Judge clears way for class-action lawsuit over Tidal exclusive
Tidal is at the centre of another legal row, but this time it may be an artist, rather than the streaming service, which ends up in court. The focus is on Kanye West’s 2016 album ‘The Life of Pablo’ and West’s...
June 25, 2018
American ISP RCN sues BMG over Rightscorp notices
Music firm BMG is facing a lawsuit over copyright-infringement notices sent by its anti-piracy partner Rightscorp. The lawsuit comes from American ISP RCN, which has more than 400,000 customers in the US, and focuses on an...
June 16, 2016
Labels get $210m in settlement from Sirius in pre-1972 case
The dispute over pre-1972 recordings and what broadcast royalties they receive from satellite and online stations has resulted in labels getting $210m from SiriusXM and a new legal precedent being set for future royalty payments....
June 29, 2015
Sony facing Spotify scrutiny in 19 Recordings lawsuit
The long-bubbling lawsuit between 19 Recordings and Sony Music is turning up its heat, with the American Idol-related company levelling new accusations concerning Sony’s deal with Spotify. Billboard reports that 19 is targeting...
June 25, 2015
Universal denies involvement in Tame Impala mechanicals row
Publishing group BMG is suing a range of defendants – including Universal Music Australia and its Modular Recordings subsidiary – over allegations of unpaid international mechanical royalties for Tame Impala’s back...
June 3, 2015
The Turtles’ heads given go-ahead for class action against Sirius XM
In a lawsuit that has been brewing for a long time, Flo & Eddie of The Turtles have been told by a California judge to proceed with their lawsuit against US satellite broadcaster. The case relates to pre-1972 recordings...
May 28, 2015
Wolfgang’s Vaults faces infringement suit from NMPA
The National Music Publishers’ Association is taking legal action against Wolfgang’s Vaults and its related sites (such as Daytrotter) over copyright concerns. “Wolfgang’s Vault calls itself the ‘largest...
May 28, 2015
Major labels sue filesharing site MP3Skull
Music filesharing site MP3Skull is being sued by all of the major labels, in a lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida that describes the site’s scale of infringement as “enormous”....
April 21, 2015
Google came close to an FTC antitrust lawsuit in 2012
In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended an investigation into potential antitrust practices at Google. Now it has emerged that in doing so, the commissioners went against the recommendations of FTC officials....
March 23, 2015
Blurred Lines battle enters new phase
The family of Marvin Gaye have asked a US federal judge to block sales, distribution and performances of ‘Blurred Lines’ following their recent court victory over the song’s infringement of Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it...
March 19, 2015
Freeplay Music hits back against MCNs over music usage
Music licensing firm Freeplay Music has been under fire from multi-channel networks Machinima and Collective Digital Studio. They are suing it for what they claim is a bait-and-switch strategy of promising free music for...
March 5, 2015
Jeff Price suing TuneCore, the company he co-founded
It’s been no secret that the exit of TuneCore co-founder Jeff Price in 2012 was messy, but a lawsuit filed by Price against the company is yielding up more details. It details a falling out with investor Opus Capital over...
February 26, 2015