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  1. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  2. Farm Aid: Making a Difference Since 1985

    November 29, 2011 8:02 AM EST With Music Business Support, Farm Aid's Main Players: Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson Leave Impact This is what the music business has long known about Farm Aid: On one day, each year, since 1985, Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nel ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. SAYCO, Colombian Performance Rights Organization, Reels After Concert Scandal

    November 21, 2011 5:00 PM EST The fate of SAYCO, Colombia's Society of Authors and Composers, is in flux following a series of critical reports that led last week to the resignation of its manager, Jairo Enrique Ruge. Likewise, the Ministry of the Interior also announced ...

  5. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  6. Joel Tenenbaum Files For Rehearing of $675K Copyright Infringement Award

    November 07, 2011 1:18 PM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum doesn't attract much media attention these days, but the case is still alive and kicking. Attorneys for file sharer Joel Tenenbaum filed a petition for a rehearing in the First Circuit Court of Appeal ...

  7. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  8. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  9. House Online Piracy Bill Gets Strong Reaction From Internet Community

    October 26, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The House version of the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, got a big reception on the Hill in advance of its introduction late Wednesday. But it may not be the kind of reception that Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and c ...

  10. Why Justin Bieber Won't Go To Jail For Posting Songs On YouTube (Analysis)

    October 24, 2011 8:01 PM EDT The potential spectacle of Justin Bieber being extradited from Canada to the United States to serve five years in prison has become a new flashpoint in a debate over whether copyright law should be amended. What are the chances the teen heartthrob ...

  11. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  12. Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records

    October 04, 2011 1:35 PM EDT TuneSat Announces Low-Price Service for Small Publishers TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers. Its new online portal allows publ ...

  13. Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 Award Against File Sharer Joel Tenenbaum

    September 19, 2011 3:06 PM EDT An appeals court has reinstated the $675,000 award against file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, reversing the decision of a lower-court judge to reduce the penalty on constitutional grounds. In the case of Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the def ...

  14. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  15. Business Matters: Three-Strikes Law Having Little Effect on P2P Traffic in New Zealand

    September 09, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Three Strikes Law Having Slight Effect on P2P Traffic in New Zealand -- P2P traffic is down - although not drastically - in New Zealand following the implementation of a "three strikes" anti-piracy law a week earlier. While one ISP' ...

  16. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Last of the Delta Blues Legends, Dies at 96

    August 29, 2011 8:18 PM EDT David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a Delta blues guitarist and lifetime Grammy Award recipient who said he was there when iconic bluesman Robert Johnson took his last drink of poisoned whiskey, has died. He was 96. Edwards died of congestive hear ...

  17. Business Matters: Ticketfly Adds Venues Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix)

    August 10, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Ticketfly Adds Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix) -- Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recentl ...

  18. As Pundits Debate FM Radio on Mobile Phones, Performance Royalties Issue Languishes

    August 03, 2011 3:16 PM EDT About a year ago, the Web lit up with stories of a possible compromise between the music industry and the National Association of Broadcasters over the issue of the performance right royalty. The deal, as outlined, was that NAB would agree that ra ...

  19. U.S. Debt Fight Could Bring More Airwaves For Broadband

    July 29, 2011 6:26 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would direct the Federal Communications Commission to auction off highly valuable radio spectrum to ...

  20. Business Matters: Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day

    July 27, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day -- There was a halfway interesting quote in an otherwise throwaway post at online music site Metronome. An unnamed senior executive at an unnamed company reportedly said of Warner, "the company ...

  21. Zoe Announce Tour Dates

    July 27, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Mexican alternative rock band Zoé has landed Jack Daniel's as the official sponsor of their U.S. tour, which begins July 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The band - vocalist Leon Larregui, guitarist Sergio Acosta, bassist Angel Mosqued ...

  22. 'Glee' Producer Says Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Corey Monteith Returning

    July 25, 2011 7:11 AM EDT SAN DIEGO (AP) - "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will appear in future seasons of the hit show. Co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told thousands of so-called "Gleeks" gathered at Comic-Con ...

  23. Confusion Emerges Over the Right to Terminate U.S. Copyright Grants

    July 22, 2011 1:31 PM EDT Confusion emerges over the right to terminate U.S. copyright grants
One of the intents of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1909 was to give certain authors, songwriters and other creators the right to recapture their previously assigned copyrights ...

  24. David Israelite, NMPA President's Guest Post: Why Music Publishers Must Adopt Blanket Licensing

    June 24, 2011 1:19 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite told NMPA members during the trade group's June 16 annual meeting that the lack of blanket licensing for U.S. mechanical and synchronization rights is robbing publishers of g ...

  25. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  26. President of NMPA Calls for Blanket Licensing of Mechanical and Sync Rights

    June 16, 2011 11:37 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers Association's annual meeting yesterday (June 15), president and CEO David Israelite urged members that now is the time to create U.S. blanket-licensing solutions for digital music service providers seeking mec ...

  27. Bruce Springsteen Records New Song For Pete Seeger Album: Exclusive

    June 15, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen has recorded a new Pete Seeger song for a Seeger album that is penciled in for release this holiday season. Springsteen sings two verses and a chorus on "God is Counting on Us," a song Seeger wrote in response to the oi ...

