Copyright Office

  1. 'We Want to Compete,' Says Secretly's Van Arman, Ahead of His Congressional Testimony Tomorrow (Guest Post)

    June 24, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Darius Van Arman is co-founder and co-owner of Secretly Group, an independent label group that is based in Indiana. He currently serves on the boards of A2IM, SoundExchange and Merlin. Tomorrow (June 25), he is providing testimony on behalf of ...

  2. Internet Radio Fairness Act Would Spur Innovation: Guest Post by AccuRadio's Kurt Hanson

    November 27, 2012 4:43 PM EST As the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet prepares for tomorrow's hearing on music licensing, the debate within the music community has rapidly gained momentum. Following a related post by Down ...

  3. Maria Pallante Appointed Acting Register of Copyrights

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Maria A. Pallante, senior adviser to the Librarian of Congress, has been appointed Acting Register of Copyrights, assuming the duties of Marybeth Peters, who will retire on Dec. 31, after 16 years as Register of Copyrights. Pallante, whose appoint ...

  4. Retail Briefs: NARM, Heavy Rotation Records, Alliance Entertainment

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers and the Country Music Assn. will produce an Entertainment Law Conference in Nashville on Nov. 9. The keynote will be an interview with U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters , who will discuss ...

  5. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  6. Business Matters: Performance Rights Act, Record Store Day, UMPG, TuneSat and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a letter from the Copyright Office that weighs in on the Performance Rights Act, the bill that would establish a performance royalty for sound recordings played on broadcast radio. The letter dat ...

  7. Copyright Society Annual Meeting Set

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is holding it annual meeting on June 13-15 at the Crystal Springs Resort Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, New Jersey. The meeting will include discussions of statutory damage awards, the Digital Millennium Copyr ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. U.K. Govt Plans $82,000 Fines For Online IP Offenses

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has outlined proposals to improve copyright licensing and increase financial penalties for online infringers. The proposals, which were part of the Digital Britain report, include legislative changes to ...

  10. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  11. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  12. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  13. Exclusive: Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For my Billboard "Legal Matters" column this week (Oct. 20 issue), Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge met with me in his office on Capitol Hill for an exclusive interview to explain how the new Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) works ...

  14. iPhone Hackers Could Face Legal Battle

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hackers have figured out how to unleash Apple's iPhone from AT&T's cellular network, but people hoping to make money from the procedure could face legal problems. At least one of the companies hoping to make money by unlocking iPhone ...

  15. Update: Small Webcasters Get A Break In Royalties

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has offered a deal to small webcasters to lower the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board's decision in March. The offer would make the rates for streaming sound recordings roughly the same as those set by the Small W ...

  16. No Performance Fees For Music Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A senior federal court judge, who has often sided with copyright holders, ruled against ASCAP today (April 25). Digital music services AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! won a summary judgment declaring that downloading music files is not a public perfo ...

  17. LEGAL MATTERS: COMPULSORY CONSIDERATIONS

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher community since the Copyright Office decided that compositions for ringtones are subject to a compulsory license. They must be strategizing It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher commu ...

  18. Compulsory Licenses Cover Ringtones

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Decision is a victory for record labels. The Copyright Office has decided that compositions used for ringtones may be subject to a compulsory license. The decision is a victory for record labels that want to offer ringtone operators the master rig ...

  19. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Whether a publisher must license a composition for ringtones or master ringtones under a compulsory license is now a question for the Copyright Office. The Copyright Royalty Board referred the question to ...

  20. 'Orphan Works' Legislation Introduced In House

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in the House today (May 23) the Orphan Works Act of 2006, which creates new guidelines for use of copyrighted material when the original owner cannot be loca U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in ...

  21. Charlesworth Joins NMPA As General Counsel

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The National Music Publishers' Assn. has named Jacqueline Charlesworth as its new general counsel/senior VP. The appointment was made today (Jan. 23) follows a reorganization of the legal departments The National Music Publishers' Assn. ...

  22. First Copyright Royalty Judges Sworn In

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Sledge will serve as chief judge. The first copyright royalty judges were sworn in today (Jan. 11) in Washington, D.C., filling roles created by copyright reform legislation that went into effect last May. James Sledge will serve as chief co ...

  23. Behind the Deal: Is It Legal To Sell iPods Loaded With Music?

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST As consumers auction off iPods loaded with music on eBay and sell CD collections after copying tracks to iTunes, a question repeatedly comes up: What's fair and what's infringement? Even copyright exp As consumers auction off iPods loade ...

