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  1. Australia's High Court Decides Commercial Radio Should Pay for Internet Simulcasts

    August 15, 2013 11:56 PM EDT Australia's commerical radio stations who streamed music via online simulcasts should pay a separate license fee, the country’s High Court has decided. In doing so, the court has drawn a line under a legal battle which has rumbled on for mo ...

  2. Morning Fix: Spotify on TV; Pandora's Payments Explained; New Rolling Stones Single; Eno's Album App

    October 11, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS' HEIST ALBUM HEADING FOR BIG BILLBOARD 200 DEBUT: Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are headed for the biggest debut on the ...

  3. Australian High Court Rules ISP Not Liable For Users' Copyright Theft

    April 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Australia's High Court on Friday dismissed the movie studios' last-ditch attempt to hold the iiNet Internet service provider accountable for copyright theft on its network. Trade association the Australian Federation Against Copyright Th ...

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Suing Sony Music For $5 million

    March 30, 2012 8:27 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic, through his company Ear Booker Enterprises, is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million. The complaint alleges that Sony Music took improper and duplicate recoupments, which resulted in royalty under payments. I ...

  5. SiriusXM Files Lawsuit Against SoundExchange and A2IM, Alleging Licensing Interference

    March 28, 2012 9:28 AM EDT SiriusXM has filed a lawsuit against SoundExchange and A2IM. The company alleges that the two organizations violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act and acted in concert with other organizations to interfere with the satellite's channel efforts ...

  6. Australian Commercial Radio Wins Simulcast Suit Against PPCA

    February 23, 2012 10:34 AM EST Australia's commercial radio stations won't have to pay out extra royalties for online "simulcasting" of recorded music following an important ruling last week from the country's Federal Court. Recording companies' co ...

  7. WikiLeaks Doc Reveals Australia's Piracy Concerns With National Broadband Network

    August 31, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Piracy is a problem Down Under. But it's a problem that might become a whole lot bigger thanks to the Australian's government roll-out of its broadband super-infrastructure. That's the warning wrapped-up in a 2010 cable from the Can ...

  8. APRA's Performance and Broadcast Royalties Up Seven Percent

    June 03, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Performance and broadcast royalties continue to show strong growth Down Under, where the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) this week announced it had distributed a record $71.2 million Australian ($75.9 million) to its members APRA& ...

  9. EMI Loses Men At Work 'Down Under' Plagiarism Appeal to 'Kookaburra'

    March 31, 2011 11:03 AM EDT EMI has lost its appeal in an Australian court ruling that found Men at Work's 1980s hit "Down Under" was lifted from a campfire folk song. Last year, Australia's Federal Court found that Men At Work's hit had reproduced a ...

  10. Australian Music Biz Closely Following Copyright Infringement Case

    March 24, 2011 3:25 PM EDT A landmark Australian copyright case pitting the movie industry against iiNet Internet service provider took another twist as the case moves to the country's High Court, the final court of appeal. Today, the Australian Federation Against Copy ...

  11. Australian Copyright Federation Loses Case Against ISP iiNet

    February 25, 2011 1:53 PM EST The Federal Court of Australia today rejected an appeal by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in its claim that Perth-based Internet service provider iiNet had committed copyright violations. Music companies have been follow ...

  12. Aus Court Rejects PPCA Fitness Tariff

    December 13, 2010 2:15 PM EST Australian neighboring rights body PPCA must now sweat on its fitness industry tariff after the Federal Court sent the case back to the Copyright Tribunal for a redetermination. After a bruising battle, the Tribunal on May 17 applied a massive new ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Appeal Commences In Australian ISP Copyright Case

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has commenced appeal proceedings against a February court decision that found Australian ISP iiNet not guilty of infringing copyright laws. In 2008, a group of 34 TV/film studios and broadc ...

  15. Ruling On Men At Work Plagiarism Compensation

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Men At Work have been ordered to pay just 5% of royalties from their iconic '80s hit "Down Under" following an earlier ruling they had plagiarized another song. With the copyright damages ruling, handed down today ( ...

  16. Fitness Clubs To Appeal Music Tariff Ruling

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian neighboring rights body PPCA may have to hold off celebrating any new windfalls from the fitness sector. National heath and fitness trade association Fitness Australia, whose members operate 1,100 gyms, has appealed the Copyright Tribun ...

  17. Australian Labels, Broadcasters Set For Court

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Neighboring rights body the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and trade group Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) will square up in Australia's Federal Court during June to do battle over Internet simulcast rights. The date fo ...

  18. Australian Music Publisher Norm Lurie To Retire In 2011

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian music publishing executive Norm Lurie has announced plans to retire from his company, Music Sales. But it won't happen until the end of next year. Lurie, who currently serves as the publisher's managing director, will ...

