Sound familiar? Music copyright disputes coming back into focus

This week, a US district court jury cleared Led Zeppelin of claims that their iconic song Stairway to Heaven was copied from an earlier, lesser known, work, Taurus by Spirit. It...

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On 15 January 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU") gave a preliminary ruling in the case of Ryanair Ltd v PR Aviation BV (Case C-30/14), which...

Preliminary questions for the ECJ in relation to Playboy photos

On 7 April 2015, the Dutch Supreme Court referred the case GS Media/Sanoma to the ECJ (Footnote1).  Following Svensson (Footnote2) and BestWater (Footnote3), it appears that the ECJ needs to answer...

Potential rule changes for song licensing in the United States

The Department of Justice ("DOJ") in the United States is currently undertaking a review of the antitrust agreements (consent decrees) regulating ASCAP and BMI, which are the two leading American performance...

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