Copyright law

  1. EC Report Warns Of Online Licensing 'Big Bang'

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European members of parliament warned Tuesday that a "big-bang" opening-up of collective online licensing could damage music in Europe, as the market would fall into the hands of just a handful of major rights holders. The Euro-MPs calle ...

  2. Record Execs Question Jobs' DRM Position

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Record industry executives and lawyers in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards responded with skepticism to the call by Steve Jobs, Apple Computer CEO, to get rid of digital rights management (DRM) for music. While talking about online services durin ...

  3. CPCC Introduces Private Copying Tariff

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) today (Feb. 9) proposed a new private copying tariff for 2008 and 2009 to the Canadian Copyright Board, which has the authority to set tariff rates in Canada. The current private copying tariff expire ...

  4. 'Plugged/Unplugged' - Digital's Best And Worst Weekly Developments

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Plugged/Unplugged" - The best and worst digital developments of the week Plugged: NY Senator Proposes iPod Pedestrian Ban A New York State senator is proposing a bill that would find pedestrians $100 for mindlessly crossing streets whil ...

  5. EMI To Sell Unprotected MP3s?

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Is EMI about to announce support for the MP3 format or some other DRM-free solution? Multiple sources interviewed by Billboard suggest that the British recorded music giant is mulling offering paid downloads in an unprotected format -- and soon. H ...

  6. Apple CEO Pushes For Labels To Drop DRM

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Apple CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter on the company's Web site calling for the major labels to abandon digital rights management. "DRMs haven't worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy," Jobs writes. Apple' ...

  7. DRM Debate Continues

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The debate surrounding the effectiveness of digital rights management continues to simmer, with the major record labels playing a "will-they-or-won't-they" game on the possibility of selling digital music sans restrictions on a larg ...

  8. EC Report Optimistic On Digital Future

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST European revenues from online creative content will leap fourfold over the next four years to €8.3 billion ($10.7 billion), according to a European Commission study. The report found that online content will represent a significant share of total ...

  9. Midem Day One: DRM Takes Center Stage

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST A buzzing and busy Midem opened for business today (Jan. 21), on what would otherwise have been a sunny, lazy Sunday. The annual music industry convention, now in its 41st year, continued to play host to the MidemNet conference, the specialist tec ...

  10. MidemNet 07 Kicks Off

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST MidemNet sprung to life today (Jan. 20) with a heated first-up panel debate. The digital music conference, which precedes the annual Midem music trade fair, began with a "touchy feely" morning discussion which quickly turned into a high- ...

  11. France's Fnac, Virgin Make Declare Stance On DRM

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three months after having begun selling tracks without digital rights management protection, leading online French retailers FnacMusic and VirginMega have taken the next step. The online stores this week released a significant catalog available in ...

  12. Trade Groups Applaud Brussels' Copyright Levy Decision

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST European authors, songwriters and artist groups have welcomed the decision by the European Commission to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics. It comes after Commission President José Manuel Barroso said mo ...

  13. EC Shies Away From Copyright Levy Changes

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics after concluding that the political fallout from such an initiative would be too high. Despite pledging to propose reforms before the end o ...

  14. Study: Digital Music Awareness Driven By Players

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST A new Jupiter Research study finds that awareness of digital music is driven by MP3 devices like the Apple iPod. As devices become more popular, more people are ripping their CDs into digital format and transferring them to their devices, the grou ...

  15. EMI To Sell Jones MP3

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI's Blue Note Records has become the latest label to experiment with selling tracks online in unprotected MP3 format. It has given Yahoo! Music permission to sell Norah Jones' new single "Thinking About You" in the unprotecte ...

  16. Gowers Review: 'Don't Change Copyright Term'

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a verdict which was widely anticipated in the British recorded music industry, Andrew Gowers' review on intellectual property has called on decision-makers to preserve the U.K.'s current term of copyright on sound recordings. The long ...

  17. ASCAP Files Suits In Eight States

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed copyright infringement suits against 10 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in eight states. Although all establishments licensed rights from the performing rights organizati ...

  18. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in Europe. The commissioner -- who is due next mont ...

  19. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in E European Union internal market commissioner Ch ...

  20. EU Delves Into Digital Music Archives

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ministers OK European digital library plans. European Union culture ministers have backed plans to transform Europe's massive music archives into digital form and make them available on the Internet. The ministers, who meeting in Brussels Mon ...

  21. EC To Shelve Copyright Levies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists fear revenues will be stemmed. A European Commission document has called for the copyright levies imposed on consumer electronics in Europe to be reduced to a minimum, saying they are often redundant in today's technological environme ...

  22. French Online Retailers Join The No-DRM Front

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two groups selling unprotected tracks for first time. Leading online retailers in France are for the first time selling songs without digital rights management (DRM) protection. Yesterday (Oct. 19), FnacMusic (Fnac, PPR group) released French sing ...

