Copyright

  1. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  2. UK's PRS For Music Says Digital Royalties To Match Physical By 2014

    June 01, 2012 7:43 AM EDT On the heels of yesterday's announcement by the British Phonographic Institute that digital sales have overtaken physical sales comes news from the UK's PRS For Music, Britain's collection society, that digital royalty payments will ...

  3. Indian Copyright Act Amendments Give Music Artists Ownership Rights

    May 25, 2012 3:56 PM EDT NEW DELHI - In what is seen as a major victory for songwriters, composers and musicians working in the Indian film industry, revised amendments to the Copyright Act now give them better ownership control of their works. Considering India's fi ...

  4. Robin Gibb Q&A as President of CISAC

    May 21, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Ed. Note: Since Robin Gibb's death May 20, members of CISAC have released statements in tribute to the fallen singer; French painter and CISAC Vice-President Hervé Di Rosa said, "The spirit of Robin Gibb's commitment and passion tow ...

  5. German Pirate Party Wins Fourth State Election

    May 14, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - The Pirate Party, once portrayed as a radical fringe group of Internet hackers and copyright thieves, on Sunday proved beyond doubt there are a political force to be reckoned with, claiming their fourth-straight victory in Germa ...

  6. Village People's Victor Willis Speaks Out on Recent Copyright Victory, Trademark Lawsuits

    May 11, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Victor Willis, the songwriter and original lead singer of the Village People, isn't done being a provocative figure in the music business. Fresh off a victory earlier this week in a battle to terminate his share of a copyright to the band ...

  7. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Huge Rights Reversion Case Over 'YMCA'

    May 08, 2012 2:44 PM EDT A California federal judge has given Village People original singer Victor Willis a big victory in a case that has been closely followed in the music industry. Last year, Willis terminated rights to his share of the group's songs, including t ...

  8. Google Being Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane Photos

    April 26, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Google is being sued for copyright infringement in connection with its Google Music service launched late last year. But this isn't a run-of-the-mill case. It involves photographs of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, the involvement of artist T ...

  9. Australian High Court Rules ISP Not Liable For Users' Copyright Theft

    April 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Australia's High Court on Friday dismissed the movie studios' last-ditch attempt to hold the iiNet Internet service provider accountable for copyright theft on its network. Trade association the Australian Federation Against Copyright Th ...

  10. Copyright Royalty Board Appoints Suzanne M. Barnett to Chief Copyright Judge

    April 13, 2012 4:06 PM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be led by a new chief copyright judge with the appointment of Suzanne M. Barnett to that position. She was picked by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to replace outgoing Chief Copyright Royalty James S ...

  11. ISPs to Roll Out Copyright Alert Systems This Year, CCI's New Executive Director Says

    April 02, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Expect U.S. Internet service providers to roll out their "copyright alert systems" later this year, says Jill Lesser, the newly appointed executive director of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The July 2011 memorandum of under ...

  12. Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights

    April 02, 2012 5:20 PM EDT The 2004 film Ray didn't include this scene: Two years before legendary singer Ray Charles died, he gathered most of his 12 children (two were in jail), and told them that they would each be given an irrevocable trust for $500,000. That' ...

  13. France's HADOPI Study Shows Decrease in Piracy

    April 02, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Screen shot of a graphic from HADOPI's new report showing the effectiveness of its three-warning system. Seventeen months after issuing its first warning emails, HADOPI, the French governmental copyright protection body installed to administe ...

  14. Australia's PPCA Loses Court Battle Over Radio Royalty Rates

    March 28, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Collecting society the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) has failed in its High Court challenge to remove a long-standing cap which limits to 1% the royalty rate commercial radio pays to play its recordings. The full bench of th ...

  15. RapidShare Case to Go to German Supreme Court

    March 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for copyright law, a long-running legal battle between music rights association GEMA and Swiss-based file-sharing site RapidShare is heading to the German Supreme Court. GEMA a ...

  16. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Could Get Seized Property Back

    March 19, 2012 3:19 PM EDT A New Zealand judge has ruled that law enforcement's efforts to seize some $200 million in assets from Megaupload is "null and void," the result of a procedural mistake. As a result, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could get back his ...

  17. Gloria Gaynor, Legal Experts Debate Reversion Rights at SXSW Panel

    March 15, 2012 6:09 PM EDT Gloria Gaynor was the star name at "How Stella Got Her Masters Back," a catchily- (though not necessarily accurately)-named panel discussing reversion rights for artists who want to get the copyrights to their songs back from labels. The ...

