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  1. Lord Carter Delivers PRS For Music AGM Keynote

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Carter, the U.K. government minister preparing the country's copyright law for the digital age, has promised to meet the complex needs of content creators within new legislation. Speaking during a keynote today (April 30) at the annual g ...

  2. BPI Responds To Rights Agency Proposal

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has submitted its response to the government's consultation ahead of the publication of the "Digital Britain" report in early summer. The BPI agrees with the interim report proposal on a code of practise that ...

  3. CISAC To Stage World Copyright Summit in June

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers will hold its second annual World Copyright Summit on June 9 and 10 in Washington D.C., with a line-up of more than 100 speakers including the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, songwri ...

  4. Pirate Bay Tests Privacy Service

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay is beta testing virtual private network (VPN) software, which would enable file-sharers to use the Swedish BitTorrent tracker without leaving a data trail. The service will cost around €5 ($6.67) a month. The IPREDator is named afte ...

  5. NAB Offers Analysis Of Int'l Law In Royalties Dispute

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coinciding with what's expected to be explosive Capitol Hill testimony over the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) before the House Judiciary Committee today (March 10), the NAB has released a study that it says refutes the RIAA's claims ...

  6. Digital Briefs: UMG vs. Veoh, Spotify, CD Baby

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The judge overseeing Universal Music Group's lawsuit against Veoh ruled that the company's investors could not be included in the labels' copyright infringement claims. - On-demand music discovery service Lp33.tv added A&R exe ...

  7. Opinion: Copyright Experts Must Be Proactive To Foster Change

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Earlier this year, BMI, in association with the Creative & Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School, launched Creative Industries in Transition, a series of symposia that focus on the future of creativity and in ...

  8. Aussie Internet Cafe Fined For Copyright Infringement

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian court has handed down a large fine to an Internet café which charged customers an hourly rate to download illegal music and movie files. The Interville Technology café on central Sydney's Pitt Street was fined $82,000 Australian ...

  9. Napster Judge Calls For Copyright Reform

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The judge who presided over the case that shut down the original Napster proposed Monday to reform copyright for the digital age. Judge Miriam Hall Patel, according to Wired , recommended creating a new public/private organization with authority o ...

  10. Canada Extends Online Royalties

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada has extended music royalties to broadcasters on the Internet in a move that will encompass commercial TV and radio station Web sites, as well as electronic gaming sites and online radio stations. But the Copyright Board of Canada stopped sh ...

  11. RIAA Wants Second Look At Mechanical Late Fees

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move to change issues related to the timing of late fees on mechanical payments - established by the U.S. Copyright Board in its Oct. 2 determination on royalty payments - the RIAA has filed a motion for the court to reconsider its decision t ...

  12. German Govt. Restates Copyright Commitment

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bernd Neumann, the German federal government's minister for culture and the media, says he's committed to ensuring European countries receive the best possible legal basis for protecting copyrights. Speaking at the Popkomm music conferen ...

  13. NZ Govt Readies New Anti-Piracy Legislation

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand entertainment industry is looking to work with Internet service providers (ISPs) to thrash out how tough new online anti-piracy measures are to be implemented. The government has confirmed that the Copyright (New Technologies) Amen ...

  14. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  15. Opinion: Rates Should Reflect Music's True Value

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT How successful would a nightclub be if it didn't play music? That was one of the questions facing Australia's Copyright Tribunal last year when it had to decide on setting a new royalty rate for nightclubs to pay for using recorded music ...

  16. Getty Links With Kobalt For Admin Pact

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Getty Images has tapped Kobalt Music Group for administration services of its music catalog. Getty's Pump Audio division licenses the music of independent artists for commercial uses in TV, films, games and the Internet, among other areas. Ko ...

  17. Burnham Keeps 'Open Mind' On 50-Year C'right Term

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andy Burnham, Britain's culture secretary, has reached out to the U.K. music industry with a show of support, while promising to keep an "open mind" on the rumbling debate that is the 50-year term of copyright issue. Speaking at col ...

  18. Chinese Music Industry Urges Action Against Baidu

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of leading music-industry companies and associations on June 3 issued a statement calling on major companies to review their relations with Beijing-based Internet portal Baidu due to its policy of providing “deep links” to Web sites of ...

  19. Chinese Search Engine Zhongsou Fined

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Zhongsou, one of China's top five Internet search engines, has been found guilty of infringing record companies' copyrights by the Heibei provincial government's Copyright Bureau and the city of Cangzhou. The authorities have ordere ...

  20. Orphan Works Bills On The Move

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Senate and House versions of orphan works bills, which would make copyrighted works available for licensing even if the owners cannot be located, moved forward today. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to report the bill to the Senate floor for ...

  21. RIAA Spent $2.8M Lobbying Feds

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry's trade group spent nearly $2.8 million pumping up the volume on its lobbying on Capitol Hill last year. The Washington-based Recording Industry Association of America lobbied on a bill to limit fees charged to Internet ...

  22. NZ Biz Keen To Engage With ISPs

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand recorded music industry intends to work closely with Internet service providers to ensure new copyright legislation works against online pirates. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill, the bigg ...

