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First off today, Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reports that Maria Strong has been appointed the acting Register of Copyrights after Karyn Temple, the current Register, steps down on January 5.
Temple recently announced that she was leaving the position, the highest at the U.S. Copyright Office, to accept a new position as the global general counsel at the Motion Picture Association. She had been in the position since 2016 when she became the acting Register after the departure of Maria Pallante. She was given the title permanently earlier this year.
As for Strong, she joined the U.S. Copyright Office in 2010 after nearly two decades in private practice. Since then, she has served as an associate Register of Copyrights since April 2019 and has also served as a director of policy and international affairs.
Next up today, Chris Eggertsen at Billboard reports that the band Yellowcard is moving forward with its copyright infringement lawsuit against Juice WRLD despite the rapper’s untimely death earlier this month.
The lawsuit pits members of the band Yellowcard against Juice WRLD. They allege that elements from their 2006 song Holly Wood Died were used in Juice WRLD’s 2018 song Lucid Dreams. As a result, they are asking for damages of over $15 million and a “running royalty and/or ownership share” in the song.
The intent to pursue the case was made clear with an order by the judge that granted the family of Juice WRLD an extra two months to file a response. In a statement by the plaintiff’s lawyers, they expressed sadness at his untimely death but noted that the lawsuit was filed before it happened and that, in addition to Juice WRLD, there are two other defendants in the case.
Finally today, Judy Greenwald at Business Insurance reports that a federal court has ruled that Liberty Mutual must defend rapper Fat Joe, real name Joseph Cartagena, in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Cartagena was sued by Eric A Elliot who alleged that Cartagena made changes to his unfinished song All the Way Up. Elliot claims the two of them had an agreement that he would be paid $5,000 for the song and receive future compensation. However, that future compensation never came even though the song went double platinum.
Cartegena had a $1 million claims-made music professional liability policy with the Liberty Mutual unit Homeland. However, when he approached them about defending him in the case, they refused, saying that it wasn’t covered under his policy. The court ultimately disagreed, saying that the clause Liberty Mutual was relying on does not apply in this case and that the allegations Elliot makes are covered under their policy.