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Notorious Markets List Sparks Debate over Stream Ripping Sites


Each year the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes a report on “online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting,” called the Notorious Markets List. As part of creating the report, the USTR requests the aid of the public to identify these marketplaces through […]

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Songkick to Kick Ticket Selling Business

“concert tickets” by rick is licensed under CC BY 2.0

On October 12, Songkick, a tech start-up in the music industry, announced that it will stop selling tickets for good later this month. For the past decade, the company has helped music fans track live concerts in town and provided ticket services to fans directly through artists’ websites and fan clubs. Songkick peaked in 2015 […]

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Fifth…Fourth…and Now Third Harmony?


According to Billboard, Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei has signed a solo management deal with S10 Entertainment & Media. The singer, 21, was featured in a picture posted to Brandon Silverstein’s Twitter with a caption welcoming her to his entertainment group. Kordei will go by the name NORMANI as a solo artist and has already been […]

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Between Me and You: Fyre Fest’s Ja Rule Blames Business Partner for Bahamas Disaster


When Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule originally tried to realize their vision for Fyre Festival, the disastrous island music festival, this vision likely did not include fighting multiple lawsuits.  Now, Ja Rule has alleged that his former business partner McFarland ripped off his artistic vision for the festival. As reported by Law360, this allegation came before U.S. […]

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Judge Blocks for Zeke

Cowboys at Redskins 9/18/16

On October 17, Judge Paul Crotty of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a temporary restraining order in favor of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. In his ruling, Crotty asked the NFL to address why a full preliminary injunction to hold off the suspension further should not […]

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A Federal Investigation is Nothing


According to the Washington Post, ex-head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team, Rick Pitino, has filed a federal lawsuit against Adidas for deliberately damaging his reputation and causing him emotional distress. This suit comes in the midst of an ongoing federal investigation into Adidas executives allegedly conspiring with partner schools to attract […]

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Disney, Not Pleased Knock-Off Party Characters, Sues


Disney doesn’t want you to hire “Big Hairy Guy,” a Chewbacca lookalike, for your child’s next birthday party. Disney and its corporate affiliates have filed a lawsuit against Characters For Hire, LLC (“CFH”) for copyright and trademark infringement. Though CFH changes the names of many of its characters, such as Darth Vader to “Dark Lord,” […]

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Music Royalty Collector Kobalt Nabs Another $14M


As digital music streaming continues to explode, it calls for a platform that can track the data generated from billions of clicks and collect royalties for artists. Kobalt, the independent music services company founded in 2000, has been focusing on such a platform since Paul McCartney took his music publishing interest from EMI to Kobalt […]

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Studios and Streaming Join Forces to Take On TickBox


Streaming companies and major film studios have joined forces to sue TickBox, the company behind TickBox TV, a device that offers its users easy access to free online content. The complaint filed on Friday, October 13 by companies such as Universal, Disney, Hulu and Netflix, has alleged that TickBox sells “illegal access to Plaintiff’s copyrighted […]

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Keep the Ball Off Your Eye


Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs have been sued by John “Jay” Loos after he was hit by a foul ball in August at Wrigley Field. Seated along the first-base line, Loos was hit in the left eye and subsequently removed from Wrigley by stretcher and ambulance. Six weeks after the injury, Loos has […]

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