Copyright law

  1. Marvel Argues Why Supreme Court Should Deny Review of Superhero Copyright Dispute

    July 15, 2014 9:34 AM EDT With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creati ...

  2. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  3. European Court: Viewing the Internet Doesn't Require Copyright Permission

    June 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT A court ruling in the European Union holds that copies of infringing content on browser screens and in hard drive cache are merely transient and incidental. An appeals court in Europe has delivered a big decision that knocks down the notion that b ...

  4. U.K. Government to Legalize Copying Media (for Personal Use)

    March 31, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Starting June 1, the U.K. government will legalize burning CDs, DVDs, video games, and ebooks "for private purposes such as format shifting or backup." It will remain illegal to distribute these copies.  Under the new rules -- which the ...

  5. Robin Thicke, Fair Use, Jackson v. AEG: Entertainment's Top Legal Disputes of 2013

    December 27, 2013 2:56 PM EST Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise made the list. But none of the three was No. 1. It's hard to top the final season of AMC's Breaking Bad for edge-of-your-seat thrills, but overall, there's a good argument to be made ...

  6. DRM Was a Bad Move: Sales Found to Increase 10% After Dropping the Chains (Study)

    December 02, 2013 3:34 PM EST Digital rights management doesn't help the business of music -- at least according to a new study by a PhD candidate in Strategic Management at the University of Toronto named Laurina Zhang. Several years after the major labels removed DRM fr ...

  7. GoldieBlox Pulls Beastie Boys' Song, Attempts to Make Amends

    November 27, 2013 11:08 AM EST Fair use or not, Goldieblox has stopped the music. The toy company has replaced the Beastie Boys' song, "Girls," from the soundtrack to its controversial viral advertisement which shows three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type ...

  8. Legal Fight over T Rex Songs Portends Music Industry Battles

    July 18, 2013 2:10 PM EDT As the fathers of rock music have bowed to the inevitability of mortality, their sons, daughters and other statutory heirs could soon be sending jarring vibes across the music industry. Last week, Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan ...

  9. Court Rules Against ReDigi Efforts to Resell Digital Music

    April 01, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Capitol Records has won a victory in U.S. District Court against ReDigi Inc., a company that sought to build a marketplace for consumers to sell their “used” digital songs. Many in the music and movie business have watched the case closely, as t ...

  10. France Examines Even Tougher Anti-Piracy Laws

    February 28, 2013 2:41 PM EST PARIS: -- Already home to some of the strictest anti-piracy laws for users, France’s Internet Authority (HADOPI) has  issued a new report examining ways to curb usage of streaming and direct download sites. Looking to stop piracy at the source, th ...

  11. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  12. Hadopi, France's Anti-Piracy Law, Could Be In Jeopardy Following Commission Report

    December 14, 2012 3:03 PM EST Recent reports have surfaced claiming the end of Hadopi, the French graduated-response law combatting Internet piracy, could be near. The news comes after a French Ministry of Culture commission on digital content and cultural policy led by Pierre ...

  13. Business Matters: Can Copyright Alerts Work in U.S.? Hadopi Report Brings Promising Signs

    October 29, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The long-awaited Copyright Alert System, or CAS, is coming to the U.S. in the coming weeks through five major broadband providers and their partnership with the RIAA, MPAA and the Center for Copyright Information. The impact the alerts will have i ...

  14. Copyright Alert System Coming Within Weeks

    October 19, 2012 12:17 PM EDT American Internet users can expect to start seeing notifications from their Internet service providers if they trade files on peer-to-peer networks. A blog post by Jill Lesser, executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, revealed t ...

  15. Ray Charles Songs Lawsuit Could Make Major Impact On Copyright Battles

    October 16, 2012 6:50 PM EDT In a battle over rights to Ray Charles' famous songs, the charitable foundation that was bequeathed the singer's money and assets is suddenly in a tough spot, in danger of losing the substantial revenues that "I Got a Woman," & ...

  16. Op-Ed: Cutting But Not Running

    October 15, 2012 8:29 AM EDT During the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter about Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing's decision to withdraw certain digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. Since some of the facts have been distorted by nonauthoritative sour ...

