The son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan is suing  a music publisher, claiming they have violated copyright laws regarding his late  father’s music.

Rolan Seymour Feld has filed a case against Westminster  Music Limited, after stating he is the sole owner of his father’s back  catalogue, claiming the publishers did not renew their one year contract with  the singer, which was signed in 1968. Feld is suing for $2m (£1.3m), reports.

The  case is being filed in Los Angeles and Feld’s court documents claim that the  publishers falsely attempted to renew copyright on the music. The papers allege:  “In an attempt to cover up their conduct and mislead the public as to the true  owner and administrator of the United States copyright in and to each of the  Compositions, Defendants falsely registered with the Copyright Office a claim to  the renewed and extended term of copyright for each of the Compositions.”

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Online Sheet Music Creates Legal Headache

by kchatham on August 1, 2013

California-based Online Sheet Music sued MusicNotes, claiming its Wisconsin-based rival copied its work and asserted ownership claims to songs to which it holds no valid license or copyright.

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Aimee Mann files massive copyright infringement lawsuit against music streaming clearinghouse

August 1, 2013

Aimee Mann has filed a lawsuit over digital music that could result in her being awarded up to $18 million in damages. The singer and her lawyer, Maryann Marzano, claim that Mann and other artists are being duped by a company called MediaNet that allegedly licenses tracks it doesn’t have the rights to. Source

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Aimee Mann Files Huge Copyright Lawsuit Over Digital Music

August 1, 2013

Now comes a lawsuit from another acclaimed songwriter, Aimee Mann, who presents the argument that artists like her are being systematically robbed of digital royalties. According to Mann’s lawyer, Maryann Marzano of Gradstein & Marzano, “Not only does this case seek redress for Aimee Mann against one of the world’s largest but least known providers […]

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Happy Birthday To You, Copyrighted

July 9, 2013

Warner/Chappel Music, a music publishing company in the United States of America, claims and exerts copyright in the ubiquitous song “Happy Birthday to You”. It requires that royalty payments should be made to it each and every time this song is sung or used in public. This is a startling proposition as most people probably […]

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Hefty Fine for Sharing Music Online Upheld

July 9, 2013

A $675,000 fine against a man who illegally downloaded and distributed at least 5,000 songs for several years is not unconstitutional, the 1st Circuit ruled. Joel Tenenbaum had been sued for copyright infringement in 2007 by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records Inc., Arista Records LLC; Atlantic Recording Corp. and UMG Recordings. Source

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Joel Tenenbaum Fined $675,000 for Illegally Downloading and Sharing Copyrighted Music

July 9, 2013

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has confirmed a $675,000 penalty Tuesday imposed on Joel Tenenbaum for illegally downloading and sharing up to 30 songs via Kazaa when he was studying at Boston University in 2004. They charged him in 2009. Source

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BBC World Service Program on Digital Copyright

July 9, 2013

Manuela Saragosa takes a look at the expanding realm of digital copyright, from music to e-books. Amelia Andersdotter from the Swedish Pirate Party and Robert Ashcroft , a music executive argue about who a song belongs to. Source

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US industry welcomes latest report from IP enforcement chief

July 9, 2013

Reps for the US record and music publishing sectors last week issued statements supporting ongoing efforts by the country’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, to crack down on IP crimes at home and abroad. Source

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BMI wants royalties from Pandora

June 18, 2013

UNITED STATES MUSIC COPYRIGHT ENFORCER Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) is suing US music on demand service Pandora for royalties. In a statement BMI said it filed suit to pursue royalties that might be owed to songwriters and artists that it represents. Source

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