3 Count: Circles

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1: Post Malone Collaborator Allowed to Proceed with Circles Copyright Dispute

First off today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that a California judge has allowed a lawsuit against Post Malone to move forward, despite Malone’s best attempts to have it dismissed.

The lawsuit was filed by Tyler Armes, who claims that he and Malone wrote the song Circles together as part of an all-night jamming session with producer Frank Dukes. Armes claims that, when the song was released and he approached Malone about getting a songwriting credit, he was only offered 5% and was denied when he asked for a larger share.

This prompted Armes to file a lawsuit seeking credit but Malone argued that the case should be dismissed since all of the listed songwriters on the track were not a part of the lawsuit. However, the judge said that there was no reason the case couldn’t move forward, especially considering that a lawsuit filed by Malone against Armes in New York didn’t list all of the involved songwriters either.

2: UEFA Secures Irish High Court Order to Halt Illegal Streaming of Matches

Next up today, LawInSport reports that Ireland’s High Court has issued an order to block the illegal streaming of UEFA matches in the country.

According to the decision, all of the nation’s major internet service providers are ordered to block access to sites that are providing illegal streams of UEFA matches, something the league has said is an ongoing problem in the country and has harmed their media rights revenue.

The move is just the latest of increased site-blocking inside the European Union and is part of a growing pattern of using site blocking as a copyright enforcement tool around the world.

3: Quibi is Shutting Down Six Months After the $2 Billion Video Service’s Debut

Finally today, CBS News reports that the streaming service Quibi has announced its closure just six months after its launch.

Quibi launched in April as a mobile-only streaming service that focused on short, 10-minute episodes of television. The focus of the service was on providing short bits of content that users could watch while out and about. However, a global pandemic meant that people were spending more time at home. Also, there is already stiff competition in that content category from YouTube and other online video sites.

The closure comes after the service raised $1.75 billion in funding and launching with shows that featured big-name celebrities. According to the statement, the company has enough funding to move forward for a significant period of time but decided to return cash to shareholders and wind down operations instead.

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