Hell Has Frozen Over: Apple Joins the Competition on Artist Royalty Payments with Some Good Karma

Music Technology Policy

What do SoundCloud and Apple have in common? Or said another way, what does Spotify not have in common with SoundCloud and Apple? Of all the different ways that each of these licensed platforms try to compete with each other, SoundCloud and Apple have started competing on how fairly they pay the artists. But now Apple has stepped up by making representations about its minimum royalty rate. But Apple may be saying something very important here.

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What is Apple Music Up to with the MLC?

Music Technology Policy

Apple” or “we”) and the publishing entity with which you are affiliated (“Publisher” or “you”). Accordingly, we hereby notify you that Apple has elected, pursuant to the Agreement, to terminate the Agreement, effective December 31, 2020.

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Curiouser and Curiouser: Strange Loose Ends with Apple Music and The MLC

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Here’s an update on the bizarre saga of Apple Music and The MLC. Those rights would still need to be licensed under the very type of agreements that Apple is terminating. These two executives were asked the obvious question, how can The MLC do lyric licensing for Apple.

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Bad Apple

JetLawBlog

Has Apple bitten off more than it can chew? Apple, known for being overprotective of its products, may have taken its application xenophobia too far, as evidenced by a few recent modifications to its App Store developer agreement. A little background may be necessary: Apple iPhones (without being jail broken — recently found a legally acceptable way to use your iPhone) only allow users to download applications from the “App Store.&#

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Is Apple's iPad Copied from '2001: A Space Odyssey'? (Video)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Samsung defends itself against Apple's patent claims by citing "prior art" in Stanley Kubrick's 43-year-old film. Tech Tech Apple Steve Jobs 2001: A Space Odysseyread more. THR, Esq.

So Much for Conversion: Apple Set to Pass Spotify in Subscribers

Music Technology Policy

And when Apple launched Apple Music as a subscription only service, Spotify had a meltdown–staring with Daniel Ek himself who Tweeted “Oh ok” which I guess he thought was something of a put down. Apple is into conversion, too, but a different kind. Including people who are still in free or deeply discounted trial periods leading up to paid subscription, Apple Music has a slight edge on Spotify in the U.S., Remember this one?

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Apple-Samsung Trial Showcases a Hollywood Love Affair

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Movies Tech Business Apple SamsungThe Steve Jobs-created company's executives say that its rival's allegedly similar phones and tablets cause a "huge problem" on the marketing front. read more. THR, Esq.

Apple Loses Appeal Over Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Michael Bromwich raised hackles at Apple after being tasked to watch for antitrust abuse. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

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Apple Fails to Overturn Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling on Appeal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit rules that Apple must suffer condemnation for conspiring with book publishers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

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Apple Products Shown in 30 Percent of Hollywood's Top Movies, for Free

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Apple Movies THR, Esq. In a trial against Samsung, it's revealed how the iPhone maker uses Hollywood. read more. Tech Business Samsung

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Apple joins corporate backlash against Georgia voting law

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Apple Defends Itself in Government's E-Book Antitrust Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Barnes & Noble The Business Apple THR, Esq. The corporate giant argues that it should not be held responsible for a "conspiracy" that raised the price of electronic books. read more. Amazon.com Tech Business

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Apple Wins $1 Billion Jury Verdict in Samsung Patent War

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Apple successfully demonstrated at trial that its rival illicitly copied the intellectual property behind its smartphone devices read more. The Business THR, Esq. Tech Business

Judge Slashes Apple's $1 Billion Victory Over Samsung

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Apple THR, Esq. Damages shrink by $450 million and a new trial will be held to determine damages over Samsung's utility patent infringement. read more. Business Samsung

Judge Examines Fairness of Apple's E-Books Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Apple THR Online THR, Esq. Are consumers getting enough? That depends on perspective. read more. Books Tech Business

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Apple Can't Kill 'Breaking Bad' Fan's Lawsuit Over Final Season

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Apple AMC THR Online THR, Esq. The trouble began when AMC split up the fifth season read more. Television Breaking Bad Tech Business

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Bruce Willis Challenging Apple Over iTunes Ownership

Media Law Prof Blog

However, his Sixth Sense tells him that Apple's rule that iTunes customers get only a license, not ownership of their Bruce Willis is apparently a DieHard iTunes fan, so much so that he has invested thousands of dollars in downloads.

