Pro Music Rights extends streaming lawsuits beyond Spotify
In November 2019, we reported on the latest lawsuit filed against Spotify by music rightsholders: Sosa Entertainment and its sister firm Pro Music Rights. Sosa was claiming that it had not been paid the full royalties for...
January 29, 2020
Grammys fallout continues as Portnow and Katz respond
There’s an awards this week, y’say? The Grammys will undoubtedly make a splash as usual, but the event continues to be overshadowed by the fallout from president and CEO Deborah Dugan being placed on administrative leave,...
January 23, 2020
Sonos boss testifies on ‘market distortion’ of Google and Amazon
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence testified before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Friday (17 January) about the company’s complaints against Google and Amazon. You can read his full...
January 20, 2020
Sonos CEO to testify about big-tech battle at antitrust hearing
We reported yesterday on Sonos’ decision to sue Google for patent infringement, while accusing Amazon (but not suing it) with similar allegations. We noted that regulators would be interested in the case, and very quickly...
January 9, 2020
Sonos sues Google alleging smart-speaker patent infringement
Is January a slow news month? Not if Sonos’ legal team has anything to do with it. The company is suing Google alleging infringement of five patents, and as the New York Times explained, is seeking financial damages but...
January 8, 2020
TikTok settles children’s privacy lawsuit in the US
Yesterday, we reported on a lawsuit filed against TikTok in the US over its predecessor app Musical·ly’s handling of children’s data. There’s a speedy update on the case: it’s been settled. “TikTok is firmly committed...
December 6, 2019
TikTok sued over Musical·ly child-privacy protection issues
Another day, another legal headache for TikTok in the US. It’s not a new issue, but rather a new lawsuit about a familiar issue: whether the Musical·ly app that parent company Bytedance acquired and later merged with TikTok...
December 5, 2019
Genius sues Google and LyricFind over lyrics allegedly lifted from its site
The dispute between music-lyrics site Genius and Google may yet end up in court: the former is suing the latter plus its partner LyricFind for $50m. This all relates to Genius’ accusation in June that Google was serving...
December 4, 2019
Spotify faces another digital royalties-related lawsuit
Will Spotify’s lawyers ever be able to enjoy their Christmas dinners without a looming royalties lawsuit? The latest comes from independent music company Sosa Entertainment and its sister firm Pro Music Rights. MBW reports that...
November 26, 2019
UK High Court offers mixed ruling on TuneIn copyright lawsuit
The UK’s High Court has delivered its ruling on Warner Music and Sony Music’s copyright-infringement case against online-radio firm TuneIn. As is often the way of these things, both sides have claimed victory....
November 4, 2019
Lawsuits against Megaupload on hold until next April, possibly longer
The lawsuit against Megaupload and its flamboyant public face Kim Dotcom has been rumbling on for years. Since 2012, in fact, when his mansion in New Zealand was raided by 72 police officers. The resulting court action was...
October 15, 2019
Labels sue ISP RCN for enabling copyright infringement
In one sense, lawsuits by music rightsholders against ISPs around the music-piracy habits of their customers feel like a relic from The Bad Years of our industry’s recent history. Actually, though, they’ve been a factor...
August 29, 2019