Copyright

  1. Op-Ed: Working Together To Save The Music

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels took another shot to the gut Aug. 21, this time from the Second Circuit Court's ruling in Arista Records, et al. v. Launch Media. The court held that Yahoo's Launchcast wasn't an interactive service as defined by the C ...

  2. Business Matters: Lala, Viacom, YouTube, EMI

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lala has some pretty incredible sale prices for the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s feature at Pitchfork. Radiohead 's "Kid A" is $1 ...

  3. iiNet Copyright Trial Begins

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Investigators tracked nearly 100,000 instances of iiNet customers sharing files illegally during a 59-week period, prosecutors told the Federal Court in Sydney today as the Internet Service Provider's copyright trial finally got underway. A c ...

  4. Petition To Bolster Artist Rights To Be Delivered To Obama

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A letter to President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden asking the administration to pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists has garnered nearly 7,000 electronic signatures, according to the Copyright Alliance. "Artists and creators m ...

  5. Business Matters: Copyright Debate, Nielsen, WMG

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- News of it has gone almost unnoticed in the U.S., so you may not know the Canadian government is consulting on copyright in advance of new copy ...

  6. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  7. Pirate Gets 3-Month Jail Term In Australia

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sydney's District Court has sentenced a man to three months jail for copyright offenses. Yong Hong Lin, the owner and operator of a commercial piracy operation in Eastwood, New South Wales, was sentenced on Aug. 21 after a jury found him guil ...

  8. Publishers File Suit Against Lyric Sites

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music filed copyright infringement lawsuits today against two businesses exploiting unlicensed lyrics for profit through their operation of four Web sites. The lawsuits alleged that LiveUniverse, Inc. and its own ...

  9. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  10. Sheryl Crow Sells Publishing Catalog To First State Media Group

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow has sold her music publishing catalog to First State Media Group, a Dublin, Ireland-based investor in publishing assets. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the sale earlier Wednesday, said the deal was valued at about $10 mi ...

  11. U.K. Govt Rebuffs File-Sharing Reports

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has rebuffed reports that it is set to impose tougher penalties on illegal file-sharers than the measures already proposed. Various media outlets reported that Lord Mandelson, secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Ski ...

  12. Business Matters: The Orchard, Moby, Zune HD, TVT

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Orchard 's Q2 2009 earnings had two things common in the digital world: a deeper loss and higher revenue. As the company's scale ...

  13. Briefs: U2, Sugarland, Radiohead

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Copyright attorneys William Patry and Ben Sheffner provide a point-counterpoint on Patry's new blog, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars . In the first post of the series, Patry addressed Sheffner's view that file sharers' court ...

  14. Briefs: Joel Tenenbaum, Warner Music Group, Tablo

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum, who recently lost a file-sharing lawsuit, talks to the New Yorker. "Most people want to pay for music when they know the revenue goes straight to the artist...When an entire generation has been raised without supervision on ...

  15. Men At Work Loses First Stage In Copyright Dispute

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie pop-rock act Men At Work has lost the first round of a legal battle over the copyright in its iconic 1980s hit "Down Under." Sydney-based Larrikin Music Publishing launched compensation proceedings last year against Men at Work� ...

  16. IFPI Concern About Russian Collecting Society

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Chairman John Kennedy has sent a letter to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, expressing his concerns about the fact that a Russian collecting society has begun collecting royalties for IFPI members without having proper agreements with t ...

  17. French Anti-Piracy Sanctions Delayed

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French music business has expressed its disappointment after the National Assembly president's decision to postpone until September the vote on the sanctions side of the Creation and Internet law. The decision is down to the lack of time ...

  18. Study: Copyrights Account For $889 Billion In 'Value Added'

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the U.S. core copyright industries combined accounted for $889.13 billion in "value added," or 6.44%, to the $13.81 trillion in gross domestic product, according to a study prepared by Stephen E. Siwek of Economics Inc. for the ...

  19. Economist Submits Rebuttal In Tenenbaum Case

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Stan Liebowitz , a professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas, has submitted a rebuttal expert report in the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case (made available by the Campaigns & Copyrights blog). His report was brought in to co ...

  20. New Zealand Govt Revives Anti-Piracy Law

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Serial copyright offenders in New Zealand could still have their accounts terminated under revised legislation - but only after a lengthy process involving both mediation and an independent tribunal. The government today (July 14) unveiled its rev ...

  21. Canadian Copyright Act To Be Reworked

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canada is expected to kick off the reworking of its Copyright Act next week, a process that will include a series of public consultations across the country, according to sources familiar with the plan. The Canadian Conservative government had pre ...

  22. Research Recap: Nielsen, Harvard, Berkeley

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Below is a recap of music-related research or academic paper recently mentioned at Billboard.biz plus a few new ones. As Billboard wrote previously, "File-sharing and Copyright," an academic paper that argues file-sharing has not impaire ...

  23. 'Long Tail' Author Tackles 'Free' As Industry Experiments With Pricing

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," a new book from Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson tackles the idea of zero price in the digital age. Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," an era-defining book, and just as that book found bo ...

  24. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Sale To Swedish Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers ...

  25. Pirate Bay Snapped Up By Swedish Software Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted with cautious optimism to the news that notorious BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay is being bought by a Swedish software firm, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) AB, which has said a new business model will compensate copyright owne ...

