Copyright

  1. 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 ...

  2. Justice Dep't Raids Net Song Swappers

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The record industry's anti-piracy czar has given a thumbs up to the Department of Justice's Operation Digital Gridlock, the federal government's attempt to snare individuals who illegally distribute c The record industry's anti ...

  3. French Suit Aims at Anti-Piracy Technology

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright protection technologies used to prevent CDs from being pirated online are facing a legal challenge in France, where a judge placed record label EMI Group Plc under formal investigation for u Copyright protection technologies used to prev ...

  4. French Suit Aims at Anti-Piracy Technology

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright protection technologies used to prevent CDs from being pirated online are facing a legal challenge in France, where a judge placed record label EMI Group Plc under formal investigation for u Copyright protection technologies used to prev ...

  5. RIAA Files 744 More Suits

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA announced today (Aug. 25) that it has filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against consumers -- this time, targeting 744 individuals alleged to have used peer-to-peer platform The RIAA announced today (Aug. 25) that it has ...

  6. Aussie Indies Reject Push For Blank-Media Levy

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Assn. of Independent Records Labels (AIR) has rejected calls for the implementation of a blank-media tax, which could be used as blanket compensation for copyright owners whose works are b Australia's Assn. of Independent Rec ...

  7. NMPA President/CEO Edward Murphy Leaves His Post

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Edward P. Murphy is leaving his post as president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn. - NEW YORK -- A strong advocate for songwriters' and music publishers' rights is retiring from the National Music Publishers' Assn. ( ...

  8. Copyright Office Invites Comments

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to permit the Library of Congress to record unpublished radio programs and other audio and audiovisual transmission programs. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Copyright Office is proposin ...

  9. British Government Launches Anti-Piracy Plan

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The British government has unveiled a national strategy on fighting counterfeiters, with a special focus on intellectual property (IP). LONDON -- The British government has unveiled a national strategy on fighting counterfeiters, with a special fo ...

  10. Brit Gov't Gets Tough On Piracy

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The British government has unveiled its national strategy to crack down on piracy. The government's Patent Office is co-ordinating a broad group of brand owners, customs, police and trading standards The British government has unveiled its na ...

  11. Brit Gov't Gets Tough On Piracy

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The British government has unveiled its national strategy to crack down on piracy. The government's Patent Office is co-ordinating a broad group of brand owners, customs, police and trading standards The British government has unveiled its na ...

  12. Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The founding members of popular '80s metal band Megadeth are banging their heads in court. Two separate actions hinge on a purported settlement ending the bandmates' corporate partnership, and whether Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits ...

  13. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Groups concerned for copyrights, revenues. Groups concerned for copyrights, revenues. News ...

  14. Anticipate New Technologies When Drafting Copyright Licenses

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With so much money to be made from DVD sales, entertainment companies need to make sure they have secured all the necessary copyrights to release these works in the DVD format. If you long to see your favorite old television shows or movies again, ...

  15. Australian Pirate DJs Sentenced To Fine

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal court judge in Sydney on July 29 ordered five club DJs to pay $140,000 Australian ($98,000) each after they pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. SYDNEY -- A federal court judge in Sydney on July 29 ordered five club DJs to pay $140, ...

  16. Australian DJs To Pay Out In Copyright Case

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Federal Court judge in Sydney last Friday (July 30) ordered five Sydney club DJs to pay a total of A$140,000 ($98,000) in compensation after they pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. A Federal Court judge in Sydney last Friday (July 30) ord ...

  17. Copyright Office Seeks Performance Right For HD Radio

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office has told Congress that with the advent of high-definition (HD) digital radio, the time has come to grant a full performance right in sound recording to labels and artists. WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Copyright Office has told ...

  18. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. <br clear Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure A ...

  19. Update: Pols Aim To Pass Induce Act This Fall

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hatch, Leahy call for language suggestions for bill. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, vows to pass the Induce Act before the end of Congress this fall. Speaking today (July 22) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Hatch said his bill was meant &qu ...

  20. Industry Eyes On Induce Act Hearing

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today (July 22) on the so-called Induce bill. Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at th ...

  21. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee has planned a hearing for July 22 to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol on July 13 sent a letter of support for the legislation WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee ha ...

  22. RIAA Warns House Of Content Dangers From Digital Radio

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The top legal official of the RIAA has warned a House panel that as interactive digital radio hits the marketplace, the record industry could face near-obliteration if content protections aren't incre WASHINGTON -- The top legal official of t ...

  23. EC To Assess Copyright Extension

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans to review its copyright laws, including the issue of raising protection for recorded music from the current European level of 50 years. The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans ...

  24. Universal Pub Signs Mariah Carey

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Worldwide pact covers 135 copyrights. Worldwide pact covers 135 copyrights. News ...

  25. Japan's MPAJ Targeting Copyright Protection Length

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ichiro Asatsuma, the new chairman of the Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ), is targeting an extension in protection-term length on copyright works. Ichiro Asatsuma, the new chairman of the Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ), i ...

