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  1. Digital Notes: CD Baby's Sync Payout, De La Soul's J Dilla Tribute and Apps' Ad Economics

    March 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT CD Baby serves up more than just CDs. The Portland, Ore., music distribution company on Wednesday announced it has paid out more than $1 million in YouTube sync licensing to its artists as of February. That amount has accelerated as CD Baby's ...

  2. RuPaul Messages Pirates With Decoy Album: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!'

    March 03, 2014 6:45 PM EST RuPaul's Posts Decoy Album on Pirate Sites With Message: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!' RuPaul Charles, who has built a career on an over-the-top irreverence for convention, pulled another fast on ...

  3. Bruno Mars, Rihanna Top List of Most-Pirated Artists in 2013

    December 31, 2013 1:38 PM EST Bruno Mars edged out Rihanna as the most pirated artist of 2013, according to figures released by data analysis firm Musicmetric. Mars finished the year with nearly 5.8 million downloads to Rihanna's 5.4 million. Daft Punk was a distant third ...

  4. Beyonce Album Pirated 240,000 Times (Report)

    December 26, 2013 3:49 PM EST Beyoncé's new album, which has zoomed to the top of the Billboard sales charts, appears to also be popular on the file sharing charts as well -- with nearly a quarter million copies pirated within the first week of its Dec. 13 debut, acco ...

  5. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: Madonna Leverages BitTorrent, Linkin Park Streams on Xbox, Brian Frank Exits Beats Music

    September 17, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Madonna Leverages BitTorrent The queen of pop is the latest established artist to use BitTorrent. In Madonna's case, she will be releasing a free BitTorrent Bundle containing a 17-minute film entitled "secretprohectrevolution" tha ...

  6. BitTorrent Tests Self-Serve Bundle for Publishers

    September 11, 2013 10:59 AM EDT BitTorrent Inc., a San Francisco company founded by the creator of the BitTorrent file transfer protocol, on Wednesday released a test version of its Bundles product, a self-service platform that would allow content creators to release content i ...

  7. The Leading Women In Social Engagement

    November 28, 2012 11:38 AM EST With social media transforming every corner of the music industry, in this Women in Music issue, Billboard chose to salute four executives who are at the forefront of this new era of digital connection. Tatiana Simonian Head of Music Industry Rela ...

  8. Legimate Streaming Services Cut Down on Piracy, Report Suggests

    October 03, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Does the presence of legitimate music streaming services cut down on piracy? The folks at Musicmetric, a London company that tracks online activity, think so. In a Digital Music Index report set to be released on Wednesday (Oct. 3), Musicmetric fo ...

  9. Death Grips Top BitTorrent's List of Most Legally Downloaded Music

    October 01, 2012 3:50 PM EDT These artists were the most legally-downloaded on BitTorrent in the first half of 2012 File-sharing company BitTorrent recently announced that it facilitated 124,191,862 legal music downloads in the first six months of 2012. That is 31 percent of ...

  10. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  11. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  12. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  13. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  14. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  15. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  16. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  17. Music Piracy Ranks Distant Fourth Behind Porn, Film & TV

    February 07, 2011 1:42 PM EST In the "take this for what it's worth" category, it seems music is not the most popular type of media downloaded from BitTorrent trackers. Anti-piracy firm Envisional conducted a study on behalf of NBC Universal to see what type of ...

  18. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  19. Google Announces Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music industry has long wanted Google to more proactively limit access to pirated music content on the Web. Today, Google posted plans that address some of these concerns, but likely not to the extend the music industry would like. Google Gene ...

  20. ICE Shuts U.S File-Sharing Site

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST ICE, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, confirmed it has taken action against websites alleged to be offering pirated content or selling counterfeit products. ICE told the New York Times that the seizures were part of an ongoing inv ...

  21. Pirate Bay Appeal Begins

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Four men behind torrent site the Pirate Bay have launched their appeal bid in Stockholm against their one-year prison sentences. That April 2009 ruling was seen as a victory for the music and movie industries against the Swedish Bit Torrent tracke ...

  22. Mulve: Is It The Labels' Nightmare Scenario?

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nothing gets the digital music industry atwitter more than a new free music download service. This time it's a service called Mulve, which - when working - allows users to search for and download digital music for free. What's different ...

  23. Business Matters: Live Nation, WMG, Comi-Con and more

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION STOCK BOUNCES BACK, EARNINGS CALL ON THURS -- Live Nation stock has taken back some of the losses following its July 15 investor presentation. After spending most of the week below $9, the stock rose 4.13% to finish at $9.58 on Friday. ...

  24. Business Matters: Terra Firma, MySpace, Skyline and more

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT REPORT: TERRA FIRMA OKs FUTURE FUNDS -- A report says Terra Firma has approved a resolution on June 10 that would allow it to inject another £500 million ($759 million) into EMI Music. That resolution gives EMI parent company Maltby Capital the ri ...

  25. Danish Court Rules On Pirate Bay Blocking

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court of Denmark has ruled that telco Telenor has responsibility to block its customers' access to the Pirate Bay. Two lower courts made the same decision after organizations representing intellectual rights holders brought suits ...

  26. Analysis: The Real Story On Track and Albums Sales

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Any way you look at it, the album format is not dead. Relative to individual track sales, album sales are still dominant, important and necessary to record labels and publishers. Which is why these graphs on the decline of the album format at tech ...

  27. Pirate Bay Acquisition Back On

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The acquisition of the Pirate Bay Web site appears to be back on. Sweden's Global Gaming Factory set out to acquire the domain name and trademarks of the Pirate Bay, with the intention of creating a legal service with a new business model. Bu ...

