Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull
— Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered into a long-term, worldwide co-publishing agreement with Pitbull. Moreover, when the artist’s current deal with the Universal Music Publishing Group expires, Sony/ATV will serve as exclusive worldwide administrator of his catalogue.
Pitbull has being involved in numerous hit songs that have sold millions of tracks, including “I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho],” “Hotel Room Service,” “Krazy,” and “Culo.”
His first hit single under the agreement, “Give Me Everything,” is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Pitbull is currently gearing up for the June 21 release his latest album, “Planet Pit.”
Pitbull has also been featured on tracks by such acts as Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Janet Jackson. On the business side, Pitbull has his own Polo Grounds Music/J Records, the specialty vodka Voli and sponsorship deals with brands like Kodak, Dr. Pepper and Bud Light.
Eight Mile Style Seeks Injunction Against Audi For Eminem Track
— Eight Mile Style, the publisher of some Eminem song copyrights, is seeking an injunction in a Hamburg court against German automaker Audi AG for using the rapper’s “Lose Yourself” in a commercial spot introducing next year’s model of an Audi car, according to a news release from the music publisher.
“It is absolutely shocking,” Joel Martin, a principal at Eight Mile Style, said in a statement on behalf of Eight Mile Style. “We believe Audi not only used ‘Lose Yourself’ to sell their product without permission, but their spot actually feels inspired by elements of Chrysler’s commercial campaign.”
Chrysler recently featured Eminem and “Lose Yourself” in its “Imported From Detroit” advertising campaign, initially broadcast during Super Bowl XLV, to debut the new Chrysler 200 automobile.
According to the announcement, German copyright expert Thomas Schmitz is handling the case for the plaintiff. “We have made the [Hamburg] Regional Court aware of the serious implications of this matter,” Schmitz said in a statement. “We have requested a cease and desist order and will also seek damages.”
Maria Pallante Named Director of U.S. Copyright Office
— Maria Pallante has been appointed the 12th Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright office. Pallante had been serving as the Acting Register of Copyrights for the past five months, in place of Marybeth Peters, who stepped down from that position on Dec. 31, 2010.
In announcing the appintment, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington stressed the increasingly important role of copyright law in the current knowledge economy, and the numerous complex issues facing copyright owners as well as users of copyrighted materials. In particular, he noted the challenges of protecting authors’ intellectual-property interests in the online environment, while achieving meaningful exceptions and limitations that serve the public interest in the 21st century.
“Maria Pallante brings a unique perspective on the value of copyright from her work with a diverse array of creative industries,” ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams said in a statement. “We believe that perspective, combined with her historical knowledge of the Copyright Office and strong belief in the importance of protecting the rights of America’s creators, will very positively impact ASCAP’s songwriters, composers and music publishers.”
Prior to serving as Acting Register, Pallante has held several key positions within the Copyright Office: Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs (2008-2010), Deputy General Counsel (2007-2008) and Policy Advisor (1996-1997). She spent much of her career in New York, working there from 1999-2007 as intellectual property counsel and director of the licensing group for the worldwide Guggenheim Museums, where she advised on programmatic and business initiatives related to publishing, product development and branding.
She is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, and earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Misericordia University.