  17. Copyrights And Consumers On Trial: Takeaways From The Entertainment And Technology Law Conference

    September 14, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Locating lawyers in New York City's midtown district isn't a big challenge. Finding a group of legal eagles focused on the latest developments for music and related fields, however, takes a little more doing. For those who knew where to ...

  18. Business Matters: New Study Debunks Data Showing File-Sharing Helps CD Sales

    August 22, 2012 11:47 AM EDT An influential 2007 academic paper that found a positive link between file sharing and CD purchases has been debunked after a professor from Australia has taken the same data set and come to an opposite conclusion. As blogger and lawyer Barry Sook ...

  19. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  20. Canada's Supreme Court Shakes Up Copyright Laws

    July 12, 2012 3:27 PM EDT The Supreme Court of Canada has come out with five big copyright decisions on Thursday that will shake up licensing of entertainment content in the country. The decisions deal with music used on TV shows and in movies, music and video games downlo ...

  21. Japanese Labels Relaxing Digital Rights Management Copyright Protections

    July 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT The quickly evolving Japanese digital music market has taken another turn: Local labels are either removing or considering removing copy protection for digital downloads. According to reports, Victor Entertainment and Avex Group Holdings are plann ...

  22. NMPA's David Israelite To Congress: A More Efficient Mechanical Licensing System

    June 13, 2012 9:31 PM EDT National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite called for the U.S. Congress to fix section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act so the industry can construct a more efficient mechanical licensing system during the organization' ...

  23. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Huge Rights Reversion Case Over 'YMCA'

    May 08, 2012 2:44 PM EDT A California federal judge has given Village People original singer Victor Willis a big victory in a case that has been closely followed in the music industry. Last year, Willis terminated rights to his share of the group's songs, including t ...

  24. Gee Beyond Can Buy Beyond Oblivion Assets, But Not Existing DRM Contracts, Says Court

    March 27, 2012 1:39 PM EDT The bankruptcy court where the case was heard is not usually bedecked in a flag, as it is here Gee Beyond, the company headed by former Beyond Oblivion CEO Adam Kidron, can buy the assets of the bankrupt Beyond Oblivion, a judge ruled on Monday. T ...

  25. Gloria Gaynor, Legal Experts Debate Reversion Rights at SXSW Panel

    March 15, 2012 6:09 PM EDT Gloria Gaynor was the star name at "How Stella Got Her Masters Back," a catchily- (though not necessarily accurately)-named panel discussing reversion rights for artists who want to get the copyrights to their songs back from labels. The ...

  26. Sinde Law Piracy Battle Headed to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications

    February 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST Sinde Law Piracy Battle Heads to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications The lines have long been drawn here; it was just a question of time before the epic legal battle over online piracy kicked off. Spain's Supreme Court this week a ...

  27. Copyright Extension, Reversion Are Focus of Legal Panel at MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST Entertainment attorney Bernard Resnick discusses changes to U.S. copyright law affecting works assigned to publishers in 1978 and thereafter. At right is Lommen Abdo's Kenneth Abdo. (Photo: Louis Hau) Recent changes in U.S. and European copyr ...

  28. Business Matters: Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress?

    January 24, 2012 8:30 PM EST Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress? -- Subscription services have finally, pretty much arrived while anti-piracy efforts are showing positive results. The music industry needs to play both offense and ...

  29. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: The Effectiveness of Anti-Piracy Strategies

    January 23, 2012 7:01 PM EST The main news to come out of IFPI's Digital Music Report 2012 is that digital sales and services grew by 8% in 2011 to $5.2 billion, combined with a slowing decline in the overall recorded music market, which fell 3% from a total trade value ...

  30. Used MP3 Store ReDigi Sued by EMI: Report

    January 06, 2012 8:51 PM EST Used MP3 marketplace ReDigi seemed destined to attract legal problems when it launched in October. Now the company has been sued by EMI less than two months after it was sent a cease-and-desist letter from the RIAA. The lawsuit was filed Friday in ...

