105th United States Congress

  1. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  2. Twitter Adds Transparency to DMCA Takedown Procedure

    November 05, 2012 12:28 PM EST Twitter has added some new elements to its DMCA takedown procedure that add more transparency to the process. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco with the top minds in investment, technology and mus ...

  3. Warner-Owned Artist Arena Fined $1 Million By FTC

    October 04, 2012 5:21 PM EDT A Warner Music Group-owned company has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $1 million over charges that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act related to websites it operates for Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato ...

  4. Negative Drake Review Mistakenly Removed From Google At BPI's Behest -- Not Universal's

    August 17, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Yesterday, a number of news outlets mistakenly reported that a negative review of Drake's "Take Care" album, written by Henry Adaso, had been removed from Google after Universal Music Group filed a DMCA takedown request -- allegedly ...

  5. Romney Ad Featuring Obama Singing is Back Online Despite Objections From Music Publisher

    July 18, 2012 9:17 PM EDT A couple of days after BMG Rights Management forced YouTube to take down a Mitt Romney ad because it f eatures President Barack Obama singing one of its songs, several versions of the ads have resurfaced on the Google-owned site. The 35-second ad ...

  6. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  7. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  8. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  9. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  10. Grooveshark Files for Dismissal of Copyright-Infringement Case, Blasts Major Labels' Lawsuit

    March 01, 2012 2:56 PM EST Music streaming service Grooveshark has reacted strongly to the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by three major labels. In an 18-page motion to dismiss, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Groovesha ...

  11. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  12. Business Matters: Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case

    December 20, 2011 8:47 PM EST Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that online video service Veoh is protected by the DMCA's "safe harbor" that limits digital service providers' liability for ...

  13. SST Records' DMCA Take Down Request Results in Removal of Legit YouTube Videos

    December 19, 2011 4:18 PM EST DMCA takedown requests by the long-running indie/punk label SST Records has resulted in a bit of collateral damage at YouTube. It turns out that bands never signed to SST Records had their videos deleted after SST Records requested YouTube remove ...

  14. MegaUpload Video Returns to YouTube as Dispute With Universal Takes Another Odd Turn

    December 16, 2011 11:21 AM EST http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal ...

  15. Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

    December 15, 2011 12:57 PM EST Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have joined Universal Music Group's lawsuit against online music service Grooveshark. An amended complaint with the participation of the two additional major music groups was filed Thursday in a ...

  16. Protect-IP and SOPA Acts Will Not 'Break the Internet': Guest Column by A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    December 14, 2011 4:57 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Rich Bengloff, president of American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"). Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad at jem.aswad@billboard.com for infor ...

  17. Business Matters: Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly

    November 23, 2011 2:01 PM EST Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly Hastings Entertainment posted a net loss of approximately $5.5 million on revenue of $108.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011. Those figures are slightly worse than the same period i ...

  18. Grooveshark Lawsuit Reveals Details of Universal Music Group's Allegations

    November 21, 2011 11:12 AM EST Music service Grooveshark calls itself "the world's largest international community of music lovers." But a small number of co-founders and employees are also targets of Universal Music Group's lawsuit against the service' ...

  19. What The Split Decision on the EMI vs. MP3Tunes Case Means For The Music Biz (Update)

    August 23, 2011 7:30 PM EDT A federal court today (August 22) rendered a split decision of sorts in the closely-followed lawsuit against music locker MP3Tunes by EMI Music Group. The judge ruled in favor of EMI's request for a summary judgment on certain points, most pa ...

  20. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  21. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  22. Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc is appealing a U.S. judge's dismissal of its $1 billion lawsuit accusing Google Inc of allowing copyrighted videos on YouTube without permission. Viacom's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York was ...

  23. Veoh, Universal Music Showdown Could Preview Viacom/YouTube Appeal

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veoh has a warning for justices at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who will consider overturning a lower court's ruling in Universal Music Group's big copyright infringement case. "UMG's interpretation of the law would, if a ...

  24. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  25. Analysis: What Viacom's Loss To YouTube Means To Content Owners

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How much of Wednesday’s court ruling against Viacom in its $1 billion copyright battle over YouTube tip the balance of power from professional content creators to online distributors? In ruling on summary judgment that the Google-owned video-shari ...

  26. YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has won its legal battle with Viacom . In a statement posted at the YouTube blog on Wednesday, Kent Walker, Google’s VP and general counsel, announced the court’s decision and linked a copy of its summary judgment . The court ruled YouTube ...

  27. IFPI Tackles Google On Pirate Bay

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following U.K. trade body the BPI's takedown notice to Google (Billboard.biz, June 21), the IFPI has also taken action against the search engine. The BPI's takedown notice demanded it remove links to 17 songs from artists including Emine ...

  28. Google Targeted For Linking To Infringing Songs

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google about to be hit with a major new lawsuit for linking to copyright infringing songs? A UK trade group representing more than 300 record companies including UMG, Sony and Warner Bros. has sent Google a takedown notice demanding it remove l ...

