing yesterday to ask for...

CMU's One Liners: Thom Yorke, Shakira, Deers (Not Deers) and a multipack bag of other news bites
CMU's One Liners: Thom Yorke, Shakira, Deers (Not Deers) and a multipack bag of other news bites

8 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Thom Yorke didn't make $22 million from his BitTorrent solo album release, as was recently mooted. A...

Google search takedowns top 345 million in 2014
Google search takedowns top 345 million in 2014

6 January 2015

Google was asked to remove over 345 million infringing links from its search engine last year according to some maths done by Torrentfreak,...

Lamb Of God fan sues Live Nation over spinal injuries after gig fall
Lamb Of God fan sues Live Nation over spinal injuries after gig fall

6 January 2015

A man is suing Live Nation over spinal injuries he sustained when he was "trampled" at a Lamb Of God show in 2012. According...

South Korean music firm accuses The Interview of uncleared sync
South Korean music firm accuses The Interview of uncleared sync

29 December 2014

As if the Sony Pictures movie ‘The Interview’ hadn’t been the subject of enough controversy already, two South Korean hip hop artists have...

Irving Azoff is ready to step up his battle with YouTube
Irving Azoff is ready to step up his battle with YouTube

24 December 2014

At last week’s Music Publishers’ Association Christmas lunch the trade group’s CEO Sarah Osborn used her customary speech to make an explicit commitment...

Trends: What one thing could Google do to placate the record labels in 2014?
Trends: What one thing could Google do to placate the record labels in 2014?

22 December 2014

This article appeared in the October 2014 edition of the CMU Trends Report. Buy our reports from the CMU Shop or get every edition by...

Trends: As the GRD runs aground, what next?
Trends: As the GRD runs aground, what next?

22 December 2014

This article appeared in the October 2014 edition of the CMU Trends Report. Buy our reports from the CMU Shop or get every edition by signing up...

Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths
Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths

19 December 2014

London nightclub Fabric has been saved from closure, following a licence review by Islington Council last night. The review was prompted by police,...

Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected
Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected

18 December 2014

As the future of The Pirate Bay remains uncertain following the server raid in Sweden that took it offline last week, Torrentfreak has...

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