Appeals Court Won't Revive Class Action Over Apple's Digital Music Sales

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Music Apple THR, Esq. The plaintiff alleged that restricting compatibility reduced the value of the iPod and inflated the price of music. read more.

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Two Issues with the FBI & Apple

The Legal Satyricon

by Jay Marshall Wolman, CIPP/US By now, practically everyone who cares has heard that Magistrate Pym has ordered Apple to help the FBI crack open an iPhone related to the San Bernadino shooting. The order is pursuant to the All Writs Act, codified at 28 U.S.C. 1651. In short, it is a catch-all that lets […]. First Amendment misc compelled speech cyber security privacy

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Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In bringing a class action lawsuit against Universal Music over digital music revenues, musicians trigger a big objection from Apple. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business Steve Jobs

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Apple and Google Voice

Media Law Prof Blog

Two articles from the New York Times on Apple's argument with Google over Google Voice, the Google app for the IPhone. Apple has responded to the agency that it has not formally rejected Google's app Now, the FCC is involved.

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Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In bringing a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music over digital music revenues, musicians trigger a big objection from Apple. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business Steve Jobs

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Apple Loses Government's Antitrust Lawsuit Over E-Books

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

New York judge says that Apple conspired with publishers to "eliminate retail price competition." read more. The Business THR, Esq. Tech Business

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Apple Music Leads the Way on Song Metadata “…to ensure songwriters get paid…”

Music Technology Policy

This is great news from Apple, who is leading the way as usual… with one exception. Apple says to “make sure the ownership of your song is registered with a publisher, and that they have registered ownership with relevant publishing agencies such as ASCAP, BMI, PRS, Harry Fox and Music Reports.” Why Apple doesn’t mention this at all is a bit odd, but it’s an easy mistake to overlook.

'A Gronking to Remember' Becomes Memorable Lawsuit Against Amazon, Apple

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A couple is suing the tech giants after finding their faces on an e-book that went viral. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

Hollywood Docket: U.S. v. Apple; Richard Linklater's Insurance; Kim Dotcom's Property

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Before Midnight The Business Apple Richard Linklater THR, Esq. A big antitrust trial begins this week. Plus, a roundup of other entertainment law news. read more. Amazon.com Kim Dotcom Business

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2010: The Year Apple Got Evil

Pixelization

Apple has gotten unmistakably, hmmm, what's the word for it? Here's a look back at 2010, the year of the poisonous fruit. Copyright Current Affairs Cyber/Tech

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Downside to iPad Launch–Apple Trademark Dispute

JetLawBlog

Apple has been busy over the past couple of weeks. Along with its best-ever earnings, Apple also launched the highly anticipated touchscreen tablet known as the iPad. In fact, Apple will likely face a legal battle with Fujitsu, a Japanese technology company that claims to own the iPad name. While the name then became available for Apple to use, Fujitsu subsequently reapplied for the trademark in June of the same year.

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Apple Suing Headphones Entrepreneur for Claiming to Be a Beats Co-Founder

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Music Apple THR Online THR, Esq. Steve Lamar taken to court over what he''s been tweeting read more. Business

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Apple Music: I got your music genome right here

Music Technology Policy

After all the absurdity of Spotify, YouTube, Pandora and SiriusXM, trust Apple to go to the source. And here’s the part of the new Apple Music you probably didn’t see. This is the great tradition of Apple. It’s such a relief. The source is not technical, it’s emotional. And since it is emotional, it is also human. Naturally, if you were trying to connect with music, you’d find a way to make it easy to connect with artists.

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Apple Announces New Rules for App Makers

JetLawBlog

Apple , competing with other cellphone makers — like Google and its Droid — for the best and most useful applications (known colloquially as “apps&# ), has made recent changes to the rules that outside programmers must follow when creating and running software on its iPhone and other mobile devices. For example, the rules require app developers to exclusively use Apple’s programming tools, which present problems for companies like Adobe Systems.