  28. Italian Pirate Bay Proxy site Closed Down

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry's battle with the controversial Swedish BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay continues. Officers from the Guardia di Finanza, Italy's fiscal police force, operating in the northern Italian town of Bergamo, have se ...

  29. Pirate Bay Appeal In September

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The appeal by four defendants convicted April 2009 for their involvement with the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay has been scheduled for Sept. 28. The appeal in Stockholm has been allocated nine days of court time. One defendant, Peter Sunde, ha ...

  30. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Joel Tenenbaum, TuneCore

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- An important aspect of Ticketmaster ’s settlement with ...

  31. U.K. Court Clears P2P Site Owner Of Fraud

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a blow to the U.K. music industry's efforts to tackle piracy, a jury at Teeside Crown Court has cleared a 26-year-old software engineer who ran the BitTorrent tracker Oink of conspiracy to defraud. Alan Ellis from Middlesbrough was accused ...

  32. RIAA To FCC: Don't Block Anti-Piracy Efforts

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The RIAA today (Jan. 14) filed comments to the FCC encouraging the regulatory body to keep any Net Neutrality rules it may be considering flexible enough to allow for the enforcement of anti-piracy measures. January 15 is the deadline for submitti ...

  33. Majors Target Pirate Bay Duo

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The four major record companies have reiterated their call for two men connected with the Pirate Bay to be fined 500,000 kronor ($71,000) each. In a petition filed at Stockholm District Court by EMI, UMG, WMG and Sony Music Entertainment, the majo ...

  34. DC Court: FCC May Not Have Net Neutrality Authority

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The issue of net neutrality is expected to take up a good deal of debate in 2010, and the first salvos of the year have already been fired. During a Friday hearing, judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia questioned whethe ...

  35. Torrent Site isoHunt Loses Court Battle

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST British Columbia-based torrent site isoHunt has been handed a huge blow, having lost a summary judgment in a California court battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. isoHunt, which is run by Richmond, BC-resident Gary Fung, had argu ...

  36. IsoHunt Opts For Trial To Establish Legal Status

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian BitTorrent site isoHunt is taking legal action against the Canadian Recording Industry Association and its major label members in an attempt to establish the legality of its service. "We must fight the increasing noise we are drowned ...

  37. BitTorrent Site Mininova Cuts Service

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leading Netherlands-based BitTorrent site Mininova has disabled its copyright-infringing service with immediate effect, following a judgment by a Dutch court. According to the figures released by IFPI, Mininova has facilitated more than 10 billion ...

  38. Swedish Music Sales Surge After Pirate Bay Case

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recorded music trade revenues in Sweden have increased by 18% in the first nine months of 2009, following the majors' high-profile court victory over the Pirate Bay and the introduction of a new copyright law. There was also an 80% increase i ...

  39. Pirate Bay Drops Tracker, 'Decentralizes'

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay service has been significantly altered with the operators of the BitTorrent tracker explaining that there is no longer any need for such a tracking service. However, the Pirate Bay will continue to host and index torrent files altho ...

  40. Study: Pirate Bay Closure Slowed Piracy Temporarily

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to a white paper by DtecNet, a provider of piracy detection services, the closure of the Pirate Bay disrupted global file-sharing but volumes are recovering to previous levels. In "With Pirate Bay Foundering, Where Have File Sharers ...

  41. iiNet Copyright Trial Begins

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Investigators tracked nearly 100,000 instances of iiNet customers sharing files illegally during a 59-week period, prosecutors told the Federal Court in Sydney today as the Internet Service Provider's copyright trial finally got underway. A c ...

  42. Business Matters: UMG, Facebook, Mininova, Anti-Piracy Debate

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. - For complete reading on the UK government's latest position on file sharing, read the entire five-page statement on proposed P2P file-shari ...

  43. Radiohead Offers Free Download

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As predicted , Radiohead has offered a new song for download today (Aug. 17). "These Are My Twisted Words" is available from the band's official Web site as a free download. "We've been recording for a while, and this was ...

  44. GGF To Host Pirate Bay Press Conference

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory (GGF) is to host a press conference on Aug. 27, regarding their proposed takeover of the controversial file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. Widely expected to confirm GGF's acquisition of the BitTor ...

  45. Digital Briefs: Mams Taylor, Verizon Wireless

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- UK artist Mams Taylor is promoting his new album tHe R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK" by making it available as a free download exclusively on P2P service Mininova . The BitTorrent tracking service has emerged as one of the leading replacements to the ...

  46. Pirate Bay Hires Ex-Grokster Prez Wayne Rosso

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Grokster president Wayne Rosso says he has been hired to help relaunch the Pirate Bay, which the Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory is in the process of acquiring. Last month Global Gaming Factory (GGF) said a new business model fo ...

  47. The Pirate Bay: The Next Chapter

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Swedish gaming company Global Gaming Factory X bought The Pirate Bay with intentions of turning it into a legitimate enterprise, don't expect the notorious file sharing service to simply go away. What Global Gaming Factory X bought was ...

  48. Report: Majors Pursue Pirate Bay Hosting Co

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following the Swedish court victory against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in April, the majors are now reportedly taking further legal action against three of the men convicted and the Web company that is said to host the site. According to Sw ...

  49. P2P Study Questions Long Tail Theory

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors' and composers' collecting society PRS for Music has published a report showing new research into file-sharing over a 12-month period that casts doubt on the long tail theory. Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, tea ...

  50. Report: BitTorrent Site Mininova Tests Filtering

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A BitTorrent tracking site akin to the Pirate Bay - Mininova - reportedly is implementing a copyright filtering system to stave off legal action against it. The site's co-founder, known only as "Niek," told TorrentFreak that the con ...

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