Crime

  1. $400k Embezzled from Boyd Tinsley, Violinist for Dave Matthews

    July 24, 2013 11:54 AM EDT A Virginia man has admitted to embezzling at least $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. Court documents say Getty Andrew Rothenberg pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville. The documents say t ...

  2. Michael Jackson's Doctor To Be Sentenced Today

    November 29, 2011 11:31 AM EST Conrad Murray will receive his punishment Tuesday after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the singer's June 2009 death. Conrad Murray is set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. PT for his sentencing following his invo ...

  3. Michael Jackson Doctor's Defense Case Drawing to a Close

    October 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - The defense of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death will shift away Thursday from personality to the science that his attorneys hope will prevent the physician from being convicted. The final witnesses testifying f ...

  4. Michael Jackson Doctor's Defense Challenges Key Expert

    October 21, 2011 5:19 PM EDT The lead attorney for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death challenged a key prosecution expert Friday about his contention that the physician was responsible for the death of the singer. Attorney Ed Chernoff cross-examined Dr. Steven ...

  5. Vanessa Hutley To Lead Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations

    September 02, 2011 10:59 AM EDT A former director at Microsoft will lead the Australian music industry's anti-piracy activities. Starting Sept. 12, Vanessa Hutley will start as General Manager of the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), where she succeeds the outgoi ...

  6. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  7. How Eddie Vedder and Other Musicians Helped Free the West Memphis Three

    August 20, 2011 3:53 PM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was among the supporters of the West Memphis Three to witness their release from prison at the Craighead County Courthouse in Arkansas on Friday. The "three" -- Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason B ...

  8. Placido Domingo Named IFPI Chairman

    July 26, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Legendary opera star Placido Domingo might have played a record 134 operatic roles in more than 3,500 career performances during his more than 40-year career. He may also have made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, plus arias, duets and ...

  9. Universal Music Group, Viacom Latest Hack Victims

    June 29, 2011 11:56 AM EDT It seems that 2011 is the Year of the Hack, with all the high-profile data breeches secured against Sony and other organizations by the likes of the recently disbanded LulzSec , Anonymous , and others. This time, Universal Music Group seems to be ...

  10. Mexican 'Narcocorridos' (Drug Ballads) Ban No Match For YouTube

    June 28, 2011 7:56 AM EDT TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - The more Mexican authorities try to stamp out violent drug ballads celebrating the joys of narcotics trafficking, the more their fame spreads like wildfire, fanned by the Internet. The accordion and brass-driven "n ...

  11. Feds Seize Counterfeit CDs From Latin Music Distributor Angelica's Records

    May 10, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Federal investigators from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized more than 150,000 counterfeit CDs in April from Latin music distributor/one-stop Angelica's Records , one of the leading distributors of Latin music ...

  12. Study Says: Smartphone Users Getting App Smart; Over 53 Billion Pirates Served

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Smartphone Users Getting App Smart -- With an estimated 31% of mobile users in the U.S. expected to own a smartphone this year, growing to 43% by 2015, eMarketer takes a look at which of them use their devices to download apps. According to the st ...

  13. Michael Jackson's Doctor Ordered to Stand Trial

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST A judge on Tuesday ordered Michael Jackson's doctor to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death by an overdose of the powerful drug propofol. Judge Michael Pastor gave the order on the sixth day of ...

  14. Michael Jackson Committed Suicide, Defense Will Claim

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST A prosecutor says defense lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor will claim at his involuntary manslaughter trial that the singer killed himself. The statement by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren came at a hearing Wedne ...

  15. DMX Sentenced to One Year in Arizona Prison

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Troubled rapper DMX was sentenced to one year in prison by an Arizona judge on Thursday after admitting he violated his probation by drinking alcohol, court officials said. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was on probation for attempte ...

  16. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  17. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  18. LiveUniverse Hit With Contempt Of Court

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Federal Court judge has found that LiveUniverse, which owns websites that display song lyrics, in contempt of court for failing to comply with its May 24 injunction to remove infringing unlicensed material from its websites. The injunction came ...

  19. Bulgarian Pirate Sites Shut Down

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What IFPI claims was the largest-ever operation to tackle internet piracy in Bulgaria has resulted in the closure of four websites suspected of illegally distributing music, films, games and software on a massive scale. Bulgarian web sites nanoset ...

  20. Jailed U.K. Music Pirate Must Pay Labels Compensation

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint operation led by the IFPI and U.K. labels body the BPI has led to a convicted music pirate being ordered to pay £170,000 ($263,000) in record company compensation. The ruling was made today (July 27) by Judge Inigo Bing at Snaresbrook Crow ...

  21. Dutch ISPs Won't Have To Block Pirate Bay

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch court has ruled that two of the leading Internet Service Providers in the Netherlands will not have to block access to the Pirate Bay for their subscribers. TorrentFreak reports that the court found there was no evidence that the majority ...

  22. Analysis: British Consumers Warmer, But Still Split, On Graduated Response

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British consumers have become more supportive of the tactics ISPs would employ in a graduated response campaign against digital piracy, according to a survey by Ipsos MORI. As reported at Music Ally , 53% of people surveyed – up from 48% last year ...

  23. U.S. Gov't To Target Music, Movie Pirates

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The United States will go after foreign websites that pirate American music and movie as part of a new national strategy to reduce intellectual property theft, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. "This is theft, clear and simple," ...

  24. U.S. Claims On Copyright Piracy 'Groundless,' Says China

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "groundless" U.S. accusations that China is failing to crack down on copyright piracy, ahead of talks with top U.S. officials next week, Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokes ...

