Copyright

  1. Register of Copyrights Testimony Will Conclude 2-Year Congressional Copyright Review

    April 28, 2015 7:53 PM EDT Maria Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights, will be the lone witness in a Wednesday morning hearing that will give Congress guidance on the copyright issues it will address in the coming years. "The Register's Perspective on Copyright R ...

  2. Our Best Bet for Screwing Up Copyright Reform? More Government Intervention (Guest Post)

    July 14, 2014 12:10 PM EDT A recent guest post  by Craig Havighurst on Billboard.biz offered six suggestions for not screwing up copyright reform. While some of the suggestions were on point, it included an idea that is perhaps the best way to screw up copyright reform – ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. Beastie Boys' Defense Says 'Paul's Boutique'-Suing Label Doesn't Actually Own Copyrights

    June 11, 2014 8:28 PM EDT The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just la ...

  5. RESPECT Bill Would Put Golden Oldies Under Federal Copyright

    May 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT A new bill could help artists and labels collect royalties on the digital performance of older recordings while adding to the royalty expenses of the digital services that play them. Related Articles SoundExchange Launches Campaign for Royalties o ...

  6. SoundExchange Launches Campaign for Royalties on Pre-1972 Recordings

    May 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Listen to the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" from the 1973 album "Raw Power" on Pandora and the band will receive a small royalty. But listen to "Down on the Street," from the "Funhouse" album released t ...

  7. Will Led Zeppelin be Gored by 'Raging Bull' Decision? (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Kenneth A. Linzer and C. Dana Hobart are partners at the law firm Hobart Linzer LLP, a Los Angeles-based trial boutique, representing the entertainment, intellectual property and technology industries.  The firm has successfully represented copyri ...

  8. Audiam Expands Into Publishing Administration

    May 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Audiam has expanded its expertise in mining YouTube revenue opportunities to offering its services to unlock revenues tied up at other digital services due to data problems gumming up proper accounting and payments. Initially billed as a service ...

  9. Two New Breakthroughs Aim at Easy Music Publishing Solutions

    May 01, 2014 7:12 PM EDT SongLily offers easy sync licensing to game/app developers while the termination and reversion calculator helps you figure out just that. Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilit ...

  10. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  11. Why Rock Hall Inductees Are Not Getting The Royalties They Deserve (Guest Post)

    April 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Michael Huppe is the CEO and President of SoundExchange, a non-profit digital performance rights organization that collects royalties for artists and copyright holders. Honor Vs. Value: As someone who was raised in the era of classic rock, I am ...

  12. Australian Gov't Considering ‘Graduated Response’, Commits to Overhaul of Copyright Act

    February 18, 2014 1:18 AM EST Australia is edging toward a “graduated response” system after the attorney-general declared his country’s government would consider such measures to help curb online piracy.  George Brandis, who serves in the dual role of attorney-general and min ...

  13. Justice Department Releases Evidence Against Kim Dotcom

    December 23, 2013 11:38 AM EST A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of nearly 200 pages of documents outlining how the U.S. government plans to convince a jury that Megaupload was up to no good. The U.S. Justice Department has just released a summary of what it's got ...

  14. Film, TV, Other Copyright Industries Add $1 Trillion to U.S. Economy in 2012 (Study)

    November 19, 2013 2:58 PM EST Those employed in these industries, which include music, books, software, video games and more, earn 33 percent more than the average U.S. worker, according to a study by the Intellectual Property Alliance. The “core” copyright industries, which ...

  15. Leaked TPP Language Pleases Trade Groups, Worries Some Consumers and Privacy Advocates

    November 14, 2013 12:45 PM EST Next week, trade representatives from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and various nations along the Pacific Rim will gather in Salt Lake City to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that has been in the works for severa ...

  16. Audiosocket Aims to Reduce YouTube Copyright Conflicts

    September 16, 2013 12:00 AM EDT Audiosocket, a music licensing company, has signed a deal to provide SourceAudio with a new fingerprinting technology aimed at reducing the growing number of conflicts over copyright ownership on YouTube. The conflicts have been characterized as ...

  17. Marvin Gaye's Family Rejected Robin Thicke's Six-Figure Offer (Exclusive)

    August 23, 2013 8:27 AM EDT Billboard has learned that Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down. According to sources knowledgeable with the lawsu ...

  18. IFPI’s Frances Moore Emphasizes Growth, Challenges at Filaie/IFPI Latin American Meeting

    June 28, 2013 5:43 PM EDT Latin America’s status as the fastest growing region in terms of digital growth in 2012 and the second fastest growing region in terms of performance rights income were central points of the speech delivered by IFPI’s Frances Moore at the Filaie ...

  19. RIAA, NMPA Laud White House's New Intellectual Property Enforcement Plan

    June 20, 2013 3:39 PM EDT White House Encourages Greater Intellectual Property Enforcement   A report released Thursday by the office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) provides an update on the White House's efforts to address online p ...

  20. Lawsuit Against Warner/Chappell Music Claims 'Happy Birthday' Belongs to Public Domain

    June 13, 2013 4:22 PM EDT In the late 19th century, a schoolteacher named Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Hill composed the first version of a tune that would become internationally famous. In fact, "Happy Birthday" has been cited by the Guinness Book o ...

  21. House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

    April 24, 2013 6:53 PM EDT Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws ar ...