  26. BMI CEO Del Bryant Named Chairperson OF FastTrack Board

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant has been named chairperson of the FastTrack board of directors, succeeding outgoing chair Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker of the German Collecting Society GEMA. In addition, SABAM's Christophe Depreter, who will offic ...

  27. Men At Work Accused Of Plagiarizing Kids' Song

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock band Men at Work are fighting accusations that the melody of their 1980s international hit, "Down Under," was stolen from a popular children's song about a bird. Publisher Larrikin Music is suing for compensation fro ...

  28. MCPS Finances Hit By Interest Rate Slump

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The sudden fall in interest rates has forced the U.K.'s Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) to implement a far-reaching review of operations in order to cut costs. Speaking at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual general m ...

  29. Court Of Appeal Rejects Retrial For Pirate Bay

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sweden's Court of Appeal has ruled the judge in the high-profile Pirate Bay copyright infringement case was not biased and has rejected calls by Pirate Bay founders for a retrial. A lower Swedish District Court in April found the so-called Pi ...

  30. Harvard Paper on P2P Flawed But Worth Reading

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two Harvard Business School economists tackled the effects of digital piracy in a new working paper titled “File-Sharing and Copyright” (download the PDF here ). In the paper, Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf address the impact file-sharin ...

  31. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  32. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  33. U.K. Govt Plans $82,000 Fines For Online IP Offenses

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has outlined proposals to improve copyright licensing and increase financial penalties for online infringers. The proposals, which were part of the Digital Britain report, include legislative changes to ...

  34. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite a pledge in the Digital Britain report to ultimately oblige Internet Service Providers to employ technical measures against copyright infringers if there is no "significant" reduction in illegal file-sharing, the music industry s ...

  35. No 'Three-Strikes' In Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has proposed obliging Internet Service Providers to implement technical measures as a way of reducing illegal P2P file-sharing - but only as a last resort if notification letters to copyright infringers fail to achieve results. ...

  36. Japan Strengthens Copyright Law

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese parliament has passed an amendment to the existing Copyright Law that extends further protections to copyright holders and, for the first time, makes it illegal for private users to download copyrighted material that has been uploaded ...

  37. Web Piracy Law Back On NZ Agenda

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The first draft of New Zealand's revised copyright legislation will be ready for analysis next month. In March, the government ordered a rewrite of a contentious new clause in the Copyright Act, which would have required Internet service prov ...

  38. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, Imeem, Pirate Bay

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case, the judge will allow evidence collected by MediaSentry and barred Thomas from using fair use as a defense. Fair use is an affirmative defense, meaning there is acknowledgement of the facts of a plaintiff& ...

  39. Czechs Urged To Act On EU Term Extension

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European organizations representing performers and the music industry have joined together to call on the Czech government to use the final weeks of its EU presidency to help deliver the European directive to increase copyright in sound recordings ...

  40. Pirate Bay Defendants Suffer Setback

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The four men convicted for operating file-sharing site the Pirate Bay suffered a further setback this week when they failed to get the case thrown out due to alleged bias by the sentencing judge. A Swedish court ruled that judge Tomas Norstrom was ...

  41. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

  42. Biz Awaits 'Digital Britain' Amid U.K. Govt Changes

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of the U.K. creative industries has called on the government to take action against illegal file-sharing in its Digital Britain report, due next week. The call comes amid changes in the departments involved in the report, which will se ...

  43. Briefs: Ticketmaster, Obama, Bopaboo, Spotify

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Time magazine took a good look at the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger , what a former FTC assistant director called "the first test case in the Obama Administration." Luke Froeb of Vanderbilt University explained how the merg ...

  44. German Publishers Demand Govt Action On Piracy

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers have called upon the federal government to implement a warning system to clamp down on the illegal use of music on the Internet. At the German Music Publishers Association's (DMV) annual conference in Dresden, DMV pres ...

  45. Govt Minister Backs 'Regulation' To Tackle Piracy

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is a need for further regulation to help tackle piracy, a U.K. government cabinet member told the annual general meeting for PPL, the record labels' and performers' royalties collecting society. Member of parliament Alan Johnson, t ...

  46. Canadian Govt Set To Consult On Copyright Act

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government is expected to start a consultation process on changes to the country's Copyright Act in mid-June, with the goal of introducing a new bill by the end of the year, sources say. The consultation process is expected to al ...

  47. U.K. Report Shows Impact Of P2P

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new U.K. report states that unauthorized downloading is causing huge economic losses, and that widespread confusion about copyright law in the online world is adding to the problem. The report, "Copycats? Digital Consumers in the On-line Ag ...

  48. Business Briefs: Sotomayor, Farkie, Virgin Megastore

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor , issued at least one major opinion on copyright. Wrote Ben Sheffner at his Copyrights and Campaigns blog, "All in all, Judge Sotomayor's Castle Rock opinion i ...

  49. Guilty Verdict Against Australian CD Pirate

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An Australian man who imported and sold thousands of illegal CDs and DVDs has landed 15 convictions for copyright offenses. Yong Hong Lin was found guilty in the Sydney District Court on May 21, following a three-week trial and more than 12 hours ...

  50. Publishing Briefs: Copyright Alliance, NMPA, ASCAP

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - The Copyright Alliance launched the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, a new non-profit charitable extension of the Alliance that will develop educational programs for Americas next generation of creators. The goal of the foundation is to ...

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