Copyright law

  1. eDonkey Servers Shut Down

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music piracy was dealt another blow by the IFPI, the global music industry trade body, following a series of legal actions against illegal file sharers in Germany this week. Local courts granted the organization injunctions to shut down sev ...

  2. FMC Summit Puts Spotlight On 'Orphan Works'

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A panel at yesterday's Future of Music Coalition summit addressed the growing issue of "orphan works," defined as "unlocateable copyright works." These recordings are often old folk ballads whose copyright was always uncle ...

  3. CRIA Against Blank Media Levy

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unexpected move, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has come out against a levy on blank media in a court filing, arguing the fees paid appear to allow for the justification of free downloading on peer-to-peer networks. CRIA, ...

  4. Swedish Gov't Press ISPs On C'right Infringement

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted positively to a report commissioned by the Swedish government recommending that Internet service providers take more responsibility for material that infringes copyright. In the report, "Music and Film on the Internet - T ...

  5. Wal-Mart Selling Digital Music Free Of Copy Curbs

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said ...

  6. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Ahh, the dog days of August . . . the slow news cycle is both a blessing and a curse for journalists seeking compelling content to fill their pages. So it is in that context that we award Sirius’ deal with Sonos the "Plugged" aw ...

  7. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Now it really gets interesting. Universal Music Group’s decision to test DRM-free digital sales on a widespread basis is a much-needed complement to EMI’s catalog-wide maneuver, allowing the music industry to finally have a rational discu ...

  8. Plugged & Unplugged

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Now it really gets interesting. Universal Music Group’s decision to test DRM-free digital sales on a widespread basis is a much-needed complement to EMI’s catalog-wide maneuver, allowing the music industry to finally have a rational discu ...

  9. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  10. Study: Consumers Prefer DRM-Free Tracks

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A recent study suggests that digital music sold with DRM technology may not sell as well as unprotected files. Law firm Olswang and Entertainment Media Research conducted a survey of more than 300,000 music fans in the UK in which 68 percent of re ...

  11. EMI, Mixalbum.com Forge Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has struck an agreement to deliver DRM-free, a la carte downloads to a new online DJ-mixing service, Mixalbum.com. Through the agreement, unveiled today, EMI will make available DRM-free dance content through its Positiva dance imprint a ...

  12. Survey: Downloaders Still Look For Free Option

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sales of legal digital music in the United Kingdom are well-behind expectations, according to the findings of new report from European research consultancy Entertainment Media Research. The illegal downloading of music has "reached an all-tim ...

  13. Plugged and Unplugged

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: EMI's decision in April to sell digital music without DRM sent shockwaves through the music industry -- garnering headlines, praise, and criticism for the move. But we are just now starting to see the real method behind the madness. ...

  14. MediaNet DRM-Free Catalog Hits Million Mark

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MediaNet, a provider of backend technology that powers many of today's digital music services and formerly known as MusicNet, now has more than 1 million tracks available for purchase without DRM protection. The company has DRM-free licensing ...

  15. EMI Music Bites Into DRM-Free Burger King Promotion

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is to give away DRM-free downloads from its catalog in a U.K. promotion with Burger King. The record company has teamed up with Chicago-based digital agency VerveLife for the push, which is the first in a planned series of global campaig ...

  16. U.K. Gov't Backs Gowers Review

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a development which will stun British music industry lobbyists, the U.K. government has backed the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Britain's department for culture, media and sport today confirmed its stance when it issued its form ...

  17. Canadian MP3 Tariff Fee To Be Reintroduced

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) won a decision on July 19 from the Copyright Board of Canada to reintroduce a controversial tariff fee into the sale price of MP3 players in Canada. The CPCC, the Toronto-based non-profit collective o ...

  18. Sacem Posts Collections Decline

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of 755.9 million euros ($1.02 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2006, a decrease of 0.2% on 2005. "This is the first time since 1992 that collected revenue decreases fr ...

  19. Mayors' Conference Prioritizes Anti-Piracy Fight

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP ...

  20. Appeals Court Upholds Anti-Bootlegging Law

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two and a half years after a federal judge held that making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts was not a federal crime in New York, an appeals court yesterday reversed that decision. As a result, Jean Martignon, who operated Midnight ...

  21. WMG, AnywhereCD Settle Dispute

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group and AnywhereCD have dismissed their respective lawsuits against each other and agreed to an early end to their relationship. Under the agreement, WMG will allow AnywhereCD to continue sell its music via the service -- which lets ...

  22. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: So, somebody finally snatched up Last.fm, the progressive and popular digital music social networking service based in England. This was an eye-opener in many respects, not the least of which that a successful technology play could emerge ...

  23. Digital Talk Takes Over Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of copyright in the digital age was top of the agenda during the morning session of Day 2 of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. In a keynote address, Nikesh Aroha, Google's newly-appointed president for Europe, the Middle East a ...

  24. PayPlay.fm Goes DRM-Free

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Another digital music service is now offering DRM-free, higher-quality tracks at a higher price -- a model similar to one launched today by Apple . PayPlay.fm, which features a library of some 1.3 million tracks, was previously offering WMA-encode ...

  25. China Won't Embrace DRM, Music Matters Panel Says

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital-rights management is not the way to go in the mainland China music market, according to members of a panel discussion on DRM held on the opening day of the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong. "DRM is never going to be successful in ...

  26. EMI Strikes DRM-Free Deals Across Europe

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In addition to its just-announced partnership with Amazon.com , EMI Music Group has struck additional DRM-free licensing deals with several European digital music services. The retailers include VirginMega in France, and several Scandinavian servi ...