  22. Boston's Tom Scholz Looks to Reclaim Rights to Hits, Sparking a Lawsuit from Former Manager and Publisher

    March 21, 2013 5:43 PM EDT Over the years, insiders in the music industry have expressed more than a feeling that this would be the year where there would be court battles that might forever shape the business. That's because changes to copyright law that went into e ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, J ...

  25. Reversion Rights: Will 2013 Be A Game-Changer?

    December 27, 2012 2:30 PM EST While albums released in 1978 (as shown here) are the first batch eligible for possible reversion of ownership to pass from labels back to the artists, so far the only acts to file notice of termination for master right recordings with the U.S. co ...

  26. Internet Radio Fairness Act Would Spur Innovation: Guest Post by AccuRadio's Kurt Hanson

    November 27, 2012 4:43 PM EST As the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet prepares for tomorrow's hearing on music licensing, the debate within the music community has rapidly gained momentum. Following a related post by Down ...

  27. House Judiciary Subcommittee Announces Internet Royalties Hearing For Nov. 28

    November 21, 2012 6:05 PM EST The debate over Internet radio royalties is headed to Washington D.C. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 28 on the topic of music licensing. No witness ...

  28. Republican Committee Proposes, Then Quickly Retracts, Proposal for Copyright Reform

    November 19, 2012 4:01 PM EST On Friday, the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative Republicans, posted a brief that suggests a radical reset on copyright law -- one that appears to embrace the concepts of income redistribution and a progressive tax rate on all c ...

  29. Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City's Adam Young Sued for Copyright Infringement Over 'Good Time'

    October 30, 2012 6:48 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's Adam Young as well as several publishing companies and performing rights groups are being sued in a new copyright infringement lawsuit filed in California federal court. The claims come from Allyson Nichole Bur ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Supreme Court to Consider Copyright Case Today, Despite Hurricane Sandy

    October 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Despite a hurricane that threatens much of the Northeast, the U.S. Supreme Court opened as usual this morning. Justice John Roberts, just named as a "Brave Thinker" by The Atlantic Magazine for his role in upholding the Affordable Care A ...

  32. 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," & ...

  33. Business Matters: Young Consumers Legally Purchase More Digital Music Than Anyone, Study Shows

    October 16, 2012 6:40 PM EDT A preview of an upcoming study by the American Assembly at Columbia University aims to highlight a generational divide in attitudes toward sharing music -- but ends up showing much more. You can view the study's findings through one of three ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: CISAC Summit, Kobalt, Paul McCartney, Wonderlous, Jingle Punks, More

    October 16, 2012 5:16 PM EDT CISAC Summit Set for June 2013 CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as t ...

  35. Morning Fix: The-Dream's Def Jam A&R Gig; ReDigi Vs. EMI; Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Hit Studio

    October 09, 2012 7:20 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. THE-DREAM NAMED EVP OF A&R AT DEF JAM; STEVE YEGELWEL JOINS MERCURY AS SVP OF A&R: 'Tis the season apparently for intense executive turntabling. The latest: W ...

  36. Kanye West Sued Over Song Sampling

    September 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A record label is suing Kanye West for what it claims are illegal song samples on the rapper's latest album. TufAmerica says two tracks on West's 2010 disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" include a bit from of "Hook an ...

  37. BMI Releases Results, Revenue Down 3.5% Due to Radio Rate Settlement

    September 20, 2012 6:02 PM EDT In the year ended June 30, 2012, Broadcast Music, Inc. reported $898.8 million in revenue, a nearly 3.5% decline from the $931 million collected in the prior year. The organization attributed the decline to " settling a rate litigation" ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  40. Business Matters: BandPage Branches Out

    July 24, 2012 5:16 PM EDT BandPage Everywhere Allows Artists to Update Web Presences From One Place One ongoing trend in digital music startups has been to help artists, managers and labels save time, work more efficiently and basically do more with less. It's seen in ...

  41. For Promotional Use Only?

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages from Mac Miller On July 9, hip-hop veteran Lord Finesse filed a $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller, Miller's label Rostrum Records and mixtape site DatPiff.com. According to the suit, Miller "will ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  44. New Bill Would Force Canada to Review Copyright Law Every Five Years

    July 09, 2012 4:17 PM EDT A little more than a year since the last copyright reform bill (C-32) died when a general election was called, Canada's Conservative government finally committed to update the country's lagging copyright laws. Bill C-11 was the fourth at ...

  45. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  46. Spain Begins Implementing Anti-Piracy Sinde Laws Amidst Controversy

    June 29, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Bajui.com is one of eight sites being targeted by Spain's new Sinde Laws for having copyrighted material on their site. After two years fighting popular and legal challenges, Spain took the offensive and began targeting online piracy with an ...

  47. UK ISPs Called Upon To Police Copyright Infringement

    June 27, 2012 6:17 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. media regulator Ofcom said Tuesday that it expects key legislation against piracy to reach parliament around the end of 2012. New draft measures against illegal downloads outlined in an Ofcom post that are now open for comment " ...

  48. New Japanese Law Could Mean Jail Time for Illegal Downloaders

    June 21, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Japan's Parliament has added teeth to a law originally passed in 2010 to assess stiff penalties to illegal downloaders: Those found with pirated music or movie files could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 2 million yen ($24,995). ...

  49. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  50. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

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