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  1. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  2. Appeals Court: Paul McCartney's Ex-Wife Doesn't Owe Publicist

    February 18, 2014 4:00 PM EST For every problem, there's a solution. Or as Paul McCartney once sang, "We can work it out." But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has an addendum: Once the parties work things out, without misrepresentation, there won't be any ...

  3. Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Appeal Over Unlicensed Merchandise

    January 30, 2014 3:47 AM EST In a ruling that could be slightly disconcerting for entertainment studios, news outlets and others who have dealt with the confusing nature of publicity rights laws across the nation, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given a victory to famous ...

  4. Elton John Convinces Judges About Uniqueness of His Love Song

    July 17, 2013 3:55 PM EDT How many ways is there to say, "I love you"? Unfortunately for a man who composed a song entitled "Natasha" and sued Elton John and Bernie Taupin for ripping it off, there's more than one. On Wednesday, the Seventh Circ ...

  5. Appeals Court Upholds College Student's $675,000 Piracy Penalty

    June 25, 2013 7:56 PM EDT In the long-running case of Joel Tenenbaum, who was ordered in 2009 by a jury to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs online, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Tuesday that the penalty should stand. The penalty ...

  6. UMG Settles With FBT Productions in Landmark Eminem Digital Revenues Lawsuit

    October 30, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Digital income. It's a topic that continues to cause fits in the music industry, and if there's one big moment when record companies probably realized that a new day had dawned in their business, it was September 3, 2010, the day the 9th ...

  7. Morning Fix: Katy Perry Named Woman of the Year; Lyor Cohen Speculation; Maybach Music Tour

    September 26, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. KATY PERRY NAMED BILLBOARD WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Billboard has announced that Katy Perry will accept its coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music ...

  8. Updated: Court of Appeals Sides with Tim McGraw in Curb Records Case

    September 25, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The Court of Appeals of Tennessee in Nashville on Tuesday upheld a November 2011 Chancery Court ruling that denied Curb Record's request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Tim McGraw from signing with another record company. The ...

  9. REO Speedwagon, Boz Scaggs Latest To Sue Sony Music Over Digital Downloads

    September 24, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Sony Music has been hit with more litigation over the way artists are compensated whenever consumers buy songs on iTunes and other digital outlets. Late last week, separate lawsuits were filed in New York federal court by REO Speedwagon and Willia ...

  10. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  11. Nashville Court Grants Continuance To Curb In Tim McGraw Suit

    June 28, 2012 7:11 PM EDT In the latest development in the ongoing legal dispute between Curb Records and Tim McGraw, a Nashville court today granted Curb's request to postpone the breach of contract trial. The long and complicated case basically centers around whethe ...

  12. Business Matters: Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora

    June 13, 2012 9:06 PM EDT Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora -- An upstart Internet radio company has caused Pandora Media, the leading Internet radio service, to drop 11.2% over the last two trading days and shed $208 million of market value. If you haven't heard of ...

  13. Eminem Digital Royalties Case: Producers, Label Argue Over Compensation

    June 05, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Coming soon to a California federal courtroom will be a trial where music producers Mark and Jeff Bass fight for tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Aftermath Records over digital downloads for Eminem recordings. The case is one of th ...

  14. Why Does Apple Want To Hide Steve Jobs' Secret Deposition in Major Label Digital Revenue Lawsuits?

    April 30, 2012 3:19 PM EDT Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group, is about to go to trial in a case that will determine what money is owed over digital music to producers of many hit Eminem records. Meanwhile, in another case -- a class action against UMG b ...

  15. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  16. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  17. Sirius XM Still Facing Legal Challenges Over Five-Year-Old Merger

    April 04, 2012 6:28 PM EDT More than five years after Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced a merger that would create the mega-satellite radio network Sirius XM, the company is still in court defending the marriage. On Monday, Sirius XM filed a brief to t ...

  18. Eminem's Digital Royalties Lawsuit: Leaked Audit Highlights Huge Stakes for Music Biz

    February 23, 2012 8:05 AM EST Over the last few months, the music industry has been rocked by multiple lawsuits alleging that artists such as Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, Rob Zombie and others have been cheated out of substantial money from the improper calculation of revenues ...

  19. Sister Sledge Files Class Action Against Warner Music Over Digital Royalties

    February 03, 2012 7:45 AM EST The members of the musical group Sister Sledge have banded together with an Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter to file a major class action lawsuit against Warner Music Group alleging they have been cheated out of millions of dollars based on ...

  20. Kanye West Cites Nietzsche in Copyright Battle Over 'Stronger'

    November 23, 2011 10:30 AM EST Kanye West has cited 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in an attempt to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the dismissal of a claim he stole his hit song "Stronger" from another songwriter. In a brief s ...

  21. Business Matters: Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads

    November 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads -- Pandora has been criticized for not doing well enough with local advertising. Now the company has a new plan to deliver targeted, local ads to its listeners. On Friday the personalized Internet radio compa ...

  22. Joel Tenenbaum Files For Rehearing of $675K Copyright Infringement Award

    November 07, 2011 1:18 PM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum doesn't attract much media attention these days, but the case is still alive and kicking. Attorneys for file sharer Joel Tenenbaum filed a petition for a rehearing in the First Circuit Court of Appeal ...

