Rhapsody to pay up to $10m in songwriter-lawsuit settlement
It wasn’t just Spotify facing the prospect of class-action lawsuits from songwriters over streaming royalties in recent years. Rhapsody (now operating as Napster) was also on the wrong end of a case brought by David Lowery,...
February 19, 2019
Fortnite publisher fights lawsuits: ‘Nobody can own a dance step’
Fortnite may have given artist Marshmello a big boost – playing to 10 million people at a single (virtual) concert will do that for a musician – but the game and its publisher Epic Games remain under fire from other artists,...
February 13, 2019
Universal Music and Sony Music face new artist lawsuits
Two of the three major labels are facing new class-action lawsuits filed in New York, which focus on the right of artists under the so-called ’35-year law’ there. That’s the legislation that in theory allows artists...
February 6, 2019
Spotify sued for alleged infringement of Yahoo patents
Back in 2017, as former internet-giant Yahoo was preparing for its sale to telco Verizon, it emerged that the company had a collection of around 4,000 patents valued at around $740m, which had been transferred to a company...
February 1, 2019
New York cracks down on companies selling fake socials activity
If you’ve ever been tempted to spend money inflating your Instagram followers, SoundCloud streams or other social metrics, here’s the latest useful warning not to. The state of New York has reached a settlement with a...
January 31, 2019
RIAA appeals dismissal of case against stream-ripping site
We reported earlier this month on the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by US labels against Russian stream-ripping site FLVTO. Now the RIAA is launching an appeal against the decision, which was based on whether a US court...
January 30, 2019
Beyoncé’s company sued over the accessibility of her website
A new class-action lawsuit filed in the US against Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment will be triggering a few urgent meetings within management companies and labels in the week ahead, we suspect. The lawsuit has...
January 7, 2019
Rapper 2 Milly sues Epic Games over Fortnite dance move
We’ve written about how music is woven into the fabric of this year’s gaming craze Fortnite thanks to its ‘emotes’ – dance moves that players can buy using the game’s V-Bucks currency, and then use to show off...
December 6, 2018
UMG sues poker website over unlicensed music in podcasts
Gambling-focused website PokerNews is on the wrong end of a lawsuit from a group of Universal Music’s labels, alleging wilful copyright infringement. How does a site about poker news infringe music copyrights? The issue...
November 20, 2018
When influencer marketing goes wrong… Snap’s PR firm sues over specs deal
Influencer marketing can be a highly-effective way to promote a product (or music), but if the social star you’re paying for promotion doesn’t deliver, what’s the comeback? We may find out thanks to a new lawsuit filed...
November 1, 2018
Labels say stream-ripping site had 31m US visitors in last year
A lawsuit in the US focusing on two Russian stream-ripping sites has thrown up some interesting stats on their popularity with American music fans. The three major labels, under the RIAA’s umbrella, are suing the developer...
October 22, 2018
Netflix subscriber numbers rise but it faces “poaching” lawsuit from Viacom
New to Netflix Originals, it’s The Good & The Bad Place… that’s where the subscription TV- and movie-streaming service finds itself this week. It now has 137m subscribers globally, growing by 7m in the three months...
October 18, 2018