News from Ariana Grande, Amazon, Disney, and more lawsuits in the world of music


Good morning and happy Tuesday everyone. We hope you are having a good start of this new week. Grab your coffee and let’s dive into the news.

Ariana Grande’s lawsuits against Forever21 

If you remember, we already informed about a lawsuit filed by Ariana Grande back in September. Well… last month Forever21 filed for bankruptcy and requested Grande’s infringement claims to be put on hold, request that was recently accepted, putting the lawsuit “on pause”. This does not entail that Grande’s claim are dismissed, this only means that Grande has now become one of Forever21 creditors that will have to be part of the bankruptcy process. What will happen to Ariana Grande’s damage claim? Well, first the court will have to decide whether or not Forever21 is guilty, then determine what is actually owed to Grande according to the infringement committed and then be put “in line” to collect that debt from the bankruptcy process. Ideally, both parties will try to reach a settlement. Let’s wait and see. 

Disney + launched in the US, piracy rose everywhere else

Disney finally launched its streaming platform Disney + limited to the US, Canada and the Netherlands. Therefore, if you are a Star Wars fan you have two options: patiently wait until Disney + is made available in Europe as a whole (while staying away from social media for spoilers) or the easy route and download it. The second route was made very easy as the first episode of “The Mandalorian” was made available in a matter of hours (to which Disney promptly reacted by dispatching takedown notices). This came as no surprise since limited availability of Disney + serves as a strong incentive to piracy. 

Amazon launches the IP accelerator 

No, Amazon is not currently financing IP programs. The IP accelerator is a curious invention connecting small Amazon sellers to IP professional in order to accelerate and facilitate trade mark application, which in turn grants them a quick access to the Amazon Brand Registry (the ordinary route would require to wait until the US trademark office). An interesting initiative limited to the US for the time being. 

Another episode on the series “copyright infringement in the music industry”

The story: 3 British songwriters accused The Weeknd of copying their song “I Need To Love” when making their song “A Lonely Night”. Apparently the issue goes back to 2005, when Big Life Music acquire the rights over “I Need to Love”, company that was later bought (including their right over “I Need To Love”) by Universal who finally relinquished said right in 2016. The problem is that The Weeknd released their song “Lonely Nate” just two weeks after renounced to their original right… Although current judge dismissed many parts of the original lawsuit, the three UK songwriters were allowed to file an amended version of their lawsuit, which they did in September, to include secondary copyright infringement and state law infringement. Now, the matter should come to an end. 

And that is all I have for you today! Best regards and see you next week!

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