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Ask A Lawyer: What's Going on With Eminem's Spotify Lawsuit?

The suit speculates that if the company failed to pay royalties for a song like the chart-topping "Lose Yourself," then smaller publishers probably weren't paid properly either.
Jessica Meiselman
8.29.19
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The Katy Perry Lawsuit Shows Why Music Copyright Law Is a Mess

A lawyer explains why future plaintiffs might be better off pleading "fair use" instead of fighting claims of similarities between songs.
Jessica Meiselman
8.5.19
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A Lawyer Tells Us What Comes Next in A$AP Rocky's Swedish Legal Ordeal

Rocky is currently detained in Sweden as a suspect in an assault investigation. On July 19 a prosecutor will decide whether or not to charge him.
Jessica Meiselman
7.12.19
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This Is the Best Way for Artists to Fight Back Against Record Labels

We asked a lawyer why artists like Taylor Swift never own their own music and how they can try to get it back.
Jessica Meiselman
7.2.19
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Ask a Lawyer: Can Hotels Really Deny Entrance to Rappers?

Meek Mill was recently turned away from a hotel in Vegas, and plans to sue. We asked a lawyer whether he has a case.
Jessica Meiselman
5.29.19
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Ask a Lawyer: What's Going on With 21 Savage's Immigration Situation?

The rapper born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was detained Sunday by ICE, which claims the artist is from the U.K. and is in the U.S. on an expired Visa.
Jessica Meiselman
2.5.19
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A Lawyer Explains How Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos's $137 Billion Divorce Could Play Out

“It doesn't really matter how much money you have. It depends what they're going to fight about.”
Beckett Mufson
1.10.19
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Ask a Lawyer: What Do 6ix9ine's New Charges Mean for His Future?

The rapper was arrested on Monday in NYC on racketeering and firearms charges.
Jessica Meiselman
11.21.18
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The Bill that Brought Kid Rock to the White House, Explained

What exactly is the Music Modernization Act?
Jessica Meiselman
10.15.18
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Ask a Lawyer: Can Rappers Get Paid for Creating 'Fortnite' Dances?

The legal short answer is, well, it's complicated.
Jessica Meiselman
10.11.18
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How Easy Is It for Businesses to Walk Away from Problematic Artists?

Following Spotify's new conduct policies for curated playlists, we examine the legal and ethical mechanisms lurking beneath the surface of right vs. wrong.
Andrea Domanick
5.11.18
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The Only Reason Meek Mill Is Free Is Because He's a Celebrity

Meek Mill's release should be a rallying cry, but while we celebrate we must remember that millions like him continue to struggle on a daily basis with our broken justice system.
Jack Idlas
4.30.18
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