  28. Manu Chao U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    June 13, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Manu Chao, who helped popularize the Latin alternative movement, is scheduled to start his U.S. "La Ventura" tour on Aug. 31 with a concert in Boston at the House of Blues. The singer/songwriter, who was born in Paris to Spanish parents, ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull

    June 02, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered into a long-term, worldwide co-publishing agreement with Pitbull. Moreover, when the artist's current deal with the Universal Music Publishing Group expir ...

  31. Business Matters: A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy

    May 19, 2011 8:05 PM EDT A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy -- Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino went into some detail about the company's efforts to improve ticket sales at a JP Morgan conference Wednesday. "The good news is the consumer will come i ...

  32. U.S. Lays Out International Policies on Cyberspace

    May 17, 2011 7:44 AM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched a new initiative Monday designed to stamp the Internet with U.S. values such as freedom of expression, saying cyberspace must remain open, secure and reliable. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clint ...

  33. White House Set to Unveil Cyber Security Plan Today

    May 12, 2011 7:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, finan ...

  34. Business Matters: LimeWire Founder Understood Legality of P2P, Attorney Says

    May 10, 2011 6:18 PM EDT LimeWire Founder Understood Legality of P2P, Attorney Says -- A pie chart and a letter could help determine the financial penalties levied upon LimeWire owner Mark Gorton. The two items were among the pieces of evidence presented on the day Gorton ...

  35. Mississippi River Is Rising in Memphis, but Graceland, Music Landmarks Are Dry

    May 09, 2011 3:00 PM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi rose toward the highest level ever in the river city, flooding pockets of low-lying neighborhoods and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, though the water was not threatening the music heartland's ...

  36. Anonymous to Sony: Data Breach Wasn't Caused by Us

    May 06, 2011 9:08 AM EDT The Internet vigilante group Anonymous denied responsibility for a cyber-attack on Sony Corp's networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video gamers. "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You ...

  37. Sony Says 'Anonymous' Set Stage for Data Theft

    May 04, 2011 5:08 PM EDT Sony Corp blamed Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users . The accusation came in a letter to Congress and prompted renewed complaints that the J ...

  38. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  39. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  40. Apple Slammed Over iPhone, iPad Location Tracking

    April 22, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users - records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge. It's not clear ...

  41. President Obama Goes On Facebook: New Media, Traditional Tone, Pre-Screened Online Submissions

    April 21, 2011 8:20 AM EDT President Barack Obama likely has a few more "friends" after a town hall at Facebook headquarters Wednesday, but the real winner may be the medium of social networking itself, which commands not just the attention of politicians but now ...

  42. Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

    April 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Eric Levin is a happy man, despite working in independent music retail for more than three decades. While his industry has faced immense challenges in the digital age, Levin has successfully navigated the prevailing ill winds and managed to help o ...

  43. Roger Nichols, Grammy Winning Engineer and Producer, Dead at 66

    April 14, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Roger Nichols, a digital audio pioneer, producer and winner of seven Grammy Awards, died at his home in Burbank, Calif., on April 9 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. Trained as a nuclear physicist yet blessed with an ear ...

  44. Business Matters: Is Intocable The New Radiohead?

    April 13, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Intocable Is the New Radiohead -- Add Tejano/Norteño band Intocable to the list of successful bands that have left the major label system and gone independent. It's not a household name among the music cognoscenti, but it should be. A handful ...

  45. Songs By Captain Beefheart, Al Green, De La Soul, Others Selected For Library Of Congress

    April 06, 2011 2:45 PM EDT An unauthorized recording of a Mort Sahl stand-up concert, Tammy Wynette's polarizing 1968 hit "Stand by Your Man" and Henry Mancini's theme for 1950s TV detective drama Peter Gunn are among the latest sound recordings to be se ...

  46. Kina Grannis SXSW Tour Diary 2: BMI Brunch, Hanson Japan Benefit, Bats and More

    March 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Friday, March 18th, Even later o'clock. (Actually, we are well into Saturday at this point.) Perhaps she sees a bat? Kina Grannis played four times at SXSW on Friday. My day started when I woke in a panic to a sound that was NOT my cell phone ...

  47. Japan Earthquake Relief Livestream Telethon Taking Place At SXSW Saturday

    March 18, 2011 6:12 PM EDT To raise money and awareness for Japanese earthquake relief efforts, South by Southwest and Hanson are joining forces for a livestream online telethon featuring back-to-back performances and chats by artists at SXSW on Saturday, driving the audien ...

  48. Business Matters: Obama Admin. Gets Behind Performance Rights Act, Harsher Illegal Streaming Penalties

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Obama Administration Gets Behind Performance Rights Act -- Record labels and performers appear to have inched closer to getting a performance right for sound recordings. On Tuesday, the White House U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinato ...

  49. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  50. NARM To Honor J&R Music & Computer World Owners At Confab

    February 01, 2011 4:05 PM EST NARM will honor J&R Music & Computer World owners Rachelle and Joe Friedman with the organization's "Independent Spirit Award." That award will be presented during the awards dinner at the 53rd Annual NARM Convention, to be ...

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