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  1. Business Matters: GAO Report, Sirius XM, DMCA Takedowns and More

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- CNET’s Greg Sandoval has a time-saving recap of a lengthy report on the economic effects of counterfeited and pirated goods by the non-partisan General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress . In its research, the GAO attempte ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Music Biz Activists Heading To Washington For Grammys On The Hill

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry activists will take their message to Congress in Washington, D.C., this year during the Grammys on the Hill Awards and Advocacy Day, to be held on April 14 and April 15, respectively. For the award presentation on April 14, two-time ...

  4. Business Matters: Rhapsody, Charlie Daniels, Karaoke and More

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Rhapsody is working with Dolby Laboratories to better format its catalog of 9 million tracks for mobile delivery. That means tracks will take less hard drive space, will have better playback quality and will load faster. Those characteristics s ...

  5. SXSW Pulls Record Numbers To Austin Fest

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For fans that crowded into Austin's streets, clubs and even churches last week, the South by Southwest Festival was about drinking a lot of beer, eating barbecue and hearing some of the world's hottest bands. But for music executives tha ...

  6. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Proposals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish government took a big step towards outlawing Web site links to unauthorized content when its council of ministers approved a proposed law that would give Madrid's high court the authority to close or block such links. The Sustaina ...

  7. @SXSW: Alex Chilton Memorial Gig To Feature M. Ward, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Big Star's Jody Stephens said he felt "a little numb" in the wake of the death of bandmate Alex Chilton but said the show -- and panel discussion -- should go on at this week's South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference. &q ...

  8. U.S. To Roll Out Major Broadband Policy

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hour ...

  9. Business Matters: RealNetworks, Thumbplay, Rock Band And More

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- RealNetworks has dropped its appeal and reached a settlement with movie studios over the copyright protection issues in its RealDVD technology. Real will pay $4.5 million for the studios’ fees and litigation expenses and also agrees to cease di ...

  10. 'Is There Another Case In The Galaxy That's Held Up Damages To That Degree?'

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST A hearing in the Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case on Tuesday addressed whether or not the court should reduce the $675,000 jury verdict. A larger award was recently reduced in the Thomas-Rasset file-sharing case. Tenebaum's attorney has said t ...

  11. Business Matters: FCC's Broadband Plan, The Beatles, Pandora, EMI and More

    February 18, 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 . -- On Wednesday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski discusse ...

  12. Updated: N.Y. Court Orders SBS to Encode

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System must continue to encode its signals for Arbitron's portable people meter service in five markets. The ruling came Tuesday (Feb. 16) in the New York Supreme Court for the County of New York, which let stand the temp ...

  13. Spanish Societies Reject Concerns Over Anti-Piracy Law

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four Spanish collecting societies have dismissed a report by the district attorney's office's advisory body, the Fiscal Council, which gives a damning assessment of the government's proposed anti-download legislation. The Fiscal Cou ...

  14. Analysis: As Digital Revenues Stall, Bronfman Looks To New Models

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dominated by talk of new digital business models, Warner Music Group's fiscal Q1 earnings call on Tuesday morning exhibited a mix of patience and optimism. The company's flat revenue, small net loss and stalled digital growth were a repe ...

  15. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 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 . -- The Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  16. Artist Push Performance Rights Act During Grammy Week

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a move to highlight the fight to win payments for performers, musicians and master rights owners from terrestrial radio broadcasts of music, a group of artists signed a "Grammy Week" statement encouraging Congress to pass the Performa ...

  17. Strike Three? Thomas-Rasset To Head Back To Court, Again

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jammie Thomas-Rasset, twice convicted of copyright infringement in highly-publicized file-sharing cases, will reject record labels' settlement offer of a $50,000 donation to a musician-related charity, according to reports on Wednesday. On th ...

  18. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 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 . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  19. Analysis: 5 Reasons Why 2010 Will Be Revolutionary For The Music Biz

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST This year will host numerous events that could well change the course of the music industry. From the future of music giant EMI to the impact of the Performance Rights Act, many events that will occur in 2010 could have deep, long-term consequence ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Business Matters: EMI, Citigroup, VC Funding, Stock Wrap and More

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- EMI passed the year-end test required by Citigroup , the bank behind Terra Firma's acquisition of the music company, according to a report ...

  22. Analysis: Artist Compensation, Pricing Debate Heats Up

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though not a new topic, how artists and labels are compensated for their works continues to gain momentum as countries pass (or consider to pass) anti-piracy laws, and everybody from musicians to label executives to music publishers ponder how to ...

