Warner Music Sued Over ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright

June 18, 2013

It is the most recognized song in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. But for decades, instead of launching into a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday To You, characters in films and TV shows have instead sung a strange facsimile to mark a celebration. The reason is that Happy Birthday, sung at millions […]

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Sony is told to shove Bizarre Tribe copyright claim

June 7, 2013

Sony Music has been told that it can take a copyright claim it made on an independent music label and forget about it. Sony sent the independent label Gummy Soul a copyright claim over the Bizarre Tribe album, a mashup of hip hoppers The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest sample sources. Source

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BMI Sues Small Town Bars Over Music Copyright Violations

June 7, 2013

BMI, the famous music licensing company, has filed multiple lawsuits against 12 bars and restaurants across the country, claiming that none of the businesses have paid licensing fees to play its songs. BMI claims that for every song played without a licensing fee being paid first, the company could claim up to $150,000 under the […]

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The US Copyright Office Demands That Broadcasters Start Paying Artists…

June 7, 2013

Speaking to a crowd of people from the creative industries at the World Creators Summit in Washington, DC, the US Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, has confirmed that she’s looking to “provide a full public performance right for sound recordings”. In other words, she’s looking to give US artists the right to get paid when […]

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BMI Freaks Out Over TMZ Copyright Story

June 7, 2013

Readers don’t read TMZ for nuance, do they? Apparently, Broadcast Music Inc., the organization that collects public performance royalties on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, expects nothing less from the gossip site. On Wednesday, TMZ reported about lawsuits filed by BMI against 12 bars and restaurants around the country. Never mind that BMI […]

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JACAP reacts to copyright criticism of country

June 7, 2013

The Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) has reacted to criticism of Jamaica’s compliance with copyright regulations. In early May, Jamaica was named by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as one of the rogue countries which will remain on a Special 301 Watch List because of its inadequate payment […]

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Warner Brothers sued for unauthorized use of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat

June 3, 2013

Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit for using two feline-themed Internet memes in a video game without their creators’ permission. The authors of “Keyboard Cat” and “Nyan Cat” have sued the media giant arguing that the game Scribblenauts, published by WB Games, infringes their copyrights and trademarks. The game’s developer, 5th Cell, is also […]

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Retro Game Music Bundle hits copyright issues, loses Duke albums

June 3, 2013

The Retro Game Music Bundle features previously unreleased soundtracks and special remix albums for classic games, and when we first heard about it, the deal sounded almost too sweet to be true – and now it partially is. The bundle received a takedown notice from an entity claiming ownership of music in the Duke Nukem […]

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Supreme Court to Wiley publishers: your insane theory of copyright is wrong

March 12, 2013

The US Supreme Court has handed down a verdict in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, one of the most important copyright cases of the century. In it, the publisher John Wiley & Sons sought to block the import of legally purchased cheap overseas editions of its books by arguing that “first sale” (the right […]

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