  25. New Zealand Music Fans Urged To Inform On Pirates

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Web site encouraging consumers to report instances of music piracy has just been launched by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. The site www.reportmusicpiracy.co.nz allows users to lodge a complaint with RIANZ about illegal m ...

  26. DMX Ordered To Serve 6 Months In Phoenix Jail

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge has ordered DMX to spend six months in a Phoenix jail for violating probation and to undergo a mental health evaluation. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, admitted in court Tuesday (March 16) to a single violation of probation for fail ...

  27. 301 Report: Spanish Biz Down 65% In 5 Years

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain is suffering "a virtual collapse" of its recorded music market because of online piracy, with a drop in overall music sales of more than 65% in the past five years, says the latest report from U.S. culture industry lobby, the Inter ...

  28. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  29. Latin Grammy Winner Freed From Mexican Jail

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Latin Grammy winner Ramon Ayala was released from jail for health reasons Wednesday, but authorities said he remains under investigation for alleged ties to a drug cartel. Ayala, a Texas-based norteno singer, was arrested Dec. 11 when troops raide ...

  30. Italian Piracy Raids Result In 40 Arrests

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Naples Public Prosecutor's office has confirmed that some 40 arrests have been made in the culmination of a three-year-long anti-piracy investigation. Prior to the latest arrests, the investigation had seen the seizure of more than one mi ...

  31. Guns N' Roses Leak Blogger Sentenced

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to leaking part of the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" to a year's probation. Blogger Kevin Cogill (KOH'gill) will also serve two months of home confinement, s ...

  32. Deeper Look: EU Chief's Anti-Piracy Plans

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EU Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding believes music download pricing should be simplified and harmonized in order to prevent piracy. Reding made these comments last week during a speech about digital Europe at an event in Brussels hel ...

  33. Report: UK Reduces Anti-Piracy Goals

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a letter leaked to the Times , UK Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw indicated the government has reduced its goal for a 70% reduction in digital piracy in two to three years. That two- to three-year span, according to Bradshaw, started with the te ...

  34. U.K. Arrest In P2P Pre-Release Investigation

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. in connection with a group leaking pre-release music on P2P file-sharing networks. He was arrested in Portsmouth following a joint enquiry by trade body the BPI and IFPI, in conjunction with the City ...

  35. UMG's Lucian Grainge Joins Call To Tackle Piracy

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has joined with four other high-ranking U.K. media chief executives to call on the government to propose tough action on Internet piracy in its forthcoming Digital Britain report. ...

  36. Mexico Busts Pirate Operation, Seven Arrested

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexican law enforcement and military personnel raided a pirate CD and DVD production house in Veracruz, Mexico, on Tuesday, according to the IFPI. The labels body says the facility was run by Los Zetas, the enforcer squad of Mexico's Gulf car ...

  37. ISPs Take Down Blogs

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST ACPM Mexico, the joint anti-piracy unit of international labels body IFPI and the Motion Picture Association, have gotten Internet service providers to take down 35 blogs the organizations say are involved in music and film piracy. Since November, ...

  38. eBay Joins Industry Trust For IP Awareness

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leading online marketplace eBay has become a member of the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Ltd, describing the move as a firm statement on its commitment in the fight against copyright piracy. The announcement is the next s ...

  39. Aus Cops Seize 1 Million Pirate Asian Discs

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Police in the Australian state of New South Wales have confiscated an estimated one million illegally-manufactured Asian music and movie discs, in what is understood to be a record seizure of its kind in the country. Authorities made the find duri ...

  40. Bush Signs Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on h ...

  41. File-Sharing Site Unblocked In Italy

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Access in Italy to the Swedish-based file-sharing site Pirate Bay has been unblocked. The site was blocked in August by Italy's Guardia di Finanza (Fiscal Police) in the northern Italian town of Bergamo, following a ruling by a local court. L ...

  42. Italy's Largest BitTorrent Site Shuttered

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian authorities have closed down Colombo-BT.org, the country's largest BitTorrent tracker site, the IFPI reported today. The closure follows an extensive investigation by the Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police), which worked in tandem with ...

  43. Authorities Raid Argentina's 'La Salada' Pirates' Market

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the past 15 years, the Argentine market of “La Salada” has been known as a mecca for counterfeit product, and was identified by the European Union as one of the most notorious examples of illegal and counterfeit commerce in the world. Located ...

  44. Pearlman To Repay Fraud Victims $300 Million

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lou Pearlman and federal authorities have finally agreed on how much the former boy band promoter swindled from banks and investors in a decades-long scam: a staggering $300 million. That's how much creator of the Backstreet Boys and 'N ...

  45. Spanish Piracy Highlighted Ahead Of Conference

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain has become "a true paradise for digital piracy" with 8.8 million of the country's 44 million population downloading music and movies illegally, a new report revealed Monday. The report, based on more than 2,000 interviews with ...

  46. Rapper Slick Rick Pardoned In Attempted Murder Case

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters received a full and unconditional pardon from New York Governor David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991. The move may aid Walters in his storied deportation battle. Walters, w ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Piracy Wrecking Indian Music Biz, Report Claims

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new study claims the Indian entertainment business loses $4 billion a year to piracy. The Indian music industry alone lost $325 million to piracy last year, according to the report, titled "The Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy on India& ...

  50. Huge Bill For British Rogue Traders

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's record industry has welcomed a court decision to hit directors of an open-air market with a £300,000 ($600,000) bill for allowing traders to sell pirated product on site. Nicholas Hobday and Sally Ward, directors of Wendy Fair Marke ...

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