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$8.1M infringement suit. Was Ford too cheap to pay $13,500 in license fees?
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Ford Motor Company stands accused of using library music in its promotional videos without obtaining a sync license, fifty-four times. How do we get to such a specific amount as $8.1 million? I’m not...
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Judge throws out Josh Groban copyright case.
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It’s not so much that anyone even knew, much less cared, that there was a copyright infringement case involving “You Raise Me Up,” by Josh Groban and Westlife. It’s more that now that the...
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Why the Stairway and Dark Horse rulings solve nothing. Pt 2.
Musicology
Protection for a combination of unprotected elements. Musically, the “Led Zeppelin Stairway v Spirit Taurus” trial was at best an abstraction. Legally though? — it’s awesome and informs the starting point from which to...
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Sheeran’s case got a step up from the Stairway decision.
Musicology
Ed Sheeran is waiting for his day in court, facing Ed Townsend’s charge that megahit “Thinking Out Loud” infringes on “Let’s Get It On,” another megahit by Marvin Gaye. (Townsend co-wrote it.) And while...
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Why the Stairway and Dark Horse rulings solve nothing. Pt 1.
Musicology
Wound up in an okay place, but the means are highly suspect. So much press lauding these decisions. They should read them with a different eye, Dark Horse especially. “Dark Horse,” “Stairway,” and “Blurred...
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Dark Horse, overturned.
Musicology
Pleased? Yes, I am. Satisfied? Not till I read the whole decision. Which so far looks dicey. Check back. Meantime, there are other articles on this site that look at Dark Horse. This first...
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