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  1. Business Matters: Yahoo! Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!'

    May 24, 2012 6:42 PM EDT Business Matters: Yahoo Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!' (With 27 million Monthly Visitors) -- What has 27 million U.S. visitors each month and seems to get less attention in the music business than many music blogs? Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Music did ...

  2. Business Matters: Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day

    July 27, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day -- There was a halfway interesting quote in an otherwise throwaway post at online music site Metronome. An unnamed senior executive at an unnamed company reportedly said of Warner, "the company ...

  3. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's $1.5 Million File-Sharing Fine Reduced, Judge Calls It 'Outrageously High'

    July 22, 2011 3:53 PM EDT A District Court judge has reduced the third verdict in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset file-sharing case to $54,000 (or $2,250 per song), from $1.5 million. The news was first reported by Ben Sheffner via Twitter. The award was higher than the court wou ...

  4. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  5. New Zealand Edges Towards Three-Strikes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has edged closer to adopting a "three-strikes" policy. Parliament's commerce select committee has recommended several changes to the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, and contains a compromise on Intern ...

  6. LiveUniverse Hit With Contempt Of Court

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Federal Court judge has found that LiveUniverse, which owns websites that display song lyrics, in contempt of court for failing to comply with its May 24 injunction to remove infringing unlicensed material from its websites. The injunction came ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. New Trial In File-Sharing Suit?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal court judge in Minnesota who presided over the first file-sharer trial to reach a jury verdict is now having second thoughts. In an order issued late yesterday, Judge Michael Davis asked the parties to submit additional legal briefs. H ...

  9. Movie Studios Win $110 Million Judgment

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major motion picture studios have been awarded $110 million judgment against TorrentSpy operator Valence Media today in Los Angeles for infringing rights in movies and television programs. The federal District Court late last year entered a defaul ...

  10. Labels Lose File-Sharing Argument

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels have been hit with a setback in Arizona today, where a federal District Court judge denied their motion for a summary judgment filed against alleged Kazaa file sharers Pamela and Jeffrey Howell. Contrary to some other court decisions, ...

  11. Sony/ATV Targets Karaoke Companies

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is suing karaoke companies and individuals based in California, Korea and the Cayman Islands for copyright infringement and unfair business practices. The publisher claims that more than 200 songs are being used without p ...

  12. Karaoke Device Required Synch License

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST A federal Court of Appeals in California yesterday handed a big win to music publishers and a big loss to karaoke companies. The court held that a compulsory mechanical license does not include the right to print or display song lyrics in real tim ...

  13. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  14. Appeals Court Upholds Anti-Bootlegging Law

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two and a half years after a federal judge held that making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts was not a federal crime in New York, an appeals court yesterday reversed that decision. As a result, Jean Martignon, who operated Midnight ...

  15. Labels, Publishers Hit Setback In Bertelsmann, Napster Suit

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann won a partial victory yesterday (March 14) in its ongoing battle with labels and publishers over the German company's financial contribution to the original Napster. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that Bertelsmann does not ...

  16. Labels, VCs Agree To Settle Napster Suit

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Universal Music Group reached a conditional settlement with venture capital firm Hummer Winblad over the firm's $13 million investment in the original Napster. But whether the parties' agreement will actually resolve their ...

  17. Bertelsmann Pays UMG $60m In Napster Settlement

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group have settled litigation over the German media company's $85 million investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Bertelsmann will pay UMG $60 milli Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group ...

  18. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Settlement applies to P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to- ...

  19. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Covers P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to-peer network Ka ...

  20. Legal Matters

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The eyes of those who own sound recordings should be focused on New York's federal District Court. Read Susan Butler's column. The eyes of those who own sound recordings should be focused on New York's federal District Court. Read S ...

  21. Behind the Deal: Grokster Shackled By Consent Judgment

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the structure of the settlement reached with the motion picture studios, record labels, publishers and songwriters (Billboard, Nov. 19). While the terms of Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the ...

  22. Behind the Deal: Rio Properties vs. Rod Stewart

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 decided that Rod Stewart and his company, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. (SA), should return a $2 million deposit plus interest to Rio Properties (owned by Harrah A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 d ...

  23. SparkNet Loses Infringement Case

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal District Court ruled that broadcaster Bonneville International did not infringe the "playing what we want" trademark of SparkNet Communications. NEW YORK -- A federal District Court ruled that broadcaster Bonneville Internation ...

  24. Behind the Deal: Rio Properties vs. Rod Stewart

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 decided that Rod Stewart and his company, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. (SA), should return a $2 million deposit plus interest to Rio Properties (owned by Harrah A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 d ...

  25. Embezzlement Scandal Hits SGA

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal criminal investigation is under way after $1.25 million in songwriter royalties were allegedly embezzled from the Songwriters Guild of America by its longtime royalty manager Marsha Aiken an NEW YORK -- A federal criminal investigation i ...

  26. Embezzlement Scandal Hits SGA

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal criminal investigation is under way after $1.25 million in songwriter royalties were allegedly embezzled from the Songwriters Guild of America by its longtime royalty manager Marsha Aiken an A federal criminal investigation is under way ...

