3 Count: Love Settlement

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1: Copyright Holder Settles Lawsuit with LOVE Artist’s Estate

First off today, David Sharp at the Associated Press reports that the estate of artist Robert Indiana has reached a settlement with the Morgan Art Foundation that will keep the long-standing relationship between the two intact.

Robert Indiana is best known as the creator of the “LOVE” series, which features the word LOVE with two letters stacked on one another and the O at an angle. Morgan filed the lawsuit shortly before Indiana’s death in 2018 his accusing his caretaker and another publisher of exploiting his ill health and creating forgeries of his work.

However, the case against the caretaker and the estate has been settled with an agreement to maintain and expand the relationship between the two parties. That relationship will see the creation of a new museum for Indiana’s work. This does not resolve the case with the art publisher or other issues with the Maine attorney general.

2: Roblox Responds to Music Publishers $200 Million Copyright-Infringement Lawsuit

Next up today, Todd Spangler at Variety reports that Roblox has responded to the lawsuit filed against them by music publishers and said that they have a strong respect for intellectual property and do not tolerate copyright infringement.

The lawsuit was filed by music publishers through the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). It accused Roblox of encouraging the upload of copyright infringing music to the service and even earning money directly from those uploads.

Roblox has now responded to that lawsuit publicly, saying that they take copyright issues serious and have worked closely with record labels in the past. However, the NMPA says that just working with labels does not fully license the music and that the publishing rights have not been addressed. Nonetheless, Roblox says that it hopes to work with creators and rightsholders to create new opportunities for both.

3: YouTube Adds New Tools To Detect Copyright Violations and Block Them Within the Upload Process

Finally today, Andrew Hutchinson at Social Media Today reports that YouTube is rolling out a new option to those that file takedown notices, giving them an opportunity to block future copies of the video from appearing on the service.

The new option is in the “Copyright Match” tab of the YouTube Studio, which enables the user to prevent future uploads of an infringing video after a takedown is accepted.

The new update was rolled out last week but is being implemented in stages across the platform, meaning that it could be weeks or even months before it’s available to all accounts.

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