Copyright

  1. JASRAC Collections Fall 3.1%

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has reported that its music copyright collections declined again. JASRAC's total collections for the last fiscal year, which ended on March 31, were down 3.1% compared ...

  2. Copyright Society Annual Meeting Set

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is holding it annual meeting on June 13-15 at the Crystal Springs Resort Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, New Jersey. The meeting will include discussions of statutory damage awards, the Digital Millennium Copyr ...

  3. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  4. Canadian Court: 30-Second Samples Exempt From Royalties

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has said online music services do not owe performance royalties for 30-second samples meant to offer customers a preview of tracks they may later purchase. The Copyright Board of Canada came to the same conclu ...

  5. Australian Fitness Class Music Fees To Soar

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia has out-muscled the country's fitness industry as a long-running battle over music fees comes to a conclusion. Australia's Copyright Tribunal today (May 17) ruled in favor of the PPCA and ...

  6. One In Four Germans Think Illegal Copies O.K.

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-five percent of Germans think that it is acceptable to use illegal copies of music, films or software according to a survey commissioned by BITKOM, the German Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. ...

  7. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Universal CEO Lopez Talks Anti-Piracy, Digital and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All parts of the Latin music industry must unite and lobby for their common interests in order to survive piracy and the digital transition, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula Jesus Lopez said Wednesday. Lopez' ...

  8. NZ Anti-Piracy Bill Passes First Reading

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill has unanimously passed its first reading in parliament. The graduated response system was described by commerce minister Simon Power as "a fair and balanced process to deal ...

  9. ACTA Not Urging Adoption Of Three-Strikes

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital rights advocates and a computer industry trade group criticized the newly released draft text of an international agreement to toughen penalties for copyright theft. The European Union's executive branch and the U.S. Trade Repres ...

  10. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  11. Business Matters: The Best Retailers, Digital Economy Bill, Criminal Records and More

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In honor of Saturday’s Record Store Day , Spin named its 15 best record stores in the U.S. The list is predictably heavy on rock-leaning locations. Spoiler alert: #1 in Amoeba (all three locations). Austin’s Waterloo is #2 and New York’s Other ...

  12. Business Matters: GAO Report, Sirius XM, DMCA Takedowns and More

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- CNET’s Greg Sandoval has a time-saving recap of a lengthy report on the economic effects of counterfeited and pirated goods by the non-partisan General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress . In its research, the GAO attempte ...

  13. ISP Takes Aim At Digital Economy Act

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Digital Economy Act may have passed into law , but leading Internet Service Provider Talk Talk has already made clear it will not be fully cooperating with the music industry on anti-piracy measures. The Act includes provisions for ...

  14. Music Biz Activists Heading To Washington For Grammys On The Hill

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry activists will take their message to Congress in Washington, D.C., this year during the Grammys on the Hill Awards and Advocacy Day, to be held on April 14 and April 15, respectively. For the award presentation on April 14, two-time ...

  15. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Bandcamp, Guvera

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Filmmaker and academic Kembrew McLeod, one of the creators of the music copyright documentary Copyright Criminals , is co-author of a book coming out next year titled Creative License about the law and culture of digital sampling. One of the au ...

  16. Chrysalis PLC Acquires First State Media Group Business

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis PLC has acquired the First State Media Group business, which operates under the brands of S2 Songs and State One Music in seven countries and controls a catalog with over 45,000 music copyrights. Those copyrights include Sheryl Crow' ...

  17. U.K. Biz Issues Blueprint For Global Success

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade group for the music industry, has published a blueprint that outlines a plan for the British industry to challenge for the position as the world's No. 1 music creator by 2020. The document, "Liberating Crea ...

  18. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  19. New Structure For PRS For Music

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has unveiled a new structure, as part of an operational review led by new chief executive Robert Ashcroft. Two key divisions at the center of the organization will be Licensing (generating revenue) and Operati ...

  20. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  21. U.K. Anti-Piracy Law To Allow Appeals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government says it will add measures to the Digital Economy Bill that will create an appeals procedure for those accused of online copyright infringement. Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, confirmed today (March 22) that &q ...

  22. Charlie Angus Introduces Copyright Amendments

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus , the Canadian party's digital issues critic, has introduced two proposals to amend the Copyright Act. The two proposals, first reported by Billboard.biz last week , are designed to "help b ...

  23. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

  24. Charlie Angus Set To Propose Canadian MP3 Player Levy

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry sources say Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic, is preparing to enter a private member's bill next week proposing the country's private copying levy should be extended to MP3 ...

  25. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  26. Australia's PPCA Wants Radio Income Cap Removed

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's PPCA is challenging the country's commercial radio sector for a bigger cut of broadcast income. On behalf of its membership, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia launched a constitutional case in the High Court a ...

  27. Australian ISP iiNet Wins Copyright Case

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's film and TV industries have failed in their landmark attempt to hold an Internet service provider liable for illegal file-sharing. The Federal Court in Sydney on Thursday (Feb. 4) ruled in favor of iiNet, which had been accused of ...

