Digital Millennium Copyright Act

  1. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  2. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  3. Copyright Office Opens Up for Comments Ahead of Overhaul

    March 18, 2014 10:36 AM EDT As part of the U.S. Congress' current review of U.S. copyright law, the U.S. copyright office has sent out a notice and a request for public comment in an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music in the dig ...

  4. Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown

    January 03, 2014 1:05 PM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller's IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday. Among other developments, the case now looks headed towards an appel ...

  5. EFF, Lawrence Lessig Launch Lawsuit Over Phoenix Video Takedown

    August 23, 2013 4:03 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Lawrence Lessig have filed suit against the Australian independent label Liberation Music for “misusing copyright law” to scrub from YouTube a lecture which carried a Phoenix tune. The video at the ce ...

  6. House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

    April 24, 2013 6:53 PM EDT Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are ...

  7. YouTube Scores Win in Viacom Lawsuit

    April 18, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Federal courts handed Google’s YouTube a victory Thursday in a six-year-old lawsuit filed by Viacom Inc. alleging copyright infringement. The case has flip-flopped in federal courts, with YouTube winning the first round in 2010 when U.S. Dist ...

  8. Business Matters: 7 Areas for Possible Copyright Reform in the Music Business

    March 20, 2013 9:45 PM EDT Wednesday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property was a primer of the hot copyright issues to be discussed in the coming years. The comments of Register of Copyrig ...

  9. Twitter Adds Transparency to DMCA Takedown Procedure

    November 05, 2012 12:28 PM EST Twitter has added some new elements to its DMCA takedown procedure that add more transparency to the process. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco with the top minds in investment, technology and mus ...

  10. Morning Fix: Bertelsmann IPO?: Liberty's Sirius XM Stake; RealNetworks Layoffs; Pinterest's Sales Issue

    August 29, 2012 7:47 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV, TROJAN TEAM UP FOR FIRST VMA SPONSORSHIP FEATURING LMFAO'S SKYBLU: In a first for the sexual health category , MTV is teaming up with Trojan condoms for a multi- ...

  11. Negative Drake Review Mistakenly Removed From Google At BPI's Behest -- Not Universal's

    August 17, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Yesterday, a number of news outlets mistakenly reported that a negative review of Drake's "Take Care" album, written by Henry Adaso, had been removed from Google after Universal Music Group filed a DMCA takedown request -- allegedly ...

  12. Romney Ad Featuring Obama Singing is Back Online Despite Objections From Music Publisher

    July 18, 2012 9:17 PM EDT A couple of days after BMG Rights Management forced YouTube to take down a Mitt Romney ad because it f eatures President Barack Obama singing one of its songs, several versions of the ads have resurfaced on the Google-owned site. The 35-second ad ...

  13. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  14. Grooveshark Wins DMCA Argument in Universal Dispute

    July 11, 2012 12:52 PM EDT It's not a secret that Universal Music isn't much of a fan of Grooveshark, the music discovery service that streams over a billion songs every month. The record giant has been pursuing several court actions against the company, including ...

  15. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  16. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  19. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  20. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  21. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  22. SOPA Controversy Continues While Congressional Vote Is Delayed

    December 30, 2011 12:08 PM EST The House Judiciary Committee won't vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act until next month, but controversy over the bill has continued through Congress's Christmas break. While the bill has broad, bipartisan support, it also has countless ...

  23. Business Matters: Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case

    December 20, 2011 8:47 PM EST Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that online video service Veoh is protected by the DMCA's "safe harbor" that limits digital service providers' liability for ...

  24. SST Records' DMCA Take Down Request Results in Removal of Legit YouTube Videos

    December 19, 2011 4:18 PM EST DMCA takedown requests by the long-running indie/punk label SST Records has resulted in a bit of collateral damage at YouTube. It turns out that bands never signed to SST Records had their videos deleted after SST Records requested YouTube remove ...

  25. MegaUpload Video Returns to YouTube as Dispute With Universal Takes Another Odd Turn

    December 16, 2011 11:21 AM EST http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal ...

  26. Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

    December 15, 2011 12:57 PM EST Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have joined Universal Music Group's lawsuit against online music service Grooveshark. An amended complaint with the participation of the two additional major music groups was filed Thursday in a ...

  27. Protect-IP and SOPA Acts Will Not 'Break the Internet': Guest Column by A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    December 14, 2011 4:57 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Rich Bengloff, president of American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"). Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad at jem.aswad@billboard.com for infor ...

