Settlement Reached in Canadian Music Industry "Pending Lists" Lawsuit

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A settlement, which remains subject to court approval, has been reached in the "Pending Lists" class action copyright infringement lawsuit: Major Canadian Record Labels Reach Agreement Regarding Payments to Songwriters and Publishers. From the press release:

EMI Music Canada Inc., Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada Inc. and Warner Music Canada Co. have reached an agreement to pay songwriters and music publishers for outstanding "pending list" claims and to resolve a proposed class action lawsuit.

The current music licensing system allows for recordings to be issued without preclearance from copyright owners but subject to licensing agreements with CMRRA and SODRAC, who represent most publishers and songwriters.

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