New regulations in

The Live Music Act 2012 will come into force in its entirety on 1 October 2012 by virtue of the Live Music Act 2012 (Commencement) Order 2012. The Act makes a number of amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 relating to the performance of live music. It amends section 177 of, and Schedule 1 to,…

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Don’t profit from the dead

Michael Jackson’s estate has launched an action against a fan who sought to profit from his image. Howard Mann had previously registered and used websites like michaeljacksonsecretvault.com and MJgives.com. The websites featured Jackson’s property, including the song “Destiny,” and images from the posthumous live documentary film “This Is It”. US District Judge said ” There…

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Jessie J and Domino in copyright dispute

Jessie J has been accused of copyright infringment by Will Loomis and parts of his tune Bright Red Chords.  In particular, Loomis claims the melody for the verses to be substantially similar.

Loomis is of course looking for damages and the sum is believed to be in the sum of  US$150,000.

Betcha the claim is settled before it gets to trial!

Update on the One Direction name debate

As Sammy reported on this blog back in April, X-factor creation One Direction are being sued by USA punk group, also One Direction, for having the same name. News has now emerged that lawyers working for Sony/Simon Cowell have filed a counter suit for the same thing. They claim that as the One Direction (USA)…

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Caught at last

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2012/07/05/record-industry-finally-catches-up-with-man-who-made-mixtape-in-the-90s/ The Poke reported this week that it has caught up with a man who made a tape for his girlfriend. About time but it ought to act as a warning to all you rascals out there in music land. “This guy thinks he’s so clever, trying to show off facets of his personality through…

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Music P2P on the increase

While P2P file sharing is on the increase, Google has reported that legitimate and lawful music services are doing very well in the UK.  Google has  found itself under pressure due to its linking to copyright infringing material however this report compiled last Monday with the PRS confirmed Google’s stance that blocking access rather than censoring was…

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Copyright Infringement Case For Jessie J

American singer Will Loomis is seeking damages of at least $150,000 in a case of alleged copyright infringement against singer Jessie J and her record label.  According to the Guardian, he claims Jessie J and her co-writers used “substantially similar compositional elements” in the verse of her hit song ‘Domino’.  Loomis even posted a YouTube…

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