Sony Music sues fitness brand Gymshark over music usage
Major labels are very keen to strike licensing deals with fitness tech startups, but they’re equally unkeen about the idea of other kinds of fitness brands using their music without the necessary agreements. Witness Sony...
July 21, 2021
UK live industry sues government over Covid-19 test events
It is all kicking off in the UK as the row over the government’s ‘Events Research Programme’ (ERP) deepens. That was the scheme to test a handful of Covid-safe live events, from music to snooker, and to learn from the...
June 25, 2021
Confusion surrounds Roc-A-Fella lawsuit over Damon Dash NFT
Poor old Jay-Z, eh? His 99 problems have included people creating deepfakes of him rapping Hamlet and Billy Joel without his permission, and now a lawsuit over an apparent attempt to sell his 1996 album ‘Reasonable...
June 22, 2021
NMPA sues Roblox in $200m copyright infringement lawsuit
Games platform Roblox has enjoyed plenty of positive headlines for its push into music in partnership with labels and artists, but now the company is facing a battle with music publishers over licensing. Yesterday, the US...
June 10, 2021
Record labels sue Vimeo in Italy for copyright infringement
Video streaming service Vimeo’s repositioning as a largely B2B-focused operation seemed to be a positive thing for artists and labels, giving them a white-label alternative to YouTube for putting out their videos. However,...
May 6, 2021
ByteDance withdraws one of its lawsuits against Tencent
ByteDance, the owner of TikTok and its Chinese sibling Douyin, has been tangling with fellow tech giant Tencent for some time in the courts with a series of tit-for-tat lawsuits. ByteDance has just withdrawn one of the most...
April 13, 2021
ByteDance sues Tencent in China over WeChat and QQ policies
Chinese tech giants ByteDance and Tencent have been locking horns on the app stores for some time, but now they may be heading to court. ByteDance has sued Tencent alleging monopolistic behaviour in the latter’s WeChat...
February 3, 2021
Bob Dylan’s catalogue sale sparks lawsuit over co-writes
Where there’s money, there are invariably lawsuits. There’s certainly money in musicians selling their catalogues and royalty interests to investment companies, and lo and behold, there are lawsuits popping up...
January 21, 2021
FTC steps up investigation into tech firms and privacy
December work slowdown? Not for the Federal Trade Commission in the US there isn’t. Having sued Facebook for ‘illegal monopolisation’ earlier this month, now the FTC is stepping up its investigation into...
December 15, 2020
FTC sues Facebook in the US for ‘illegal monopolisation’
After months of speculation about whether the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would go after Facebook, the hammer dropped last night. The FTC has sued Facebook “alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its...
December 10, 2020
Wixen Music Publishing sues Triller in $50m lawsuit
The latest copyright infringement lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing promises to be a biggie: it’s suing Triller for $50m, alleging that it has infringed more than 1,000 songs from the company’s catalogue. Billboard...
November 19, 2020
TikTok strikes back at Triller with patent counter-suit
Remember when Triller sued TikTok for patent infringement in July? Whatever happened to that case? What happened this week is that TikTok struck back with a counter lawsuit. At issue is a June 2017 patent awarded to a children’s...
October 29, 2020