Tag: digital royalties

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Pandora / Turtles litigation moves into free-speech territory

One of the challenges to Pandora this year has come from Flo and Eddie, two musicians from the Turtles fighting to get paid digital royalties for songs from before 1972. Now Pandora is pushing back, filing a motion with a...
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Universal seeks to end digital royalties class action

Ever since the 2010 ruling in FBT Productions versus Aftermath – that regarded download income as a “licence” rather than a “sale” and paid through 50% to the artist instead of sales rates of 15% or lower – the...
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Warner Bros faces $2m royalties lawsuit from James Taylor

James Taylor is suing Warner Bros Records over digital royalties.
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Sony settles digital royalties lawsuit with Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers and others

One of the first lawsuits over digital royalties paid by major labels to artists has just been settled. Sony Music has agreed to pay just under $8m to artists including Cheap Trick, The Allman Brothers and the Youngbloods,...
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Green light for UMG digital royalties class action lawsuit

Yesterday wasn't the best day for Universal Music Group in the US, as one class action lawsuit claiming it has underpaid digital royalties to artists got the go-ahead from a federal judge, while another new lawsuit was filed...
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Judge reinstates Allman Bros digital royalties lawsuit

Eminem's former production company may have lost their recent case against UMG for a larger slice of digital royalties, but a similar lawsuit on behalf of the Allman Brothers Band against Sony Music has just been reinstated.
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UMG prevails in Eminem digital royalties lawsuit

The lawsuit from Eminem's former production company against Universal Music Group over digital royalties has been resolved in UMG's favour, after a federal jury voted unanimously in favour of the label's case.
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UMG general counsel: “I don’t know what ownership of a digital file means”

Quote of the week comes from Michael Ostroff, general counsel and executive VP of business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group, while on the stand during the Eminem-related digital royalties lawsuit