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1: Judge Says Nashville School Shooter’s Writings Can’t Be Released as Victims’ Families Have Copyright

First off today, Travis Loller at the Associated Press reports that the writings of a school shooter will not be released to the public after a judge has ruled that the families of his victims hold the copyrights to his works.

The shooter in question was Aiden Hale, who killed three children and three adults at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville last year. Several groups have filed public records requests for Hale’s writings leading up to the shooting. However, families of the victims had sought to keep those writings out of the public eye.

To help, Hale’s family transferred all his property to the victims’ families. The victims’ families argued that they hold the copyright to the work and that copyright is an exception to the state’s public records act. The judge has agreed, and the writings will remain sealed.

2: Cardi B Accused of Copyright Infringement Over ‘Enough (Miami)’

Next up today, Murray Stassen at Music Business Worldwide reports that Cardi B is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit over her 2023 song Enough (Miami).

The lawsuit was filed by musicians Joshua Fraustro and Miguel Aguilar, who claim that Enough infringes on their earlier track, Greasy Frybeard. They claim to have released their song in November 2021, with FX using it as a promo for the television series Reservation Dogs.

In addition to Cardi B, the plaintiffs also target Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group, claiming that the music companies committed vicarious copyright infringement. They are seeking statutory damages and an order to destroy all infringing copies.

3: YouTube Rolls out New Tool to make Copyright Claims Easier

Finally today, Josie Ravan at RGM reports that YouTube has launched an update allowing users to remove a copyright-protected song from their videos without altering the other audio.

YouTube operates a system named Content ID that automatically detects when copyright-protected music or other audio is included in a video. This can result in the video being claimed for copyright or taken down.

YouTube has long offered the option to mute the song. However, that also removed any audio overlayed on top of it. This new feature allows uploaders to remove the song while keeping other audio intact, removing the copyright claim but preserving the video.

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