Harry Shearer, renowned worldwide for his voicing of 23 characters on the long-running animated television series ‘The Simpsons’, has filed a comprehensive legal action in Los Angeles, California, USA. The lawsuit alleges the French conglomerate, Vivendi S.A., engaged in anti-competitive and unfair business practices, as well as fraudulent accounting, directly related to its management of Read More
On February 4th during an earnings call, Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper told investors that in the event that the company receives cash proceeds from selling its equity stakes in streaming services – it will share the revenue with its artists. Just hours later Sony Music made the same pledge and we called on Universal to do the same. Our Chief Read More
By Andy Edwards, Board Director of the MMF Rethink Music, the report published by the Berklee College of Music and which puts the spotlight on transparency, has provoked a great deal of comment over the past few weeks. I contributed to the report and have observed it all with interest. Much attention surrounded the major label Read More
Interesting case – the lesson here is to get the deal sorted out BEFORE any recording etc takes place. See Shoosmith’s full summary ‘UK IP Enterprise Court Awards Damages In Performing Rights Case‘.
Google recently highlighted a number of changes they’re testing, and in some cases already implementing, to their search function in a blog post titled ‘Continued progress on fighting piracy’ on their Google Public Policy website. The changes make it easier for users to search for legitimate sources of content and include: demoting autocomplete predictions that Read More
This recent EU Parliamentary study examines the efficiency of the practical application of the various rules and legal provisions that purport to protect creators in their contractual dealings within European Union member states. Read it here.
London law firm Harbottle & Lewis have highlighted some recent key changes to legal practice in their latest Annual Review. Changes include: litigation funding reforms amendments to copyright law the introduction of further tax reliefs in the creative sector You can read it online here.
Couldn’t make Evershed’s MMF member seminar on the US Witholding Tax Law a few weeks back? Luckily the FAC’s Fiona was on hand to take notes – check out her overview of the event including key points raised by CWA expert Richard Stoller below or here in the Documents section. USA WITHHOLDING TAX SEMINAR 21/3/12 Read More