  23. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  24. MCSC, R2G Fire Shots At Baidu

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based Web portal Baidu has once again been accused of copyright violation -- this time by authors' group the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) and digital music distributor R2G. "Baidu has camouflaged its illegal activities ...

  25. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  26. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  27. Syntax To Shutter

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST As reported on the Daily Swarm, dance music distributor Syntax will cease operations tomorrow (January 11). In an email message, Syntax cited "Digital distribution, closing stores, a weak dollar, a poor economy and the rising cost of every as ...

  28. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  29. CRIA: Digital Gains Lag U.S.

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a 73% gain in single digital track sales in 2007, the Canadian Recording Industry Association says digital sales still lag woefully behind that of the U.S. Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, said ju ...

  30. Brit Gov't Calls For Co-operation To Beat IP Theft

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST A British government-commissioned report has recommended law-enforcement agencies and industry bodies share intelligence via a secure Web site, as part of a broader crackdown on copyright theft. It is one of nine proposals spelled-out in the Depar ...

  31. Senators Introduce Enforcement Bill

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced a bill this week to strengthen federal government efforts to combat copyright infringement and counterfeiting. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Act would give civil copyright enf ...

  32. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  33. German C'right Law Passed

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The new German copyright law has finally been approved. The law was accepted last Friday by the Bundestag's Upper House, and will come into effect on Jan. 1 2008. Private copies are fundamentally still permitted, but there are various restric ...

  34. FMC Summit Puts Spotlight On 'Orphan Works'

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A panel at yesterday's Future of Music Coalition summit addressed the growing issue of "orphan works," defined as "unlocateable copyright works." These recordings are often old folk ballads whose copyright was always uncle ...

  35. CRIA Against Blank Media Levy

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unexpected move, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has come out against a levy on blank media in a court filing, arguing the fees paid appear to allow for the justification of free downloading on peer-to-peer networks. CRIA, ...

  36. Illegal Art Continues To Challenge Copyright Restrictions

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label Illegal Art continues what they call their challenge to "the restrictions of copyright as perceived by the larger music industry," with sound collagist Realistic's new album, "Perpetual Memory Loss," due Oct. 2 ...

  37. "Needletime" Breakthrough At SA's Moshito Conference

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's labels body has used the platform of the fourth annual Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition to unveil details of a new national collecting society. The new society, the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAM ...

  38. Report: Piracy Has Cost U.S. $12.5 Billion

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A new study released today by the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) estimates that global piracy of recorded music has cost the United States $12.5 billion in economic output and 71,060 jobs annually. The IPI describes the report, ...

  39. Veoh Issues Pre-emptive UMG Lawsuit

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Web video sharing service Veoh Networks has filed what it calls a pre-emptive lawsuit against Universal Music Group in the hope of blocking any potential copyright infringement claims by the major label. Veoh, which syndicates video content from B ...

  40. NMPA, Journalist Join YouTube Suit

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several copyright holders are joining a class action infringement suit against YouTube, including the National Music Publishers' Assn., investigative journalist Robert Tur and the U.K.'s Rugby Football League. Following a suit filed by V ...

  41. Whittingdale Opens-Up On Term Of C'right Decision

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The term of copyright issue reached a climax last Tuesday when the British government announced it would ignore the music industry's campaign for an extension, and sided instead with the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Gowers' Tr ...

  42. U.K. Industry Trust Targets Copyright Theft

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. entertainment industry has unveiled a new Web site as part of its continuing efforts to tackle copyright theft. The Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness site, www.copyrightaware.co.uk, aims to educate the public about the im ...

  43. U.K. Biz Braced For C'right Term Response

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government will deliver this coming week its awaited verdict on the copyright term for sound recordings. Sources tell Billboard.biz, however, that the government may not follow a select committee's calls to extend the term of copyrig ...

  44. RIAA Sends Sixth Wave Of Letters To Colleges

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today sent a new wave of 408 pre-litigation settlement letters to 23 universities nationwide. This new round of pre-litigation letters is the latest installment of a broad education and deterrence campaign that the RIAA launched earlier t ...

  45. Bill Tries To Delay Webcasters' Due Date

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two U.S. representatives introduced a bill last night as a final attempt to postpone the July 15 due date for Internet radio webcasters and simulcasters to begin paying new royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for sound recording ...

  46. Taiwan Outlaws Unauthorized Filesharing

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed changes to the country's Copyright Law, making unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content via peer-to-peer networks a criminal offense for the first time. Passage of the amendments by Taiwan's p ...

  47. Cherry Lane Joins YouTube Suit

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has joined the class action suit filed last month against YouTube and its parent company, Google. Indie publisher Bourne Co. and the Football Assn. Premier League are the lead plaintiffs in the proposed class action su ...

  48. Brussels Copyright Summit Kicks Off

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has started in Brussels with some lively initial sessions. The two-day summit, attended by over 500 delegates, goes under the banner "Creators First" and is focused on the protection of copyright in t ...

  49. French Biz Given Access To Monitor Downloaders

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French music copyright holders should be able to intensify their fight against illegal file-sharers following an appeal judgment filed by the highest administrative court in France. The Conseil d'Etat on May 23 canceled an October 2005 decisi ...

  50. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

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