Universal Music Group Wins Appeal Against Grooveshark

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Music THR, Esq. Tech Universal Music Group In the closely watched digital copyright lawsuit, the New York State Supreme Court of Appeals reversed a lower state court decision. read more.

Universal Music Group West Coast Office Alleged to Be Drug Hotspot

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The Business Music Maroon 5 Earshot T.I. Adam Levine Universal Music Group Business An anonymous security guard files a labor lawsuit and seeking whistle-blower protection, dishes dirt about rampant drug use by musicians and executives. read more.

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Universal Music May Have Inadvertently Exposed a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process

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Music Music Tech Business Universal Music Group YouTube SOPAEriq Gardner One rap artist speaks out against UMG, YouTube, and SOPA. read more. THR, Esq.

Setback for Cher in Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group

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Hollywood Docket: Musicians Guild Sues Major Labels Over Streaming Revenue

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The Business Movies Music THR Online Sony Music The Walt Disney Company Universal Music Group Warner Music GroupForeign streaming and non-permanent downloads are the subject of the guild's latest big legal move. read more. THR, Esq.

Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)

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Tech Music Tech Business Universal Music GroupEriq Gardner Amid a criminal case that forced the shutdown of Megaupload, the company has dismissed UMG from a lawsuit over a video that showed many stars endorsing the site. But that doesn't mean the case is over.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Makes Landmark Ruling In Copyright Case

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The Business Music Tech Business Universal Music GroupEriq Gardner In an important victory to website owners, appellate circuit affirms that UGC site is eligible for statutory safe harbor from copyright liability. read more. THR, Esq.

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Universal Music Sues Grooveshark in Big Copyright Case

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Music Music Tech Business Universal Music GroupEriq Gardner Grooveshark employees, up to the CEO, are alleged to have uploaded copyrighted songs; potential statutory damages could be in the billions of dollars. read more. THR, Esq.

The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner In what might be the biggest legal action on this front yet -- 13 plaintiffs' lawyers! -- Universal Music is being sued for allegedly cheating musicians out of income generated from iTunes and elsewhere. The Business Music Tech Business Universal Music Group

Universal Music Demands End to Massive Digital Royalties Class Action

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The Business Music Chuck D THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Universal Music Group Business The major label gives a host of reasons why claims from the likes of Chuck D, Rick James and The Temptations should be rejected. read more.

Universal Music Says Artist Privacy at Stake in Digital Royalties Dispute

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The Business Music THR, Esq. Rob Zombie Universal Music Group Business Defending a class action lawsuit, the record giant wants to keep certain financial information secret. read more.

Will Supreme Court Hear Eminem Royalties Case?

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Eriq Gardner Record labels ask the Supremes to take a case concerning how royalties are calculated on digital music downloads. Music Music Eminem Universal Music Groupread more. THR, Esq.

Judge Gives Green Light to Grooveshark's Countersuit Against Universal Music

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Grooveshark, the popular music streaming service that is facing claims that it has infringed hundreds of thousands of songs, is battling back by saying UMG has illegally interfered with its business. The Business Music Business Universal Music Group

UMG Reaches Settlement in Trendsetting Suit Over Digital Revenue from Eminem Songs

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A 2010 ruling in this case led dozens of big-name musicians to sue such corporations as Universal Music Group to collect more money from iTunes sales, ringtones and the like. The Business Music Eminem Earshot THR, Esq. Universal Music Group Business

Megaupload's Viral Music Video Is Back on YouTube as Dispute Raises New Issues

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Eriq Gardner Universal Music Group says it doesn't need takedown notices to remove videos from YouTube, pointing to its contract with the video-sharing service as the method by which a controversial video starring recording artists and celebrities endorsing Megaupload was taken off the site.

