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  1. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  2. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against SOPA Blackout

    January 18, 2012 6:19 AM EST MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd came out swinging Tuesday in the fight over pending Internet anti-piracy legislation calling online web sites and tech companies supporting Wednesday's "Blackout Day" protest "irresponsible" and ca ...

  3. SOPA/Protect-IP Acts Fuels the Fire of Disgruntled Music Fans: Guest Column by Manager Ryan Chisholm

    December 07, 2011 6:15 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Ryan Chisholm, a manager at Bill Silva Entertainment in Los Angeles, in response to an earlier guest column by NMPA President/CEO David Israelite . Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard ...

  4. House Judiciary Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Focuses on DMCA; Google Opposes Bill

    November 17, 2011 12:18 PM EST At Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), opponents of the act avoided familiar claims that the legislation would "break the Internet." But the hearing did highlight Internet companies� ...

  5. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  6. House Online Piracy Bill Gets Strong Reaction From Internet Community

    October 26, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The House version of the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, got a big reception on the Hill in advance of its introduction late Wednesday. But it may not be the kind of reception that Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and c ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. DA: Worker Stole $421,000 From Roadrunner Records

    June 17, 2011 7:28 PM EDT New York City prosecutors say a former payroll manager embezzled about $421,000 at a record label that features rock artists ranging from Megadeth to the Steve Miller Band. Sharanda Houser on Friday pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and falsifyi ...

  9. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  10. Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Websites Offering Pirated Content

    May 12, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others in the Senate on Thursday introduced a bill targeting online piracy, particularly so-called rogue websites that offer movies, TV shows and other copyrighted or trademarke ...

  11. Label Executive Franklin Romero Facing Drug Charges

    March 02, 2011 10:35 AM EST Franklin Romero, owner of the indie label Premium Latin, is in custody in New York after being arrested on 10-year-old drug charges. Romero pled not guilty at a hearing March 1 in Manhattan Federal Court and a detention hearing is slated for March ...

  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 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 ...

  14. Senate Committee Passes Web Piracy Bill

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST A bill aimed at combating online counterfeiting and digital theft was passed unanimously Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears likely to gain approval from the full Senate. The committee's approval of the proposed law -- call ...

  15. T.I. Sent Back to Jail for 11 Months

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge revoked rapper T.I.'s probation Friday and ordered him back to prison for 11 months, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. The Atlanta native, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was in federal cour ...

  16. Feds: Roc-A-Fella Founder Part of NY-Fla. Pot Ring

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Raids targeting a wholesale marijuana ring based in New York and Florida resulted in the arrests of 45 people, including one of the founders of the Roc-A-Fella record label, prosecutors said Friday. Kareem Burke, who started the hip-hop label with ...

  17. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. PRS Proposes Piracy Levy On ISPs

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has proposed a levy on Internet Service Providers based on the levels of piracy on the individual networks. The idea of a levy is contained in a discussion paper, "Moving Digital Britain Forward Without L ...

  20. 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," ...

  21. Publishers, Collective Rights Ask Congress To Assist ISPs

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In providing public comment to the Federal Communication Commission on preserving an open Internet, a group of U.S. music publishers and collective rights organizations have asked that Congress consider empowering Internet Service Providers (ISP) ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Rights Holders Will Initiate Spanish Anti-Piracy Process

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The text of the Spanish government's proposed legislation to tackle illegal downloads has been published for the first time, and includes an important clarification. The Intellectual Property Commission, which will have the power to decide if ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Concessions To Web Firms In U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The House of Lords is set to make concessions to those who expressed alarm about measures to block Web sites in the government's Digital Economy Bill aimed at tackling piracy. Last week amendment 120A was passed by opposition peers in the Lor ...

  26. Jackson's Doctor Meets With Legal Team

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's physician has been strategizing with his team of defense attorneys and is ready to surrender to authorities if prosecutors file charges, the doctor's attorney said. Dr. Conrad Murray, who has a practice in Houston, came ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Guilty Verdict Against Australian CD Pirate

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An Australian man who imported and sold thousands of illegal CDs and DVDs has landed 15 convictions for copyright offenses. Yong Hong Lin was found guilty in the Sydney District Court on May 21, following a three-week trial and more than 12 hours ...

