Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

A group of music publishers is suing the exercise bike company Peloton for allegedly using music from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Drake and others without permission.

The music publishers are specifically suing Peloton for copyright infringement and are requesting more than $150,000,000 in damages, according to a report published Tuesday by The Blast.

The companies allege that their hit music is necessary for Peloton to create its popular workout videos, in court documents obtained by The Blast.

They claim Peloton “publishes the music playlists for some of its archived videos and offers consumers the ability to select workout classes based on the type of music they want to hear, allowing them to choose a class focusing on, for example, classic rock, contemporary pop, electronic, hip hop or country, among other genres.” (RELATED: Kelly Ripa’s Workout Routine Sounds Intense)

Peloton currently has more than 600,000 subscribers and the company is worth roughly $4 billion, according to TMZ. The companies think this success is directly linked to Peloton using hit music to craft playlists that consumers want to hear.

Peloton obtained licenses for other copyright holders, but did not make any effort to obtain licenses for these specific companies.

Songs included in the lawsuit are “Diamonds” by Rihanna, “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown, and even older tracks like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar.

Source: The Daily Caller

Sara Malinow | Contributor

The Princess of Pop is joining the princesses of Disney on an unexpected stage.

A new musical is coming to Broadway and will feature a song catalog by pop icon Britney Spears.

The musical comedy, titled, “Once Upon a One More Time,” offers a feminist twist on classic fairy tale princess stories and currently includes 23 songs from Spears’s collection, including “Oops I Did It Again,” “Toxic,” “Lucky,” and more. It is set to open at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago this fall before heading to Broadway. (RELATED: Britney-Spears-Themed Musical Coming to Broadway)

The musical is said to be a revisionist tale of the classic Disney princess stories told through a humorous, feminist lens.

When Cinderella makes a desperate wish for a new story to read in her book club, which includes princesses like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, a contemporary fairy godmother leaves her with none other than Betty Friedan’s feminist classic, “The Feminine Mystique.”

“Oh baby, baby… could there really be more to life than bridesmaid dresses, friendships with woodland creatures and dreams of a prince’s kiss?” the theatre’s website says.

But while the “Baby One More Time singer’s music is at the center of the show, Spears herself is not. However, she has already attended one of the show’s readings and is “Anticipating” this new chapter.

“I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs — especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,” Spears said in a statement. “This is a dream come true for me!”

The pop superstar and sex symbol has had a pretty tumultuous past, but perhaps her happily ever after is on the horizon.

Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Taylor Swift filed a lawsuit against a Long Island man who claims she stole the name of his company for her gaming app.

According to the New York Post, this lawsuit comes as a counter suit to one originally filed by computer company owner Patrick Benot in which he accused Swift of trademark infringement and other charges. Benot’s company name includes the phrase “Swiftlife” while Swift’s app was called “The Swift Life”.

Swift filed her lawsuit asking a federal court judge to require Benot to cancel his trademark “SwiftLife” and pay her legal fees. (RELATED: Taylor Swift Announces She’s Shutting Down Her App In February).

Honestly, Taylor Swift’s lawsuit seems a little absurd, but that is in typical Swift fashion (see above video). It’s a lot to ask someone to rename their company after it’s been around for 11 years just because she didn’t take the time to see if the name “Swiftlife” had been previously used.

She also shut her app down on Feb. 1 so why does she even care if his company still has that name? I’m a pretty big fan of Taylor’s music, but this comes off as a little selfish.

Benot filed his lawsuit back in July of 2018 after app users began contacting him to ask for technical help. He is seeking monetary compensation for the infringement.

I honestly didn’t even know Taylor had an app and if I were her, I’d just let this one go and cut the poor guy a break.

Source: The Daily Caller

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