Intellectual property

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Top songwriters call for end to 'bully tactics' by artists over royalties
Writers behind string of chart-topping songs pen open letter, alleging pressure from artists to give up publishing royalties

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

31, Mar, 2021 @1:26 PM

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David Crosby sells music catalogue, citing Covid restrictions on touring
Crosby sold his catalogue to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group for an undisclosed sum

Laura Snapes

04, Mar, 2021 @10:41 AM

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‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits
Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in music

Dorian Lynskey

27, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Taylor Swift countersues Evermore theme park over use of her music
Dispute continues following February lawsuit against singer, whose most recent album shares its name with Utah attraction

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

25, Feb, 2021 @9:37 AM

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Songwriters fight to be heard in streaming revenues debate
As music consumption has evolved, the songwriting community have seen their income diminish despite playing a greater role in shaping emerging artists

Rhian Jones

12, Feb, 2021 @9:28 AM

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Taylor Swift rejects 'baseless' lawsuit from Utah theme park Evermore
Pop star is sued for copyright infringement by attraction with same name as her latest No 1 album

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Feb, 2021 @10:08 AM

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Metallica and Michael Bublé producer cashes in on music streaming rights boom
Hipgnosis buys rights to Bob Rock’s Metallica album and Canadian artist’s songs for undisclosed sum

Jasper Jolly

21, Jan, 2021 @10:43 AM

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Bob Dylan sued by estate of Desire co-writer over catalogue sale
Jacques Levy’s wife and publishing company seek $7.25m (£5.25m) from recent sale of Dylan’s publishing rights to Universal Music Publishing

Laura Snapes

21, Jan, 2021 @9:38 AM

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Take That producer sells rights to string of early hits
Deal includes Ian Levine’s producer royalties to A Million Love Songs, Could It Be Magic and I Found Heaven

Kalyeena Makortoff

18, Jan, 2021 @8:27 AM

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Going his own way: Mick Fleetwood sells hit song rights to BMG
Fleetwood becomes latest star to sell his royalty rights as artists cash in from investors in the streaming era

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

14, Jan, 2021 @5:01 PM

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Shakira becomes latest artist to sell rights to catalogue of hits
Colombian singer-songwriter sells rights to her 145-song catalogue for undisclosed sum

Mark Sweney

13, Jan, 2021 @5:42 PM

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Jimi Hendrix family dispute escalates over use of name for music school
Brother and niece found to have infringed injunction from company run by guitarist’s stepsister, preventing them from using the Hendrix name commercially

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

13, Jan, 2021 @10:54 AM

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