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  1. Analysis: Government Needs To Spur Innovation As Well As Protect

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with local politicians and music industry leaders in Nashville on Monday to discuss piracy and global intellectual piracy protection. After his speech and the following Q&A session, there was no doubt where he ...

  2. Business Matters: Post-Katrina New Orleans, Cloud Hackers, 9:30 Club and more

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- A summary of New Orleans' music scene five years after Hurricane Katrina: 20% fewer musicians, 50% fewer gigs, 43% lower earnings, and a higher cost of living. The third annual st ...

  3. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  4. Ustream Adds Copyright Protection System

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Red-hot live video streaming platform Ustream has implemented a new copyright protection system designed to ensure users aren't streaming content to which they don't own the rights. It's based on a content fingerprinting technology ...

  5. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  6. JASRAC Collections Fall 3.1%

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has reported that its music copyright collections declined again. JASRAC's total collections for the last fiscal year, which ended on March 31, were down 3.1% compared ...

  7. Copyright Society Annual Meeting Set

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is holding it annual meeting on June 13-15 at the Crystal Springs Resort Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, New Jersey. The meeting will include discussions of statutory damage awards, the Digital Millennium Copyr ...

  8. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  9. One In Four Germans Think Illegal Copies O.K.

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-five percent of Germans think that it is acceptable to use illegal copies of music, films or software according to a survey commissioned by BITKOM, the German Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. ...

  10. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  11. Music Biz Activists Heading To Washington For Grammys On The Hill

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry activists will take their message to Congress in Washington, D.C., this year during the Grammys on the Hill Awards and Advocacy Day, to be held on April 14 and April 15, respectively. For the award presentation on April 14, two-time ...

  12. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Bandcamp, Guvera

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Filmmaker and academic Kembrew McLeod, one of the creators of the music copyright documentary Copyright Criminals , is co-author of a book coming out next year titled Creative License about the law and culture of digital sampling. One of the au ...

  13. U.K. Biz Issues Blueprint For Global Success

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade group for the music industry, has published a blueprint that outlines a plan for the British industry to challenge for the position as the world's No. 1 music creator by 2020. The document, "Liberating Crea ...

  14. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  15. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  16. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

  17. BPI Rejects Law Firm's Pursuit Of File-Sharers

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has distanced itself from the methods employed by a law firm in chasing file-sharers. The BBC reports that ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people it claims have infringed copyright over the Internet. Those accused ...

  18. Strike Three? Thomas-Rasset To Head Back To Court, Again

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jammie Thomas-Rasset, twice convicted of copyright infringement in highly-publicized file-sharing cases, will reject record labels' settlement offer of a $50,000 donation to a musician-related charity, according to reports on Wednesday. On th ...

  19. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  20. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  21. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Measures

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has finally approved controversial anti-piracy measures aimed at the illegal downloading of copyrighted material on the Internet. The law, unveiled in early December and passed by the Cabinet on Friday (Jan. 8), focuses on m ...

  22. NZ Biz Cautious On Revised Copyright Law

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The New Zealand music industry has reacted cautiously to revised copyright legislation which offers a 'three warnings' solution to online piracy - but only a limited 'struck out' component. The government unveiled the new-look ...

  23. Labels Facing $5.7 Billion Canadian Copyright Lawsuit

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST A lawsuit seeking class action status launched by the estate of jazz musician Chet Baker against Canadian major labels and publishers is seeking damages for unpaid royalties. The claim could reach $6 billion Canadian ($5.7 billion) for 300,000 wor ...

  24. Swedish Music Sales Surge After Pirate Bay Case

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recorded music trade revenues in Sweden have increased by 18% in the first nine months of 2009, following the majors' high-profile court victory over the Pirate Bay and the introduction of a new copyright law. There was also an 80% increase i ...

  25. German Biz Loses Private Copying Case

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German record-industry has failed to successfully fight against provision 53 of the country's copyright law at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. That provision allows the digital copying of CDs for private use. The con ...

  26. In The City Day 1: Pirate Party Chairman Provokes Delegates

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of Manchester's In The City conference - the U.K.'s biggest music confab - began in dramatic fashion with a heated debate on the issue of illegal file-sharing. Chaired by Jon Webster, chairman of the Music Manager's Forum (M ...

  27. Sony Music Mexico MD Miguel Trujillo Departs Company

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Mexico & Central America managing director Miguel Trujillo has left the company, sources confirmed to Billboard. Trujillo will continue working with the label on a non-exclusive, project-by-project basis. There was no official word ...

  28. iiNet Copyright Trial Begins

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Investigators tracked nearly 100,000 instances of iiNet customers sharing files illegally during a 59-week period, prosecutors told the Federal Court in Sydney today as the Internet Service Provider's copyright trial finally got underway. A c ...

  29. Petition To Bolster Artist Rights To Be Delivered To Obama

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A letter to President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden asking the administration to pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists has garnered nearly 7,000 electronic signatures, according to the Copyright Alliance. "Artists and creators m ...