  28. Business Matters: Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly

    November 23, 2011 2:01 PM EST Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly Hastings Entertainment posted a net loss of approximately $5.5 million on revenue of $108.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011. Those figures are slightly worse than the same period i ...

  29. Grooveshark Lawsuit Reveals Details of Universal Music Group's Allegations

    November 21, 2011 11:12 AM EST Music service Grooveshark calls itself "the world's largest international community of music lovers." But a small number of co-founders and employees are also targets of Universal Music Group's lawsuit against the service' ...

  30. 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� ...

  31. Are We in a New Age of Licensing?

    October 24, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Something great has happened in 2011. After almost stagnating in the last half of the 2000s, digital music is once again a hotbed of ideas, investment and consumer interest. A new crop of entrepreneurs is working with new technologies - such as sm ...

  32. What The Split Decision on the EMI vs. MP3Tunes Case Means For The Music Biz (Update)

    August 23, 2011 7:30 PM EDT A federal court today (August 22) rendered a split decision of sorts in the closely-followed lawsuit against music locker MP3Tunes by EMI Music Group. The judge ruled in favor of EMI's request for a summary judgment on certain points, most pa ...

  33. Grooveshark Faces More Lawsuits as Competition Intensifies

    July 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Not only has a major new competitor emerged in the form of Spotify, but streaming music service Grooveshark has reportedly been hit with yet another copyright infringement lawsuit. CNET reports today that a group of music publishers and songwriter ...

  34. Inside Turntable.fm: Social Networking Meets Internet Radio

    July 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT A strange thing happened on the way to the latest digital music revolution. As U.S. consumers and recording industry executives wait to see if Spotify and Apple can usher in a new era of cloud-based music streaming, Turntable.fm has become the m ...

  35. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  36. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Weezer, Pandora and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- The story of Playlist.com is far more interesting than the actual music service. CNET’s Greg Sandoval wrote a good article about the company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and i ...

  37. Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc is appealing a U.S. judge's dismissal of its $1 billion lawsuit accusing Google Inc of allowing copyrighted videos on YouTube without permission. Viacom's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York was ...

  38. Business Matters: Android Vs. iPhone, Radiohead, DMCA Takedowns and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS -- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nie ...

  39. Veoh, Universal Music Showdown Could Preview Viacom/YouTube Appeal

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veoh has a warning for justices at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who will consider overturning a lower court's ruling in Universal Music Group's big copyright infringement case. "UMG's interpretation of the law would, if a ...

  40. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  41. Analysis: What Viacom's Loss To YouTube Means To Content Owners

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How much of Wednesday’s court ruling against Viacom in its $1 billion copyright battle over YouTube tip the balance of power from professional content creators to online distributors? In ruling on summary judgment that the Google-owned video-shari ...

  42. YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has won its legal battle with Viacom . In a statement posted at the YouTube blog on Wednesday, Kent Walker, Google’s VP and general counsel, announced the court’s decision and linked a copy of its summary judgment . The court ruled YouTube ...

  43. IFPI Tackles Google On Pirate Bay

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following U.K. trade body the BPI's takedown notice to Google (Billboard.biz, June 21), the IFPI has also taken action against the search engine. The BPI's takedown notice demanded it remove links to 17 songs from artists including Emine ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Billboard.biz Q&A: Qlipso CEO Jon Goldman

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The discarded assets of distressed video site Veoh are helping an early stage company build its own business. Qlipso acquired the assets of online video site Veoh in mid-March. At the time, Veoh was in the process of filing for bankruptcy due in p ...

  46. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  47. Viacom, Google Accuse Other Of YouTube Hypocrisy

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc accused Google Inc of turning a blind eye to illegal video clips on its YouTube site in a bid to attract viewers, according to court documents. Google countered that Viacom managers continued to secretly upload content to YouTube even a ...

  48. @SXSW: 3 Questions With MOG CEO David Hyman

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next to a blue, custom-built MOG truck covered with pieces of nautical rope - which can be seen around Austin during SXSW - Billboard.biz caught up with company CEO David Hyman about the company's upcoming iPhone and Android music subscriptio ...

  49. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  50. Business Matters: Spotify, MOG, Shazam, BTjunkie and More

    February 17, 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 . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the average Spotify user ha ...

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