Copyright

  1. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  2. Publishers May Appeal Block On 'iPod Tax'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Collecting society the Canadian Private Copying Collective says it may appeal against a court ruling which has blocked its efforts to obtain compensation for music creators through extending Canada's private-copying levy to cover "digita ...

  3. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  4. CRIA: Digital Gains Lag U.S.

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a 73% gain in single digital track sales in 2007, the Canadian Recording Industry Association says digital sales still lag woefully behind that of the U.S. Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, said ju ...

  5. Chaitovitz Named FMC Executive Director

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ann Chaitovitz has been named executive director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). Chaitovitz, based in Washington, D.C., will report to FMC's board of directors and will assume her new role February 4. Chaitovitz most recently worked a ...

  6. 'Performance Rights Act' Introduced

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) jointly introduced legislation today that would end the exemption of terrestrial radio stations from current copyright law which ...

  7. Brit Gov't Calls For Co-operation To Beat IP Theft

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST A British government-commissioned report has recommended law-enforcement agencies and industry bodies share intelligence via a secure Web site, as part of a broader crackdown on copyright theft. It is one of nine proposals spelled-out in the Depar ...

  8. Canada's Copyright Act Revisions Get Shelved

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Revisions to Canada's Copyright Act, which were expected to be announced today, have been put on hold without any indication of when they might be introduced. The Canadian Conservative government under Industry Minister Jim Prentice had place ...

  9. Universal Promotes Robert Allen

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Robert E. Allen to senior VP, business affairs. He was previously VP of business affairs. Allen's primary responsibilities include overseeing all contract negotiations in North America for new and ...

  10. Senators Take On Performance Right Debate

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Artists and broadcasters today continued their fight over a performance right to play recordings over terrestrial radio during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Singer-songwriter Alice Peacock urged members of the Senate Judiciary C ...

  11. YouTube Served India Court Order

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mumbai-based Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. (SCIL), one of India's biggest record and video labels, said yesterday it has obtained a court order that prohibits YouTube's Indian Web site from disseminating SCIL copyrighted content. The D ...

  12. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  13. JASRAC Launch Copyright Web Site

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A consortium of 17 Japanese copyright-management organizations, including local authors society JASRAC, is setting up a Web site that will allow members of the public to search for copyright information concerning literary works, photos and musica ...

  14. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  15. German C'right Law Passed

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The new German copyright law has finally been approved. The law was accepted last Friday by the Bundestag's Upper House, and will come into effect on Jan. 1 2008. Private copies are fundamentally still permitted, but there are various restric ...

  16. FMC Summit Puts Spotlight On 'Orphan Works'

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A panel at yesterday's Future of Music Coalition summit addressed the growing issue of "orphan works," defined as "unlocateable copyright works." These recordings are often old folk ballads whose copyright was always uncle ...

  17. CRIA Against Blank Media Levy

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unexpected move, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has come out against a levy on blank media in a court filing, arguing the fees paid appear to allow for the justification of free downloading on peer-to-peer networks. CRIA, ...

  18. French Gov't Appoints FNAC CEO To Stimulate Digital Biz

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The French government is throwing its muscle behind a mission to fight illegal downloading. Newly-elected President Sarkozy ordered the initiative in early August as part of a global plan to "save the music industry" and support the lega ...

  19. Illegal Art Continues To Challenge Copyright Restrictions

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label Illegal Art continues what they call their challenge to "the restrictions of copyright as perceived by the larger music industry," with sound collagist Realistic's new album, "Perpetual Memory Loss," due Oct. 2 ...

  20. "Needletime" Breakthrough At SA's Moshito Conference

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's labels body has used the platform of the fourth annual Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition to unveil details of a new national collecting society. The new society, the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAM ...

  21. Report: Piracy Has Cost U.S. $12.5 Billion

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A new study released today by the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) estimates that global piracy of recorded music has cost the United States $12.5 billion in economic output and 71,060 jobs annually. The IPI describes the report, ...

  22. Will Radio Pay Artists And Labels?

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Folk singer Judy Collins sat before a dozen members of Congress, at times breaking into song as she testified. Performers should be paid for their recordings that radio stations broadcast over the air, she said -- just as songwriters and publisher ...

  23. Veoh Issues Pre-emptive UMG Lawsuit

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Web video sharing service Veoh Networks has filed what it calls a pre-emptive lawsuit against Universal Music Group in the hope of blocking any potential copyright infringement claims by the major label. Veoh, which syndicates video content from B ...

  24. Aussie Venues Launch Action Against PPCA

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian hotel and nightclub industries have jointly launched a Federal Court appeal against the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's win to raise licensing fees. Last month, the Copyright Tribunal allowed the PPCA -- which r ...

  25. PNG Songwriters To Receive Royalty Payments

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters from Papua New Guinea will receive their first local royalty payments thanks to a new license deal struck between the Sydney-based Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Port Moresby-based radio station PNG FM. APRA' ...