  30. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  31. Pirate Gets 3-Month Jail Term In Australia

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sydney's District Court has sentenced a man to three months jail for copyright offenses. Yong Hong Lin, the owner and operator of a commercial piracy operation in Eastwood, New South Wales, was sentenced on Aug. 21 after a jury found him guil ...

  32. Publishers File Suit Against Lyric Sites

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music filed copyright infringement lawsuits today against two businesses exploiting unlicensed lyrics for profit through their operation of four Web sites. The lawsuits alleged that LiveUniverse, Inc. and its own ...

  33. U.K. Govt Rebuffs File-Sharing Reports

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has rebuffed reports that it is set to impose tougher penalties on illegal file-sharers than the measures already proposed. Various media outlets reported that Lord Mandelson, secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Ski ...

  34. Business Matters: The Orchard, Moby, Zune HD, TVT

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Orchard 's Q2 2009 earnings had two things common in the digital world: a deeper loss and higher revenue. As the company's scale ...

  35. French Anti-Piracy Sanctions Delayed

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French music business has expressed its disappointment after the National Assembly president's decision to postpone until September the vote on the sanctions side of the Creation and Internet law. The decision is down to the lack of time ...

  36. Study: Copyrights Account For $889 Billion In 'Value Added'

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the U.S. core copyright industries combined accounted for $889.13 billion in "value added," or 6.44%, to the $13.81 trillion in gross domestic product, according to a study prepared by Stephen E. Siwek of Economics Inc. for the ...

  37. Economist Submits Rebuttal In Tenenbaum Case

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Stan Liebowitz , a professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas, has submitted a rebuttal expert report in the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing case (made available by the Campaigns & Copyrights blog). His report was brought in to co ...

  38. Research Recap: Nielsen, Harvard, Berkeley

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Below is a recap of music-related research or academic paper recently mentioned at Billboard.biz plus a few new ones. As Billboard wrote previously, "File-sharing and Copyright," an academic paper that argues file-sharing has not impaire ...

  39. 'Long Tail' Author Tackles 'Free' As Industry Experiments With Pricing

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," a new book from Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson tackles the idea of zero price in the digital age. Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," an era-defining book, and just as that book found bo ...

  40. Pirate Bay Snapped Up By Swedish Software Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted with cautious optimism to the news that notorious BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay is being bought by a Swedish software firm, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) AB, which has said a new business model will compensate copyright owne ...

  41. BMI CEO Del Bryant Named Chairperson OF FastTrack Board

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant has been named chairperson of the FastTrack board of directors, succeeding outgoing chair Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker of the German Collecting Society GEMA. In addition, SABAM's Christophe Depreter, who will offic ...

  42. MCPS Finances Hit By Interest Rate Slump

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The sudden fall in interest rates has forced the U.K.'s Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) to implement a far-reaching review of operations in order to cut costs. Speaking at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual general m ...

  43. Harvard Paper on P2P Flawed But Worth Reading

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two Harvard Business School economists tackled the effects of digital piracy in a new working paper titled “File-Sharing and Copyright” (download the PDF here ). In the paper, Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf address the impact file-sharin ...

  44. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite a pledge in the Digital Britain report to ultimately oblige Internet Service Providers to employ technical measures against copyright infringers if there is no "significant" reduction in illegal file-sharing, the music industry s ...

  45. Pirate Bay Defendants Suffer Setback

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The four men convicted for operating file-sharing site the Pirate Bay suffered a further setback this week when they failed to get the case thrown out due to alleged bias by the sentencing judge. A Swedish court ruled that judge Tomas Norstrom was ...

  46. Briefs: Ticketmaster, Obama, Bopaboo, Spotify

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Time magazine took a good look at the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger , what a former FTC assistant director called "the first test case in the Obama Administration." Luke Froeb of Vanderbilt University explained how the merg ...

  47. U.K. Report Shows Impact Of P2P

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new U.K. report states that unauthorized downloading is causing huge economic losses, and that widespread confusion about copyright law in the online world is adding to the problem. The report, "Copycats? Digital Consumers in the On-line Ag ...

  48. Business Briefs: BitTorrent, Microsoft, Google, WMG

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BayTSP , which tracks file sharing and sends infringement notices to ISPs, has a list of top sources of recorded infringement. BitTorrent tops the list and eDonkey is second. Ares , a decentralized P2P network, is a very distant third. Spain to ...

  49. Business Briefs: MySpace Music, Live Nation, P2P

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report that the major labels, co-owners of MySpace Music , are not happy with the revenue performance of the service does not come as a surprise. Nor is their patience and confidence in new president Cortney Holt a surprise. MySpace Music, th ...

  50. U.S. Trade Report Adds Canada To IP Deadbeat List

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A report today by the U.S. government added Canada to a list of countries that fail to protect intellectual property. Canada joins the likes of Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela as countries with significant violations of c ...

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