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A New York court has sided with some of the world's biggest music publishers in a long running copyright infringement case involving the unlicensed download and streaming of a number of live performances by some of the world's biggest artists.


  • In May 2015, the National Music Publishers' Association filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Wolfgang's Vault, accusing the service of distributing concert videos and audio recordings through multiple websites, including,, and, as well as YouTube, without permission.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the case brought by some of the world's biggest music publishers against live streaming service Wolfgang's Vault.
  • Explains the ins and outs of the case and why the service was deemed to have infringed the publishers' copyrights.

Key questions answered

  • What was the case against Wolfgang's Vault all about?
  • Why did the federal court judge not grant the publishers an injunction to shutter the unlicensed streaming service?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Copyright infringement of a who's-who in live music
  • Mechanical rights administration in the US explained
  • Infringement claims granted but no injunction


  • Author

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