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  1. Insane Clown Posse to Fight FBI's Case Dismissal

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT After the Insane Clown Posse sued the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations  for designating their fans, the Juggalos, as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," and the suit was subsequently dismissed , the rap-metal ...

  2. Post Pandora Rate Court Ruling: Universal Music Publishing Re-Ups With BMI

    January 30, 2014 8:51 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has entered into a short-term deal for its entire catalog to remain a part of the blanket license offered by BMI to all music users. Like some other publishers, UMPG had announced it would withdraw digital r ...

  3. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  4. Pandora Faces Setback As Judge Rules Blanket License Doesn't Include Songs of Publishers Leaving BMI

    December 18, 2013 10:22 PM EST Pandora was struck a blow on Wednesday when a rate court ruled that the Internet radio leader doesn’t have a blanket license that includes the songs of publishers who have withdrawn their digital rights. The BMI/Pandora rate court ruling means ...

  5. U.S. Justice Department Seeks Oversight of Apple's iTunes Store Following Anti-Trust Ruling (Updated)

    August 02, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Editor's note: The following story was updated with Apple's response to the Department of Justice's remedies after it was originally published. Following a victory against Apple in an anti-trust lawsuit on July 10, the Department ...

  6. Peermusic, Bug, Warner, Others Win $6.6 Million in LiveUniverse Lyrics Lawsuit

    October 11, 2012 4:51 PM EDT Michael Jackson once sang, "You can't win / You can't break even/ And you can't get out of the game." With that in mind, a group of music publishers including Peermusic, Bug Music and Warner Chappell Music has won $6.6 mil ...

  7. Senators' Letter on Universal Music-EMI Deal Warns of 'Significant Competition Issues'

    August 03, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Two U.S. Senators today sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, asking it to carefully review Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI. "Without reaching any final judgment as to the legality of the deal under the antit ...

  8. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  9. Lawrence Barnett, president of MCA's Talent Agency in the 1960s, Dies at 98

    June 13, 2012 7:37 PM EDT Lawrence Barnett, who as president of the MCA Talent Agency in the 1960s represented the likes of Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Ronald Reagan, died June 11 in Los Angeles. He was 98. After 37 years with MCA, Barnett served as an exec ...

  10. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  11. Anonymous Hacker Group Launches Seemingly-Legit Anontune Music Site

    April 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT A screen shot of the Anontune site recently launched by the Anonymous hacker group. A group of programmers from Anonymous, the infamous and rather amorphous hacker organization who in the past have claimed responsibility for hacking major governme ...

  12. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

  13. Sirius XM Still Facing Legal Challenges Over Five-Year-Old Merger

    April 04, 2012 6:28 PM EDT More than five years after Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced a merger that would create the mega-satellite radio network Sirius XM, the company is still in court defending the marriage. On Monday, Sirius XM filed a brief to t ...

  14. Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Stacy Francis, Others Record Trayvon Martin Tribute Song, PSA (Video)

    March 27, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, "X Factor" finalist Stacy Francis, actors Terry Crews, Angela Bassett and others re-recorded Khan's "Super Life," while protestors took to the streets from New York to Los Angeles in the teen's ...

  15. Google Wins U.S., EU Approval For $12.5 Billion Motorola Bid

    February 14, 2012 11:27 AM EST Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history. Monday's blessing ...

  16. Google Seeking Digital Play for the Living Room, Closing to Motorolla Acquisition: Report

    February 10, 2012 1:52 PM EST Google is looking more like Apple every day. The technology giant is developing a home entertainment system that streams music wirelessly, according to a report at the Wall Street Journal . The system would be branded with Google's name and o ...

  17. Billboard Power 100: Michael Rapino

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 6 Michael Rapino CEO Live Nation Entertainment Twitter: @rapino99 He Really Is The Concert Master... When Billboard put Michael Rapino on its cover in May 2005--for a feature chronicling his battlefield promotion to the top of the world's ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Peter Luukko

    January 26, 2012 7:25 PM EST No. 71 Peter Luukko President/COO Global Spectrum chairman Comcast-Spectacor Live and Direct Peter Luukko is like James Dolan (see No. 81 ) -- except on a national level. Twenty million tickets sold is a lot of tickets, by anyone's count. And ...

  19. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  20. Cyberlockers Implement Changes After Megaupload Arrests

    January 23, 2012 2:07 PM EST Cyberlockers reacted quickly to Friday's Justice Department action against Megaupload Thursday . While the arrests and shutdown of Megaupload has alarmed some people, major content owners must be warmed by the events' chilling effects. F ...

  21. Robert Bennett, Renowned Attorney, to Represent Megaupload

    January 23, 2012 7:17 AM EST ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they'll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment ch ...

  22. Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video

    January 22, 2012 10:02 AM EST In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing ...