  18. RIAA CEO/Chairman Says ISPs Ready To Police Copyright This Summer: Report

    March 15, 2012 9:16 AM EDT The country's largest Internet service providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warnerm, may begin policing U.S. copyright infringement as soon July, according to a report on CNET. The news came from Cary Sherman, CEO/chair ...

  19. Meet Spain's Eme Navarro, The Man Who Generated 210 Piracy Complaints Against His Own Song

    March 14, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Eme Navarro doesn't get stopped in the street for autographs, nor does he fill up stadiums; but he is a veteran of Spain's music scene, who for decades has tried to make a living with his folksy blues style while confronting the mainstre ...

  20. How Eme Navarro Is Overwhelming Spain's New Anti-Piracy Commission With His Song

    March 09, 2012 11:45 AM EST Spain's government is reviewing hundreds of complaints under its new antipiracy law that went into effect this month, although the majority are part of a campaign that seeks to overwhelm and collapse the novel bureaucracy. In a little more th ...

  21. Rush Orders Rush Limbaugh to Stop Using Their Music on His Show

    March 07, 2012 6:43 PM EST Radio show host and political provocateur Rush Limbaugh is now facing an attack on a new front over his "slut" comment about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke. As if the increasing number of advertisers pulling out from his show isn't ...

  22. British ISPs BT, TalkTalk Lose Challenge To U.K. Digital Economy Act

    March 06, 2012 9:15 AM EST BT and TalkTalk, two of the United Kingdom's biggest ISPs, have lost their long-running challenge to the U.K. Digital Economy Act, removing one of the main obstacles to the Act finally coming into effect. The court judgment was announced toda ...

  23. Velvet Underground Adds New Complaint Against Warhol Foundation In Banana Album Cover Suit

    February 27, 2012 10:17 AM EST Last month, the Velvet Underground sued the Andy Warhol Foundation with an artful double-step: On one hand, the band claimed that the famous image that adorns its classic 1967 album, The Velvet Underground & Nico , was in the public domain. On ...

  24. Australian Commercial Radio Wins Simulcast Suit Against PPCA

    February 23, 2012 10:34 AM EST Australia's commercial radio stations won't have to pay out extra royalties for online "simulcasting" of recorded music following an important ruling last week from the country's Federal Court. Recording companies' co ...

  25. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Interest In Billie Holliday Catalog, Downtown Signs Admin Deal With MRI

    February 16, 2012 6:26 PM EST Bicycle Music Acquires Interest in Billie Holliday Catalog The Bicycle Music Company has acquired a substantial interest in Billie Holiday publishing catalog as well as her master recordings, name, likeness and image rights. As a songwriter, Billi ...

  26. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site

    February 14, 2012 12:46 PM EST A Spanish court has dismissed a case against the popular peer-to-peer movie download site Cinetube citing legal precedents in concluding that redirecting online traffic is not illegal per se, even if it is to copyrighted content, according to the ...

  27. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  28. Business Matters: Vevo Opens Up on Super Bowl Piracy Blunder, RIAA Chief Slams Google

    February 10, 2012 5:07 PM EST Vevo In Hot Water Over Super Bowl Gaffe On Friday the International Intellectual Property Alliance released a report - its annual "Special 301" review -- that documents global copyright piracy. The IIPA calls for "swift action" ...

  29. Sinde Law Piracy Battle Headed to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications

    February 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST Sinde Law Piracy Battle Heads to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications The lines have long been drawn here; it was just a question of time before the epic legal battle over online piracy kicked off. Spain's Supreme Court this week a ...

  30. Copyright Extension, Reversion Are Focus of Legal Panel at MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST Entertainment attorney Bernard Resnick discusses changes to U.S. copyright law affecting works assigned to publishers in 1978 and thereafter. At right is Lommen Abdo's Kenneth Abdo. (Photo: Louis Hau) Recent changes in U.S. and European copyr ...

  31. French SCPP Report: Rights Income Increases 10 Percent, Digital Continues Growth, Illegal Copyright Claims Down

    January 24, 2012 11:06 AM EST The SCPP, the French society in charge of royalty collections for music labels - including the four majors - saw a nearly 10 percent growth in income in 2011, up to €71.2 million from its 2010 level. This growth can largely be attributed to the ri ...

  32. Megaupload Co-Founder Kim Dotcom Remanded in Custody After Dramatic New Zealand Arrest

    January 23, 2012 10:12 AM EST SYDNEY - The co-founder of internet filesharing service Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, was remanded in custody for four days by a New Zealand judge on Monday after his arrest in a dramatic FBI-led sting on Friday, during his 38th birthday party being cel ...

