Copyright & Media Update 11/15/2019

Will the Music Industry Continue To Win Its Copyright Battle Against ISPs? 

SOCIALLY AWARE: For the last twenty years, the music industry has been in a pitched battle to combat unauthorized downloading of music. Initially, the industry focused on filing lawsuits to shut down services that offered peer-to-peer or similar platforms, such as NapsterAimster and Grokster. For a time, the industry started filing claims against individual infringers to dissuade others from engaging in similar conduct. READ MORE… 

The Weeknd Fails to Reduce Copyright Infringement Lawsuit on ‘A Lonely Night’ 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: A California federal court has denied a request by The Weeknd to reduce the scope of a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against him by three British songwriters who believe his song “A Lonely Night” plagiarizes theirs. The suit was filed by Brian Clover, Scott McCulloch and Billy Smith, who claim The Weeknd copied their 2005 song “I Need To Love.” READ MORE… 

Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Officially Granted $62 Million in Startup Capital 

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), which is tasked with tracking, collecting, and distributing mechanical licenses from streaming services in the U.S., has just been granted a $62 million starting budget. READ MORE… 

Migos Prevail in ‘Walk It Talk It’ Copyright Lawsuit 

BILLBOARD: In a decision handed down Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torres dismissed the complaint filed last October by rapper Leander Pickett (aka M.O.S.), who claimed the hip-hop group’s 2018 single “Walk It Talk It” infringed the copyright of his 2008 song “Walk It Like I Talk It.” READ MORE… 

The Music Industry Shouldn’t Kid Itself: Piracy Was Never Killed By Streaming…But It Might Be More Valuable Than You Think 

MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE: For over a decade now, I have been talking to people about digital piracy affecting myriad content industries, and none has been more affected than the recording industry. After Napster and its like devastated incomes and normalized piracy, the advent of legal streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer appeared to solve the problem. Or did they? READ MORE… 

Court orders Romanian airline to pay EUR 63,000 in copyright for music aired on board of planes 

ROMANIA INSIDER: A local court has ordered Blue Air, the largest Romania air carrier and the second largest player on the local market after Hungarian rival Wizz Air, to pay RON 300,000 (EUR 63,157) to the Romanian Composers and Musicians Union (UCMR) as copyright for the music it airs on board of its planes, Profit.ro reported. READ MORE… 

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