  26. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to announce a hearing to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol today (July 13) sent a letter of support for the legislati The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to an ...

  27. Industry Presses EC To Review Recordings' Term Of Protection

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI officially requested the European Commission for an extension of Term of Protection for producers and artists, with the goal of ending the discrepancy between the Uni LONDON -- The music industry's main prior ...

  28. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  29. Coalition Decries Copyright Bill

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than 40 consumer electronic, Internet and high-tech companies and groups are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to take a go-slow approach to legislation that that would allow creative artists More than 40 consumer electronic, Internet and ...

  30. Disney: 'Lion' Was Properly Licensed

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.S. entertainment giant Walt Disney said today (July 6) it was not liable in a dispute with South African lawyers over the copyright to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," one of Africa's most famous tunes. U.S. entertainment giant Walt Dis ...

  31. Australia Ups Support For Personal Copying

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry and Parliament are increasing their support for proposed changes to the copyright law that would introduce a levy on blank recording media. SYDNEY -- The Australian music industry and Parliament are increasing their s ...

  32. U.K.'s MCPS, BPI Settle On DVD Royalty Rate

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) have reached agreement on the royalty rate for music DVDs. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) have r ...

  33. Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 Trillion In 2008

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The global entertainment and media industries generated revenues of $1.23 trillion in 2003, and that figure is expected to grow to $1.67 trillion by 2008, according to a new study issued by PriceWater Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 T ...

  34. A Flap Over 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'

    July 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT African lawyers sue Disney over copyright issue. African lawyers sue Disney over copyright issue. News ...

  35. Dutch Audio Producers Seek Share of Neighboring Rights

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dutch audio producers' organization Gong has renewed its claim that it should receive fees from neighboring rights from SENA, the local collecting society. Neighboring rights are paid for use of music AMSTERDAM -- Dutch audio producers' ...

  36. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  37. Senate OKs PIRATE, ART Acts

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate today (June 25) passed two important pieces of anti-piracy legislation that will help federal prosecutors bring copyright-infringement lawsuits that carry both civil and criminal penalties. The Senate today (June 25) passed two importan ...

  38. IFPI Calls For Tighter Rights Protection

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soaring piracy. The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soari ...

  39. UPDATE: Hatch Introduces Induce Act

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill tonight (June 22), nicknamed the Induce Act. The legislation would allow artists and labels Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of th ...

  40. BMI Legal Executive Theodora Zavin Dies

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright attorney spent 49 years at rights group. Copyright attorney spent 49 years at rights group. News ...

  41. French Parliament To Discuss Copyright Legislation

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France is in the final stage of adapting the European Union's E-Commerce Directive into local law, but another crucial piece of EU legislation for the music and film industries is way behind schedule. PARIS -- France is in the final stage of ...

  42. New Bill Would OK Movie Filtering Software

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has introduced the Family Movie Act, which states that movie filtering software does not violate copyright law. The Family Movie Act (H.R. 4586), introduced June 16, also sa LOS ANGELES -- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has ...

  43. New Hatch Bill To Target P2P Services

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation goes after 'inducers' of infringement. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is poised to introduce a late-session bill, the Induce Act, that would designate peer-to-peer servic ...

  44. Euro Biz Seeks Easier Digital Licensing, Collection

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Retailers, digital media companies and consumer electronics manufacturers are urging the European Commission to cut the bureaucracy on collective rights management in Europe's emerging digital media m Retailers, digital media companies and co ...

  45. Kobalt Agrees To Represent ICG In Europe

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Exclusive admin pact covers 40,000 copyrights. Exclusive admin pact covers 40,000 copyrights. News ...

  46. Kobalt Agrees To Represent ICG In Europe

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based music publisher Integrated Copyright Group, Inc. (ICG) has inked an exclusive European agreement with U.K.-based independent music publishing company Kobalt Music Group. Under the pact Nashville-based music publisher Integrated Cop ...

  47. Kobalt Agrees To Represent ICG In Europe.

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based music publisher Integrated Copyright Group, Inc. (ICG) has inked an exclusive European agreement with U.K.-based independent music publishing company Kobalt Music Group. Under the pact Nashville-based music publisher Integrated Cop ...

  48. Interpol Links Piracy To Terrorism Funding

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Report shows IP crimes aid terror groups worldwide. There is new evidence that terrorist organizations around the world are getting at least some of their funding from the sale of illegally copied intellectual property, including pirated DVDs and ...

  49. Interpol Links Piracy To Terrorism Funding

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Report shows IP crimes aid terror groups worldwide. There is new evidence that terrorist organizations around the world are getting at least some of their funding from the sale of illegally copied intellectual property, including pirated DVDs and ...

  50. Warner Chappell Australia Downsizes

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Chappell Music Australia is cutting back its staff of 15 to four. Managing director Adam Lang; GM of copyright and royalties Yvonne Hands; and manager of copyright and royalties Julie Robinson Warner Chappell Music Australia is cutting back ...

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