Copyright & Media Update 1/31/2020

Music Publishers Knock Out Peloton’s Antitrust Countersuit 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: More than a dozen music publishers don’t have to sweat Peloton’s claim that they engage in anticompetitive conduct as a New York federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the indoor cycling giant’s counterclaim. READ MORE… 

President Trump Signs USMCA Trade Deal that ‘Exports’ US Copyright Policy 

TORRENT FREAK: President Trump has signed the new USMCA trade deal with Canada and Mexico into law. The agreement covers a wide range of trade topics including copyright issues. Despite objections from many copyright holders, the USMCA includes liability protections for Internet companies, including a DMCA-style safe harbor. READ MORE… 

After Suing Spotify for Mistreatment, Independent Music Company Files 10 Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Against YouTube, Apple, and Others 

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: In November, Spotify was hit by a lawsuit from Florida-based, Jake P. Noch-owned Sosa Entertainment LLC and its sister company, royalty collection firm Pro Music Rights LLC (PMR). The suit, filed against Spotify in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, claimed that Sosa has not been paid full royalties associated with over 550 million streams on Spotify. Noch’s companies seek “over $1bn in damages” from the streaming platform. READ MORE… 

Copyright and Social Justice Event Highlights Importance of Equal Access to the Benefits of Copyright 

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE:  On January 15, the U.S. Copyright Office held an event called Copyright and Social Justice, part of the Copyright Matters series. As the title suggests, the topic was the intersection between social justice and copyright law. The ultimate message the panel expressed was that it is critical for all members of society to have equal access to the copyright system and its accompanying benefits. That can be achieved through artist education. READ MORE… 

Music Industry Responds to Government’s Copyright (no) Directive Announcement 

COMPLETE MUSIC UPDATE: Organizations representing labels, musicians and artist managers have all responded to last week’s confirmation by the UK government that it has no plans to implement the European Copyright Directive, including its music-related reforms. READ MORE… 

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