Copyright

  1. Court Rules On Authorship Of Mexican Films

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Film production companies may be "authors" under Mexican copyright law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held on Nov. 5. NEW YORK -- Film production companies may be "authors" under Mexican copyright law, the Ninth Circuit Co ...

  2. Movie Studios To Begin Suing File-sharers Nov. 16

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Movie studios will begin filing lawsuits against individual movie file-sharers on Nov. 16, the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced. LOS ANGELES -- Movie studios will begin filing lawsuits against individual movie file-sharers on Nov. 16, the ...

  3. Behind the Deal: A Clearance Checklist

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST It may seem obvious that anyone who requests permission to use a composition or master recording for some purpose would know what to include in the letter asking for a license. However, representative It may seem obvious that anyone who requests p ...

  4. Copyright Office Amends LOC Recording Rule

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office has amended its ruling that allows the Library of Congress to make recordings of unpublished radio, cable, satellite and Internet broadcasts and transmissions to add to its c WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Copyright Office ...

  5. Proposed Israeli Bill Updates Copyright Act

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A new copyright amendment is under consideration in Israel, but response from the country's music industry is lukewarm. TEL AVIV, Israel -- A new copyright amendment is under consideration in Israel, but response from the country's music ...

  6. Aussie File-Sharing Service On Trial

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest copyright infringing services in the world, the Australian Federal Court heard yesterday (Oct. 25). Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest ...

  7. Aussie File Sharing Service On Trial

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest copyright infringing services in the world, the Australian Federal Court heard yesterday (Oct. 25). Brisbane-based file-sharing Web site MP3s4free.net was one of the biggest ...

  8. Labels, Puretunes Settlement Reached

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The major labels have reached a $10 million agreement to settle their copyright-infringement lawsuit against owners and operators of the Puretunes.com Web site, the RIAA announced today (Oct. 25). NEW YORK -- The major labels have reached a $10 mi ...

  9. Behind the Deal: DOJ's Intellectual Property Task Force Report

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As the music industry continues its legal challenges to unauthorized file sharing, the Department of Justice is shoring up its efforts to protect intellectual property. As the music industry continues its legal challenges to unauthorized file shar ...

  10. Majors, Puretunes Reach $10.5M Settlement

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The major labels have reached a $10.5 million agreement to settle their copyright-infringement lawsuit against owners and operators of the Puretunes.com Web site, the RIAA announced today (Oct. 25). The major labels have reached a $10.5 million ag ...

  11. Italy's SIAE Inks Deal With Univideo

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian collecting society SIAE has struck an agreement with domestic audiovisual publishers' trade body Univideo covering copyright payments to screenplay and script writers whose works are distribut MILAN -- Italian collecting society SIAE ...

  12. Jetgroove Drops 50,000 Infringing Tracks

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music download service Jetgroove.com has removed more than 50,000 copyright-infringing tracks and albums after the recorded music industry instigated anti-piracy action against it. Music download service Jetgroove.com has removed more than 50,000 ...

  13. Jetgroove Drops 50,000 Infringing Tracks

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music download service Jetgroove.com has removed more than 50,000 copyright-infringing tracks and albums after the recorded music industry instigated anti-piracy action against it. Music download service Jetgroove.com has removed more than 50,000 ...

  14. SoundExchange Joins Int'l Webcast Agreement

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reciprocal deal allows for 'one-stop' streaming license. SoundExchange, the U.S. digital performance rights society, has signed the IFPI's international Webcasting agreement. The agreement allows Webcasters and simulcasters to strea ...

  15. SoundExchange Joins Int'l Webcast Agreement

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reciprocal deal allows for 'one-stop' streaming license. SoundExchange, the U.S. digital performance rights society, has signed the IFPI's international Webcasting agreement. The agreement allows Webcasters and simulcasters to strea ...

  16. SoundExchange Joins Int'l Webcast Agreement

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reciprocal deal allows for 'one-stop' streaming license. SoundExchange, the U.S. digital performance rights society, has signed the IFPI's international Webcasting agreement. The agreement allows Webcasters and simulcasters to strea ...