  33. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  34. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:26 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costi ...

  35. Morning Heds: Apple's Latest Media Event, Will WMG Fight EMI Deal?, Macca Live Streaming

    January 19, 2012 7:20 AM EST Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Justices Rule NYT A copyright protection law was challenged by orchestra conductors, teachers and film archivists who said they had relied for years on the free availability of public domain works. Clif ...

  36. Used MP3 Store ReDigi Sued by EMI: Report

    January 06, 2012 8:51 PM EST Used MP3 marketplace ReDigi seemed destined to attract legal problems when it launched in October. Now the company has been sued by EMI less than two months after it was sent a cease-and-desist letter from the RIAA. The lawsuit was filed Friday in ...

  37. File Sharing Group In Sweden Says It Is Recognized As A Religion

    January 05, 2012 3:56 PM EST STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A file-sharing group that considers itself a spiritual organization said Thursday that Sweden has recognized it as a religious community. According to documents provided by spiritual leader Isak Gerson, 20, his Church of Kopimism ...

  38. New Spanish Gov't Enacts Sinde Anti-Piracy Laws, Opponents Promise A Fight

    January 03, 2012 1:30 PM EST Spain will finally implement its controversial antipiracy act starting in March now that the new conservative government rushed the enactment of the pending codes. Its success though is sure to be tested in courts and on the streets. Jose Ignacio ...

  39. Business Matters: Copyright Office Proposes Federalization of Protections for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

    December 30, 2011 5:30 PM EST We'll Take 'Em: U.S. Copyright's Office's Plan For Pre-1972 Recordings -- The U.S. Copyright Office has recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be under the auspices of the federal government. The report ...

  40. Is Pablo Soto Spain's P2P Robin Hood Or A Music Piracy Enabler?

    December 28, 2011 9:16 AM EST MADRID - Pablo Soto is a hero, a Robin-Hood of sorts, for the global peer-to-peer (P2P) community, a title he rejects even after his recent epic court victory against the American music and movie industries that have targeted him for years. His lu ...

  41. U.K. Music Industry Calls Gov't Copyright Law Reform Plan 'Unrealistic,' 'Overstated'

    December 22, 2011 1:00 PM EST The U.K. music industry has lambasted the government for unrealistic expectations in its copyright reform proposals, published Dec. 14, to boost the national creative businesses in the digital age by relaxing certain provisions in the copyright la ...

  42. 'Santa Claus is Comin' To Town' Is Latest Song Embroiled in Termination Rights Litigation

    December 21, 2011 4:00 PM EST One of the big issues in entertainment law this past year was songwriters terminating copyright grants to wrest back control over songs. The year is ending with a bang as the estate of J. Fred Coots is terminating publishing rights on one of the b ...

  43. Judge in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Battle Asks to Hear More Information

    December 20, 2011 9:23 AM EST A federal judge is taking the unusual step of allowing an amicus brief to be considered at the early stages of litigation that will determine whether the original lead singer of the Village People has a right to terminate copyright grants on 32 so ...

  44. Record Industry Loses P2P Case in Spain

    December 19, 2011 8:52 PM EST The developer of file-sharing applications was found innocent of copyright infringement and unfair competition by a Spanish court on Monday. Pablo Soto and his companies were sued for 13 million euros by the four major music groups and trade group ...

  45. Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Fails To Enact Anti-Piracy Legislation

    December 16, 2011 12:40 PM EST Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced this week he would not enforce the Sinde Law, the country's controversial antipiracy legislation, before he leaves office. (Photo: Kevin Mazor/WireImage) With only days le ...

  46. Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

    December 15, 2011 12:57 PM EST Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have joined Universal Music Group's lawsuit against online music service Grooveshark. An amended complaint with the participation of the two additional major music groups was filed Thursday in a ...

  47. Protect-IP and SOPA Acts Will Not 'Break the Internet': Guest Column by A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    December 14, 2011 4:57 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Rich Bengloff, president of American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"). Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad at jem.aswad@billboard.com for infor ...

  48. Canada's SOCAN To Appear Before High Court On Digital Licensing Ruling

    December 06, 2011 5:00 PM EST The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, the Canadian performing rights organization otherwise known as SOCAN, will be appearing at Canada's highest court today and tomorrow (Dec. 6) to represent its members in a case ...

  49. Australia's ISPs Proposes Controversial Anti-Piracy Plan

    December 05, 2011 2:12 PM EST Australia's biggest ISPs are about to embark on a trial, which comes close to emulating the "graduated response" schemes in other countries. It's close, but it misses the target, copyright owners say. The Communications Allianc ...

  50. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

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