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Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy Campaign

Anti-piracy group BREIN is caught up in a huge copyright scandal in the Netherlands. A musician who composed a track for use at a local film festival later found it being used without permission in an anti-piracy campaign. He is now claiming at least a million euros for the unauthorized…

Bar Hit With $45,000 Fine for “Pirated” Karaoke Songs

A collection of music label affiliates and the royalty collection agency BMI have won a legal battle with the Texan hotel / bar Clarion Inn. A Texas District Court concluded that the establishment was hosting illegal karaoke events featuring music from Otis Redding, Willy Nelson and Johnny Cash and others,…

Music Copyright Police Ruin Artists’ Gigs (and Coconut Curry)

This year alone more than 50 small restaurants, pubs and bars have been sued by the U.S. royalty collectors agency BMI for playing (live) music without a license. Many more received friendly visits from BMI lawyers urging them to pay their copyright dues, or else. This backward situation does not…

Rights Group Fined For Not Paying Artist For Anti-Piracy Ad

Five years ago a composer created music for use in a one-off anti-piracy video. However, without his permission it was used time and again on dozens of commercial DVDs such as Harry Potter. Even in the wake of a huge controversy over "corrupt" and "mafia-like" practices, the local music rights…

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