September 25, 2013 |
The line between a fair use of copyrighted works and an infringement is blurry, and sometimes it takes a judge to decide where a particular use falls. The dispute between Universal Music Publishing and Lauren LoPrete shows how copyright owners can use that lack of clarity to stifle creativity and defeat the purpose of copyright protection. LoPrete started a Tumblr page called This Charming Charlie in early August, posting cleverly altered panels from old Peanuts comic strips. Instead of author Charles Schulz's words, the dialogue bubbles contained snippets from songs by the English pop band The Smiths.
July 23, 2013 |
Music entrepreneurs Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind, together with friend and veteran film and TV producer Brian Robbins, have partnered with Universal Music Group to launch All Def Music, a label created expressly to sign, develop and promote YouTube artists. All Def Music label will seek to identify and cultivate music talent bubbling up on YouTube, in much the same way Rifkind and Simmons once hit the streets in pursuit of promising hip-hop acts for their respective labels, Loud Records and Def Jam. "How [Russell]
May 7, 2013 |
A pair of R&B musicians have filed a $10-million copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher, claiming that Bieber's 2010 hit “Somebody to Love” was based on a song they wrote but were not credited for. Singer Devin Copeland, who performs under the name De Rico, and songwriter Mareio Overton filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Virginia, alleging that they pitched their song to Usher in 2009, heard nothing back,...
April 8, 2013 |
Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, and Universal Music Group have entered a multiyear, worldwide partnership, the companies announced Monday. The venture will allow the Roc Nation music label to operate as a standalone within the UMG family -- the largest music company -- effective immediately. As part of the agreement, forthcoming albums from Jay-Z, Rihanna and others will be released through UMG worldwide, according to the announcement. “This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation's artists -- being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major,” Jay-Z, who founded the entertainment company in 2008, said in a statement.
February 14, 2013 |
Universal Music Group has entered into an agreement to sell Sanctuary Records -- home to such rock and heavy metal acts as Black Sabbath and Megadeth -- for $62 million, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. The sale, to BMG Rights Management, a Berlin music publisher, is part of divestitures mandated by the European Commission as a condition of approving Universal's acquisition of EMI Group. Universal has sold EMI's Parlophone, whose acts include Coldplay, Radiohead and David Guetta, to Warner Music Group for 487 million pounds (about $754 million)
September 22, 2012 |
Regulators in the U.S. and Europe on Friday approved Universal Music Group's $1.9-billion acquisition of EMI Group Ltd.'s music division, giving the Los Angeles-based music company control of the Beatles music catalog and the iconic Abbey Road studios in London, but forcing it to divest interest in the music of Coldplay. The merger will create an even larger global music conglomerate and put the vast majority of commercially released music into the hands of three international giants: the Universal, Sony and Warner music groups.