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  1. Nokia Pulls Plug on Free Music In Most Markets

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  2. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  3. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  4. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  5. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  6. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  7. ole Prez Hits Out At Canada's Bill C-32

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The president of ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher with more than 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of television music, has criticized the current proposed legislation to modernize the nation's Copyright Act. In a statement, ...

  8. Spanish Authorities Demand Digital Levy Refund

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Catalan regional government and several other local administrations in Spain have demanded collecting society SGAE return taxes paid since 1987 on purchased devices that can be used to record protected cultural content. The European Union' ...

  9. New Zealand Edges Towards Three-Strikes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has edged closer to adopting a "three-strikes" policy. Parliament's commerce select committee has recommended several changes to the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, and contains a compromise on Intern ...

  10. Danes Deny 'Three-Strikes' Reports

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite a spate of online speculation, Denmark will not be following other European nations and introducing anti-piracy three-strikes legislation any time soon, a government official tells Billboard.biz. Reports that the Northern European country ...

  11. European Collection Societies Welcome Anti-Piracy Ruling

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European collection societies have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling that upholds the principle of an anti-piracy "digital copying tax" on consumer media and equipment used for reproduction, as applied in Spain and most other E ...

  12. Business Matters: EMI, Jammie Thomas, 'Napster Moment' For Ebooks

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Terra Firma-Citigroup case starts in a New York City court today (Oct. 18). If the case is going to court, that means the two sides didn't reach the settlement that some in the media were painting as a real possibility before the trial ...

  13. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. French Anti-Piracy Body Launches Information Campaign

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French body HADOPI, the authority in charge of regulating the country's new three-strikes scheme, has launched a public information campaign about the anti-piracy measures. Around 260,000 advisory leaflets were distributed to motorists on ...

  16. Judge Does Not Freeze Assets of LimeWire, Owner

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge ruled on Thursday that the assets of LimeWire and its owner will not be frozen, according to people familiar with the decision. The RIAA had requested the court to freeze the assets of the company and owner Mark Gorton, alleging that asset ...

  17. Jailed U.K. Music Pirate Must Pay Labels Compensation

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint operation led by the IFPI and U.K. labels body the BPI has led to a convicted music pirate being ordered to pay £170,000 ($263,000) in record company compensation. The ruling was made today (July 27) by Judge Inigo Bing at Snaresbrook Crow ...

  18. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  19. Spanish Online Piracy Rate Nears 96%

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 96% of all recorded music acquired online in Spain is pirated, according to a new report from the Spanish division of U.S. consultant IDC Research. The report, published June 1, covers the second half of 2009 and was commissioned by the Coa ...

  20. Sweden’s Carrot-and-Stick Digital Marketplace: A Model for Others?

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s often said the music industry needs to show consumers a carrot while they give them the stick. Anti-piracy measures – the stick – have had mixed or no results in most countries. Legal alternatives to piracy – the carrot – exist but often fail ...

  21. SGAE's Copying Levy Income Outstrips Record Sales

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a miserable year for Spanish sales, for the first time ever Spanish authors body SGAE collected more money from a home-copying levy on consumer electronics/blank media than it did in mechanical royalties from records. The collecting society ...

  22. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  23. Canadian Court: 30-Second Samples Exempt From Royalties

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has said online music services do not owe performance royalties for 30-second samples meant to offer customers a preview of tracks they may later purchase. The Copyright Board of Canada came to the same conclu ...

  24. Court Approves German Private Copying Levy

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Munich's Court of Appeal has reversed the injunction it had previously imposed on the German Central Organisation for Private Recording Rights (ZPÜ) regarding the introduction of a private copying levy on computers. The original ruling on Feb ...

  25. IFPI Backs Danish Telco In Song Royalty Tariff Battle

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Denmark has come out in support of TDC in the Danish telco's clash with collecting society KODA regarding tariffs from TDC's unlimited music service Play. TDC Play offers broadband and mobile subscribers DRM-enabled unlimited music ...

  26. NZ Anti-Piracy Bill Passes First Reading

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill has unanimously passed its first reading in parliament. The graduated response system was described by commerce minister Simon Power as "a fair and balanced process to deal ...

  27. ASCAP: 2009 Revenues Top $995 Million

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights organization ASCAP may have experienced a successful year in 2009 with revenues of $995 million, an increase of $62 million over the previous year, but ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento stressed Thursday morning in Los Angeles that the o ...

