Copyright law

  1. Gibb Raps EC In Popkomm Keynote

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb has opened Popkomm 2008 in Berlin with a keynote speech in his role as president of CISAC, the umbrella group which represents 222 authors' societies in 118 countries. He accused the European Commission of behaving i ...

  2. EMI Australia Launches MP3 Store

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia has launched its mp3 store www.musicheadmp3.com.au. The major says it is the first in Australia to offer the format direct to consumers. Half a million tracks are available ranging from its international artists, including Robb ...

  3. ASCAP Realigns Membership Group, Adds To Board

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) is in the midst of realigning its membership group. As a result, Jeanie Weems, senior VP/creative affairs for ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul division, has exited the performance r ...

  4. Spanish Legal Revolt Against Digital Tax

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madrid's High Court is set to turn its attention to Spain's music biz this fall as several groups prepare appeals against a digital tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing digital sound and images. The so-called & ...

  5. China Bound R2G, IODA To Launch Subscription Service

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to provide an alternative to pirated music, Beijing-based digital distribution service R2G is launching an online music subscription service in China that will feature songs from U.S.-based independent digital distributor Independent ...

  6. Italy's Largest BitTorrent Site Shuttered

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian authorities have closed down Colombo-BT.org, the country's largest BitTorrent tracker site, the IFPI reported today. The closure follows an extensive investigation by the Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police), which worked in tandem with ...

  7. Spain Ignites 'Digital Canon'

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish consumers will from July 1 pay a special anti-piracy tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing sound and images. The tax, known as the "digital canon", arrives 18 months after its scheduled date following so ...

  8. Spanish Piracy Highlighted Ahead Of Conference

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain has become "a true paradise for digital piracy" with 8.8 million of the country's 44 million population downloading music and movies illegally, a new report revealed Monday. The report, based on more than 2,000 interviews with ...

  9. Mixed Feelings About New Canadian Copyright Legislation

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government tabled new copyright legislation today (June 12), and while some in the entertainment industry applauded it, others said they would take a wait-and-see approach. The new law will allow consumers to freely transfer purchased ...

  10. I See You Baby, Shakin' Those Rights

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ad-funded music, eh? Without even touching the regrettable Qtrax at Midem episode, there's clearly a major lump in the road to success. Not that the trajectories of music and advertising are not due to collide and create new forms of consumer ...

  11. EU's McCreevy Calls For Forum On Copyright Levy

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A forum should be set up to resolve a long-running spat over levies on recording equipment to compensate performers for lost royalties, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said on Tuesday. Big electronics companies such as Philips, No ...

  12. Jury Convicts 'Release Group' Pirate

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A jury in Alexandria, Va., rendered a guilty verdict on Thursday (May 22) in the federal prosecution of a Brooklyn man for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, B ...

  13. Plugged & Unplugged: Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: By the end of this year, virtually every digital music service that sells downloadable music will have to do so without DRM in order to remain a relevant competitor in the business. The transition won't be easy. Each major label has ...

  14. Ipeer Goes Live In Taiwan

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taipei-based Ipeer Multimedia International, which already operates a mobile based music download service in mainland China, has launched its service in Taiwan. To prevent illegal file sharing, downloaded songs are embedded with traceable digital ...

  15. Digital Briefs: WMG, Wal-Mart, Hearst Magazines

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Warner Music Group has cleared Wal-Mart to begin selling DRM-free copies of its entire digital catalog. Wal-Mart removed content from Sony BMG and WMG when it switched over to an MP3-only format. - Hearst Magazines is adding music widgets to the ...

  16. Japan Ponders "iPod Tax"

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan may introduce a private copying levy on sales of portable digital music players and digital hard-disc recorders, according to media reports. The government's Cultural Affairs Agency will this week propose introduction of such a levy, wh ...

  17. Judge Sets ASCAP Streaming Fees

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT License fees that AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! must pay to ASCAP for streaming music of the performing rights organization's members have now been set by a federal court judge. The three services, which are parties to a rate-setting proceedin ...

  18. Coldplay Shifts 600,000 Downloads In 24 Hours

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's decision to offer its "Violet Hill" as a free download has unsurprisingly generated massive interest. According to EMI, the track has been downloaded more than 600,000 times in the 24 hours since it was made available on ...

  19. Digital Briefs: RIAA, UMG Suit, Metallica

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A profile of RIAA lawsuit defendant-turned-crusader Tanya Anderson in BusinessWeek . She serves as an interesting test case for how the RIAA's anti-piracy litigation campaign affects the faces behind the subpoenas, as well as the front door ...

  20. Plugged & UnPlugged: MSN Music, Would-Be Game Censors

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Cited largely as further proof of how "evil" DRM is, Microsoft this summer will stop authorizing digital music files purchased from the old MSN Music service . Customers will have until the end of August to select which device th ...

  21. Aus Cops Bust Alleged Piracy Ring

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested and charged a 36-year-old Sydney man with copyright infringement following a major anti-piracy sting. The man was bailed and will appear before the Central Local Court on May 13. Criminal penalties ...

  22. Digital Music Body Calls For Reforms

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The digital arm of British retail trade body ERA is pushing for a series of reforms which it says are essential for continued growth in the market. ERA Digital, which represents digital music businesses under the auspices of the Entertainment Reta ...

  23. Digital Briefs: UK Industry, IBM Breakthrough, Williams' Sales

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The UK music industry is gunning for a cut of MP3 device sales in return for a license that would authorize the practice of ripping CDs to devices . - IBM has developed new technology would allow MP3 players to store as much as 500,000 songs. - ...

  24. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  25. ASCAP Sues 29 Establishments

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has filed 29 separate copyright infringement lawsuits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have publicly performed the songs of the performing rights organization's songwriter, composer and music ...