  26. NMPA, Journalist Join YouTube Suit

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several copyright holders are joining a class action infringement suit against YouTube, including the National Music Publishers' Assn., investigative journalist Robert Tur and the U.K.'s Rugby Football League. Following a suit filed by V ...

  27. MCPS Offers License For Indie TV Producers

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society is extending the licensing rights available to TV-program producers. The collecting society has launched the Independent Production Company License (IPC), which is aimed at independent product ...

  28. House Subcommittee Considers Performers' Right

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Folksinger Judy Collins and R&B legend Sam Moore were among the witnesses today as a House Judiciary Subcommittee held the first hearing examining whether terrestrial radio broadcasters should begin paying royalties to performers and record co ...

  29. Whittingdale Opens-Up On Term Of C'right Decision

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The term of copyright issue reached a climax last Tuesday when the British government announced it would ignore the music industry's campaign for an extension, and sided instead with the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Gowers' Tr ...

  30. Copyright Alliance Criticizes Gowers Review

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Alliance has entered into the boisterous British debate on term of copyright. The Washington-based copyright body has openly criticized the government-backed Gowers Review on intellectual property, which recommended that the governme ...

  31. EFF Sues UMG Over Prince Video

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed suit against Universal Music Group over the label's request that a YouTube video featuring "Let's Get Crazy" by Prince be removed. The video depicts an 18-month old child and a sibli ...

  32. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  33. U.K. Gov't Backs Gowers Review

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a development which will stun British music industry lobbyists, the U.K. government has backed the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Britain's department for culture, media and sport today confirmed its stance when it issued its form ...

  34. U.K. Industry Trust Targets Copyright Theft

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. entertainment industry has unveiled a new Web site as part of its continuing efforts to tackle copyright theft. The Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness site, www.copyrightaware.co.uk, aims to educate the public about the im ...

  35. Canadian MP3 Tariff Fee To Be Reintroduced

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) won a decision on July 19 from the Copyright Board of Canada to reintroduce a controversial tariff fee into the sale price of MP3 players in Canada. The CPCC, the Toronto-based non-profit collective o ...

  36. U.K. Biz Braced For C'right Term Response

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government will deliver this coming week its awaited verdict on the copyright term for sound recordings. Sources tell Billboard.biz, however, that the government may not follow a select committee's calls to extend the term of copyrig ...

  37. CISAC Responds To Royalty Reform Critics

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella organization for the world's collection societies, today (July 19) responded to severe objections to its planned reforms. It accused its critics of cynically seeking any means possible to drive down the fees required for t ...

  38. RIAA Sends Sixth Wave Of Letters To Colleges

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today sent a new wave of 408 pre-litigation settlement letters to 23 universities nationwide. This new round of pre-litigation letters is the latest installment of a broad education and deterrence campaign that the RIAA launched earlier t ...

  39. German Record Biz Angered At C'right Law Tweaks

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sections of the German music business are furious at recent copyright law amendments that allow consumers to make an unlimited number of private copies of CDs and DVDs. And although the new additions still forbid consumers from bypassing encrypted ...

  40. Tory Leader Cameron Backs C'right Term Extension

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's official opposition political party will throw its support behind the industry's quest to extend the term of copyright, the Conservative Party's leader declared today. Using the platform of the BPI's annual general me ...

  41. PPL's Nevrkla Joins U.S. Copyright Alliance Board

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO of U.K. collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd, has become the first European-based executive to be appointed to the board of the U.S.-based Copyright Alliance. Nevrkla is now the seventh member on the board ...

  42. Taiwan Outlaws Unauthorized Filesharing

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed changes to the country's Copyright Law, making unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content via peer-to-peer networks a criminal offense for the first time. Passage of the amendments by Taiwan's p ...

  43. Appeals Court Upholds Anti-Bootlegging Law

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two and a half years after a federal judge held that making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts was not a federal crime in New York, an appeals court yesterday reversed that decision. As a result, Jean Martignon, who operated Midnight ...

  44. Cherry Lane Joins YouTube Suit

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has joined the class action suit filed last month against YouTube and its parent company, Google. Indie publisher Bourne Co. and the Football Assn. Premier League are the lead plaintiffs in the proposed class action su ...

  45. U.K. Biz Gathers For PPL AGM

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's PPL will continue fighting for an extension in the term of copyright on sound recordings -and intends to draw Britain's incoming Prime Minister into the debate. Speaking on stage at the society's annual general meeting tod ...

  46. Copyright Row Dominates Summit

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has wrapped, after an afternoon session dominated by a stand-off between delegates and controversial Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons issues copyright licenses that al ...

  47. Brussels Copyright Summit Kicks Off

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has started in Brussels with some lively initial sessions. The two-day summit, attended by over 500 delegates, goes under the banner "Creators First" and is focused on the protection of copyright in t ...

  48. French Biz Given Access To Monitor Downloaders

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French music copyright holders should be able to intensify their fight against illegal file-sharers following an appeal judgment filed by the highest administrative court in France. The Conseil d'Etat on May 23 canceled an October 2005 decisi ...

  49. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  50. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

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