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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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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