  24. FMC Discusses Payola, Online Licensing And LPFMs

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal involvement in payola, ...

  25. Payola, Online Licensing and LPFMs

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Report from the Future of Music Coalition Summit. Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. ...

  26. Behind the Deal: Music Licensing Reform & Proposed Bills

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For more than a year, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has been holding hearings on music licensing needs in the digital age. It has For more than a year, the U.S. House Judic ...

  27. Hatch Puts Licensing In Industries' Hands

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given players in the music and digital-media industries involved in reforming the nation's music licensing laws for the WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The chairman of ...

  28. Behind the Deal: Grokster and the Future -- An Interview with John Frankenheimer

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the entertainment industry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios vs. Grokster on June 27, attorney John Frankenheimer shared his thoughts with <i>Billboard/ELW</i>. Fr After the U.S. Supreme Court sided ...

  29. Copyright Office Proposes License Reform Bill

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Would abolish the compulsory mechanical license. The Copyright Office offered a proposed bill June 21 to House subcommittee leaders that would abolish the compulsory mechanical license for cover recordings and could transform performing right orga ...

  30. SoundExchange Extends Digital Audio Royalty Deadline

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record companies and recording artists now have six more months to claim undistributed digital audio transmission royalties from SoundExchange for the years 1996-2000. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Record companies and recording artists now have six more mo ...

  31. SoundExchange Extends Digital Audio Royalty Deadline

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Labels, artists have until Dec. 31. Record companies and recording artists now have six more months to claim undistributed digital audio transmission royalties from SoundExchange for the years 1996-2000. The artist/label collection group's bo ...

  32. Hill To Take Look At Licensing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers will soon introduce a bill dealing with streamlined digital music licensing for subscription services. A House panel has nailed down June 23 and June 30 as dates for debate on the prospectiv WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers will soon introd ...

  33. Indies Need Options Under Compulsory License Reform: The Case for Competition

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The bitter struggle between music publishers and digital music services over the rates and terms of publishing licenses for online use has caught the attention of Congress -- so much so that an oversi Les Watkins is VP of business affairs and busi ...

  34. Copyright Law Needs Update For Digital Era

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Last month, at <i>Billboard</i>'s inaugural Digital Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles, senior executives of several online music services answered one critical question with surprising unanimity Jonathan Potter is executive ...

  35. Leahy: GOP Stalled Entertainment Biz Bills

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a leading copyright and anti-piracy advocate in the Senate, lambasted the Republican majority leadership in Congress Dec. 8 for sandbagging a host of intellectual property b WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ...

  36. Leahy: GOP Stalled Entertainment Biz Bills

    December 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a leading copyright and anti-piracy advocate in the Senate, lambasted the Republican majority leadership in Congress yesterday (Dec. 8) for sandbagging a host of intellectua Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a leading copyright ...

  37. Behind the Deal: Fighting For File Swapping On Capitol Hill

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST That's not a trivial task for Corwin, the lobbyist for Kazaa's parent company. When making the rounds on Capitol Hill, Corwin, 54, is up against the dual political powerhouses of the Recording Industr Philip Corwin has one of the least e ...

  38. Case Analysis: Compulsory Mechanical License And Distribution Contract Terms

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An indie label's lawsuit against its distributor, Artemis Records, and competitor Sony Music Entertainment was thrown out of federal court Sept. 20 because the label didn't follow the Copyright Act's An indie label's lawsuit ag ...

  39. Biz Hits D.C. To Lobby On Digital Issues

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than a dozen music-industry groups will descend on Capitol Hill tomorrow (Sept. 9) to show their support of online music services and the so-called Induce bill. The day of lobbying is being coord More than a dozen music-industry groups will d ...

  40. RIAA Takes Aim At Digital Radio Recorders

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol says that while he is "enthusiastic" about High Definition (HD) digital radio, the trade group has major concerns that the planned WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Recording Indust ...

  41. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against three subsidiaries of New York-based American International Group Inc. (AIG): American Home Assurance Co., National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pitts UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case NIP ...

  44. Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Set

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Office on Feb. 4 published the list of arbitrators eligible for service on a Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) in 2004 and 2005. WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Copyright Office on Feb. 4 published the list of arbitrators eligible fo ...

  45. EC Throws Monkey Wrench In Sony-BMG Merger

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST ELW brings to you weekly updates and analysis on entertainment law and news. EC Throws Monkey Wrench In Sony-BMG Merger IFPI Sues Belgian ISP In Copyright Action Broadcast Indecency Fines May Skyrocket Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Set Frenc ...