  29. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  30. Cute Baby Video Wins Battle Against UMG

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST How much should a copyright owner pay for improperly telling a Web site to remove content? Stephanie Lenz got into trouble with Universal Music Group in 2007 after she posted a YouTube video of her toddler dancing to the Prince song "Let' ...

  31. Business Matters: Digital Music Forum, Lady Gaga, Sellaband, Napster and More

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- After EMI was acquired by Terra Firma , artists began to hesitate signing with the record label. Now, The Financial Times says the company's debt load is a hindrance. "It would be very difficult to say to your client you should sign t ...

  32. Report: Google/Viacom Case Set For Ruling

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit case against YouTube is reportedly heading towards a ruling. According to All Things Digital, three years after the case started both parties have requested a meeting with the federal court judge to discu ...

  33. Business Matters: Lord Mandelson, EFF, Apple

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lord Mandelson , the British Business Secretary, will forge ahead with his legislative measures to cut off the Internet connections of illegal ...

  34. Judge Dismisses UMG Suit Against Veoh

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has lost a bid to hold online video streaming site Veoh accountable for users who post copyrighted material to the service. A Los Angeles court awarded a summary judgment to Veoh, ruling that the company’s activities fall und ...

  35. Updated: ISPs Discuss Anti-Piracy Initiatives

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers AT&T and Comcast outlined their efforts to work with the music industry to combat online piracy during a panel session at the Leadership Music Digital Summit in Nashville this week. Contrary to earlier reports, neith ...

  36. Judge Rules In Favor Of Veoh

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Aug. 27, U.S. District Judge Howard Lloyd ruled that online video-sharing service Veoh isn't liable for copyright infringement for material uploaded to its Web site by users, dismissing a lawsuit brought by adult entertainment production c ...

  37. Judge Declines To Toss Claim Against UMG

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group suffered a setback in its defense of a lawsuit over a YouTube takedown notice, when the presiding judge declined to dismiss the case. The ruling opens the door to how "fair use" may be taken into account before dema ...

  38. EMI Files Suit Against Social Networking Site

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group on Friday filed a lawsuit against social networking site Hi5, alleging copyright infringement over user-uploaded videos that include music from the label's artists. Also included in the suit is Hi5 video service provider Video ...

  39. Grayzone Admits Role In Zep Footage Takedown

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A third-party vendor hired to issue takedown notices on sites like YouTube has taken responsibility for the removal of Led Zeppelin concert footage taken during the band's historic reunion. Sources involved in the situation earlier in the day ...

  40. YouTube Taken To Task In Japan

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Japanese rights holders are demanding that YouTube take steps to prevent their copyrighted content from being uploaded to the popular video-sharing Web site without their permission. In a letter sent to YouTube on Dec. 4 and released on Dec. 5, a ...

  41. YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its Web site following complaints of copyright infringement by 23 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders, local authors society JASRAC said Oct. 20. YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its ...

  42. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing Nov. 16 to debate whether or not the "fair use" section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, researchers and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House Commerce ...

  43. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing today (Nov. 16) to debate whether or not the 'fair use' section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, research A House Commerce Committee panel hel ...

  44. Behind the Deal: The Interactive Nature of LAUNCHcast Undecided

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Record companies had a minor setback Nov. 3 when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to grant a summary judgment in a case focusing on the interactive nature of Inter Record companies had a minor setback Nov. 3 wh ...

  45. Court Nominee Roberts' Panel Rejected P2P Ruling

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT President Bush's pick to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was part of the three-judge panel that threw out a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would have given entertainment comp WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Repo ...

  46. Macrovision Sues Sima, Interburn

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Macrovision filed a lawsuit June 15 against Sima Products Corp. and Interburn Enterprises, alleging that the companies manufacture software that infringes on Macrovision's intellectual property and vi LOS ANGELES -- Macrovision filed a lawsui ...

  47. Macrovision Sues Sima, Interburn

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Suit claims Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations. Macrovision Corp. filed a lawsuit today (June 15) against Sima Products Corp. and Interburn Enterprises Inc. alleging that both companies manufacture software that infringes on Macrovision&# ...

  48. Case Summary: DMCA Subpoenas

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of America in 2003 served subpoenas on two universities, seeking the identities of two individuals who were downloading unauthorized music files. The universities provided The Recording Industry Assn. of America in 200 ...

  49. Court Rules On Limitations In Infringement Cases

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal district court held on Aug. 12 that the three-year statute of limitations for copyright infringement begins when the infringing act occurs -- not when the owner discovers the infringement. NEW YORK -- It's time for copyright owners ...

  50. House To Re-Examine DMCA Digital Royalty Issue

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A House copyright panel will soon announce an oversight hearing to review a section of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that deals with the performance right for digital sound recordin WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House copyright panel wi ...

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