  26. Commentary: Is The DRM Nightmare Finally Over?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT could finally be the year most independent labels have been waiting for: At last we are starting to see a trend among the major labels to abandon the use of digital rights management, and it seems that we will hopefully be able to close the b ...

  27. Report: Digital To Lead Music Sales In Five Years

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital music sales will surpass CD sales in five years, according to a new report from Forrester Research ominously titled "The End of Music As We Know It." Forrester predicts digital sales will grow by 23% a year through 2012, when the ...

  28. Jamba, EMI Team For DRM-Free Mobile Downloads

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment provider Jamba has partnered with EMI Music on a deal that will offer DRM-free downloads on mobiles. The announcement was made today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Launching the service in Europe first, Jamba says ...

  29. MWC Debates DRM

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digital rights management debate moved to the mobile space today, as delegates at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona heard Larry Moores, senior VP global product management for Real Networks, call for DRM-free music to be made more wi ...

  30. Canadian Collective Won't Appeal MP3 Tariff Decision

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says it will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that turned down an application to add a tariff to MP3 players. The levy of up to C$75 ($74) on MP3 players received approval from the ...

  31. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged Despite the spin of the CBS PR machine, the re-launch of Last.fm as a free, ad-supported, on-demand music service is not new, unique or revolutionary. But it is pretty cool. For better or for worse, it takes the vision and financial commit ...

  32. Target Tests Digital Music Space

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST After backing away from launching a music subscription service two years ago, big-box retailer Target is again dipping its toes in the digital music space. The company is selling John Legend's "Live From Philadelphia" album in a DRM ...

  33. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  34. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged The downloadable music sales figures for videogames "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" should open a few eyes in the music industry. In just eight weeks, "Rock Band" sold 2.5 million songs as n ...

  35. Publishers May Appeal Block On 'iPod Tax'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Collecting society the Canadian Private Copying Collective says it may appeal against a court ruling which has blocked its efforts to obtain compensation for music creators through extending Canada's private-copying levy to cover "digita ...

  36. Nonesuch Launches Download Store

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nonesuch Records is launching its own download store, designed to sell new releases from its artists directly to fans. The store allows fans to buy CDs online, and have the option of instantly downloading the full album digitally at no extra charg ...

  37. Digital Briefs: Koch, Zedge, Amoeba, 'Guitar Hero III'

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Indie label Koch Records is providing its catalog DRM-free to Apple's iTunes Plus music service. The unprotected, higher-bitrate MP3s join that of EMI Music Group and a handful of other independent labels participating in the program. - Zed ...

  38. Plugged And Unplugged: Trent Reznor, UMG's Doug Morris, Wired Magazine

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Plugged: Trent Reznor's my kind of guy. Rather that waiting for permission or holding an endless series of conference calls to determine the "right" way to make his online remix site a reality, he just went and did it. Universal Mus ...

  39. Deutsche Grammophon Launches Classical Download Site

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Classical music giant Deutsche Grammophon will make the bulk of its catalog available online from tomorrow when it relaunches its Web site and presses the button on a new digital download store. At launch, the new DG Web Shop will offer nearly 2,5 ...

  40. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  41. U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. The trade body's director general Kim Bayley has written a letter to the Financial Times newspaper in which she called on the music industry to drop D ...

  42. EMI, Hip Digital Team On Ad Campaigns

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Group is now licensing its DRM-free music catalog to Hip Digital, a digital media agency that develops promotional campaigns for advertisers. Hip Digital has developed digital music programs for clients like Visa, Pepsi, Seagate, Dentyne ...

  43. Download Shop For Sub Pop

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop has launched a digital download store. The store is currently stocking 200 titles and the label hopes to eventually make its entire catalog available for download. At this point, Sub Pop is only selling full album ...

  44. FireFly Mobile Targets Tweens

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST FireFly Mobile, a pay-as-you-go mobile service for the tween set, is prepping a mobile music service. The company is looking to offer more than 2 million "age appropriate" tracks for its 8-12-year-old target market. It tapped PassAlong N ...

  45. File Sharing Expert Rebuts Study

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST File sharing expert Stan Liebowitz issued a rebuttal yesterday to a recent Canadian government study that indicated there was no discernable connection between file sharing and compact disc sales. The study, commissioned by Industry Canada and rel ...

  46. Italian Pirates Handed Massive Fines

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Four illegal music uploaders have been handed fines totalling €12 million ($17 million) by Italian authorities. The fines follow a series of raids by officers in the "Guardia di finanza," or fiscal police, in the town of Melegnano, near ...

  47. Report: Apple To Cut Price On DRM-Free Tracks

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple confirmed it will indeed lower the price on its DRM-free tracks to 99 cents, from $1.29, on all iTunes Plus music. Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the move in an interview with the Wall Street Journal . Jobs told the WSJ that the iTunes Plus ...

  48. Report: iTunes To Expand DRM-Free Offering

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple continues to dip its toe with variable pricing. Citing sources close to Apple, tech blog Ars Technica reports that iTunes will expand its DRM-free music plan, iTunes Plus, with additional tracks from a variety of independent labels. However, ...

  49. German C'right Law Passed

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The new German copyright law has finally been approved. The law was accepted last Friday by the Bundestag's Upper House, and will come into effect on Jan. 1 2008. Private copies are fundamentally still permitted, but there are various restric ...

  50. Leighton-Pope Speaks, Popkomm Listens On Day 3

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The booming international live music sector is still relatively untapped, veteran British artist manager and agent Carl Leighton-Pope told delegates today on the final afternoon of the Popkomm 2007 trade fair. The executive, who has guided the car ...

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