  17. Canada's Billion-Dollar Culture Deficit Requires New Policy Approach

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canadian artists have enjoyed unprecedented international critical and commercial success in recent years. From Avril Lavigne to Yann Martel to Denys Arcand, Canadians have won Grammys, Bookers and Os Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair in ...

  18. Behind the Deal: Drafting the Anti-Bootlegging Law

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The federal anti-bootlegging law, which makes the unauthorized recording, transmission and distribution of live musical performances a crime, was struck down Sept. 24 by a District Court in New York. The federal anti-bootlegging law, which makes t ...

  19. CARP Reform Bill Passes In Senate

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate passed on Oct. 6 the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate passed on Oct. 6 the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004. The bill, H.R. 1417, which has already passed in the ...

  20. Kazaa Owner Loses Appeal Over Search Orders

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Sydney judge today (Oct. 8) rejected an appeal by Sharman Networks, owner of the Kazaa P2P file-sharing service, and digital rights management company Brilliant Brilliant Digital Entertainment in th A Sydney judge today (Oct. 8) rejected an appe ...

  21. Kazaa Owner Loses Appeal Over Search Orders

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Sydney judge today (Oct. 8) rejected an appeal by Sharman Networks, owner of the Kazaa P2P file-sharing service, and digital rights management company Brilliant Brilliant Digital Entertainment in th A Sydney judge today (Oct. 8) rejected an appe ...

  22. U.K., France To Start Suing File-sharers

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The recorded music industry is stepping up its fight against illegal file-sharing by launching 459 legal actions against music "uploaders" throughout Europe. The recorded music industry is stepping up its fight against illegal file-shari ...

  23. CARP Reform Bill Passes In Senate

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Act would replace judges with full-time panel. The Senate today (Oct. 6) passed the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004. The bill, H.R. 1417, which has already passed in the House, provides a much-needed overhaul of the Copyright ...

  24. SoundExchange, Somexfon Forge Ties

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Digital performance rights body SoundExchange has forged a reciprocal deal with Mexican organization Somexfon. Digital performance rights body SoundExchange has forged a reciprocal deal with Mexican organization Somexfon. Under the agreement, Soun ...

  25. House Hearing Lauds Colleges' P2P Efforts

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT At a hearing today (Oct. 5) in Washington, D.C., two House copyright champions applauded the recording industry and the university community for their joint efforts over the last 17 months to rein in At a hearing today (Oct. 5) in Washington, D.C. ...

  26. RIAA Files New Round Of Lawsuits

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of America announced Sept. 30 that it has initiated a round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 762 file sharers, including 32 individuals at 26 U.S. universities. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Recording Industry Assn ...

  27. Induce Bill Yanked For Revisions

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A markup of major legislation to go after peer-to-peer companies that "induce" the public into copyright infringement was pulled Sept. 29 from the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote agenda. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A markup of major legis ...

  28. Induce Bill Yanked For Revisions

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A markup of major legislation to go after P2P companies that "induce" the public into copyright infringement was pulled last night (Sept. 29) from the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote agenda for toda A markup of major legislation t ...

  29. New York Court Strikes Down Anti-Bootlegging Criminal Statute

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bootleg recordings of live concerts may no longer be a federal crime in New York City, at least if one judge's opinion is upheld. NEW YORK -- Bootleg recordings of live concerts may no longer be a federal crime in New York City, at least if o ...

  30. Case Analysis: Compulsory Mechanical License And Distribution Contract Terms

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An indie label's lawsuit against its distributor, Artemis Records, and competitor Sony Music Entertainment was thrown out of federal court Sept. 20 because the label didn't follow the Copyright Act's An indie label's lawsuit ag ...

  31. Senate Committee Passes CARP Reform Bill

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21 passed the House-approved Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act, H.R. 1417. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21 passed the House-approved Copyright Royalty and Distribut ...

  32. New York Court Strikes Down Bootleg Statute

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts may no longer be a federal crime in New York City, at least if one judge's opinion is upheld. Making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts may no longer be a federal crime in Ne ...

