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MARVIN GAYE'S FAMILY REJECTED ROBIN THICKE'S SIX-FIGURE OFFER (EXCLUSIVE)

Billboard has learned that Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down.  
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EFF LAUNCHES COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT AGAINST LIBERATION MUSIC OVER VIDEO TAKEDOWN

The video at the center of the suit is a June 2010 lecture titled “Open,” which the Harvard Law School professor delivered at a Creative Commons conference in South Korea. During the presentation, several short clips of amateur dance videos play out to Phoenix’s song “Lisztomania.”  
Billboard.biz


MTV VMAS SET SPONSORSHIP RECORD DESPITE 2012 RATINGS SLUMP

MTV’s Video Music Awards have had a rollercoaster couple of years in the ratings, from reaching all-time highs in 2011 thanks to Beyonce’s baby bump to a 50% plunge in 2012. Yet despite last year’s drop, this weekend’s show, broadcast from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, has already set MTV sponsorship records. 
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PANDORA'S Q2 EARNINGS: REVENUE UP 55% TO $157 MILLION, NET LOSS INCREASED 44% TO $7.8 MILLION (UPDATED)

Although net loss increased, the company made clear during Thursday's earnings call that it would continue to make investments -- from sales force to product -- to take advantage of opportunities to grow market share. In other words, Pandora will plow money back into the company as its revenue grows.
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HITMAKER CLAUDE KELLY, JENNA HALLY RUBENSTEIN DEVELOPING REALITY SHOW TO FIND UNDISCOVERED MUSIC MOGUL

Unlike other music competition shows, this project would focus significantly less on unsigned artists (although the plan is to feature some along the way) and primarily on the as-of-yet-recognized industry talent who discover and develop these unsigned acts.
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NORMAN WINTER, MUSIC PUBLICIST FOR MICHAEL JACKSON, BOB DYLAN, DR. DRE AND MCA/UNIVERSAL RECORDS, DIES

Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, according to Allied Artists Film & Music Groups.  
Billboard.biz


SUB POP AND NIRVANA'S FIRST RECORD CONTRACT: SIMPLICITY AHEAD OF A SQUALL

Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time. That what Sub Pop had to say when it posted the first page of its original, starkly simple, contract between Nirvana and the still-fledgling Seattle label.   
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PRS FOR MUSIC AND YOUTUBE ANNOUNCE LICENSING DEAL

PRS for Music and YouTube have announced the signing of a license agreement, covering the more-than 100,000 artists, composers and publishers who are members of the performing rights organization. The agreement covers over 130 territories throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.   
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HIP HOP ACTS AND LABELS FACE $100 MILLION COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

A $100 million lawsuit has been filed targeting various hip hop producers and rappers, plus music publishers and labels, over allegations they were all involved in illegally sampling and using music created by New Orleans jazz ensemble The Batiste Brothers.
CMU


CENSORING THE PIRATE BAY IS FUTILE, RESEARCH SHOWS

The idea behind Pirate Bay blockades is that they will help to decrease online piracy. However, research increasingly suggests that this aim is not being fulfilled. In fact, the blocking attempts may actually be having the opposite effect.
TorrentFreak


SPOTIFY IN TALKS WITH BRANDS TO CREATE TWITTER-LIKE FOLLOW FEATURE

"We're talking with brands, but we're not live with brands," said Jeff Levick, Spotify's chief sales, marketing and international growth officer, of the feature. The feature would be the marketer version of what Spotify rolled out to musical artists, record labels, media companies and regular users earlier this year.
Advertising Age


UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING RENEWS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT

The deal covers music from Warner Bros. Picture, New Line Production and Warner Bros. Television production as well as new releases and the Warner Bros. catalogue.
Music Week


SPORTS AGENT SCOTT BORAS QUESTIONS JAY Z'S ABILITY TO REPRESENT ATHLETES

The number of people that have beefed with Jay Z is extensive and well-known. But in 2013, Jay Z has been confronted with perhaps his most unlikely foe—superstar sports agent Scott Boras. Boras was the former agent of New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, whom Jay-Z signed to his Roc Nation Sports agency this past spring.
HipHopDX


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