Google vs the Authors Guild

Since 2005 Google has been in a long drawn out court battle with the Authors Guild. For those not in the know, the Authors Guild is a non-profit organisation for Authors based in the United States. The conflict between the two groups started after Google’s initial launch of Google Books in 2005. Google Books is…

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50 lyirc websites sent takedown notice

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has sent takedown notices to 50 different websites on the basis of lyrical copyright infringement. The NMPA has asked that the websites pay for the rights to use the lyrics or take them offline indefinitely. Legally, they are in the right. It is well established in many jurisdictions, including…

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A list of the top ten pirated artists

Muso is an online anti-piracy company. I mentioned them previously on this blog in late August. Muso provides a service which allows content creators and right holders to scan various websites around the internet for illegal copies. Once the copies are found, Muso also provides an easy way for the user to send a takedown…

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Jay-Z accused of copyright infringement

Since starting this blog back in May, a number of different celebrity artists have allegedly infringed copyright. Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke, and Will.I.AM are just some on those lists. Okay, if I’m being completely honest…. up until this blog post they were the entire list. But still, three alleged copyright infringements in six months in…

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RIAA and BPI infringe copyright

Torrentfreak is reporting that the RIAA and BPI have technically pirated the scripts on their website. I am by no means an expert on coding, but as I understand it scripts are a series of instructions which are essential to how a website works. The BPI and RIAA use a script from jQuery on their…

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Spotify and royalty payments

Spotify was originally launched in Sweden back in 2008. Since its launch, Spotify has achieved a noticeable degree of success both in Sweden and internationally. However, recently a large number of artists have expressed their displeasure in the royalty payments received when their songs are played on Spotify. The agreement between the artists and the…

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