BMG acquires US rock label Rise Records

Music company BMG has acquired US indie rock label Rise Records in a multi-million dollar deal. Rise Records is home to critically acclaimed artists including Memphis May Fire, Of Mice & Men, and The Devil Wears Prada. The transaction marks the fourth such acquisition in the past year for BMG, following its purchases of US…

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American Idol legal battle set for US trial

A battle between music company 19 and Sony Music looks set to be litigated in court, as the parties have seemingly failed to resolve matters amicably between themselves. Music company 19 owns the rights in the global Idol franchise, including hit US show American Idol, which has attracted millions of viewers and provided a publicity…

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EU new ruling on embedding videos

What happened: A dispute arose in Germany between Bestwater International (a water filtering company) and two independant commercial agents who worked for Bestwater’s competitor. A video which Bestwater held the copyright to was uploaded online by a third party without Bestwater’s permission. The independant commercial agents embedded this video onto their personal website. Bestwater alleged…

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The impact of the SiriusXM ruling

The story SiriusXM is a radio broadcasting company in the United States of America. They (as well as other radio stations) have been known to broadcast songs published pre 1972 without paying the owner of the copyrights royalty.They did this with full confidence that the law was on their side. The Turtles are a rock…

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Stairway to Litigation

I was watching the great Robert Plant last night on the BBC iPlayer with his new band the Sensational Space Shifters- did anyone see the beard on main guitar man Liam ‘ Skin’ Tyson!? Anyway Robert is facing a law suit for the alleged infringement of the Led Zep classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ The band has been accused of plagiarism in the…

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