Copyright

  1. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me': Do The Bellamy Brothers Have An Infringement Case?

    March 04, 2011 5:53 PM EST The Bellamy Brothers appear to be facing an uphill battle in their infringement claim against the songwriters of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," according to copyright experts. The Bellamys turned to press outlets in January t ...

  2. Australian Copyright Federation Loses Case Against ISP iiNet

    February 25, 2011 1:53 PM EST The Federal Court of Australia today rejected an appeal by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in its claim that Perth-based Internet service provider iiNet had committed copyright violations. Music companies have been follow ...

  3. Viacom to Pay $2.75 Million To Settle BET Music Claims

    January 28, 2011 2:56 PM EST Viacom and Black Entertainment Television ("BET") have agreed to fork over $2.75 million to resolve a pending class action lawsuit from the owners of sound recordings. The class action was led by The Music Force, which commenced action i ...

  4. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  5. Digital Music Sales Are Slowing, IFPI Report Says

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by just 6% in 2010 - half the growth rate from the previous year - and the overall recorded music market shrank by between 8-9% in total trade value (both physical and digital), according to a ne ...

  6. Business Matters: France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off; Homeland Security Defends Domain Seizures

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off -- France's anti-piracy efforts are beginning to curb piracy, at least judging from the results of a survey by French tech site ZDNet.fr. With Midem just a week away, this new data will help create ...

  7. Canadian Labels Agree to Pay Songwriters $47.5 Million

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Canada's four major record labels have agreed to pay $47.5 million (U.S. $48 million) in damages to songwriters for copyright infringement and overdue royalties, the Toronto Sun reports . As part of their settlements the labels also agree to ...

  8. China Arrests 4,000, Vows Tougher Punishments For Copyright Piracy In Advance of U.S Trade Talks

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST China has arrested more than 4,000 people for violating intellectual property rights (IPR) since November and will enforce tougher punishments to combat the "rampant" problem, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Gao Feng, deput ...

  9. Music Pirate Joel Tenenbaum Argues Financial Penalty Reduced to $67.5K Is 'Unconscionable'

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Joel Tenenbaum, who was found liable for copyright infringement for sharing 30 songs online, is asking an appeals court to consider the constitutionality of big damage awards in copyright cases. In a brief to the First Circuit Court of Appeals fil ...

  10. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  11. SoundExchange Payments Up 55% In 2009

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for streaming sound recordings, increased its payouts to artists and rights owners by 55% in 2009, according to information in its recently filed IRS Form 990. Distributions to artists increa ...

  12. Maria Pallante Appointed Acting Register of Copyrights

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Maria A. Pallante, senior adviser to the Librarian of Congress, has been appointed Acting Register of Copyrights, assuming the duties of Marybeth Peters, who will retire on Dec. 31, after 16 years as Register of Copyrights. Pallante, whose appoint ...

  13. Joachim Harbich Steps Down as Marketing Director of GEMA

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Joachim Harbich is to step down as marketing director of GEMA, the German copyright organization effective December 31, 2010. Bettina Müller will fill the void on a provisional basis. Joachim Harbich became marketing director of GEMA in November 2 ...

  14. Record Labels Win Case Against Website Selling 25-Cent Beatles Songs

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has ruled on summary judgment that BlueBeat.com is liable for violating copyrights in thousands of songs. In making the decision, the judge had swatted away one of the stranger defenses to infringement of sound recordings. Last yea ...

  15. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  16. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  17. IFPI Welcomes Google Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST International and U.K. trade bodies have issued positive statements following the announcement by Google that it would introduce four changes to help deter piracy . The 'Making Copyright Work Better Online' measures include preventing te ...

  18. ole Prez Hits Out At Canada's Bill C-32

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The president of ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher with more than 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of television music, has criticized the current proposed legislation to modernize the nation's Copyright Act. In a statement, ...

  19. South African Probe Into Collecting Societies

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST South Africa's Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) has announced details of a Copyright Review Commission that will investigate collecting societies and the distribution of royalties. The remit of the Commission is more wide-ranging than ...

  20. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  21. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, Rdio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Jammie Thomas-Rasset Helped Rights Holders -- Did the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case backfire on file sharers? CNET's Greg Sandoval asks the question after a jury decided Thomas-Rasset owes $1 ...

  22. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  23. New Zealand Edges Towards Three-Strikes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has edged closer to adopting a "three-strikes" policy. Parliament's commerce select committee has recommended several changes to the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, and contains a compromise on Intern ...

  24. European Collection Societies Welcome Anti-Piracy Ruling

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European collection societies have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling that upholds the principle of an anti-piracy "digital copying tax" on consumer media and equipment used for reproduction, as applied in Spain and most other E ...

