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In our last two posts (see here and here) we presented the advantages of performance rights organizations ASCAP and BMI for songwriters, music publishers and music composers. As these two organizations protect the interests of artists in the music industry, SAG-AFTRA is known worldwide as an organization that represents artists in all different areas of...
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One of the most high-profile music plagiarism stories of the year is making its way back into the news– the case Robin Thicke and Pharrell William’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” and its derivative nature (see our previous post about the “blurred lines” of derivative works). Earlier this year, Judge John Kronstadt  ruled in favor of Marvin...
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In the spring this year, we spoke a bit about production companies suing (or at least attempting to) consumers who illegally have downloaded their movies (see: Film Fridays- “Dallas Buyers Club” Cracking Down on Illegal Downloads). This same issue has come up recently in the UK, except something is a little different– the consumers are...
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One of the biggest music news items of the week (and perhaps the month) has had to do with Apple’s new music streaming service, Apple Music, which launched at the end of June. There have been a multitude of legal issues that have come up with this new service, whether dealing with the artist’s royalties...
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While Disney is in the states fighting legal battles with its darling “Frozen” , another war is raging in China over a recently-released Chinese film, “The Autobots”. Disney is threatening legal action against Chinese filmmaker, Zhuo Jianrong, for creating an animated film about cars that appears to look remarkably similar to Disney’s own animated film about cars,...
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