Music Publishers Just Doubled the Size of Their Lawsuit Against Peloton to $300MM In Damages

Late last week, a group of music publishers amended their previous lawsuit against Peloton. Peloton is a tech-focused exercise bicycle startup with designs on a $500 million IPO. In the original suit, which was filed in a New York federal court in Marc… Continue Reading

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How Copyright Works With E. Michael Harrington [VIDEO]

For a musician, or really anyone working in the music industry, a solid understanding of how copyright law functions and effects your work is important. In this series of videos, Dr. E. Michael Harrington walks us through the ins and outs of music copyright and what you must do to… Continue Reading

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The War Between the RIAA and Cox Communications Continues — Both Sides Seek to Toss Each Other’s Lawsuits

The RIAA’s long-running war against Cox is entering a new chapter. The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), which represents Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment, and ISP Cox Communications are preparing … Continue Reading

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Taylor Swift Threatened to Sue Microsoft Over Its ‘Tay’ Bot — Before It Went on a Racist Rampage

Taylor Swift has been involved in quite a few legal actions. But one that never got off the ground may be the most interesting. The strange tale of a threatening Taylor Swift is included in a new book by Microsoft president Brad Smith. In Tools and Wea… Continue Reading

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Songwriters Are Being Underpaid And This Is Why

It’s widely agreed that songwriters are not getting their fair share of the growing bounty created by the streaming music boom. But the solution is much more complex than just paying them more, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. ________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry blog Music… Continue Reading

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Jammber Acquires TuneRegistry To Create D.I.Y. Music Rights, Royalty Platform

Jammber has acquired TuneRegistry for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition turns Jammber into a self-service end-to-end music rights and royalty administration platform that allows artists and rightsholders to retain 100% of their copyrights and royalties. Jammber is also preparing the launch of its Splits self-service royalty splits platform and the… Continue Reading

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Rhapsody Agrees to Release $10 Million In Unpaid Royalties — Here’s How to Get Paid

Rhapsody International has agreed to pay $10 million over unpaid streaming royalties to artists. The preliminary settlement follows years of litigation spearheaded by artist-activist David Lowery.  The litigation, first initiated in March of 2016, alle… Continue Reading

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How To Copyright Your Original Music and Why You Need To

As a creator of original music, it is essential that you take the necessary steps to properly protect your work, particularly given what a litigious environment the music industry tends to be. Here we look at the proper channels to follow in order to ensure your compositions are secure. __________________________… Continue Reading

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Songwriters Could Actually Catch Break As DOJ Weighs In On “Stairway To Heaven” Case

Songwriters have been going through a rough time in the courtrooms of late, often losing out on cases more often as the result of song’s ‘feel’ than its actual melody. That could be changing however, with the Department of Justice weighing in (as it rarely does) on case between Led… Continue Reading

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Ed Sheeran Blocked from Receiving ‘Shape of You’ Royalties as Infringement Suit Continues

It’s both the best of time and the worst of times for singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. The British pop star recently announced that he would be taking an 18-month hiatus after a record-setting two-year world tour that has left him a reported net worth of … Continue Reading

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