Gaye lawyer says Thicke defence is misleading the jury in 'Blurred Lines' trial
Gaye lawyer says Thicke defence is misleading the jury in 'Blurred Lines' trial

3 March 2015

The attorney speaking for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the ongoing 'Blurred Lines' copyright case has made statements that are "confusing, wrong,...

Gary Glitter jailed for sixteen years
Gary Glitter jailed for sixteen years

2 March 2015

Gary Glitter was jailed for sixteen years on Friday having been convicted earlier in the month of six charges of assaulting three young...

"Broke" Kim Dotcom pushes for access to more of his frozen assets

2 March 2015

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was back in court last week trying to secure more of the monies seized when his former company was...

Pandora loses latest pre-1972 squabble
Pandora loses latest pre-1972 squabble

27 February 2015

Sometimes it feels like we need a standalone correspondent to just cover Pandora litigation. The often controversial (in some quarters) company is sort...

Dispute between Steven Tyler's lawyer and former manager back in court
Dispute between Steven Tyler's lawyer and former manager back in court

27 February 2015

Whilst last seen leading Deadmau5's amusing legal squabble with Disney, music lawyer Dina LaPolt previously appeared in the legal pages of CMU in...

Robin Thicke takes to the stage as 'Blurred Lines' trial continues
Robin Thicke takes to the stage as 'Blurred Lines' trial continues

26 February 2015

So the 'Blurred Lines' copyright trial continued yesterday, with the star turn being Robin Thicke on the piano. And for his headline set...

Police investigation into allegations against Cliff Richard has
Police investigation into allegations against Cliff Richard has "increased significantly"

26 February 2015

The police inquiry into the historical sex offence allegations made against Cliff Richard has "increased significantly in size" and now involves "more than...

Government now backs light regulation of secondary ticketing, rules to be added to Consumer Rights Bill
Government now backs light regulation of secondary ticketing, rules to be added to Consumer Rights Bill

26 February 2015

Secondary ticketing in the UK is set to be regulated after the Government made its own amendments to the in-development Consumer Rights Bill. As...

Blurred Lines copyright case kicks off
Blurred Lines copyright case kicks off

25 February 2015

So, we all know that chart-topping rape anthem 'Blurred Lines' was a shameful pop monstrosity which single-handedly confirmed that a sinister stream of...

Ariana Grande lyric theft case seemingly settled
Ariana Grande lyric theft case seemingly settled

25 February 2015

A previously reported legal battle between UK-based Minder Music and the pop machine that is Ariana Grande has seemingly been settled. Which is...

Brian Message puts 'NDA culture' back in the spotlight at ERA launch
Brian Message puts 'NDA culture' back in the spotlight at ERA launch

25 February 2015

While Beggars boss Martin Mills wrapped up the launch of the Entertainment Retailers Association's new manifesto yesterday morning, artist manager Brian Message kick-started...

Aussie ISPs publish three-strike proposals
Aussie ISPs publish three-strike proposals

23 February 2015

Three-strikes is coming to Australia, with proposals similar to those set out in the UK's 2010 Digital Economy Act. Though it remains to...

Rightscorp accused of breaching American communications law with anti-piracy messages
Rightscorp accused of breaching American communications law with anti-piracy messages

23 February 2015

LA-based anti-piracy firm Rightscorp, which was last seen annoying the Canadian government, has been sued over the tactics it uses in the US...

Appeals court upholds ruling on unofficial Bob Marley t-shirts
Appeals court upholds ruling on unofficial Bob Marley t-shirts

23 February 2015

The Bob Marley estate last week successfully persuaded an appeals court in the US to uphold a ruling in their favour over unofficial...

Moderators back to clear up The Pirate Bay, as legal challenges continue
Moderators back to clear up The Pirate Bay, as legal challenges continue

23 February 2015

The moderators are back on The Pirate Bay, which means that the fake and dodgy links are disappearing again from the always controversial...

Afroman man charged and possibly sued over on-stage punch
Afroman man charged and possibly sued over on-stage punch

20 February 2015

Afroman was charged with assault and is now facing a civil lawsuit after lashing out at a fan at a recent gig. The...

Former MegaUpload exec pleads guilty to copyright infringement, jailed for a year
Former MegaUpload exec pleads guilty to copyright infringement, jailed for a year

16 February 2015

The former MegaUpload employee who suddenly showed up in the US last week has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement, and on Friday...

IMPALA chief explains Europe's Digital Single Market initiative, and why it's important to the future of music
IMPALA chief explains Europe's Digital Single Market initiative, and why it's important to the future of music

13 February 2015

In the latest issue of the CMU Trends Report, published last Friday, the boss of pan-European indie labels trade body IMPALA, Helen Smith,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #242: Katy Perry v (a) Left Shark (statue)
CMU Beef Of The Week #242: Katy Perry v (a) Left Shark (statue)

13 February 2015

So, you were thinking this week's Beef Of The Week would be Kanye v Beck, weren't you? You probably told all your friends...

Aimee Mann drops MediaNet lawsuit
Aimee Mann drops MediaNet lawsuit

12 February 2015

Aimee Mann has dropped the lawsuit she brought against digital music provider MediaNet way back in 2013, having reached an agreement over the...

Justin Bieber's not done his community service, but that's OK
Justin Bieber's not done his community service, but that's OK

12 February 2015

Justin Bieber is such a thoroughly nice bloke now, that it must really hurt him not to have been able to do the...

BMI v Pandora royalties dispute reaches court
BMI v Pandora royalties dispute reaches court

11 February 2015

The latest skirmish in the music industry's war with Pandora kicked off in New York yesterday as the legal battle over what royalties...

AKB48 attacker sentenced to six years in prison
AKB48 attacker sentenced to six years in prison

11 February 2015

A man who attacked two members of Japanese pop group AKB48 and a security guard at a meet-and-greet event last May has been...

One of the MegaUpload accused is in the US, speculation he's prepared to testify against Dotcom
One of the MegaUpload accused is in the US, speculation he's prepared to testify against Dotcom

10 February 2015

One of the men facing extradition to the US for his involvement in the running of controversial file-transfer company MegaUpload is now in...

Damages ruling against former Lady Gaga producer upheld
Damages ruling against former Lady Gaga producer upheld

9 February 2015

A judge last week upheld a jury ruling made last year that forced one-time Lady Gaga collaborator Rob Fusari to pay $7.3 million...

Phil Rudd court hearing delayed by change in lawyer
Phil Rudd court hearing delayed by change in lawyer

9 February 2015

Those of you looking forward to the crazy antics that will surely unfold when currently benched AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd next appears in...

Roy Harper found not guilty of two charges of indecent assault, though jury can't decide on other allegations
Roy Harper found not guilty of two charges of indecent assault, though jury can't decide on other allegations

9 February 2015

Folk musician Roy Harper was last week cleared of two counts of indecent assault, but the jury hearing the case could not reach...

US Copyright Office publishes numerous proposals for overhaul of music licensing
US Copyright Office publishes numerous proposals for overhaul of music licensing

6 February 2015

The US Copyright Office yesterday published a lengthy report proposing a pretty radical overhaul of music copyright in the States - covering both...

Gary Glitter found guilty of sexually abusing children
Gary Glitter found guilty of sexually abusing children

6 February 2015

Gary Glitter has been found guilty of sexually abusing three girls between 1975 and 1980, following a trial at Southwark Crown Court in...

Fred Talbot denies accusations made by Ian Brown
Fred Talbot denies accusations made by Ian Brown

6 February 2015

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has denied claims made by Stones Roses frontman Ian Brown during the former's ongoing sex abuse trial. As previously...

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