  23. 'Culture First' Launches To Protect Levies

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Campaign put forth by authors, songwriters, artists. European authors, songwriters and artists launched a high profile campaign in Brussels Wednesday (Oct. 18) to protect copyright levies on consumer electronics. The “Culture First” campaign inclu ...

  24. IFPI Steps Up P2P Crusade

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,000 new actions brought. The IFPI is riding a new wave of legal actions aimed at illegal file-sharers. More than 8,000 new cases have today (Oct. 17) been launched in 17 countries, including the first-ever actions against file-sharers in Brazil, ...

  25. IFPI Steps Up P2P Crusade

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,000 new actions brought. The IFPI is riding a new wave of legal actions aimed at illegal file-sharers. More than 8,000 new cases have today (Oct. 17) been launched in 17 countries, including the first-ever actions against file-sharers in Brazil, ...

  26. IFPI Steps Up P2P Crusade

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,000 new actions brought. The IFPI is riding a new wave of legal actions aimed at illegal file-sharers. More than 8,000 new cases have today (Oct. 17) been launched in 17 countries, including the first-ever actions against file-sharers in Brazil, ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  29. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  30. Digital Rights Management (DRM) News And Analysis

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3 Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. Nov 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle UCJ Strips DRM For Online Trial Universal Music Classics & Jaz ...

  31. EU Unveils Consultation to Boost Online Entertainment

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry, consumers asked to suggest solutions. The European Commission (EC) has launched a three-month public consultation exercise to examine potential obstacles to the development in Europe's online entertainment content, such as music, fi ...

  32. French Council: Individuals Can't Bypass DRM

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Removes key points from copyright bill. The French Constitutional Council has raised concerns and removed some key measures from the long awaited copyright bill, which was adopted by France’s two houses of Parliament June 30. The Council, which is ...

  33. NARM Pushes For DRM Compatibility

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade group: allow shoppers to have seamless experience. Like many other sectors, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers is pushing for the entertainment software industry to achieve digital rights management compatibility so that shoppers ...

  34. Berlin Court Bans Bootleg of Prince Concert

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ruling is first to apply to a DVD in Germany. A Berlin court has granted U.S. rock singer Prince an injunction to halt the distribution of a DVD bootleg, entitled "Prince And The Revolution - The Homecoming," of a 1983 concert. This deci ...

  35. Yahoo's DRM Test

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jessica Simpson's unprotected MP3 track on sale now. Yahoo Music's recent offering of a personalized Jessica Simpson song is being hailed as under-the-table test of how unprotected MP3 files may sell online. The Simpson track, "A Pu ...

  36. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  37. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  38. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  39. French Politician Backs 'Global License'

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, then rejected, a "global license" for file-sharing music, the controversial business model is back in the news. Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, the ...

  40. French Politician Backs 'Global License'

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade bodies slam Royal. Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, then rejected, a "global license" for file-sharing music, the controversial business model is back in the news. Sharing her thoughts on copyright issue ...

  41. '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 ...

  42. Mixed Reaction To Oz Copyright Changes

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Proposed changes by the Australian government to copyright laws have been met with a mixed reaction from the local music business. As part of the proposed reform of the country's Copyright Act, unveil Proposed changes by the Australian govern ...

  43. Mixed Reaction To Oz Copyright Changes

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Proposed changes by the Australian government to copyright laws have been met with a mixed reaction from the local music business. As part of the proposed reform of the country's Copyright Act, unveil Proposed changes by the Australian govern ...

  44. French Senate Adopts Copyright Bill

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill with a show of 164 votes for and 128 against. The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill w ...

  45. French Senate Adopts Copyright Bill

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill with a show of 164 votes for and 128 against. The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill w ...

  46. U.K. Biz Rallies Digital Sector

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The British music industry has jointly called on a number of key players in the digital space to discourage unauthorized use of copyright material on their networks. The British music industry has jointly called on a number of key players in the d ...

  47. Interoperability Debate Begins In French Senate

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate today (May 4) recommenced debate on the country's long-awaited copyright bill. More than 250 amendments have been registered for examination over the next three to four days. The rig The French Senate today (May 4) recommenc ...

  48. Interoperability Debate Begins In French Senate

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Conclusion to talks expected May 10, 12. The French Senate today (May 4) recommenced debate on the country's long-awaited copyright bill. More than 250 amendments have been registered for examination over the next three to four days. The righ ...

  49. RIAA Puts 12 U.S. Cities On 'Priority Watch List'

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has, for the first time, placed 12 U.S. cities on a priority watch list for physical-goods piracy. The record labels' trade group says it will step up law enforcement training and commit addi The RIAA has, for the first time, placed ...

  50. Spanish Cops Arrest 15 In P2P Operation

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT sites shut down for 'illicit' links. 17 sites shut down for 'illicit' links. News ...

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