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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NMPA files law suits against two unlicensed lyric sites

The US music publishing sector’s trade group, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), has worked for a partnership between songwriters and lyric websites, through licensing agreements, since 2006. In November 2013, they reached out to 50 unlicensed lyric websites to reach an agreement. Of these, 11 websites have licensed, 11 have removed the infringing content and…

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Streaming and the top 6

So we all know that the music business has been trying for years to maximise their income streams as the Internet has changed how we all listen to music. Here are the top 6 according to Rolling Stone. 1. Spotify 2. Rhapsody 3. X box music 4. You Tube 5. Rdio 6. Pandora Any thoughts?…

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IFPI accuses Google of ignoring them

This past week Google received its 100 millionth piracy notice, and according to some, their efforts have yielded less than satisfactory results. Frances Moore, the CEO of the International Foundation of the Phonographic Industry, went on a bit of a tirade this past week, accusing Google of ignoring piracy requests. Moore says that Google, as…

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Update: Robin Thicke vs Marvin Gaye

I’ve blogged in the past about the dispute between Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke, the blogpost can be found here. Since that post, Thicke’s Blurred lines has claimed many more accolades, including two grammy nominations and being the best selling single in the UK and US for 2013. Anyways, Gaye’s estate has won a settlement,…

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Moby tops piracy list

Earlier this year the popular dance musician Moby (real name Richard Hall) released a collection of his music for free via bit torrent. The same collection now has the distinct honor of being the most torrented music file of 2013 with nearly nine million downloads. I did a blog post on how Moby thought that…

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