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
Labels AND TuneIn can appeal UK High Court’s copyright decision
In early November, the UK’s High Court delivered a ruling in a copyright lawsuit involving major labels and radio-aggregator TuneIn which saw both sides claim victory. As we reported at the time, on one issue in the lawsuit...
December 6, 2019
Row over ALI ‘Restatement of Copyright’ rumbles on in the US
A long-running argument about an American legal organisation’s desire to ‘clarify, modernise, and otherwise improve’ copyright legislation in the US is making headlines again. Some of the details of what’s being done...
December 5, 2019
Apple signs documentary about music-industry sexual misconduct
Apple’s video-streaming service Apple TV+ is now up and running, with a small-but-growing slate of original shows. The company’s latest signing promises to be *very* interesting for Music Ally’s readership. It’s an...
December 4, 2019
We need to talk more about legal issues around training musical AIs
When most people think about the potential legal issues around AI-created music, they tend to think about the output – the music itself, and questions like whether an AI-generated track can attract copyright protection....
November 27, 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
Former PledgeMusic CEO threatens legal action over allegations
There’s a new row involving collapsed crowdfunding service PledgeMusic, and specifically its former CEO Dominic Pandiscia. After a musician – Ken Andrews of the band Failure – made a series of allegations about Pandiscia...
November 26, 2019
US Congress launches investigation into secondary ticketing
The Energy & Commerce Committee in Washington is launching an investigation into the secondary ticketing sector in the US and has contacted major players in the space – notably Live Nation, AEG, StubHub, Vivid Seats,...
November 25, 2019
Big Machine settles Taylor Swift dispute for AMAs medley
The enmity between Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Label Group (not to mention its new co-owner Scooter Braun) isn’t going away any time soon, we sense. But one element of their latest dispute appears to have...
November 19, 2019
Can AI-produced works qualify as ‘works of authorship?
Can an AI (or a non-human) be the ‘author’ of a piece of music –or other art / content – that it has created? It’s a question that has been bubbling for a while now, from selfie-snapping monkeys to the...
November 8, 2019
FTC launches new guide to influencer-marketing disclosures
A number of social-media influencers have been reprimanded by regulators about not offering clear-enough disclosures about their commercial relationships. Now the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a guide –...
November 6, 2019
Bytedance faces US national-security review of Musical.ly acquisition
US politicians have been expressing unease about TikTok and its Chinese parent company Bytedance in recent weeks. Now it seems the latter company is facing a national-security review of its 2017 acquisition of social app...
November 4, 2019