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September 2021
The Weeknd’s 2018 song “My Dear Melancholy” has gotten him and his collaborators, Nicolás Jaar and Frank Dukes, in legal trouble with Suniel Fox and Henry Strange. Fox and Strange are electronica and alternative rock duo, accusing The Weeknd, Jaar, Dukes, and Universal Music Group of plagiarism, explaining that the opening to “My Dear Melancholy” was...
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Intellectual property lawyer, Marc Toberoff, served Marvel Entertainment, which is owned by Disney, with notices of copyright termination on behalf of five clients responsible for characters like Iron Man, Spider Man, and Thor. The lawsuit is looking to regain copyrights as early as 2023, and artists would receive a percentage of profits based on any...
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Video game composer Martin O’Donnell was found in contempt of court and now is ordered to pay upwards of $100,000 to cover all costs associated with attorney fees for this case, etc. The lawsuit is based on him sharing/selling tracks he’d helped score for the game Destiny for Bungie. Though not included in the game,...
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Contracts for 60,000 members of the IATSE union expired on September 10. The union leadership is fighting for “reasonable rest during and between workdays and on the weekend, equitable pay on streaming productions, and a livable wage floor.” But negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers have “reached a critical juncture” and...
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Kirk Johnston, a former member of the band Snowblind Revival, has sued Nickleback for alleged copyright infringement over their hit song “Rockstar.” Judge Susan Hightower has recommended to the overseeing judge in the Western District of Texas allow the case to proceed, stating, “Johnston has alleged facts sufficient to raise his right to relief above...
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