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  1. FCC Opts To Re-Think Indecency Rulings

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeals court for the chance to re-examine its own recent indecency decisions. The commission has also asked the court to suspend any judgments concerning sever The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeal ...

  2. Charlesworth Joins NMPA As General Counsel

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The National Music Publishers' Assn. has named Jacqueline Charlesworth as its new general counsel/senior VP. The appointment was made today (Jan. 23) follows a reorganization of the legal departments The National Music Publishers' Assn. ...

  3. EMI, Naxos Settle Suit

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal resolves issues over classical recordings. EMI and its Capitol label settled their U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit against Naxos of America. The deal resolves issues over classical recordings that fell into the public domain in the United ...

  4. Viacom, UCC Dispute FCC Kid Regs

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Viacom and the United Church of Christ are both pushing to have the federal courts decide if the Federal Communications Commission's regulations regarding children's programming rules on digital TV ar WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Repo ...

  5. Behind the Deal: Rio Properties vs. Rod Stewart

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 decided that Rod Stewart and his company, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. (SA), should return a $2 million deposit plus interest to Rio Properties (owned by Harrah A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 d ...

  6. SparkNet Loses Infringement Case

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal District Court ruled that broadcaster Bonneville International did not infringe the "playing what we want" trademark of SparkNet Communications. NEW YORK -- A federal District Court ruled that broadcaster Bonneville Internation ...

  7. Behind the Deal: Rio Properties vs. Rod Stewart

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 decided that Rod Stewart and his company, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. (SA), should return a $2 million deposit plus interest to Rio Properties (owned by Harrah A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 d ...

  8. Rod Stewart: 'Pay Back The $2 Mil'

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury decided Sept. 7 that Harrah's Rio Properties in Las Vegas does not have to reschedule a cancelled Rod Stewart concert. Instead, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. must return the $2 million NEW YORK -- A federal court jury decided S ...

  9. Jury To Rod Stewart: 'Pay Back The $2 Mil'

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury decided Sept. 7 that Harrah’s Rio Properties in Las Vegas does not have to reschedule a cancelled Rod Stewart concert. Instead, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. must return the $2 millio A federal court jury decided Sept. 7 that Harrah ...

  10. Goering Joins Sheppard, Mullin

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Goering has joins the New York office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Kevin Goering has joined the New York office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the business trial practice group. Goering, most rec ...

  11. Behind the Deal: Grokster and the Future -- An Interview with John Frankenheimer

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the entertainment industry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios vs. Grokster on June 27, attorney John Frankenheimer shared his thoughts with <i>Billboard/ELW</i>. Fr After the U.S. Supreme Court sided ...

  12. Supreme Court Overturns Ruling On Cable Internet Lines

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court handed the cable industry and the Federal Communications Commission a big victory June 27 in upholding the commission's 2002 ruling that cable operators are not required to open up t (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Supreme C ...

  13. Case Summary: MGM Studios vs. Grokster

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected by many entertainment industry lawyers, the Supreme Court's opinion released June 27 in the MGM Studio vs. Grokster case focused on the activities of the peer-to-peer operators rather than As expected by many entertainment industr ...

  14. Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Entertainment Industry In Grokster Case

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision June 27 in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous ...

  15. Grokster: P2P Operators' Actions Were Key To Decision

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Justices leave room for development of new technologies. As expected by many entertainment industry lawyers, the Supreme Court’s opinion released June 27 in the MGM Studio vs. Grokster case focused on the activities of the peer-to-peer operators r ...

  16. GROKSTER COVERAGE: Official Responses

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups, Congressional leaders and other interested parties offer early responses. Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) "VSDA is gratified that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for those who intent ...

  17. Supreme Court Sides With Biz In Grokster Case

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Software developers take P2P copyright blame. The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision today in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. The court h ...

  18. Court Sides With Biz In Gokster Case

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Unanimous decision reverses Circuit Court opinion. The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision today in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. The co ...

  19. Supreme Court Sides With Biz In Grokster Case

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision June 27 in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision Ju ...

  20. Court Reverses TVT's $54M Award In IDJ Suit

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lyor Cohen and Island Def Jam Music Group will not be writing multimillion-dollar checks to Steve Gottlieb's TVT companies, now that an appeals court reversed a $54 million judgment over Ja Rule recor NEW YORK -- Lyor Cohen and Island Def Jam ...

  21. Lawyers Continue Fight Over Sampling Rights

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While the fight over how much of a sound recording can be legally sampled continues in the No Limit Films case, the challenge by jazz flutist James W. Newton over alleged infringement by Beastie Boys NEW YORK -- While the fight over how much of a ...

  22. New York Court Overturns TVT Decision

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Multi-million dollar award now just thousands. New York's Second Circuit Court of Appeals today (June 14) overturned an earlier court's decision in favor of TVT, in the indie label's suit against the Island Def Jam Music Group, Univ ...

  23. Supreme Court Passes On Beasties Case

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court on June 13 declined to consider whether a 1992 Beastie Boys song infringed on the copyright of a recording by jazz flutist James W. Newton. The Supreme Court on June 13 declined to consider whether a 1992 Beastie Boys song infrin ...

  24. Cable Royalty Distribution Affirmed

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed on May 31 the Librarian of Congress' royalty distribution to cable television system operators. NEW YORK -- The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed on May 31 the Librarian of Congr ...

  25. Case Summary: Contractual Waiver of Jury Trial

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Many contracts include a provision stating that the parties agree to waive their right to a jury trial if they later end up in a dispute over the contract. Not every state court enforces this right, h Many contracts include a provision stating tha ...

