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HUB FOCUS: Recent music trends in Australia

Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment Hub provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space. As part of our “HUB FOCUS” series, we provide an extract, focussing on recent trends in the music industry in Australia. Share this

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Musicians in the theatre production ‘War Horse’ lose their legal bid

By Chris Elliott and John Cloke Musicians employed by the National Theatre in its production of War Horse at the New London Theatre have been refused their application for an interim injunction, or alternatively specific performance, to require the National Theatre to continue to engage them in the production until the trial of their claim. …

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Germany: Collecting society’s payout to publishers highly disputed

On 13 May 2014 the District Court of Berlin (16 O 75/13) rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers.. The claim was directed at a declaratory judgment that GEMA (the German collecting society responsible for licencing musical performances and musical reproduction) was not allowed …

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Collective Rights Management Directive Adopted by European Parliament

By Alasdair Muller On 20 February 2014, the European Parliament adopted the collective management of copyright and related rights directive (Directive), which aims to make it easier for online providers to stream music in multiple EU countries. It is hoped that this will encourage the development of EU-wide online music services whilst also protecting artists’ …

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Ministry Claim Spotted Raising Original Copyright Issues

By John Wilks and Ruth Hoy A UK High Court claim filed this week by the Ministry of Sound record label against music streaming site Spotify raises some interesting issues around the originality threshold for copyright works. The claim, which was reported in the Guardian, alleges that the Ministry’s track listings (each a compilation of …

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R&B Star Claims “Blurred Lines” is Not Substantially Similar to Marvin Gaye or Funkadelic Songs

By Radiance Harris Last Thursday, R&B star Robin Thicke, along with fellow artists Pharrell Williams and Clifford “T.I.” Harris, filed a suit for declaratory judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music Inc. after receiving demand letters alleging copyright infringement and threatening suit. Gaye’s …

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The New Consumer Rights Bill – The Future for Digital Content

By Patrick Mitchell and Dylan Kennett Earlier this week, the Queen delivered her annual speech at the State opening of Parliament.  Amongst the matters covered, were plans to draft the long awaited Consumer Rights Bill (the ‘Bill’) – in response to calls for simplified consumer protection laws.  Currently, there are eight pieces of related legislation …

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