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  1. 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 ...

  2. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  3. FCC Loses Key Ruling On 'Net Neutrality'

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colu ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. This Week's Top 10 Most Popular Stories

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. Susan Boyle's First-Week U.S. Album Sales Projected At 550K+ U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle’s dreams, as her album “ ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Analysis: The Demos P2P Study and Other File-Sharing Numbers

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST As content owners lobby for anti-piracy legislation, the impact of file sharing on music purchases is more important than ever. A recent study on British file sharing by the think-tank Demos (and funded by Virgin Media, who will soon launch its ow ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Business Matters: '60 Minutes,' Live Nation, AEG, Lala

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Last night, CBS gave content creators a major public relations lift. Television show "60 Minutes" had a feature on movie piracy which ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Swedes Deny Owning Pirate Bay In Dutch Court

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for three Swedish men denied in a Dutch civil court that the men are the owners of the Pirate Bay Web site. The site, one of the largest on the Web, provides an index to BitTorrent files, which are commonly used for trading movies, music a ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Italian Appeals Court Rules against Pirate Bay

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italy's Court of Cassation has ruled against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in a decision that has been greeted by the country's recording industry. Italian access to the Swedish file-sharing site had originally been blocked in August ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Would-be Buyer Of Pirate Bay Backpedals In Court

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The would-be buyer of Web site the Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed. Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X would only buy the Pirate Bay i ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Labels' Usenet.com Victory Could Set Important Precedent

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry has racked up another significant legal victory over an Internet-based piracy facilitator. In a bluntly worded 38-page opinion, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Tuesday that a service called Usenet.com violated copyright law ...

  27. Pirate Bay Snapped Up By Swedish Software Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted with cautious optimism to the news that notorious BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay is being bought by a Swedish software firm, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) AB, which has said a new business model will compensate copyright owne ...

  28. Briefs: BitTorrent, Jammie Thomas, Twitter

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Thia was predictable: 41% of BitTorrent users surveyed by TorrentFreak said they will conceal their identities rather than heed ISP warning letters. Only 7% predicted they would obey the warning and stop sharing. The article runs through the gr ...

  29. Briefs: Live Nation, 'The Beatles: Rock Band,' MySpace

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's "No Service Fee Wednesday" is underway and people are finding out that "service fees" are separate from other fees consumers will still have to pay. This isn't much of a revelation. Live Nation said ...

  30. Spanish P2P Trial Begins

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish trial against a P2P software designer has begun in a Madrid mercantile court. Labels body and IFPI affiliate Promusicae and the four majors are demanding €13 million ($18 million) in compensation from Pablo Soto, a 29-year-old self-taugh ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Business Briefs: BitTorrent, Microsoft, Google, WMG

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BayTSP , which tracks file sharing and sends infringement notices to ISPs, has a list of top sources of recorded infringement. BitTorrent tops the list and eDonkey is second. Ares , a decentralized P2P network, is a very distant third. Spain to ...

  33. Billboard Q&A: Lawyers Analyze Pirate Bay Case

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after the court ruling in Stockholm against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, the case is still making headlines and generating huge coverage online, which looks set to continue as the four defendants plan to appeal the verdict of a one-ye ...

  34. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Trans World, AOL, Duff McKagan

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In an LA Times article about the Canadian band Metric, a few interesting facts are given about the band's latest album. "Fantasies" has sold 9,000 digital albums in its first three weeks of release, and has sold an additional 15, ...

  35. Pirate Bay Lawyer Calls For Retrial

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Althin, the lawyer representing Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde, says he intends to demand a retrial following Swedish reports that the judge presiding over the recent trial of four men behind the BitTorrent tracker is a member of the same ...

  36. Study: 86% Would Pay For Legal P2P

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Different study, similar results. The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) has released a study titled "Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users" ( download PDF here ) that reaffirms the lures of P2P and, for a change, attempts to put a ...

  37. IFPI CEO Hails Pirate Bay Result

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that the Swedish court ruling against four founders of the Pirate Bay "is a big success" but he stresses that "the battle continues" against services which facilitate illeg ...

  38. Pirate Bay: What About Google?

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay's spokesman Peter Sunde, sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the BitTorrent tracker, was defiant in his response to the Swedish court's verdict and raised the issue of Google providing links to copyrighted materi ...

  39. Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Sentences

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Swedish court has found four men behind the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay guilty of assisting in making copyrighted material available and sentenced each of them to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ( ...

  40. Spanish Man Behind P2P Site Jailed

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to six months in jail for operating an illegal file-sharing Web site. The verdict coincides with the April 7 appointment of new Spanish culture minister Ángeles Gónzalez-Sinde, who has voiced her str ...

  41. Web Reaction: Google's Music Search Engine

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google's newly announced record label-sanctioned music search engine site is being heralded as an important step in the development of new monetization models and, not surprising, has drawn a good deal of commentary. Gerd Leonhard has an insi ...

  42. Morning Briefs: EMI Signs Lottery Deal, Borders' Fiscal Results, Ticket Scalping Laws and More

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - To lure younger people to buy lottery tickets - known in some parts as the idiot tax - EMI and Pollard Banknote Ltd. will team up to offer prizes of music downloads from the entire EMI catalog. At least EMI gets full wholesale cost for each down ...

  43. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  44. Pirate Bay Verdict Due Next Month

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay trial has concluded at Stockholm district court, with a judgement expected on April 17. According to English language Swedish publication the Local, today (March 3) the defence counsel representing one of the defendants, Fredrik Nei ...

  45. IFPI's Kennedy Takes Stand In Pirate Bay Trial

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The biz had its day in court as the Pirate Bay trial reached the halfway stage, with IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy giving evidence at the Stockholm district court hearing. On the eighth day of the trial (Feb. 25), Kennedy, a former president ...

  46. Pirate Bay Spokesman Cross-Examined In Court

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay trial has entered its fifth day at Stockholm district court, with defendant Peter Sunde being cross-examined by the prosecutor Håkan Roswall and the music companies' lawyer Peter Danowsky. The four men on trial are accused of b ...

  47. Pirate Bay Supporters Hack IFPI Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The fourth day of the Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm coincided with an attack on international trade body the IFPI's Web operation. The IFPI's Swedish arm is coordinating the music companies' damages claim for €2.2 million compensati ...

  48. Abba Star Hits Out At Pirate Bay

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Proceedings have ended on the third day of the Pirate Bay file-sharing trial, a case that has prompted Abba star Björn Ulvaeus to criticise demands for Internet freedom. The case finished for today (Feb. 18) at lunchtime following the defendant� ...

  49. Pirate Bay Prosecutor Amends Charges

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second day of the Pirate Bay trial at Stockholm district court began with a surprise move by prosecutor Håkan Roswall to amend the criminal charges. Roswall has removed "complicity in the production of copyrighted material" from the ...

  50. Pirate Bay Trial Begins In Sweden

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four men involved with file-sharing Web site the Pirate Bay went on trial in Stockholm today (Feb. 16) accused of breaking Swedish copyright law, by enabling users to download copyrighted material including music, films and games. There is huge gl ...

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