  28. BPI Rejects Law Firm's Pursuit Of File-Sharers

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has distanced itself from the methods employed by a law firm in chasing file-sharers. The BBC reports that ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people it claims have infringed copyright over the Internet. Those accused ...

  29. Report: Three-Strikes On ACTA Agenda

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three-strikes style measures to tackle illegal file-sharing are being secretly discussed at the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) talks in Mexico. The Financial Times reports that activists and industry groups have confirmed the talks, wh ...

  30. Strike Three? Thomas-Rasset To Head Back To Court, Again

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jammie Thomas-Rasset, twice convicted of copyright infringement in highly-publicized file-sharing cases, will reject record labels' settlement offer of a $50,000 donation to a musician-related charity, according to reports on Wednesday. On th ...

  31. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  32. @MIDEM: Publishers Spotlight Successful New Initiatives

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST While the industry is grappling with a litany of challenges, it's not surprising that music publishers flocked to the new initiatives panel at MIDEM's publishing summit Tuesday morning (Jan. 26). Among the woes publishers are facing: mec ...

  33. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  34. @MIDEM: Collection Societies Bemoan Contradictory Mandate

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a MIDEM panel examining the progress of the multi-territorial licensing initiative that the European Commission mandated by directive and decisions over the last five years, copyright society executives agreed on one thing: confusion still reig ...

  35. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  36. U.K. Ministers Water Down Copyright Powers

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. ministers have granted a concession in the Digital Economy Bill, which in its original form would have provided "reserve powers" to introduce legislation to clamp down on any future technology that could enable copyright infringemen ...

  37. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Measures

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has finally approved controversial anti-piracy measures aimed at the illegal downloading of copyrighted material on the Internet. The law, unveiled in early December and passed by the Cabinet on Friday (Jan. 8), focuses on m ...

  38. NZ Biz Cautious On Revised Copyright Law

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The New Zealand music industry has reacted cautiously to revised copyright legislation which offers a 'three warnings' solution to online piracy - but only a limited 'struck out' component. The government unveiled the new-look ...

  39. Labels Facing $5.7 Billion Canadian Copyright Lawsuit

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST A lawsuit seeking class action status launched by the estate of jazz musician Chet Baker against Canadian major labels and publishers is seeking damages for unpaid royalties. The claim could reach $6 billion Canadian ($5.7 billion) for 300,000 wor ...

  40. U.K. Internet Firms Rail Against Digital Bill

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Several high-profile internet companies, including Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo! Europe, have sent an open letter to Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, opposing new legislation which they say risks harming t ...

  41. Russian Collecting Society Signs Radio Deals

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST VOIS, Russia's newly accredited sole neighboring rights collecting society, has signed licensing agreements with the country's main FM radio stations, under which between 0.5% and 1.4% of their advertising revenues will be paid to rights ...

  42. Swedish Music Sales Surge After Pirate Bay Case

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recorded music trade revenues in Sweden have increased by 18% in the first nine months of 2009, following the majors' high-profile court victory over the Pirate Bay and the introduction of a new copyright law. There was also an 80% increase i ...

  43. U.K. Biz Welcomes Publication Of Anti-Piracy Measures

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has welcomed the publication of the Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing. For now, the focus is on warning letters to deter file-sharing. But the Bill also includes three-strikes prov ...

  44. German Biz Loses Private Copying Case

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German record-industry has failed to successfully fight against provision 53 of the country's copyright law at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. That provision allows the digital copying of CDs for private use. The con ...

  45. German Biz Welcomes Copyright Proposals

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry has welcomed plans for tighter copyright restrictions proposed by the Germany's new coalition government. Germany's new coalition government, comprising the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Soci ...

  46. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Three-Strikes Pledge

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A combination of fierce criticism and welcome support was the mixed response from the U.K. music and digital industry following proposals outlined today (Oct.28) by U.K. cabinet minister Lord Mandelson to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Mandelso ...

  47. EMI's Leoni-Sceti Calls For 'Three Strikes' Law

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti called for greater innovation throughout the music industry and an enforced change in copyright law during his keynote address at the inaugural "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative indus ...

  48. German Gov't To Tighten Copyright Law

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany's new coalition government has pledged to tighten up copyright law, but has shied away from introducing any "three strikes"-style legislation to deter illegal downloading. The new coalition, comprising the conservative Chris ...

  49. In The City Day 2: Calls For Artist Support

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In order to thrive, the music industry needs to take greater care of its members and, more importantly, music consumers. Those were the two dominant themes at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct.19) - the U.K.'s biggest music ...

  50. In The City Day 1: Pirate Party Chairman Provokes Delegates

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of Manchester's In The City conference - the U.K.'s biggest music confab - began in dramatic fashion with a heated debate on the issue of illegal file-sharing. Chaired by Jon Webster, chairman of the Music Manager's Forum (M ...

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