  26. Case Summary: Contractual Waiver of Jury Trial

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Many contracts include a provision stating that the parties agree to waive their right to a jury trial if they later end up in a dispute over the contract. Not every state court enforces this right, h Many contracts include a provision stating tha ...

  27. Broadcast Flag Ruling Alters Biz Fight Plan

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal appellate court has dealt the entertainment industry a blow with its decision to toss out the Federal Communication Commission's "broadcast flag" regulation designed as an offensive measure WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood ...

  28. Case Summary: Using Name & Likeness Without Permission, Florida Law

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When Warner Bros. Pictures produced "The Perfect Storm" about a fishing vessel that was lost in a rare, powerful weather system off the New England coast, it did not ask permission -- or compensate -- When Warner Bros. Pictures produced ...

  29. NY Court Recognizes Common Law Copyright In Sound Recordings

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New York without permission, an appellate court held April 5. As a result, Capitol Records may continue with a copyri NEW YORK -- Record labels may stop other compa ...

  30. Capitol Can Go Forward With Case Vs. Naxos

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New York without permission, an appellate court held yesterday (April 5). Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New Yor ...

  31. Feds Back Ruling On Cable Regulation

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The federal government defended before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 29 its decision to refuse to regulate cable companies that provide broadband Internet access. The conclusion has riled Internet s WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  32. U.S. Supreme Court Hears Grokster Arguments

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The scene was reminiscent of a rock festival, with people camping out overnight for tickets while artists played guitars and sang nearby. On March 29, however, the artists were protesting and those in WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The scene was reminiscent ...

  33. Case Summary: Royalty Audits and Tolling Contractual Limitations Periods

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a royalty dispute between songwriter James Weatherly and Universal Music Publishing Group, the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles has held that the songwriter's failure to promptly audit did In a royalty dispute between songwriter J ...

  34. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Grokster Case

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Decision expected by summer. The justices took active roles during oral arguments today (March 29) in the case brought by motion-picture studios, record labels, music publishers and songwriters against Grokster, StreamCast and others involved in f ...

  35. Xzibit Copyright Suit Dismissed

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless" (Loud/Columbia). PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An aspiring ...

  36. Xzibit Copyright Suit Dismissed

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Plaintiff ordered to pay legal fees. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An aspiring Philadelphia songwriter faces a stiff penalty for filing a lawsuit in which he claimed that he created the beat for a track on Xzibit's platinum-selling album "Restless ...

  37. Case Summary: No Defenses to Unauthorized Downloading

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Not every person sued by record labels for unauthorized downloading of music has thousands of files on her hard drive. Just 30 recordings were at issue in a suit brought against Cecilia Gonzalez in Ch Not every person sued by record labels for una ...

  38. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  39. Gov't, Biz Groups File Amicus Briefs In Grokster Case

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Congressmen seek to clarify P2P rules. The Department of Justice is weighing in with the most powerful Republican and Democratic copyright champions in Congress by filing amicus briefs in the MGM Studios v. Grokster Ltd. case pending before the U. ...

  40. Gov't, Biz Groups File Amicus Briefs In Grokster Case

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Congressmen seek to clarify P2P rules. The Department of Justice is weighing in with the most powerful Republican and Democratic copyright champions in Congress by filing amicus briefs in the MGM Studios v. Grokster Ltd. case pending before the U. ...

  41. Theater-Owners Group Names General Counsel

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST The National Assn. of Theatre Owners appointed G. Kendrick Macdowell to serve as the association's general counsel and director of government affairs in Washington, D.C. The National Assn. of Theatre Owners appointed G. Kendrick Macdowell to ...

  42. Bill Targets Retailers Who Sell 'Mature' Games To Minors

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The governor of Illinois on Dec. 16 proposed legislation that would make it a crime for retailers to sell violent or sexually graphic videogames to minors. It is the first state bill ever to try polic WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The governor of Illinois o ...

  43. Court To Reconsider Sampling Case

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-second sample of a sound recording is enough to infringe a copyright agreed Dec. 20 to take a second look at their decision. NEW YORK -- The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-seco ...

  44. Court To Reconsider Sampling Case

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-second sample of a sound recording is enough to infringe a copyright agreed today (Dec. 20) to take a second look at their decision. The federal judges who held that an unauthorized two-second s ...

  45. Court Upholds Beastie's Sampling Right

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra NEW YORK -- Jazz flutist James W. Newton struc ...

  46. Court Rules On Authorship Of Mexican Films

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Film production companies may be "authors" under Mexican copyright law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held on Nov. 5. NEW YORK -- Film production companies may be "authors" under Mexican copyright law, the Ninth Circuit Co ...

  47. Court Upholds Beasties Sampling Right

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9 ...

  48. Marvel Sues Disney To Reclaim Copyrights

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Marvel Enterprises Inc. has escalated its royalty dispute with the Walt Disney Co. by suing to reclaim the copyrights for Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men and other characters that appear on (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Marvel Enterprises ...

  49. Artists File Amicus Briefs In Grokster Case

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST U.S. recording artists today (Nov. 8) for the first time filed a "friend of the court" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The musicians are asking the Court to review the so-called <A HREF="http://www U.S. recording artists today ...

  50. Supreme Court Blocks RIAA In Verizon Case

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court today (Oct. 12) refused to consider the RIAA's argument that Verizon Internet Services should disclose names of its users who share unauthorized music files, without formal cour The U.S. Supreme Court today (Oct. 12) re ...

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