Weatherley appointed as IP advisor

David Cameron has appointed Mike Weatherley as his intellectual property adviser. Weatherley has developed a pretty impressive CV over the years, from which one would assume he has strong connections with the music industry. Before assuming office in 2010, Weatherley was the financial director of record producer Pete Waterman’s, and the Vice President of the…

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Starships in copyright dispute

Nicki Minaj, a pop singer from New York, is in the news again but this time the controversy is to do with the alleged infringement for copyright. The song in question is her commercially successful song Starships, from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Starships reached the number five spot on Billboard top 100,…

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Spotify sued for copyright infringement

Spotify just can’t seem to catch a break. The music brand, Ministry of Sound, has brought an action against Spotify for copyright infringement. However, interestingly enough, this time the action is not to do with the copyright of the actual music music, but rather the arrangement of the music. The issue is not that Spotify…

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Six strikes apparently strikeless

I’ve made reference in previous blog posts about the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which is also known popularly as the “six-strikes” measure. If you want to know more about CAS please read my previous blog post, which can be found by clicking here. CAS has now officially been in force for seven months, and despite…

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Canada introduces drastic changes to tour law

Canada has introduced a pretty significant change which should affect the entirety of the  international music community. As it stands, Canada is a very popular hotspot for independent and major music artists to tour. However, this might change with the introduction of new regulatory fees. Under previous legislation, bands were required to only pay a…

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Muso reaches agreement with VK

Muso is an online anti piracy company, much like the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI). From what I can tell however, Muso is more of a commercial service. The general idea behind Muso is that an author uploads their songs (or other digital IP) onto their website, and they in turn have a programme…

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