Copyright & Media Update 10/25/2019

Copyright Infringement Liability in the Music Industry 

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC: In our digital age, companies that distribute and host content online run into constant conflictions with copyright infringement. Difficult questions arise: who is responsible for monitoring and removing copyright infringing work? How does a service stop these infringing works from getting monetized? Who pays the damages? READ MORE… 

The Epic Story of a Grammy Winner, $204,613 – and a Legal Battle with Ramifications for Songwriters Everywhere  

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: We’ll level with you: industry disputes over the US Consent Decrees – the near 80-year-old set of laws that prescribe how ASCAP and BMI must run their organizations – don’t always make for the most thrilling stories. But today, we are thankful for them. READ MORE… 

Juice Wrld Hit With a $15 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Lucid Dreams’ 

DIGITAL MUSIC WORLD: On Monday (October 21st), early 2000s emo rock band Yellowcard filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a California U.S. District Court against Juice Wrld. The members of Yellowcard are alleging that the rapper used the melody and other elements from their 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” in his hit song “Lucid Dreams,” and are suing for $15 million. READ MORE… 

CASE Act Passes US House of Representatives 

BILLBOARD: The bill intending to streamline copyright disputes now heads to the Senate. The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act passed 410-6 in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening (Oct. 22). It now goes to the Senate for a vote before it can become law. READ MORE… 

Copyright Alliance Applauds House Passage of the CASE Act 

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: The Copyright Alliance applauded this evening’s passage of the CASE Act (H.R. 2426) by the House of Representatives, by a vote of 410-6. According to Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “Today’s vote by the House further attests to the tremendous support that’s been demonstrated for the CASE Act, legislation that will provide U.S. creators with a viable means for defending their copyrighted works through the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office. READ MORE… 

Lizzo fires back in songwriting dispute, files lawsuit alleging harassment 

LA TIMES: After finally breaking her silence on a songwriting dispute surrounding her summer smash “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo has filed a lawsuit against the Raisen brothers, the L.A.-based songwriters who claim they deserve credit on the track. READ MORE… 

Trump Administration Staying Out of Challenge to Music Licensing Law for Now 

BILLBOARD: The United States Department of Justice has filed court papers acknowledging that Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style is challenging the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act in a big copyright lawsuit against Spotify. However, citing the early posture of the case, the Trump Administration told a Tennessee federal court Wednesday. READ MORE…

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