Universal Music Countersued In Battle Over In-Flight Music

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The music service Inflight claims the label “changed its tune” after permitting use of its songs for years. The Business Music Earshot THR Online THR, Esq. Universal Music Publishing Group Universal Music Group Business

Hollywood Docket: NBCU Wins Oksana Baiul Lawsuit

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A roundup of entertainment law news including a victory for Universal Music, a lawsuit against David Letterman''s production company and the resolution of USTA''s "Venus and Serena" litigation. Late Show with David Letterman Universal Music Group Business

Hollywood Docket: Polanski's last ditch effort; UMG's Veoh appeal; Absolute vs. Absolut

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Reuters] Universal Music Group has filed a 100-page appeal. Lawyers for Roman Polanski have filed a motion arguing that Swiss officials don't have all the information necessary to make an informed decision about whether to extradite him to the U.S.

Court grants summary judgment for Veoh in Universal Music Group copyright suit; says web video site protected by DMCA safe harbor

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In a big win for web hosts, a federal court in Los Angeles has granted summary to Veoh in a copyright suit brought by several Universal Music Group entities, ruling that the web video host is protected by the safe harbor in Section 512(c) of the DMCA , and thus not liable for infringing uploads by its users.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 47

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VEVO the Music

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YouTube and the music industry might have finally found a way to work together. Google, YouTube’s owner, and Universal Music Group (UMG) announced the upcoming launch of their new site, VEVO. An offline YouTube ad. YouTube has had difficulty raising ad revenue.

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MySpace Universal Music Group has sued MySpace for copyright infringement. Tags: universal music group scrabble wsop world series of poker copyright law copyright infringement scrabble.com trademark infringement andy griffith myspace I hope that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Here are some short items right now. Other Law Blogs You can read the New York Small Business Law blog of Imke Ratschko at [link].

@musictechpolicy: Facebook’s Music Licenses: What’s Not to Like?

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Facebook pays no royalties for the music that gives significant value to the platform. Why should a multibillion dollar multinational corporation that anchors a large piece of the Internet economy and whose founder is planning on running for President of the United States get to pay music makers in exposure bucks? Facebook Meltdown Facebook Shakedown News from the Goolag Facebook Music

Here They Go Again: Did You Take the Spotify UnRoyalty So Spotify Could Spend Money on Lobbyists to Attack Apple?

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whispering to lawmakers for months that Apple’s new music offering threatens to stifle its competitors, according to sources familiar with the discussions. What Politico fails to mention is that Spotify is itself a dominant player in the global music subscription market (50% according to Spotify’s Will Page). According to Politico , the Washington insider pub: Spotify’s lobbyists have quietly made the rounds in D.C.,

YouTube Bullying Tactics Results in Indie Labels Taking Fight to Brussels and UK Government

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MTP readers will recall YouTube’s bully boy tactics against indie labels–threatening to cut off indie label access to Google’s YouTube monopoly if the labels didn’t take the hillbilly deal for a new Google music streaming service. Already failing with a broad coalition of consumer groups in Europe, other EC officials and elected representatives, Google’s hoped for settlement is evaporating before the NSA contractor’s eyes.

George Clinton v UMG: Royalty Disputes and More

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Universal Music Group Highlights Time Limits On Royalty Claims , BILLBOARD, Sept. In 1980, Clinton signed a production agreement with Casablanca Records, which is now owned by Universal Music Group. But Clinton sued UMG in 2007 for breach of contract, claiming that the label group didn’t pay him all the royalties he was due from 2000 to 2003. Entertainment lawsuit Music Business recording agreements

George Clinton v UMG: Royalty Disputes and More

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Universal Music Group Highlights Time Limits On Royalty Claims , BILLBOARD, Sept. In 1980, Clinton signed a production agreement with Casablanca Records, which is now owned by Universal Music Group. But Clinton sued UMG in 2007 for breach of contract, claiming that the label group didn’t pay him all the royalties he was due from 2000 to 2003. Entertainment lawsuit Music Business recording agreements

