Copyright

  1. JASRAC Sues Video-posting Web Site

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) filed a lawsuit on Aug. 6 against Pandora TV, operator of the video-posting Web site "TV Break" seeking damages of 128 million yen ($1.2 million) for copyright ...

  2. EC Proposes Extended Copyright Term

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today formally proposed an extension in the term of copyright for recorded performances from 50 to 95 years, rewarding the tens of thousands of British artists and the trade bodies which have lobbied intensively for new mea ...

  3. Brit Gov't Launches C'right Exemption Consultation

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government is launching a new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions applied to not-for-profit organizations and charitable group for the performance of recorded music in public. The Government says it is aware that ce ...

  4. Taiwan Establishes IPR Court

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's first IPR Court was inaugurated on July 1, marking the latest in a series of moves by the Taiwanese government to improve intellectual-property rights. The court, which is modeled after similar courts in the United States, Japan and ...

  5. Getty Links With Kobalt For Admin Pact

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Getty Images has tapped Kobalt Music Group for administration services of its music catalog. Getty's Pump Audio division licenses the music of independent artists for commercial uses in TV, films, games and the Internet, among other areas. Ko ...

  6. Copyright Office To Debut Online Registration System

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization. The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, ...

  7. MCPS, PPL Create Pro Dubbing License

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and the Phonographic Performance Limited have teamed-up to launch a professional dubbing licence. Available online from July 1, the so-called ProDub license covers the copying of private music ...

  8. Blu-ray Subjected To Japanese Copy Levy

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government has added Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray Disc recorders to the list of products subject to private-copying levies. But copyright groups such as JASRAC and the RIAJ have expressed concern over the future of the copying-levy syste ...

  9. Brit MPs Show Support For Copyright Extension

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pete Wishart is one of eight British members of parliament who have added their signature in support of an Early Day Motion on the term of copyright extension debate. Scottish Nationalist Wishart, a former member of Scottish rock act Runrig, added ...

  10. Mixed Feelings About New Canadian Copyright Legislation

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government tabled new copyright legislation today (June 12), and while some in the entertainment industry applauded it, others said they would take a wait-and-see approach. The new law will allow consumers to freely transfer purchased ...

  11. Court Allows Promo CD Sales

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal court has permitted an eBay trader to continue selling promotional CDs he bought from music shops and online auctions. The federal District Court in Los Angeles on June 10 denied Universal Music Group's motion for summary judgment, ...

  12. RIAJ Launches Promotional Websites

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) has launched English and Chinese Web sites to promote Japanese music internationally. The Web sites were jointly developed with industry groups such as the Visual Industry Promotion Organiza ...

  13. New Canadian Copyright Legislation To Come

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Canadian copyright legislation will be introduced tomorrow, the federal Conservative government said this afternoon. The music industry blames lax copyright legislation for the proliferation of file sharing in the country and a decline of more ...

  14. German Publishers Decry 'Unjust' Copyright Rules

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German politicians were to blame for making it too easy for music pirates to go undetected in the interests of data privacy, Dagmar Sikorski, president of the German Music Publishers Association, said during the association's annual conferenc ...

  15. CISAC Slams China's Copyright 'Violations'

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC president Robin Gibb has called on the Chinese government to end what he says are copyright-law violations. "How is it and how can it be that in China, the most populated country in the world and the organizer of the 2008 Olympic Games, ...

  16. Burnham Keeps 'Open Mind' On 50-Year C'right Term

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andy Burnham, Britain's culture secretary, has reached out to the U.K. music industry with a show of support, while promising to keep an "open mind" on the rumbling debate that is the 50-year term of copyright issue. Speaking at col ...

  17. McGuinness Increases Pressure On ISPs

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 manager Paul McGuinness has delivered another hard-hitting speech in which he says that by refusing to join forces with the legitimate music business, Internet service providers are clinging to the past and preventing the music industry's ...

  18. Chinese Music Industry Urges Action Against Baidu

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of leading music-industry companies and associations on June 3 issued a statement calling on major companies to review their relations with Beijing-based Internet portal Baidu due to its policy of providing “deep links” to Web sites of ...

  19. I See You Baby, Shakin' Those Rights

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ad-funded music, eh? Without even touching the regrettable Qtrax at Midem episode, there's clearly a major lump in the road to success. Not that the trajectories of music and advertising are not due to collide and create new forms of consumer ...

  20. RIAA Drops AllofMP3.com Suit

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA last week dropped its lawsuit against AllofMP3.com, the Russian digital music service that shut down last July. The trade group told Bloomberg that the move was due to the fact that the site is no longer operational and therefore represen ...

  21. Jury Convicts 'Release Group' Pirate

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A jury in Alexandria, Va., rendered a guilty verdict on Thursday (May 22) in the federal prosecution of a Brooklyn man for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, B ...

  22. Chinese Search Engine Zhongsou Fined

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Zhongsou, one of China's top five Internet search engines, has been found guilty of infringing record companies' copyrights by the Heibei provincial government's Copyright Bureau and the city of Cangzhou. The authorities have ordere ...

