-- The Department of Justice is keeping an eye on Live Nation, the New York Post reported on Thursday. The agency has contacted several independent music companies, according to the report, to see if they have felt any negative effects of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. A DOJ spokesperson confirmed there is a committee monitoring the consent decree. (New York Post)

-- A new copyright bill was introduced in Canada on Wednesday. IP lawyer Barry Sookman hailed the bill’s allowance to create mash-ups from copyrighted material and said the bill, if passed, “would probably be the most copyright-user-friendly bill anywhere in the world.” That provision for user-generated content would allow people to create mash-ups if not for commercial gain, the source is mentioned and if the new work does not have a “substantial adverse effect” on the existing copyright. The bill includes tough penalties for circumventing digital locks and would allow for format of songs for personal use. New fair use provisions in the bill include education, parody and satire. Record labels and movie studios may not like that the proposed bill says ISPs cannot be held liable for the copyright infringements of their customers. However, the bill does formalize the system by which content owners send infringement notices to ISP customers. In addition, the bill creates a new civil liability category for businesses that enable piracy. (Bill C-32, WinnipegFreePress, Bloomberg, CBC.com)

-- Pandora has closed a fifth round of fundraising led by GGV Capital, an expansion stage venture capital fund. Allen & Company also participated in the round. The company did not disclose the amount that was raised. With this latest round of funding, look for Pandora to put more distance between itself and its competitors. GGV Capital’s participation is key. The firm helps companies expand their business. Pandora is at that expansion stage. It has reached profitability – at least once, it claims – and has established itself as a market leader. But it needs additional capital for its next stage of growth. Thus, it has taken an investment from GGV Capital. (paidContent, VentureBeat)

-- Digital distributor RouteNote has added premium levels of service to its free distribution service. The premium levels offers flat-fee pricing for one year of distribution: $10 for single tracks, $20 for EPs (two to six tracks), $30 for an album (seven to 18 tracks) and $45 for extended albums (19 tracks and more). Members of the premium service get 100% of royalties. Users of the free level of service get 90% of royalties. This addition of a flat-fee option clearly shows the influence of TuneCore and its innovative flat-fee pricing. (RouteNote blog)

-- On Monday a federal appeals court hears oral arguments of an eBay CD reseller. At the heart of the case is the copyright law’s first sale doctrine, which allows purchasers to resell items they own. Universal Music Group sued Troy Augusto because he was selling promotional CDs on eBay (those CDs had the standard mark, “promotional use only, not for resale”). In 2008, the court ruled that Augusto had the right to resell those promotional CDs under the first sale doctrine. UMG appealed that decision. (EFF)


Assorted Links
-- London’s Fabric nightclub is for sale. ( Property Week, via Daily Swarm)

-- Viagogo has partnered with Live Nation to become the official premium ticketing partner for Roger Waters’ The Wall tour. (MusicWeek)

-- Slacker iPhone app adds off-line caching. (ipodnn)

-- DoubleTwist launches media player for Android phones. (TechCrunch)

-- RealPlayer for Android is now available. (The Real Story blog)

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