Ninth Circuit: Downloads "Licensed" Under Eminem's Contract; Entitled To Fifty Percent Royalties

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The Ninth Circuit has decided that rapper Eminem's iTune downloads, according to his contract with Universal Music Group (UMG), fall under the definition of "license" and has determined that the artist and his company are entitled to 50 percent royalties

Universal Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out of the Cold With Precedent Setting Licensing Deal

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This is what happens when you stick to your property rights– Bloomberg reports that Facebook, aka royalty deadbeat, has signed a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group: Facebook Inc. signed a multiyear licensing deal that lets the social network carry songs and artists from the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music Group , across its platforms. Facebook Meltdown Facebook Universal Music Publishing

Veoh showdown with Universal Music could preview Viacom/YouTube appeal

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By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Veoh has a warning for justices at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who will consider overturning a lower court's ruling in Universal Music Group's big copyright infringement case. UMG's interpretation of the law would, if.

Hollywood Docket: Labels settle with Project Playlist; Don Johnson in court; 'Star Wars' kid

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Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have settled a lawsuit with Project Playlist over accusations of facilitating piracy. Terms of the settlement have not been released but Playlist.com will be able to now offer music from three of the.

Who killed Veoh?

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UMG fingered as suspect: " Veoh Closing Down, UMG Lawsuit Blamed " Or maybe not: " Universal Music Group Didn’t Help Veoh, But it Didn’t Kill It " While Io Group is sipping margaritas on a Mexican beach, watching all the fun.

Veoh seeks $3 mil in attorneys fees from Universal Music

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By Eriq Gardner In the past 15 months, Veoh has won important court rulings against Io Group and Universal Music Group defending copyright infringement charges based on its video-sharing website. Veoh's victories have upheld the legal theory that section 512(c).

Veoh wins copyright case, YouTube's lawyers cheer

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By Eriq Gardner A California district court has given Veoh a big victory in defending claims by Universal Music Group that the video sharing website didn't do enough to police copyrighted content on its servers. Federal judge Howard Matz ruled.

UMG resolves Nashville scammer lawsuit

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By Eriq Gardner Earlier this month, Universal Music Group sued a Nashville individual named Robert Metzgar who allegedly had tricked many musicians into believing he was part of the music conglom. In the lawsuit, UMG said that these artists had.

That strange UMG lawsuit gets stranger

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By Eriq Gardner A quick update on the tale of the bizarre lawsuit brought by Universal Music Group against alleged scammer Robert Metzgar. Metzgar tells us that he's hired legal counsel and that he plans to file a countersuit against.

Cher, Sonny Bono heirs sue Universal Music for $5 million

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By Matthew Belloni Cher has sued Universal Music Group, claiming that the label’s creative accounting has shortchanged her and the heirs of her late ex-husband Sonny Bono to the tune of $5 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Eminem loses himself from big case against Universal Music

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By Eriq Gardner We noticed an interesting story posted on The Wrap website Monday about Eminem going to trial against Universal Music Group in a case that could help decide how much royalties are due to music artists from sales. Tags: Contracts & Riders IP/Tech Litigation Music Accounting

Music Lawyer Tamera Bennett Talks Eminem, Rick James and Allman Brothers

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Rick James Estate’s Class-Action Suit Against Universal: An Entertainment Attorney Weighs In. The Rick James estate filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group and it’s raising expectations that more artists may enter the license-vs.-sale In its suit against UMG, the James estate is seeking damages for what it alleges are unpaid royalties for the sale of music through digital downloads and ringtones.

@luluyilun: Tencent Music Seeks Pre-IPO Funds at $10 Billion Value [for Music Streaming App]

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Tencent Music Entertainment Group , controlled by China’s biggest social network operator, is seeking new funding at a $10 billion valuation ahead of an initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said. percent of the music group at the end of last year. By forging an equity link with record labels, Tencent Music would be securing its right to hold on to vital streaming rights in China’s increasingly heated music market.