Google Responds to Accusations of Plagiarizing Lyrics — And Basically Blames It All on LyricFind

After Google partner Lyricfind admitted to ‘minuscule’ levels of plagiarism, Google is now weighing in. Google has responded to accusations made by Genius, a well-known resource for viewing and commenting on the lyrics of popular songs. Genius long sus… Continue Reading

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Pandora Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Unlicensed Lyrics from Tom Petty, The Doors, Others

Pandora is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit regarding lyrics from a range of artists and publishers, including Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, The Doors, and others. Wixen, a music publisher that represents The Beach Boys, Tom Petty, The Door… Continue Reading

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This Week In Music Commentary

This week, commentators from inside the music industry weighed in on how to increase you chance of getting lucky in the music biz, why consumers shouldn’t be worried about Bandwear (even after the PlegeMusic debacle), whether or not AI created music should be protected by copyright, and more! Luck Surface… Continue Reading

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The Lawsuit Over Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Guitar Riff Is Heading (Back To) Court

We thought this one was over. But Led Zeppelin’s heavily-watched “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit is now slated to be reheard in a federal appeals court. The original lawsuit was filed back in 2014, when a descendant of Randy Craig Wolfe, a former performe… Continue Reading

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Kanye West (Again) and Pusha T Sued for Failing to Clear a 1972 Sample

According to Kanye West and his legal team, he doesn’t need to clear samples from other people’s works. Last week, performance actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple filed a lawsuit against Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Ty Dolla Sign. Filed at the United States Di… Continue Reading

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Should Copyright Protect Music Created By Artificial Intelligence?

As technology develops to the point where AI is capable of creating original music, questions are being raised as to whether this computer generated music, and the people behind the code that make it possible, should be granted the same legal protections as more traditionally created music. _________________________________ Guest post… Continue Reading

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Led Zeppelin Back In Court Over ‘Stairway To Heaven’

The long argument that Led Zeppelin took a chord progress from Randy California and his band Spirit to create the legendary song “Stairway To Heaven” has not ended, with a federal appeals court again taking up the issue. The court is now considering whether juries should hear sound recordings that… Continue Reading

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Copyright Office Set To Make Album Registration Easier

The US Copyright Office has been lagging behind the times for awhile now, but is finally beginning to catch up, with some exciting "innovations" such as online copyright registration system, making it much easier for artists to officially register their work. _______________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0… Continue Reading

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Kanye West and Kid Cudi Cite Firein Copyright Infringement Case, Citing Fair Use

Last March, actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple filed a lawsuit against Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Ty Dolla Sign. Filed at the United States District Court for the Central District of California, he claimed the artists, along with their collaborators, allege… Continue Reading

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