Copyright & Media Update 5/31/2019

Lil Nas X Found Infringing the Sample on ‘Old Town Road’ — Is a Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Next?

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: It’s an old music industry truism: ‘Where there’s a hit, there’s a writ’. Now, it looks like Lil Nas X may be the latest artist with a smash hit to run into legal problems.  According to details unearthed earlier today, the rapper’s ‘Old Town Road’ originally used an uncleared Nine Inch Nails sample. READ MORE…

Copyright, Trademark and the Tale of Captain Marvel

PLAGIARISM TODAY: Back in March, both Shazam! and Captain Marvel were in theaters at the same time. However, the two films and their titular characters have shared much more than just theater space, they have a long, winding history of lawsuits, trademark, and copyright issues. READ MORE…

Snap is looking into licensing music for users to embed in posts

THE VERGE: Snap is in talks with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group to license songs for users to embed in posts, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The deal would give users access to a broad catalog of songs to post on Snapchat, much like the features available for Instagram Stories and TikTok. READ MORE….

Metadata is The Biggest Little Problem Plaguing the Music Industry

THE VERGE: Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. It wasn’t that they had missed out on payments for a single song — it was that they had missed out on payments for 70 songs, going back at least six years. Read More…

Apple Accused of Selling ITunes Customers’ Listening Data

BLOOMBERG: Apple Inc. was sued by customers who claim the company is unlawfully disclosing and selling information about people’s iTunes purchases as well as their personal data, contrary to the company’s promise in advertising that “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” READ MORE…

Poland files complaint with EU’s top court over copyright rule change

REUTERS: Poland has submitted a complaint to the European Union’s top court against copyright rules adopted by the bloc in April to protect Europe’s creative industries, which Warsaw says may result in preventive censorship. READ MORE…

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