Irving Azoff’s PRO, Global Music Rights, settles two copyright infringement lawsuits in the US

World Music Rights (GMR), a performing rights society based by business veteran Irving Azoff, settled a copyright infringement lawsuit it filed in opposition to terrestrial radio corporations Crimson Wolf Broadcasting Corp. and One Putt Broadcasting.

GMR sued three US radio corporations, together with the 2 named above practically 4 months in the past, accusing them of failing to safe licenses protecting its songs.

Based in 2013 by Azoff, GMR represents a roster of over 100 songwriters together with Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Drake, Pharrell Williams, John Lennon, and The Eagles.

The corporate licenses the general public performances of those artists’ copyrighted music. 

Final 12 months, GMR settled a long-running authorized dispute with Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) after suing the latter in 2016 over what it described because the unfair cost of songwriters. 

The settlement noticed a majority of economic radio stations below RMLC getting into licenses with GMR. Stations and not using a license have been not allowed to publicly carry out songs throughout the GMR repertory. 

Eight months later, GMR sued Crimson Wolf, One Putt and Southern Stone Communications over copyright infringement.

Within the first of the 2 complaints, which you’ll be able to learn in full right here, and right here, respectively, GMR mentioned that since at the least 2017, Crimson Wolf and One Putt’s stations “have carried out GMR compositions with out acquiring a license in violation of copyright legal guidelines.”

GMR sued Crimson Wolf on the US District Courtroom of Connecticut, and One Putt on the Japanese District Courtroom of California.

Over the span of 5 years, GMR mentioned it submitted 10 separate written license affords for Crimson Wolf and One Putt stations to legally play songs coated by GMR. Nevertheless, Crimson Wolf allegedly turned down all these affords and refused to pay GMR any license charges since January 2017 to October 2022.

The radio stations “made the strategic resolution to not pay GMR for these makes use of and hoped to get away with it,” GMR added on the time.

GMC sought most statutory damages of $150,000 for every copyright infringed, and a portion of the radio stations’ earnings derived from the efficiency of the songs.

However most not too long ago on Friday (January 20), GMR mentioned it reached an settlement with Crimson Wolf and One Putt to settle the lawsuits, with out disclosing whether or not the settlements included monetary phrases.

“We’re devoted to defending the rights of GMR songwriters and composers, and guaranteeing entities publicly performing their works are appropriately licensed.”

Emio Zizza, GMR’s Common Counsel

GMR mentioned each radio stations agreed to enter into long-term licenses as a part of the settlements.

Commenting on the settlement with Crimson Wolf, GMR’s Common Counsel, Emio Zizza, mentioned: “We’re devoted to defending the rights of GMR songwriters and composers, and guaranteeing entities publicly performing their works are appropriately licensed.

“By this lawsuit, we now have completed these endeavors, and stay up for our go-forward licensing relationship with Crimson Wolf.”

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