  33. Legal Matters

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lawsuits may swamp the music industry if Congress fails to resolve conflicting court decisions on copyright issues. Read Susan Butler's column. Lawsuits may swamp the music industry if Congress fails to resolve conflicting court decisions on ...

  34. German Police Nab Download-Service Operators

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT German authorities have cracked down on what is believed to be Europe's largest illegal commercial downloading service, which has been selling films, music and software. LONDON -- German authorities have cracked down on what is believed to be ...

  35. Case Analysis: Samples & Copyright Infringement

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville held that a two-second sample infringed the sound recordings copyright. The three-judge panel in Bridgeport Music Inc. et al. v On Sept. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

  36. Biz Hits D.C. To Lobby On Digital Issues

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright Office meeting covers Induce bill. Copyright Office meeting covers Induce bill. News ...

  37. Biz Hits D.C. To Lobby On Digital Issues

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than a dozen music-industry groups will descend on Capitol Hill tomorrow (Sept. 9) to show their support of online music services and the so-called Induce bill. The day of lobbying is being coord More than a dozen music-industry groups will d ...

  38. U.S. Copyright Office Finalizing Induce Act Redraft

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Billboard.biz has learned that on Thursday (Sept. 2), the U.S. Copyright Office sent a "talking points" redraft of the pending Induce Act to opponents of the wording of the original bill. Billboard.biz has learned that on Thursday (Sept. ...

  39. DiMA, SoundExchange Seek Stay On Royalty Rate

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Media Assn. and SoundExchange, which collects digital performance royalties for recording companies and artists, have jointly proposed to the U.S. Copyright Office that Internet radio roya WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Digital Media Assn. (D ...

  40. Japanese P2P Software Developer In Court

    September 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program WinMX, yesterday (Sept. 1) pleaded not guilty to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Cou Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kane ...

  41. Japanese P2P Software Developer In Court

    September 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program WinMX, yesterday (Sept. 1) pleaded not guilty to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Cou Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kane ...

  42. Japanese P2P Software Developer In Court

    September 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program WinMX, yesterday (Sept. 1) pleaded not guilty to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Cou Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kane ...

  43. DiMA, SoundExchange Seek Stay On Royalty Rate

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) and SoundExchange, which collects digital performance royalties for recording companies and artists, have jointly proposed to the U.S. Copyright Office that Internet rad The Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) and SoundExchan ...

  44. RIAA Sues 744 Consumers

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA announced Aug. 25 that it filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against consumers -- this time, targeting 744 individuals alleged to have used peer-to-peer platforms such as eD NEW YORK -- The RIAA announced Aug. 25 that it ...

  45. Justice Dept. Raids Net Song Swappers

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The record industry's anti-piracy czar has given a thumbs-up to Operation Digital Gridlock, the Justice Department's attempt to snare individuals who illegally distribute copyrighted material on peer- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The record indus ...

  46. New Taiwan Laws Tighten Copyright Protection

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New amendments to the Taiwanese copyright legislation give more muscle to the music industry in its fight against online and optical-media piracy and offer greater protection to rights holders. TAIPEI -- New amendments to the Taiwanese copyright l ...

  47. Legal Matters

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Artists can now sell live concert CDs hours after a performance, but copyright law may present stumbling blocks. Read Susan Butler's column. Artists can now sell live concert CDs hours after a performance, but copyright law may present stumbl ...

  48. New Taiwan Laws To Boost Music Biz

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright legislation aims to tackle piracy. Copyright legislation aims to tackle piracy. News ...

  49. New Taiwan Laws To Boost Music Biz

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's music industry has welcomed new laws that strengthen the country's fight against online and optical-media piracy. Taiwan's music industry has welcomed new laws that strengthen the country's fight against online and opt ...

  50. New Taiwan Laws To Boost Music Biz

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's music industry has welcomed new laws that strengthen the country's fight against online and optical-media piracy. Taiwan's music industry has welcomed new laws that strengthen the country's fight against online and opt ...

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