  27. Canadian Tariffs Drop

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Board of Canada May 11 revealed the Private Copying Tariffs for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that lessens interim tariffs for music rights holders. The figures were published in the federal government's Canada Gazette. The Canadian Priva ...

  28. PassAlong Offers New DRM Option

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PassAlong Networks has introduced a new DRM option for its record label partners that tries to provide an element of control over the otherwise unprotected MP3 format. The company's freedomMP3 platform allows the sale of interoperable MP3 tra ...

  29. EMI Forges Mobile Deal In Vietnam

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI says it has become the first major label to sign a mobile-content deal in Vietnam. Effective immediately, Ho Chi Minh City-based mobile-content distributor and aggregator Mobile Solutions Services (MSS) becomes EMI's exclusive mobile serv ...

  30. NARM Coverage: 'Winning At The Digital Game'

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard's VP of global licensing Brad Navin called upon independent retailers to more aggressively launch digital download stores. Speaking on an indie retail panel at the annual NARM convention in Chicago, Navin observed that he hasn ...

  31. NARM Coverage: Majors Debate DRM

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT During the "2007 Digital Strategies" Q&A session, EMI's Barney Wragg -- the architect of the major's recent decision to drop DRM protection technologies from its entire catalog -- found himself defending the move while flan ...

  32. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: As a bit of a music industry outsider, I'm just absolutely flummoxed that it took this long to create a legal, licensed online service for music lyrics. Which is why I think the new service from Yahoo Music and Gracenote is a great s ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Latin Anti-Piracy Strategies Shift

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As piracy in the Latin recorded music market moves from physical to digital, trade associations and labels are updating their approaches to keep up. At a Recording Industry Association of America-sponsored panel at the Billboard Latin Music Confer ...

  35. Other Music Digital Store Opens

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent New York retailer Other Music has today launched its digital download store . The site, which the retailer says is in an email is a "work in progress," is offering DRM-free MP3 sales from what it says are "hundreds of la ...

  36. Soundbuzz, EMI In Talks On DRM-Free Tracks

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI and Singapore-based Soundbuzz are in negotiations concerning possible distribution by the digital music services provider of DRM-free EMI tracks in Southeast Asia, executives from the two companies tell Billboard.biz. "We've opened d ...

  37. Trans World To Launch Digital Service

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Another brick-and-mortar music retailer is entering the digital music space, this time Trans World Entertainment. The company has tapped PassAlong Networks to operate its online store, called fye.com. The service will feature DRM-free MP3 files wi ...

  38. Brazil's Anti-Piracy Groups Merge

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music and film industries in Brazil are combining their anti-piracy efforts. The music industry's APDIF and the film industry's ADEPI have formed the Associacao Antipirateria Cinema and Musica (APCM). "Seeking strategic partners ...

  39. U.K. Gets New Anti-Piracy Powers

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New powers giving U.K. trade officials the right to seize physical copies of pirated music come into effect for the first time tomorrow. The move had been recommended by the 2006 Gowers Review, an independent report that re-examined U.K. copyright ...

  40. Apple Rivals Get Boost From DRM-Free Deal

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc.'s decision to sell DRM-free downloads from EMI and indie labels in the AAC format rather than the MP3 format is creating new strategic opportunities for both rival device manufacturers and digital retailers. Come May when iTunes la ...

  41. Will The Other Majors Ditch DRM?

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI is the only major label to pursue a DRM-free strategy so far , but the move places increased pressure on the other majors to offer their catalogs in a similar fashion. Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company is reaching out to the other majors a ...

  42. Confirmed: EMI, Apple Offer DRM Free Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has agreed to make all its current digital repertoire available free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions with immediate effect. The move is groundbreaking for a major multinational music company, as all four majors had previo ...

  43. Politician Eyes Taxpayer Money For Piracy War

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record labels' attempt to curb music piracy on campuses nationwide picked up support this week when a Florida congressman introduced legislation that would allow colleges to use federal funds to reduce student piracy. Rep. Rick Keller, R- ...

  44. Copyright Chief Urges Licensing Reform

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright chief today spoke out against the way the music publishing industry is set up to license digital music services. Testifying before members of a House Subcommittee, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters called it "archaic, ...

  45. Italian Biz Lauds Anti-Piracy Victories

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italy's anti-piracy campaigners are feeling upbeat after two recent successes. The first involved the handing down of a tough sentence by an appeals court in Naples, the country's unofficial piracy capital, in a case that began in 1999. ...

  46. SXSW: Byrne Asks Record Labels For Help

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne called on record labels to remove DRM on digital files and shift from manufacturing and distribution companies to more closely resemble marketing firms in the face of increasing digital album sales. Byrne ...

  47. ASCAP Reports Record Revenues

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST ASCAP has reported record revenues of $785 million for 2006, royalty payments to members of $680 million, and an all-time low operating expense ratio of 12.0%, the performing rights organization revealed today (March 6). Revenues exceeded those of ...

  48. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  49. ASCAP, Digital Services Kick Off Rate Proceedings

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what promises to be one of the most hotly contested copyright issues this year, the question of whether downloading a song means that there is a "public performance" of a composition is now officially for a federal court judge in New ...

  50. RIAA Launches New College Anti-Piracy Initiative

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA is launching a new anti-piracy program to encourage illegal P2P users to settle infringement claims before the record companies file a lawsuit against them. The program begins today (Feb. 28) with 400 pre-litigation letters going out to 1 ...

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