  23. Public Enemy's Chuck D Sues Universal Over Digital-Download Royalties

    November 02, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Universal Music Group is now facing a fresh lawsuit that alleges the underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. Today, Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label. Judge Declines Universal Mu ...

  24. Judge Declines Universal Music Group's Bid to Dismiss Class Action Over Digital Revenue

    November 02, 2011 1:24 PM EDT A federal judge in California is allowing a big class action lawsuit to go forward against Universal Music Group that alleges the record label has underpaid royalties on digital downloads and ringtones. Spearheaded by Rob Zombie and the estate of ...

  25. Poison Responds to Song Theft Allegations

    October 27, 2011 4:53 PM EDT Poison, one of the most successful hair metal bands of the 1980s, is striking back in response to a new lawsuit that claims four hit songs were stolen a quarter century ago from another band. A lawyer for the group led by frontman-turned-reality-T ...

  26. Hair Band War! Did Poison Steal '80s Hits From Another Band?

    October 21, 2011 10:20 PM EDT Members of Poison, including frontman-turned-reality-TV-celebrity Bret Michaels, have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn't over ...

  27. Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued By Soul Legend Syl Johnson Over Uncleared Sample (Listen)

    October 18, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  28. Kanye West and Jay-Z Sued for Allegedly Sampling Syl Johnson

    October 17, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  29. Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 Award Against File Sharer Joel Tenenbaum

    September 19, 2011 3:06 PM EDT An appeals court has reinstated the $675,000 award against file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, reversing the decision of a lower-court judge to reduce the penalty on constitutional grounds. In the case of Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the def ...

  30. Rick James Estate's Class-Action Suit Against Universal: An Entertainment Attorney Weighs In

    April 08, 2011 11:24 AM EDT The Rick James estate filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group and it's raising expectations that more artists may enter the license-vs.-sale battle over digital downloads. But the clock could be ticking for heritage artists ...

  31. Supreme Court Rejects Universal Music Group's Appeal Of Eminem Royalty Case

    March 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group regarding how much it pays artists for digital music sales. UMG is appealing a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last year, which stated that the label ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. No Doubt to Pursue Lawsuit Against Activision

    February 17, 2011 7:57 AM EST This week is shaping up to be a big one in the ongoing struggle to figure out the difference between commercial and expressive speech, the times when entertainment companies can show public figures in the name of the First Amendment and the times ...

  34. 'Chipmunks' Owner Sues EMI Over High-Pitched Music

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Those adorable, annoying, uber-litigious Chipmunks are at it again. Bagdasarian Prods, owner of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, is suing EMI Music for allegedly failing to pay appropriate royalties on a boxed set of Chipmunks music featurin ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Appeals Court Rules For Eminem In Royalty Lawsuit

    September 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court has found Eminem's former production company is entitled to more money from downloads of the rapper's songs and ringtones. A federal jury last year had ruled against F.B.T. Productions LLC in its lawsuit against U ...

  37. Veoh, Universal Music Showdown Could Preview Viacom/YouTube Appeal

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veoh has a warning for justices at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who will consider overturning a lower court's ruling in Universal Music Group's big copyright infringement case. "UMG's interpretation of the law would, if a ...

  38. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  39. Google Targeted For Linking To Infringing Songs

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google about to be hit with a major new lawsuit for linking to copyright infringing songs? A UK trade group representing more than 300 record companies including UMG, Sony and Warner Bros. has sent Google a takedown notice demanding it remove l ...

  40. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  41. Court: Widow Owns 'King Of The Road' Copyright

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The widow of country music legend Roger Miller has won a protracted legal battle over the rights to some of his biggest hits, including "King of the Road." A federal judge ruled last week that Mary Miller and Roger Miller Music, Inc. own ...

  42. Court: Internet Radio Services Don't Need To License From Labels

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio services that don’t let users play tracks on demand don’t need to strike content licensing deals with record labels, according to the verdict in the ongoing dispute between Yahoo’s Launchcast and the music industry. The U.S. Second ...

  43. Downloading Hearing Can't Be Streamed Online

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court in Massachusetts says a hearing in a music downloading lawsuit can't be streamed online. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that it was bound to a local rule that closes federal courtrooms to broadcas ...

  44. News Groups Urge Court Webcast In Music Case

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fourteen news organizations, including the Associated Press and The New York Times Co., are urging a federal appeals court to allow online streaming of a hearing in a music downloading lawsuit the recording industry filed against a Boston Universi ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Karaoke Device Required Synch License

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST A federal Court of Appeals in California yesterday handed a big win to music publishers and a big loss to karaoke companies. The court held that a compulsory mechanical license does not include the right to print or display song lyrics in real tim ...

  47. Exclusive: Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For my Billboard "Legal Matters" column this week (Oct. 20 issue), Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge met with me in his office on Capitol Hill for an exclusive interview to explain how the new Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) works ...

  48. Belgian ISP To Appeal File-Block Ruling

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Belgian Internet Service Provider (ISP) Scarlet is appealing against a court ruling that said it must block illegal downloads from peer-to-peer networks and must begin doing so within six months. Scarlet, formerly a wing of Italy's Tiscali, w ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Court Denies XM Request To Dismiss Music Label Suit

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge today (Jan. 19) denied XM Satellite Radio's attempt to dismiss the lawsuit brought by major labels over the XM players which record, library and retain music broadcast by the service. In a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Court ...

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