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1: Judge Declines to Order New Trial in Miles Davis Tattoo Copyright Case

First off today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that a judge has denied a new trial in the case involving celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D and a tattoo of Miles Davis.

The case was filed by photographer Jeffrey B Sedlik, who claimed that Von D infringed the copyright of a photo he took of the musician Miles Davis when creating a tattoo for his friend. The case went before a jury, which ruled that the works were not substantially similar despite Von D acknowledging that the tattoo was based on the image.

Sedlik filed a petition for a new trial, saying that the jury verdict went against the clear evidence. However, the judge denied that trial, saying that an “ordinary observer” is meant to be the arbiter of that test. Sedlik can still appeal the case to a different court, but it is unclear if he plans to do so.

2: Shark Tank India Sends Legal Notice To Tea Startup For Copyright Violations

Next up today, Outlook reports that Sony Pictures of India has issued a legal notice to Dorje Teas over allegations of copyright infringement of content from the TV show Shark Tank India.

The founders of Dorje Teas went on the program and pitched their idea for a subscription tea service. The company received from several of the “sharks” on the show.

However, according to Sony, the company has been using clips from its sales pitch in its advertising and promotion. Sony, which holds the copyright to the program, has objected and ordered the content removed. Representatives for Dorje Teas were confused by this move, saying they were giving “free publicity” to the show.

3: Musi Won Over Millions. Is the Free Music Streaming App Too Good to Be True?

Finally today, Kate Knibbs at Wired reports that the free music app Musi may have received millions of downloads, but there are significant questions about the app’s legitimacy.

Musi was first launched in 2016 and has gained traction as a free, ad-supported music streaming service. However, the company does not host or license the music that it uses. Instead, it simply streams content from YouTube, raising questions about the legality of the service.

Musi was downloaded some 8.5 million times last year alone. However, rightsholders have taken interest, with many citing potential litigation as a reason not to comment on the article. There are also concerns about whether the app violates YouTube’s terms of service or may be blocked by the site at some point in the future.

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