Copyright

  1. House Leaders Want Pirate Nations Challenged

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Point out China and Russia as violators. In two back-to-back hearings May 17, House lawmakers called on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to go to the mat with pirate nations China and Russia over lax copyright protection and enforcement. Witne ...

  2. 'Fair Use' Bill Draws Ire Of Rights Holders

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Some of the most important copyright holders, including the motion picture studios, sports leagues and the entertainment unions, are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would scale back intell WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- S ...

  3. Hill To Take Look At Licensing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers will soon introduce a bill dealing with streamlined digital music licensing for subscription services. A House panel has nailed down June 23 and June 30 as dates for debate on the prospectiv WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers will soon introd ...

  4. Preston To Receive NABEF Guardian Award

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former BMI pres/CEO honored for creative commitment. Retired BMI president and CEO Frances W. Preston was chosen today (May 12) to receive the Guardian Award from the National Assn. of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) at the seventh annua ...

  5. USTR Places 14 Countries On Piracy Priority Watch List

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The nation's top trade negotiator pushed China to do more to prevent copyright piracy and sent a warning to Russia that its behavior toward pirates needs to change, but his efforts fell far short of t WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  6. President Bush Signs FECA Into Law

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After President Bush affixed his signature to the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act in an Oval Office ceremony April 26, it became a federal crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- After President Bush affixed h ...

  7. Bush Signs Family Ent. And Copyright Act

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It’s now against the law -- with civil penalty remedies -- to distribute pre-release recordings. President Bush signed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act into law yesterday (April 27). Congr It’s now against the law -- with civil penalty r ...

  8. Case Summary: Right to Sue for Infringement & Fair Use of Film Clips

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company that licenses films and film clips, the U.S. District Court in New York wrote an opinion April 5, exploring issues involving assignments of copyright infr In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company ...

  9. Spain's SGAE Reports Gains In 2004

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers society Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) collected €300.76 million ($391 million) for use of its members' copyrights in 2004, an increase of 11.9% ove MADRID -- Spanish authors and publish ...

  10. MMO Japan Fined For Copyright Violation

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MMO Japan, which until April 2003 operated a file-sharing service, will have to pay 37 million yen ($345,000) as compensation for copyright violation. TOKYO -- MMO Japan, which until April 2003 operated a file-sharing service, will have to pay 37 ...

  11. EC Launches Copyright, Piracy Survey

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said April 22 that it has launched a major survey on copyright and piracy among the European Union's trading partners in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European Commiss ...

  12. Universal Music Publishing Clinches China Deal

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. TOKYO -- Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. In its first deal with a maj ...

  13. ABC's Use Of Film Clips Is 'Fair Use'

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT American Broadcasting Co. successfully defended a copyright infringement claim April 5 with the "fair use" defense before the suit reached the fact-finding trial stage. NEW YORK -- American Broadcasting Co. successfully defended a copyri ...

  14. Spain's SGAE Reports Gains In 2004

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Piracy continues to slam market. Spanish authors and publishers society SGAE collected €300.76 million ($391 million) for use of its members' copyrights in 2004, an increase of 11.9% over 2003. The society distributed €295.2 million ($383.8 m ...

  15. MMO Japan Fined For Copyright Violation

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing operator failed to appeal court ruling. MMO Japan, which until April 2003 operated a file-sharing service, will have to pay 37 million yen ($345,000) as compensation for copyright violation. The ruling comes after MMO declined to appe ...

  16. Case Summary: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Common-Law Copyright

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, held on April 5 that the state's common-law copyright protects pre-1972 sound recordings -- even if recorded in another country where co The New York State Court of Appeals, ...

  17. Case Summary: Assignments of Right to Sue for Copyright Infringement

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For nearly 70 years, U.S. law viewed copyright owners as having an indivisible bundle of property rights that could not be assigned piecemeal. This changed with the Copyright Act of 1976, when Congres For nearly 70 years, U.S. law viewed copyright ...

  18. House Vote On FECA To Bring Closure

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After a legislative brawl that spanned two Congresses, the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act appears to be on its way to the president's desk for his signature. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- After a legislative brawl that ...

  19. Case Summary: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Common-Law Copyright

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, held on April 5 that the state's common-law copyright protects pre-1972 sound recordings -- even if recorded in another country where co The New York State Court of Appeals, ...

  20. Capitol Can Go Forward With Case Vs. Naxos

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New York without permission, an appellate court held yesterday (April 5). Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New Yor ...

  21. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Policy Chief

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She rep The International Federation of the Phonograph ...

  22. Copyright Office Seeks Comments On DAS Reporting

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the way certain digital audio services report their use of sound recordings to copyright owners is April 14. NEW YORK -- The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright O ...