  31. Judge in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Battle Asks to Hear More Information

    December 20, 2011 9:23 AM EST A federal judge is taking the unusual step of allowing an amicus brief to be considered at the early stages of litigation that will determine whether the original lead singer of the Village People has a right to terminate copyright grants on 32 so ...

  32. Protect-IP, SOPA Bills Seek to Protect Digital Marketplace: Guest Column by NMPA's David Israelite

    December 06, 2011 12:58 PM EST (Following is a guest column from David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association. Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary - please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad (jem.aswad@billboard.com) for informat ...

  33. British Telecom ISP Ordered to Block Access To Newzbin2 Filesharing Site

    October 26, 2011 11:28 AM EDT LONDON - British Telecom (BT) has been ordered to block access to the alleged filesharing website Newzbin2 BT has been given 14 days to block access to a website accused of promoting illegal filesharing "on a grand scale" by Hollywood st ...

  34. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  35. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  36. Village People Singer's Copyright Fight Could Change Music Industry

    August 18, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, in ...

  37. U.K. Announces Massive Copyright Reform: Scraps Website Blocking, Allows CD Copying, Music Parodies

    August 03, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Today (August 3), the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by t ...

  38. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  39. Business Matters: Former EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Are Good Customers

    July 26, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Ex-EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Purchase Music; Will Targeting Broadband Users Hurt Sales? -- Former EMI executive Douglas Merrill has reiterated what many studies and surveys over the years have showed: file-sharers are also good music customers. M ...

  40. Rihanna Suffers Setback in 'S&M' Music Video Lawsuit

    July 25, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Photographer David LaChapelle has survived the first hurdle in his lawsuit claiming pop star Rihanna copied his photographs to create the music video "S&M." Although some allegations against the singer have been dismissed, a New York ...

  41. France's SACEM Revenues Up 7.5% Last Year

    July 13, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Sacem, the French authors and publishers collection society, has just announced 7.5% growth in 2010 to €819.6 million (about $1.16 billion), the agency's first growth that's exceeded inflation in five years, according to Sacem report. In ...

  42. Rick Riccoboo Responds to Jim Griffin's Call for WIPO to Create International Music Registry: Guest Post

    July 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT ( Rick Riccobono is an International Rights Licensing Consultant at the U.K.'s New Media Law .) An Open Letter in Response to Jim Griffin's Comments Regarding WIPO's International Music Registry It was with mixed feelings that I rec ...

  43. Canada's SOCAN Files For Webcasting Tariff

    June 15, 2011 8:25 AM EDT The Society of Music Authors, Composers and Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has filed an application with the Copyright Board of Canada for an interim tariff to license the use of music on websites that profit from audiovisual webcasting and user-gen ...

  44. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  45. Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample

    May 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the ...

  46. EMI Music Publishing Taking Over Licensing Digital Rights From ASCAP

    May 03, 2011 4:17 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing is bundling performance rights previously represented by ASCAP with mechanical and syncronization rights in a move to streamline licensing for digital music service providers, the company announced in a statement today. In mak ...

  47. Two of South Africa's Largest Royalty Collection Agencies Join Forces

    April 29, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two leading South African royalty collection societies have signed a memorandum of understanding as the first step to forming the country's first joint mechanical rights collecting society. In what marks the first major agreement between Sout ...

  48. ASCAP Releases 2010 Financial Results

    March 31, 2011 10:13 AM EDT While revenues at ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ) dropped by 6% in 2010 to $935 million, it managed to make $845 million in distributions, a 2.1% decline, to its members. Total revenues and member distributions w ...

  49. Digital Music Sales Are Slowing, IFPI Report Says

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by just 6% in 2010 - half the growth rate from the previous year - and the overall recorded music market shrank by between 8-9% in total trade value (both physical and digital), according to a ne ...

  50. Business Matters: France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off; Homeland Security Defends Domain Seizures

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off -- France's anti-piracy efforts are beginning to curb piracy, at least judging from the results of a survey by French tech site ZDNet.fr. With Midem just a week away, this new data will help create ...

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