  23. E-License Strikes YouTube Content Deal

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based music-copyright agency e-License Inc. said May 20 it has concluded a comprehensive licensing contract with Google for the use of e-License-managed music on Google's YouTube video-sharing site. Under the new agreement, users can le ...

  24. Orphan Works Bills On The Move

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Senate and House versions of orphan works bills, which would make copyrighted works available for licensing even if the owners cannot be located, moved forward today. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to report the bill to the Senate floor for ...

  25. Canada Joins Russia, China On Piracy List

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada joins China and Russia today as one of the top countries where intellectual property protections are most problematic for the American creative community. This distinction comes from the "Watch List" in an annual report released b ...

  26. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  27. House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed, under suspension of House rules, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. An official quorum vote is expected on the House floor this evening. Introduced ...

  28. South Korean Authorities Beef Up Seizures

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South Korean authorities have dramatically stepped up seizures of illegal DVDs, CDs and videocassettes during a 100-day crackdown on local piracy. In the first week of the crackdown, which started April 7, police confiscated 26,443 units of illega ...

  29. USTR Issues IP Watch Report

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Trade Representative today released its report on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection by the country's trading partners. The Special 301 Report, issued annually, is a policy tool for focusing on ...

  30. Orphan Works Hits Congress

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees today introduced legislation that would make more copyrighted works available for licensing even if the copyright owners cannot be found. Under the bills, potential users of these so-cal ...

  31. Japan's FTC Raids JASRAC HQ

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Officials from the Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission have reportedly raided the Tokyo headquarters of local authors' society JASRAC. Reports suggest the Wednesday raid was based on suspicions that the society had violated the A ...

  32. Aus Cops Bust Alleged Piracy Ring

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested and charged a 36-year-old Sydney man with copyright infringement following a major anti-piracy sting. The man was bailed and will appear before the Central Local Court on May 13. Criminal penalties ...

  33. RIAA Spent $2.8M Lobbying Feds

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry's trade group spent nearly $2.8 million pumping up the volume on its lobbying on Capitol Hill last year. The Washington-based Recording Industry Association of America lobbied on a bill to limit fees charged to Internet ...

  34. Taiwanese IPR Court To Begin Hearing Appeals

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan will modify its legal system in July by adding a special appellate court dedicated exclusively to intellectual property matters. The court's judges will be well-versed in IPR issues and assisted by patent specialists, says Margaret Che ...

  35. European Parliament Rejects Plans To Cut File-Sharers

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has narrowly voted against a rule which would cut the Internet connections of people who illegally download copyright infringing music and other digital files. The parliament gathered yesterday to vote on the "Report o ...

  36. NZ Biz Keen To Engage With ISPs

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand recorded music industry intends to work closely with Internet service providers to ensure new copyright legislation works against online pirates. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill, the bigg ...

  37. NZ Approves Long-Awaited Copyright Legislation

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The biggest overhaul of New Zealand copyright legislation in almost two decades has finally been passed. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill -- which dates back to 2003 -- had its third and final reading in ...

  38. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  39. Sony/ATV Targets Karaoke Companies

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is suing karaoke companies and individuals based in California, Korea and the Cayman Islands for copyright infringement and unfair business practices. The publisher claims that more than 200 songs are being used without p ...

  40. Sweden to Get Tough on File-Sharers

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Swedish courts will soon be able to force the country's Internet providers to hand out information on suspected file-sharers in a move to crackdown on online piracy, the culture and justice ministers said Friday. File-sharing can be traced by ...

  41. Royalty Discussions To The Fore At CMW

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The value of music and the rate radio in Canada should pay for it have been among the hot topics at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. "It is allegedly 2008 and we're still discussing whether radio gathers value from music," says David ...

  42. International Artists Petition For Performance Right

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than 6,000 international artists who want U.S. copyright law changed delivered a petition today to Congress. They want prompt enactment of legislation to grant artists, musicians and record labels in the United States a right to be compensate ...

  43. Industry Bodies Back Wishart Bill On C'right Term

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST British neighboring rights collecting society PPL, the Musicians Union and labels body the BPI have thrown their support behind Peter Wishart's ambition to change the current legislation on the U.K.'s term of copyright. Scottish National ...

  44. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  45. Study: Kids Less Likely To Pirate Music When Laws Are Understood

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST A recent survey found that kids are less likely to illegally download music and other content if they know the laws for downloading music and movies, according to a new study from Microsoft. The company found that 49% of kids in seventh through 10 ...

  46. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  47. Canadian Collective Won't Appeal MP3 Tariff Decision

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says it will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that turned down an application to add a tariff to MP3 players. The levy of up to C$75 ($74) on MP3 players received approval from the ...

  48. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

  49. China's R2G Music, MCSC Strike Partnership

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based digital music distributor R2G Music and local authors' body the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) on Feb. 1 unveiled a "strategic partnership" they say will better serve both rights-holders and Internet service p ...

  50. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

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