  23. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Lands In National Film Registry

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has made it into the National Film Registry. The late performer's 1983 video "Thriller" is among the 25 motion pictures that have been selected this year for preservation by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. ...

  24. New Site Launched Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Members of Congress, public interest advocates and ticket brokers have teamed up to launch a new Web site that aims to inform the public about the possible impact of the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The site, ticketdisaste ...

  25. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  26. Business Matters: Nokia, Spotify, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the # ...

  27. Publishing Briefs: IP Czar Confirmed, Kobalt, Imagem Music

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Victoria Espinel is now the National’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator , after being confirmed by the Senate last night. The post was created by Congress in the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Proper ...

  28. US Library of Congress to honor Paul McCartney

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Library of Congress is awarding Paul McCartney its third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian of Congress James Billington announced the prize Monday. An all-star tribute concert is planned for spring next year, though the library hasn&# ...

  29. Business Matters: BlueBeat.com, Qtrax, Choruss

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A Q&A with Hank Risan, the CEO of BlueBeat.com . Risan explained the technology behind psychoacoustic simulation, the technology at the hea ...

  30. Lawmakers Call For Performance Rights Act Negotiations

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST With both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee now having approved the Performance Rights Act, the chairman of both committees - respectively Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - with a b ...

  31. Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Trent Reznor Crank Up Volume On Guantanamo Debate

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of artists outraged that music — including theirs — was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama's pu ...

  32. Op-Ed: Working Together To Save The Music

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels took another shot to the gut Aug. 21, this time from the Second Circuit Court's ruling in Arista Records, et al. v. Launch Media. The court held that Yahoo's Launchcast wasn't an interactive service as defined by the C ...

  33. Business Matters: CRB, Imeem, Pearl Jam, MySpace

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by Live365.com that challenged the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board . Members of the Copyri ...

  34. Business Matters: EMI, The Pirate Bay, UMG

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to a report at Financial News, EMI 's performance has improved to the point it will not require a capital infusion from lenders ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  37. Business Matters: The Orchard, Moby, Zune HD, TVT

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Orchard 's Q2 2009 earnings had two things common in the digital world: a deeper loss and higher revenue. As the company's scale ...

  38. House Democrats Cite Concerns Over Performance Rights Act

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are getting more support from Congress to kill legislation that would impose performance fees on music airplay. A group of 22 House Democrats sent a letter late Friday (July 31) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrat ...

  39. GAO Joins Crowd Looking Into Arbitron's PPM

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will Arbitron's headache over the rollout of its portable people meter service ever end? The latest regulatory body to scrutinize the PPM service for its affect on minority radio stations is the Government Accountability Office. Earlier this ...

  40. Briefs: Tenenbaum, Spotify, Qtrax

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum will not be able to claim fair use in his file sharing case. The judge's order, handed down early Monday morning, found that Tenenbaum had proposed "a fair use defense so broad that it would swallow the copyright protec ...

  41. Court Declines To Rule On CRB

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. declined to rule on a motion that questioned the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board. The motion was filed late by Royalty Logic during an appeal hearing on CRB's royalty rate determin ...

  42. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  43. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  44. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

  45. Biz Awaits 'Digital Britain' Amid U.K. Govt Changes

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of the U.K. creative industries has called on the government to take action against illegal file-sharing in its Digital Britain report, due next week. The call comes amid changes in the departments involved in the report, which will se ...

  46. New National Recording Registry Entries Announced

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twenty five culturally significant recordings — including a radio broadcast of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial, Dylan Thomas reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and Winston Churchill'a speech that ...

  47. Briefs: Sotomayor, Ticketmaster, Eminem, Zune HD

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- More on the copyright decisions of Judge Sotomayor , President Obama 's choice for the soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Supreme Court. An example: "Congress's provision allowing for a greater award where willful infringements are fo ...

  48. Collection Societies' Success On El Salvador Appeal

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Collection societies from 24 countries appear to have made ground in their calls for the president of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, to repeal a proposed law that would prevent artists and producers getting paid public performance revenue from r ...

  49. Analysis: What Can Replace Falling CD Revenues?

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. album sales are down 13% through May 10 and industry insiders and watchers are wondering what can close the gap and end the slide of recorded music revenue. CD sales are down 19.3% during this period, translating to roughly $270 million in lo ...

  50. 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 ...

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