copyright

A Collection of Aaliyah Hits is Now on Apple Music and iTunes, But For How Long?

Aaliyah's catalogue of music may be relatively small, but her music has achieved an outsized influence in modern popular music, from contemporary R&B and rap (Drake has…
Winston Cook-Wilson / January 12, 2017

Justin Bieber and Usher Off the Hook in “Somebody to Love” Copyright Case

A judge has thrown out a copyright case against Justin Bieber and Usher over their 2010 collaboration "Somebody to Love," saying the plaintiffs failed to…
Anna Gaca / January 6, 2017

Facebook Is Preparing to Crack Down on Copyrighted Music in Videos

With the rise of video content on Facebook, the company is facing a new issue: videos that use copyrighted music without permission or payment to…
Anna Gaca / December 29, 2016

Judge Doles Out Devastating Pun In Decision on Turtles v. SiriusXM Case

Two founding members of the Turtles, best known for their 1967 #1 hit "Happy Together," have spent the last several years embroiled in multiple lawsuits in…
Andy Cush / December 20, 2016

Hear the Track Don Henley’s Lawyers Told Okkervil River to Take Down

As previously reported, Don Henley of the Eagles, a band that's spawned tribute bands, claims that an Okkervil River cover of one of his songs…
Sarah Kaufman / June 5, 2014

Royalties Rumble: RESPECT Act Pits Classic Artists Against Digital Radio Providers

When you're listening to vintage recordings on digital radio services, it makes a huge difference to the people who played on them whether they were…
Marc Hogan / May 29, 2014

Frank Ocean Should Beat ‘Inception’-Style Copyright Lawsuit

Even Frank Ocean's legal problems go deep. A new lawsuit accuses the Beyoncé collaborator of copyright infringement of Xzibit-meme proportions. But the case might not…
Marc Hogan / February 11, 2014

Satellite Radio Can’t See the Turtles Getting Paid for Pre-1972 Music

A massive legal battle involving potential royalties from records made before 1972 has taken another portentous turn.In case you've missed it: Federal copyright law doesn't…
Marc Hogan / October 15, 2013

In Anti-Piracy Surge, Google Asked to Remove Eight Links Per Second

If the number of complaints sent to Google is any indication, downloading copyrighting material for free over the search engine should be getting tougher by…
Marc Hogan / October 8, 2013

Mime Crime: Capitol Sues Vimeo Over Lip-Sync Videos

If you try to upload a video of yourself miming along to, say, Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta" on Vimeo, high-priced guys in suits could soon…
Marc Hogan / September 20, 2013

Major Labels Combine to Form Satellite-Radio Lawsuit Destructicon

Ah, the '60s, a more innocent time for music. All the more reason for people to fight about who gets to make money from the…
Marc Hogan / September 12, 2013

Village People Singer Regains ‘Y.M.C.A.’ Right After Landmark Legal Fight

The retirement outlook for musicians and songwriters just got a whole lot better. In 1978, a legal change allowed songwriters to take their share of…
Marc Hogan / September 11, 2013

Aimee Mann Could Score Millions in Massive Digital Royalty Lawsuit

Aimee Mann has filed a big lawsuit against a little-known company with serious clout in the digital music business. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, the…
Marc Hogan / July 24, 2013

How a ‘Happy Birthday’ Lyric Sheet Could Be Worth Millions in Copyright Fees

"Happy Birthday to You" may soon be less dear. Virtually everybody knows the song, but nobody is allowed to use it in movies or just…
Marc Hogan / June 21, 2013