  27. Case Summary: MGM Studios vs. Grokster

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected by many entertainment industry lawyers, the Supreme Court's opinion released June 27 in the MGM Studio vs. Grokster case focused on the activities of the peer-to-peer operators rather than As expected by many entertainment industr ...

  28. Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Entertainment Industry In Grokster Case

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision June 27 in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous ...

  29. Grokster: Tech Companies Respond

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Concerns about innovation abound. Filetrading companies were less than thrilled with today's Supreme Court (June 27) ruling against fellow P2P company Grokster. But they weren't alone in expressing concern about how the decision may chal ...

  30. Grokster: P2P Operators' Actions Were Key To Decision

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Justices leave room for development of new technologies. As expected by many entertainment industry lawyers, the Supreme Court’s opinion released June 27 in the MGM Studio vs. Grokster case focused on the activities of the peer-to-peer operators r ...

  31. Grokster: Syllabus of Court Opinion

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Syllabus of the Supreme Court Opinion. (Bench Opinion) OCTOBER TERM, 2004 1 Syllabus NOTE: Where it is feasible, a syllabus (headnote) will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued. The syllabus ...

  32. Supreme Court Sides With Biz In Grokster Case

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Software developers take P2P copyright blame. The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision today in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. The court h ...

  33. Court Sides With Biz In Gokster Case

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Unanimous decision reverses Circuit Court opinion. The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision today in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. The co ...

  34. Supreme Court Sides With Biz In Grokster Case

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision June 27 in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case in favor of the entertainment industry, reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. The U.S. Supreme Court released a unanimous decision Ju ...

  35. Case Summary: Tortious Interference & Fraudulent Inducement (TVT vs. Lyor Cohen & Island Def Jam)

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on June 14 reversed a 2003 District Court judgment, which ordered Lyor Cohen and the Island Def Jam Music Group to pay about $54 million to Steve Gottl The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circu ...

  36. Case Summary: Revival of Foreign Copyrights

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Companies that commercially exploit sheet music and old film footage challenged the constitutionality of section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which implemented part of the Berne Con Companies that commercially exploit sheet musi ...

  37. Court Reaffirms 2-Second Sampling Infringement

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reaffirmed June 3 its decision that a two-second sample of a recording infringes the sound recording copyright. NEW YORK -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reaffirmed June 3 its decis ...

  38. Case Summary: Using Name & Likeness Without Permission, Florida Law

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When Warner Bros. Pictures produced "The Perfect Storm" about a fishing vessel that was lost in a rare, powerful weather system off the New England coast, it did not ask permission -- or compensate -- When Warner Bros. Pictures produced ...

  39. China Jails Americans For Piracy

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced two Americans to prison time for DVD piracy. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced two Americans to prison time for DVD piracy. A Shanghai court on A ...

  40. Case Summary: No Defenses to Unauthorized Downloading

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Not every person sued by record labels for unauthorized downloading of music has thousands of files on her hard drive. Just 30 recordings were at issue in a suit brought against Cecilia Gonzalez in Ch Not every person sued by record labels for una ...

  41. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  42. Appeals Court Nixes RIAA Subpoenas

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Assn. of America lost another court battle Jan. 4 in its attempt to issue subpoenas on Internet service providers to obtain personal information about subscribers alleged to be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Recording Industry Assn ...

  43. Appeals Court Nixes RIAA Subpoenas

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST The RIAA lost another court battle Jan. 4 in its attempt to issue subpoenas on Internet service providers to obtain personal information about subscribers alleged to be infringing copyrights over peer The RIAA lost another court battle Jan. 4 in i ...

  44. Behind the Deal: Federal Judges Debate P2Ps and Copyright Infringement

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST In a debate over contributory copyright infringement, two federal judges-Alex Kozinski with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and Richard Posner with the Seventh Circuit Court of App In a debate over contributory copyright infrin ...

  45. Court Upholds Beastie's Sampling Right

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra NEW YORK -- Jazz flutist James W. Newton struc ...

  46. Court Upholds Beasties Sampling Right

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9, as a federal court in San Francisco denied for a third time his copyright infringement claim against the Beastie Boys and various distributors of the ra Jazz flutist James W. Newton struck out Nov. 9 ...

  47. Reality-Show Survivor Beats The Band

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Frank Sullivan, a founding member of rock band Survivor, has lost his trademark-infringement battle against TVT Records and producers of the television show "Survivor." NEW YORK -- Frank Sullivan, a founding member of rock band Survivor, ...

  48. No Limit Challenging New Sampling Rule

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The controversial federal court decision over the right to sample a couple of seconds from a sound recording is under challenge by No Limit Films. The controversial federal court decision over the right to sample a couple of seconds from a sound r ...

  49. Case Analysis: Sixth Circuit's "Substantial Similarity" Test for Copyright Infringement

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Prior to 2003, federal courts in the Sixth Circuit, which encompasses Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, had not formally adopted a specific test or approach for determining "substantial similari Prior to 2003, federal courts in the Sixt ...

  50. 'Little Nicky' Infringement Case Tossed

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal appellate court in Detroit on Sept. 14 threw out a copyright infringement suit involving the Adam Sandler film "Little Nicky." NEW YORK -- A federal appellate court in Detroit on Sept. 14 threw out a copyright infringement suit ...

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