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Blaze’s Guitar Lawsuit Goes Up In Flames

In the spring of 2017, Buddy “Blaze” Webster (“Blaze”), a well-known guitar designer, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Dean Guitars (“Dean”); the estate of legendary guitarist Darrell Abbott (“Abbott”), also known as Dim…

The Inevitable Lawsuit: Lindsey Buckingham Sues Fleetwood Mac

In April 2018, when word spread that Lindsey Buckingham was fired by Fleetwood Mac, many speculated that it was only a matter of time before he filed a lawsuit.  Earlier this month, Buckingham did just that, and sued his former band members for brea…

Filmchella And Coachella, Is There Confusion?

Coachella, established in 1999, is one of the biggest and most well-known music and arts festivals in the world.   Every year, hundreds of thousands of music fans from all over the globe travel to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for the f…

Handshake Deals In Business

Handshake Deals and Gentlemen’s Agreements are essentially oral contracts, verbal agreements between parties to perform transactions.  While generally not considered to be in the best interests of parties who enter into such agreements, Handshake…

Cox And Music Pirating

It is a nearly two-decade-old tale; record labels, publishers and other music intellectual property owners fight file-sharing of copyrighted music.  Typically it has been peer-to-peer (“P2P”) services and the people who use the P2P services that…

What Is The Value of Digital and Streaming Music?

For decades, recording artists have been fighting record labels and other entertainment entities for unpaid royalties and other improprieties.  In recent years, the battle has also involved a number of Internet-based digital music companies and musi…
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Beats Founders Take A Beating In Royalty Lawsuit

Beats Electronics LLC (“Beats”), founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and rap icon Dr. Dre, was sued by ex-partner Steven Lamer in 2014 for unpaid royalties on Beats products that were based on prototypes he developed.  This lawsuit followed a se…

The Music Modernization Act And Changes To The Copyright Act

For decades, sound recordings have had limited protection under federal law.  In 1971, Congress passed the Sound Recordings Act, which was an amendment to the Copyright Act.  It was designed to give sound recordings protection under Copyright law a…
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Record Labels Initiate Another Copyright Infringement Battle

Starting in the late-1960’s, popular music became a fabric of American society.  It also became big business.  Rock and Roll and Pop music became an important and primary source of income for record labels and copyright holders.  Revenues were c…

Is A Remastered Song A “New” Song?

Performance rights under the 1971 Sound Recordings Act (an amendment to the Copyright Act) are not protected, which means that radio broadcasters essentially pay no royalties to record labels, artists, and other rights holders for playing music throu…

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