  23. Swizz Beatz Is Not Actually CEO of Megaupload

    January 20, 2012 3:00 PM EST Multi-talented producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is a man of many business ventures - he's designed cars for Lotus and shoes for Reebok, and served as a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music - but it is his purported ...

  24. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  25. RIAA, BMI, Warner Sites Back Online After Anonymous Attack; Megaupload Founder Remains in Custody

    January 20, 2012 9:31 AM EST Most of the websites affected by the online attacks that followed Thursday's shutdown of the Megaupload file-sharing site were back online early Friday, including the Department of Justice, the RIAA, the MPAA, BMI and Warner Music Group. Mega ...

  26. Megaupload's Pirated Content Hosted on U.S. Servers; Guns, Artwork, Cash Seized

    January 20, 2012 7:52 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - With 150 million registered users, about 50 million hits daily and endorsements from music superstars, Megaupload.com was among the world's biggest file-sharing sites. Big enough, according to a U.S. indictment, ...

  27. Anonymous Hacks RIAA, Universal Music, BMI, DOJ Sites in Retaliation for Megaupload Bust

    January 19, 2012 6:04 PM EST Apparently in retaliation for U.S. prosecutors shutting down the controversial Megaupload file-sharing site and arresting its leader s, hacktivists Anonymous claimed credit for disabling the websites of the Department of Justice, the RIAA, Univers ...

  28. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:26 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costi ...

  29. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  30. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  31. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Business Matters: Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians

    September 15, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians -- Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastruct ...

  34. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  35. Google at Center of Antitrust Probes

    June 24, 2011 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc found itself at the center of multiple government investigations on Thursday into whether it is using its dominance in search advertising to scotch competition. At least three state attorneys general have started an ...

  36. Business Matters: Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices

    April 19, 2011 8:02 AM EDT Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices -- Ticketmaster has partnered with analytics company MarketShare to create tools that will allow clients to set and adjust prices for live events. The press release says the tools "will allow sports teams, art ...

  37. Google Could Be Target of FTC Antitrust Probe: Report

    April 05, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc's dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an i ...

  38. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  39. SXSW 'Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation' Panel Is Surprisingly Civil

    March 18, 2011 2:13 PM EDT Those hoping for fireworks at a South by Southwest panel provocatively titled "Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation" today were disappointed when the discussion remained fairly neutral and respectful. Though some audienc ...

  40. U.S. and EU Regulators Eye Apple's New Subscription Plan

    February 20, 2011 11:28 AM EST U.S. and European regulators are keeping tabs on Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of the revenue generated by the sale of online subscriptions through its App Store following concerns voiced by publishers. Some app makers are unhappy with Appl ...

  41. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  42. Comcast - NBC Universal Merge, Create $30 Billion Media Behemoth

    January 30, 2011 9:52 AM EST Comcast Corp has completed its takeover of NBC Universal, creating a $30 billion media behemoth that controls not just how television shows and movies are made but how they are delivered to people's homes. In a statement on Saturday, Comcast ...

  43. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  44. Business Matters: France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off; Homeland Security Defends Domain Seizures

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off -- France's anti-piracy efforts are beginning to curb piracy, at least judging from the results of a survey by French tech site ZDNet.fr. With Midem just a week away, this new data will help create ...

  45. Comcast Wins Government Approval To Take Over NBC

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The federal government on Tuesday gave Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, the green light to take over NBC Universal, home of the NBC television network. Comcast is buying a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Elec ...

  46. Will The Comcast-NBC Universal Deal Get FCC Approval Today?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission may approve Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of NBC Universal Tuesday, according to reports. Citing what it called "people close to the review," the Wall Street Journal said four of the FCC ...

  47. FCC Chairman Seeks Conditions on Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The head of the Federal Communications Commission is laying out regulatory conditions to ensure that cable giant Comcast Corp. cannot stifle video competition once it takes control of NBC Universal. The conditions are intended to guarantee that bo ...

  48. Cracker Barrel Serves Up Cornbread, Eggs and CDs

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The thought of eggs over easy and country ham often means long lines at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. That's nothing compared to the wait The Grascals had, though. The bluegrass band waited three years to get what they wanted from the pop ...

  49. Comcast/NBC Universal Deal Delayed, Still Awaiting FCC & DOJ Approval

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Comcast Corp's NBC Universal purchase will be delayed until at least next month, with federal regulators taking longer than the companies had hoped to sort through the deal. NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker, who will leave the compan ...

  50. Mastercard, Online Advertisers Show Support for Department of Justice's Piracy Fight

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three weeks after Google took a step to cut off advertising funding to web sites that deal with pirated content, two other parties have also signaled their interest in working with the entertainment industry. These developments give momentum to ef ...

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