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
$321.3m copyright infringement case against Spotify continues
Bluewater Music Services Corp. has been given the go-ahead to continue its copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify, despite the streaming service’s attempt to get the case struck down. A Tennessee federal court denied...
October 3, 2018
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