  23. Roadrunner Links With Digital Video Firm

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Roadrunner Records is the first international record company to sign up with Muzikplugger, a new U.K.-based service provider that specializes in distributing music videos digitally to TV broadcasters. LONDON -- Roadrunner Records is the first inte ...

  24. Roadrunner Links With Digital Video Firm

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Muzikplugger distributes to TV networks. Roadrunner Records is the first international record company to sign up with Muzikplugger, a new U.K.-based service provider that specializes in distributing music videos digitally to TV broadcasters. Durin ...

  25. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Perlmutter joins from Time Warner. The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the L ...

  26. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Perlmutter joins from Time Warner. The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the L ...

  27. Canadian Gov't Eyes Changes To Copyright Act

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a move welcomed by music labels, the Canadian government on March 24 proposed amendments to the federal Copyright Act designed to strengthen copyright protection in the digital age and clarify the TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In a move w ...

  28. EC Gets Tough On Copyright Directive

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, F ...

  29. Canada Closer To Updating Copyright Act

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST WIPO treaty ratification expected. The Canadian government is moving forward with plans to introduce legislation to modernize the country's Copyright Act. A bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament this spring. A statement from Industr ...

  30. Case Summary: No Defenses to Unauthorized Downloading

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Not every person sued by record labels for unauthorized downloading of music has thousands of files on her hard drive. Just 30 recordings were at issue in a suit brought against Cecilia Gonzalez in Ch Not every person sued by record labels for una ...

  31. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  32. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  33. Notable News

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Digital music services urge Congress to make changes in the Copyright Act's compulsory mechanical license provision. Read Susan Butler's column. Digital music services urge Congress to make changes in the Copyright Act's compulsory ...

  34. Australian Anti-Piracy Unit Raids ISP

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division on March 10 raided the premises of a leading Internet service provider accused of copyright infringement. SYDNEY -- The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division on March 10 r ...

  35. Korean Labels Win Bugs Battle

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST South Korea's record companies have been handed control of the nation's leading streaming audio Web site, Bugs Music. SEOUL -- South Korea's record companies have been handed control of the nation's leading streaming audio Web ...

  36. Aussie DJs Hit With Infringement Judgment

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferris have been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling A$819,000 ($655,000) in the copyright infringement case against them, which concluded March 11. SYDNEY -- Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee ...

  37. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on sound recordings. BERLIN -- The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on ...

  38. Britain's MCPS And PRS Appoint Exec Directors

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society has appointed rights administration veteran Jeremy Fabinyi as executive director and board member, effective in April. Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society has appointed righ ...

  39. Aussie DJs Hit With Fines

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferris have been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling A$819,000 ($655,000) as the prolonged copyright infringement case against the pair concluded last F Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferri ...

  40. Aussie DJs Hit With Fines

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferris have been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling A$819,000 ($655,000) in the copyright infringement case against them, which concluded Friday (March Sydney-based DJs Chris Kross and Pee Wee Ferri ...

  41. Fabinyi Joins Britain's MCPS

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society has appointed rights administration veteran Jeremy Fabinyi as executive director and board member, effective in April. As executive director, he succe Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Prote ...

  42. Australian Anti-Piracy Unit Raids ISP

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division yesterday (March 10) raided the premises of a leading Internet services provider accused of music copyright infringement. The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division yesterd ...

  43. Australian Anti-Piracy Unit Raids ISP

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division yesterday (March 10) raided the premises of a leading Internet services provider accused of music copyright infringement. The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division yesterd ...

  44. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. Ger ...

  45. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. Ger ...

  46. Oz Court Freezes Assets Of Key Kazaa Figures

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Copyright-infringement case nears conclusion. Copyright-infringement case nears conclusion. News ...

  47. Russian Download Site Could Face Prosecution

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Russian police have submitted evidence on a download service whose principals are allegedly involved in large-scale copyright infringement. LONDON -- Russian police have submitted evidence on a download service whose principals are allegedly invol ...

  48. Sony/ATV To Administer KMG Catalog

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Worldwide deal includes more than 2,000 copyrights. Worldwide deal includes more than 2,000 copyrights. News ...

  49. Russian Download Site Could Face Prosecution

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Russian police have submitted evidence on a download service whose principals are allegedly involved in large-scale copyright infringement. Russian police have submitted evidence on a download service whose principals are allegedly involved in lar ...

  50. Russian Download Site Could Face Prosecution

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Russian police have submitted evidence on a download service whose principals are allegedly involved in large-scale copyright infringement. Russian police have submitted evidence on a download service whose principals are allegedly involved in lar ...

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