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Did Led Zeppelin really steal part of Stairway To Heaven?

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Intellectual Properties |

Still on the subject of protecting copyright….As Led Zeppelin prepare for the reissue of their IV album in June, they are about to be sued by the estate of Spirit’s guitarist for allegedly stealing the opening of Stairway To Heaven from the band. Some have previously noted a resemblance between the guitar parts on Stairway To Heaven and Spirit’s 1968 song...

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Government plans to shake-up music copyright law

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Intellectual Properties, Music Industry |

Government plans to reform UK copyright law have been tumultuous to say the least with The House Of Lords’ Secondary Legislation Committee (LSLC) showing concern on the many grey-areas of newly proposed law. Since the introduction of digital systems over the last fifteen years the legal system has struggled to adequately apply existing copyright law in a...

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Where is the music industry muscle?

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in digital music, Intellectual Properties, Music business, Music Industry |

Soundlounge have recently been on the rampage against the current system for remunerating artists on streaming platforms. Our latest discussion on Twitter (@soundlounge), about the paltry $0.08 paid per stream to the record company, got a response from US Spotify research stating that they now have 32 million engaged customers that 46% are more likely to...

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Major labels fight court battle over pre-1972 licensing laws

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in digital music, Intellectual Properties, Music Industry |

Some of the world’s major record labels are back in court to fight the latest of a long line of licensing battles with streaming site Pandora. It is claimed that Pandora has failed to pay royalties for a range of music recorded before 1972, something that the labels won a court battle with SiriusXM over back in September last year. Federal law in some...

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‘Russian Facebook’ accused of piracy by major labels

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in digital music, Intellectual Properties, Music Industry |

vKontakte (VK) is often called the ‘Russian version of Facebook’ and is being sued by several major record labels for deliberately facilitating piracy on its network. Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia & Warner Music UK claim that the network allows tens of millions of users to stream tracks for free on the site. VK is currently the most-used...

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Pandora dodges potential artist royalty rise

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in digital music, Intellectual Properties, Music business, Music Industry, Music Licensing |

The world’s biggest Internet radio service, Pandora, has been fighting an on-going battle with the 100-year old American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in the US, over the acceptable royalty level to pay to songwriters for their contribution to the network. After failing to agree on an acceptable royalty level a court case ensued and...

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