  29. Blogger Pleads Guilty To GN'R Leak

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST A man accused of leaking nine unreleased tracks from the Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" has pleaded guilty to a federal copyright violation. Kevin Cogill entered the plea Monday morning in a Los Angeles courtroom. Prosecuto ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Digital Briefs: RIAA, UMG Suit, Metallica

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A profile of RIAA lawsuit defendant-turned-crusader Tanya Anderson in BusinessWeek . She serves as an interesting test case for how the RIAA's anti-piracy litigation campaign affects the faces behind the subpoenas, as well as the front door ...

  33. Foxy Brown Gets Probation

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Foxy Brown pled no contest in exchange for a plea deal in a case stemming from misdemeanor assault charges in Florida yesterday (April 24), according to the Miami Herald. Brown was sentenced to six months probation, 15 hours of community se ...

  34. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  35. ISPs Can't ID File-Sharers, German Court Says

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry insists it is unconcerned by a recent court ruling which protects the identity of file-sharers. The German federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe on March 19 ruled that only in "heavy" cases such as terroris ...

  36. Brit Gov't Supports Action On File-Sharing

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British government has vowed to take up the fight on illegal file-sharing as part of a multi-stage action plan intended to ensure the prosperity of the country's creative industries. Should the recording industry fail to break its impasse ...

  37. Fake Bollywood Discs Seized In Paris

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST A haul of 3,000 counterfeit Bollywood CDs and more than 200,000 illegal DVDs has been seized during a raid in Paris. Officials from the IFPI and BPI were present at the Feb. 13 raid on the Thamilan Music Centre, which was carried out by officers f ...

  38. Irish Court Imprisons Counterfeit CD Seller

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) struck another blow in the battle against music piracy this week when a Dublin court handed a prison sentence to a man caught selling CDs illegally. In the Tallaght District Court, Judge McDonnell on Tue ...

  39. Biz Chiefs Urge EU To Solve China Syndrome

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The cream of the international recorded music industry today called on the European Commission to help solve China's overwhelming music piracy issues. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson met with a heavyweight industry team whic ...

  40. Mayors' Conference Prioritizes Anti-Piracy Fight

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP ...

  41. Brazil's Anti-Piracy Groups Merge

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music and film industries in Brazil are combining their anti-piracy efforts. The music industry's APDIF and the film industry's ADEPI have formed the Associacao Antipirateria Cinema and Musica (APCM). "Seeking strategic partners ...

  42. European Parliament Votes On IP Rights

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted Tuesday on politically sensitive proposals to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The vote means European members of parliament have backed the ...

  43. Impala: Indies Need Better Access To Euro Radio

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala has called for European measures to promote independent airplay in the wake of the $12.5 million U.S. payola radio settlement earlier this month. A side deal to the Federal Communications Commission settlement over paid airtime claims gives ...

  44. A2IM Discloses Radio Rules Of Engagement

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade group that, as previously reported, secured commitments from Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom to adhere to a set of radio Rules of Engagement, as well as blocks of progr ...

  45. Stations To Pay $12.5M In FCC Settlement

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Exasperated listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over on the radio may have something to cheer about: a pair of innovative deals that could shake up the music playlists of some of the nation's largest radio-station chains. Four ...

  46. Gov't, Biz Urged To Unite On Piracy Battle

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright has called on governments and businesses to join forces in a rigorous alliance to combat piracy and counterfeiting. Wright appealed to broadband providers, Internet auction sites, financial intermediaries ...

  47. Spitzer Settles With Entercom for $4.25 Million

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has settled with Entercom Communications to resolve allegations of "pay-for-play" in the music industry, totaling payments of $4.25 million. The settlement includes a $3.5 million payment to be dis ...

  48. Raid Officers Seize the Days at Czech Piracy Black Spot

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A massive series of raids on Europe's biggest "piracy black spot" on has led to the seizure of millions of dollars worth of counterfeited goods, including 54,000 illegal CDs. The raids, by Czech customs and police officers during No ...

  49. EC Report Illustrates Swing Toward Online Piracy

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said in a report Friday (Nov. 10) that seizures of counterfeit movies, music and software plummeted by 50% last year. But the Commission -- the European Union's executive body The European Commission said in a report F ...

  50. CBS Radio Settles Payola Allegations

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company to pay $2 million. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Thursday (Oct. 19) revealed a settlement with CBS Radio, Inc. in his office's ongoing investigations into payola in the music business. Under the terms of the settlement ...

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