CD Baby Partners With Audible Magic To Identify Copyright Infringement

CD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner. CD Baby is currently one of a handful of distributors named as "preferred" partners by both Spotify… Continue Reading

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CD Baby/Downtown Inks a Deal With Audible Magic for Pre-Release Copyright Protection

CD Baby just inked a partnership with Audible Magic to identify potential rights infringement claims on tracks before distribution. Infringement claims are becoming increasingly common and contentious.  Now, CD Baby is hoping to address potential issue… Continue Reading

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FLVTO.biz Issues a Fiery Response Brief Against the RIAA’s Court Appeal

At the beginning of this year, and in a shocking ruling, notorious Russian stream-ripper FLVTO.biz soundly defeated the major labels – led by the RIAA – in a U.S. federal courtroom. Industry observers had expected the RIAA – which represents Warner, So… Continue Reading

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‘Lady Marmalade’ Co-Writer Sues Sony/ATV for $20 Million

Kenny Nolan, one of the songwriters behind the Patti LaBelle hit, ‘Lady Marmalade,’ has filed a $20 million lawsuit against Sony/ATV. According to the 60-page lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the music pu… Continue Reading

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Zoe Keating: ‘Unrepresented songwriters deserve to be heard’

A battle is brewing on the songwriter front. Two organizations, the NMPA backed Music Licencing Collective (MLC) and the independent non-profit American Music Licensing Collective (ALMC) are vying to become the conduit for songwriter and publishing royalties from streamers like Spotify, as mandated by the new Music Modernization Act. Music… Continue Reading

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EU Gives Final Approval To Article 13 Copyright Directive, YouTube, Facebook Expected To Be Hit Hard

On Monday morning, the EU Member States gave the Article 13 copyright directive the final green light, after months of contentious debate. Nineteen member countries voted yes, six voted against and three abstained. The directive is expected to hit platforms based on user-generated content including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram hardest…. Continue Reading

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says He Won’t Raise the $10/Month Price Point — Tough Luck, Songwriters?

Spotify has a lot of reasons for refusing to pay increased royalties to songwriters.  But this is easily the biggest one. In its formal filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Spotify outlined a number of reasons for refusing to pay … Continue Reading

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SoundExchange Sues Music Choice Over a ‘Persistent Effort to Avoid Paying Royalties’

SoundExchange’s lawsuit alleges that cable-based streaming music service Music Choice is cooking its books.  But is there more to this story? Another day, another contentious music royalty lawsuit. This time, the plaintiff is SoundExchange, a non-profi… Continue Reading

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Trump Tweet Removed by Twitter Following a Warner Bros. Copyright Claim

Warner Bros. Pictures filed a copyright infringement claim on one of President Trump’s tweets for his 2020 campaign last night.  The tweet was removed. The video used part of Hans Zimmer’s score from the 2012 movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The president… Continue Reading

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