  28. Music Reports, Audible Magic Partner On Licensing, Royalty Data

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Reports, the music administration and licensing service for music users, and Audible Magic, a provider of electronic media identification, have formed a strategic partnership to expand music publishing licensing and reporting solutions for b ...

  29. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  30. PPL International Revenues Up 40%

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. recorded music licensing body PPL collected £21.6 million ($33.2 million) of international revenues in 2009, an increase of 40% on 2008. PPL has 45 deals across 24 different countries, which represent 90% in value terms of the performance rig ...

  31. ISP Takes Aim At Digital Economy Act

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Digital Economy Act may have passed into law , but leading Internet Service Provider Talk Talk has already made clear it will not be fully cooperating with the music industry on anti-piracy measures. The Act includes provisions for ...

  32. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Bandcamp, Guvera

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Filmmaker and academic Kembrew McLeod, one of the creators of the music copyright documentary Copyright Criminals , is co-author of a book coming out next year titled Creative License about the law and culture of digital sampling. One of the au ...

  33. More Free Music: Guvera Launches In US

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guvera, a free, ad-supported music download site, quietly launched in public beta phase in the U.S. on Tuesday. The company launched in Australia last month. Unlike previous ad-supported models, which offer streams or tethered downloads, Guvera wi ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Study: French Law Fails To Deter Piracy So Far

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A French academic study is casting doubt on the likely success of the French 'Hadopi' anti-piracy law. The three-strikes plan was voted through in France in September 2009, although has yet to be implemented. Hadopi is the name of the go ...

  36. U.K. Digital Economy Bill May Be Rushed Through

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill, which had a muddled passage through the House of Lords , may be rushed through the House of Commons without full scrutiny. Parliament is set to be dissolved in early April for a general election in ...

  37. @SXSW: Spotify’s Daniel Ek Sits For Keynote

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : Keynote Interview with Spotify’s Daniel Ek Participants : Daniel Ek (Spotify), Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired.com) A next generation of streaming services are the newest hope for the digital music business. Will they attract mass adoption or fiz ...

  38. Charlie Angus Introduces Copyright Amendments

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus , the Canadian party's digital issues critic, has introduced two proposals to amend the Copyright Act. The two proposals, first reported by Billboard.biz last week , are designed to "help b ...

  39. Spanish Collecting Societies Back I.P. Reform Plan

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recently created group of four Spanish collecting societies, Ibercrea, has applauded the decision by the parliamentary culture commission to approve unanimously all the conclusions reached last week by the sub-commission on intellectual proper ...

  40. Charlie Angus Set To Propose Canadian MP3 Player Levy

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry sources say Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic, is preparing to enter a private member's bill next week proposing the country's private copying levy should be extended to MP3 ...

  41. Napster Japan To Close

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan, a joint venture between the U.S.-based Napster and Tower Records Japan, will shut on May 31, drawing to a close the first digital music subscription service in Japan. Napster Japan released the information on its Web site, saying th ...

  42. 301 Report: Spanish Biz Down 65% In 5 Years

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain is suffering "a virtual collapse" of its recorded music market because of online piracy, with a drop in overall music sales of more than 65% in the past five years, says the latest report from U.S. culture industry lobby, the Inter ...

  43. Court Challenge To German PC Levy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Regional Appeal Court in Munich has issued an injunction against the central organization for private recording rights, ZPÜ, in Munich to refrain from fixing and publishing a tariff for the remuneration for private copying for PCs. It follows ...

  44. Race Against Time For U.K. Digital Bill

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle copyright infringement online, is progressing through the U.K. parliament but still has to pass a number of stages to become law before a general election is called ...

  45. @MIDEM: New PRS Euro Licensing Scheme; Kobalt Unveils Portal 3 Digital

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- With the major music companies about a year into their respective pan-European licensing initiative, PRS for Music has launched the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. IMPEL will directly license Anglo-Amer ...

  46. The Billboard Q&A: MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the early days of digital music, MediaNet (then MusicNet) seemed to be in a great place. Big brands of all types were rushing into the market with digital music stores of their own, and MusicNet was there to provide all the back-end technology ...

  47. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  48. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  49. NZ Biz Cautious On Revised Copyright Law

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The New Zealand music industry has reacted cautiously to revised copyright legislation which offers a 'three warnings' solution to online piracy - but only a limited 'struck out' component. The government unveiled the new-look ...

  50. 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 ...

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