01/28/2017 by PeekYou Team
Hey so, turns out copyright law is a fickle thing! If you’ve clicked on this, you probably have been wondering if you’re allowed to use my music in your youtube video or your twitch stream or whatever other video service there is. More
01/18/2017 by PeekYou Team
Source: Rolling Stone
01/14/2017 by PeekYou Team
Author: Noah Yoo / Source: pitchfork.com
Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are being sued for copyright infringement over Stefani’s 2014 song “Spark the Fire,” which was co-written with Williams, as the Hollywood Reporter points out. Musician Richard Morrill, who is the former lead vocalist for L.A.P.D. (the band that would go on to become Korn), claims that Stefani’s song infringes on the copyright for his 1996 song “Who’s Got My Lightah,” citing musical and lyrical…
12/23/2016 by PeekYou Team
Author: Ashley Cullins / Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The real-life show choir that inspired Fox’s hit series Glee was handed a big win in court on Thursday, but the suit that accuses them of stealing songs isn’t quite dead.
Tresona Multimedia in July sued Burbank High School Vocal Music Association, its board members and its director Brett Carroll for copyright infringement, claiming the show choir was using music without properly licensing it or paying for it. At issue were performances of “Magic,” “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Hotel California” and “Don’t Phunk With My Heart.”
In a motion for summary judgment, Carroll argued that he is protected by qualified immunity as a public employee and all of the actions at issue were taken in his capacity as a high school music teacher. He also argued that Tresona lacks standing with regard to three of the songs at issue and the claim regarding the fourth, “Magic,” is barred by the statute of limitations.
U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson sided with Carroll on two of the three arguments.
Before addressing whether Carroll has qualified immunity, Wilson examined whether the protection applies to copyright cases.
“There is no binding authority which applies the doctrine of qualified immunity to copyright law,” writes Wilson, noting that while courts have applied it there hasn’t been actual analysis of whether they should.
“This Court agrees that subjecting public officials to an extra lawyer of uncertainty — whether a federal court will find that their role in…
12/03/2016 by PeekYou Team
Author: Andrew Flanagan / Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A decision from the UK High Court of Justice today has ruled against Duran Duran over the band’s attempt to reclaim, stateside, the publishing copyrights on over three dozen songs including some of their most well-known hits, “Hungry Like the Wolf.”
United States copyright law allows for the authors of works to terminate copyrights they had assigned, usually to a publisher (in Duran Duran’s case the company Tritec Music Ltd., now Sony/ATV) after a period of 35 years, a provision designed to give artists a stab at receiving payment in the late life of their work. In 2014, Duran Duran attempted to take advantage of that provision, which in turn generated a lawsuit against them and the band members’ various holding companies.
Sony Music, which refused to comment to Billboard on the decision, argued that the original publishing agreements between the band’s members and their publishing company made those agreements subject solely to British law, and that the contracts also reverted any…
11/29/2016 by PeekYou Team
Source: Rolling Stone
SiriusXM will pay up to $99 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by the Turtles after the satellite radio company went years broadcasting songs recorded before 1972 without compensating labels or artists, The New York Times reports.
The suit centers around a 1972 copyright law, which offered federal protection to new audio recordings but was unclear about what to do with songs recorded prior to that year. In 2013, the Turtles filed three class action suits claiming protection under state copyright laws in California, Florida and New York. The major record labels – Sony, Universal and Warner – filed their own suit not long after.
Since 2013, the courts have continually ruled in favor of the recording industry. In October 2014, judge Mary Strobel ruled that while…