  25. Irish Court Ruling Hits Anti-Piracy Hopes

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointed Irish record labels are contemplating a court ruling's possible impact upon their attempts to force Internet Service Providers to tackle unauthorised downloading/file-sharing. In a ruling today in the Commercial division of the H ...

  26. British Court Backs ISP On Customer Data Fears

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BT, the U.K.'s largest Internet Service Provider, has been granted a stay of execution by the U.K. High Court in its challenge to efforts by rights holders seeking customer information without strong evidence of copyright infringement. Chief ...

  27. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  28. RightsFlow, Christian Copyright Solutions Partner

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS), a provider of copyright services for churches and ministries, is now onboard with RightsFlow’s Limelight platform. The deal between the two companies will integrate CCS’s Permissionsplus service with RightsFlow ...

  29. Appeals Court Says Downloads Not Public Performances

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against ASCAP on Tuesday, saying that digital downloads of musical works do not constitute public performances. In a separate matter, the court sent back to the district court the issue of fee ...

  30. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  31. Analysis: Government Needs To Spur Innovation As Well As Protect

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with local politicians and music industry leaders in Nashville on Monday to discuss piracy and global intellectual piracy protection. After his speech and the following Q&A session, there was no doubt where he ...

  32. Business Matters: Post-Katrina New Orleans, Cloud Hackers, 9:30 Club and more

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- A summary of New Orleans' music scene five years after Hurricane Katrina: 20% fewer musicians, 50% fewer gigs, 43% lower earnings, and a higher cost of living. The third annual st ...

  33. French Anti-Piracy Body Launches Information Campaign

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French body HADOPI, the authority in charge of regulating the country's new three-strikes scheme, has launched a public information campaign about the anti-piracy measures. Around 260,000 advisory leaflets were distributed to motorists on ...

  34. The Legal Issues Behind The Slowed-Down Justin Bieber Track

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's record label says it won't take action against a dramatically slowed-down version of the single “U Smile” that has become an instant Internet sensation. "No, we are not trying to take this down," said a spokesma ...

  35. LimeWire Calls For Jury In Publishers' Suit

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing site Lime Wire has requested a jury trial for a lawsuit filed by music publishers, according to BusinessWeek . On May 12, U.S. Southern District Court of New York Judge Kimba Wood found that the company and its founder, Mark Gorton, c ...

  36. Who Gets Paid When Creators Use Free Music?

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The article on BMI in the New York Times Sunday Magazine offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a licensing executive for the performing rights organization and the tenuous relationship many people have with copyright. Near the begin ...

  37. Finnish Govt Criticized For Soft Anti-Piracy Draft Legislation

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement. The draft proposal was published by the Mi ...

  38. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  39. Ustream Adds Copyright Protection System

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Red-hot live video streaming platform Ustream has implemented a new copyright protection system designed to ensure users aren't streaming content to which they don't own the rights. It's based on a content fingerprinting technology ...

  40. Business Matters: Live Nation, Ticket Pricing, Radio Royalties and more

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 'AN HONEST TALK ABOUT TICKET PRICES' -- “When 40% of tickets across the industry are going unsold, you have to have an honest talk about ticket prices,” says Jason Garner of Live Nation in an article at the Wall Street Journal. It’s the ...

  41. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  42. Business Matters: AEG, Copyright Reform, Another Planet and more

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LABELS + AEG, CONFLICT OF INTEREST? -- Would a conflict of interest prevent major labels from buying a stake in AEG ? The Deal tosses out Live Nation as an example, saying its artist management division’s quest for higher guarantees is fundamental ...

  43. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  44. Canadian Copyright Reform Debate Turns Nasty

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadian federal politician James Moore has lashed out at opponents of his made-in-U.S.A. copyright reform package as "radical extremists." "They will find any excuse to oppose this bill, to drum up fear, to mislead, to misdirect an ...

  45. Researchers Change Tune, Now Say P2P Has Negative Impact

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two researchers who previously believed that file-sharing had no impact on music sales have now changed their minds. In a 2004 paper , Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of ...

  46. German Govt Won't Adopt Three Strikes

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German federal government has called for Internet Service Providers to take more responsibility for illegal content on their networks, but it has resisted any measures to block copyright infringers' access to the Internet. "This is n ...

  47. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  48. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  49. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  50. U.S. Claims On Copyright Piracy 'Groundless,' Says China

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "groundless" U.S. accusations that China is failing to crack down on copyright piracy, ahead of talks with top U.S. officials next week, Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokes ...

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