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Apple and Lawsuits – Like Peanut Butter and Jelly?

JetLawBlog

Nokia recently added to the ever-expanding list of lawsuits filed against Apple. This newest suit extends Nokia’s previous patent infringement claims to cover Apple’s newest product, the iPad. Needless to say, Apple has already filed a countersuit. Upping the ante, Apple claims that Nokia is infringing on thirteen of its patents. Unfortunately for Apple, its patent conflicts do not end with Nokia. As expected, Apple filed a countersuit.

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Apple Sues Amazon Over "Appstore" Usage

Media Law Prof Blog

From CNN: Apple is suing Amazon.com over the latter's use of the term "Appstore" to describe its Android Marketplace. Apple filed for trademark protection for when it rolled out the iPhone 3G. More coverage of the suit here from the

Hell Has Not Frozen Over: The Absurdity of the Spotify Antitrust Investigations into Apple Music

Music Technology Policy

You’ve probably heard that Apple and the major labels are being “investigated” over Apple Music by the Department of Justice, the European Commission as well as State attorneys general for New York and Connecticut. How much would it take to bribe Apple? I doubt that will happen with Apple.

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New Music Monday: Graham Wilkinson, Apples and Eve, The Golden Silvers, Paper Crows, Veronica Falls

Music Technology Policy

Apples & Eve (Brighton) “Night Ghosts” 3. Uncategorized Apples & Eve Graham Wilkinson Paper Crows The Golden Silvers Veronica FallsStaff picks for Monday! Graham Wilkinson (Austin) “Focus” @gwilkinsonmusic. Golden Silvers (London) “Please Venus” 4. Paper Crows (London) “Anomaly” @papercrows. Veronica Falls (London) “Starry Eyes” @veronicafalls.

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Google is Excited About Apple? What a Twist!

JetLawBlog

Today, Apple announced the new features of the iPhone 4 OS. iAd will allow Apple developers to embed advertisements in their applications, which could result in cheaper or free applications from iPhone’s App Store. In addition, it will allow Apple to take advantage of its acquisition of Quattro Wireless, another advertising service. What a twist! According to Macworld , these features include iAd, a new advertising platform designed specifically for the iPhone.

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Apple’s Lecture Notes for the Teachable Moment

Music Technology Policy

Apple is expected to launch its subscription music service tomorrow, a teachable moment for Pandora, YouTube and Spotify. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes for the geniuses who have been trying to find a chair: 1. Don’t insult artists, particularly whoever is the top artist in the world at the time.

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Batmobile, Apple E-Books Disputes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The high court won't jumpstart a review of copyright or antitrust laws. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Apple Sued Over Use of Jamie XX Song in iPhone Advertisement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jerome Lawson, the lead singer of the The Persuasions, contends his sampled voice is protected under California law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

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Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Did President Obama Just Endorse Spotify During an FTC Investigation of Apple Music?

Music Technology Policy

Spotify is behind an antitrust investigation into Apple Music by the Federal Trade Commission. In the middle of a serious investigation into Apple, the White House–that is the “people’s house”–endorses Spotify. Specifically, Spotify has been alleging that Apple took advantage of its size and power in creating unfair deals with various record labels. The White House now has a Spotify account.

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@stuartdredge: Seven things we’ve learned from the first year of Apple Music — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

The number one thing we learned from Apple Music’s first 12 months? via @stuartdredge: Seven things we’ve learned from the first year of Apple Music — Artist Rights WatchYou don’t need a free tier to get people to pay.

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Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths Annie Kelly Mon 16 Dec 2019 05.28 Cobalt is essential to power the rechargeable lithium batteries used in millions of products sold by Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla every year.

Spotify Spin Machine is In FUD Overdrive on Apple Music Subscribers

Music Technology Policy

be careful who you talk to about this or Spotify’s Washington, DC revolving doorman and chief triangulator Jonathan Prince will ask his chums in the Obama Administration to include you in the FTC investigation of Apple Music. Here’s a fact you won’t read from the Spotify fanboys at Complete Music Update or Spotify leaker The Verge : Apple Music got 6.5 When did it take Apple seven years to do anything

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