  19. EMI Appeals Men At Work Plagiarism Ruling

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has appealed against a court ruling that found Men at Work had plagiarized a children's song in their '80s hit "Down Under." A Federal Court judge earlier this month found that Men At Work's popular tune had reproduced ...

  20. AFACT To Appeal iiNet File-Sharing Ruling

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Australian court tussle between the movie studios and the iiNet Internet service provider is back on again. The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, an umbrella organization for the country's film and TV industries, earlier this ...

  21. Court Rules Men At Work's 'Down Under' Lifted Riff

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Men At Work will have to dig a little deeper after the Federal Court ruled Thursday (Feb. 4) that the Australian pop giants had lifted a riff in "Down Under" from another song. A Federal Court judge found that Men At Work's memorabl ...

  22. Australian Music Market Up 4.8% In 2009

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The record business down under is on the ascent. Full-year 2009 trade figures issued today (Feb. 3) by labels body ARIA show a 4.8% gain in wholesale revenue to $446.1 million Australian ($395 million), powered by a booming digital music sector an ...

  23. Australian Court Fast-tracks iiNet Ruling

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's Federal Court is to fast-track its decision in the landmark copyright battle which has pitted Internet Service Provider iiNet against a coalition of film and TV companies. A ruling on the eagerly watched copyright test case is exp ...

  24. Publishers Score Legal Win Against Motive Force

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Motive Force LLC and its owner Sean Colombo are permanently enjoined by a Federal Court order from using unlicensed song lyrics in connection with their own Web sites, like LyricWiki.org, or supplying them to other Web sites or software applicatio ...

  25. 'Amazing' Royalties Claim Withdrawn Down Under

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd has won a copyright case over his hit 2001 song "Amazing" when the plaintiff withdrew his action. Mark Edward O'Keefe, a truck driver, sued Lloyd in the Federal Court for royalti ...

  26. Men At Work Loses First Stage In Copyright Dispute

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie pop-rock act Men At Work has lost the first round of a legal battle over the copyright in its iconic 1980s hit "Down Under." Sydney-based Larrikin Music Publishing launched compensation proceedings last year against Men at Work� ...

  27. Facebook Has Privacy Gaps: Canadian Watchdog

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The popular social networking site Facebook is not doing enough to protect the personal information it gets from subscribers, and it gives users confusing and incomplete information about privacy matters, Canada's privacy commissioner said. & ...

  28. Aus ISP iiNet To File Copyright Case Defense

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Australian music industry will keenly watch developments this week as Internet service provider iiNet's copyright infringement trial enters another phase at the Federal Court. Perth-based iiNet will on Thursday (Feb. 5) file its Federal C ...

  29. 'Down Under' Copyright Dispute Still Heading To Court

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian copyright case involving Men At Work's anthem "Down Under" is still heading for the Federal Court, despite a confidential agreement struck between two of the parties, Billboard.biz has learned. Sydney-based Larrikin Mu ...

  30. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  31. Australia's PPCA Push Fitness Centers For Higher Rates

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), which represents the interests of recording artists and labels, wants commercial gym classes to pay more for its use of recorded music. The organization has proposed to the Copyright Tribun ...

  32. O'Donnell Returns For Fourth Term As PPCA Chair

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia's CEO John O'Donnell has been re-elected for a fourth year as chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) board. Also joining the board as licensor representative is Sebastian Chase, founder a ...

  33. Aussie Venues Launch Action Against PPCA

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian hotel and nightclub industries have jointly launched a Federal Court appeal against the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's win to raise licensing fees. Last month, the Copyright Tribunal allowed the PPCA -- which r ...

  34. Canadian MP3 Tariff Fee To Be Reintroduced

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) won a decision on July 19 from the Copyright Board of Canada to reintroduce a controversial tariff fee into the sale price of MP3 players in Canada. The CPCC, the Toronto-based non-profit collective o ...

  35. Australian Court Issues Copyright Ruling

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Providing Web links to copyright-protected music is enough to make a site legally liable, an Australian court ruled in a case that created legal uncertainty for search engines around the world. The full bench of the Federal Court, the country' ...

  36. FCC Opts To Re-Think Indecency Rulings

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeals court for the chance to re-examine its own recent indecency decisions. The commission has also asked the court to suspend any judgments concerning sever The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeal ...

  37. Kazaa Faces New Court Battle

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Federal Court paves way for contempt proceedings. The full bench of the Australian Federal Court today (March 23) gave 32 record companies the green light for contempt of court proceedings against the operators of the Kazaa file sharing software. ...

  38. Toronto's Vortek Hit With CD-R Penalties

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed down a substantial penalty on to a Montreal-based computers and software manufacturer that did not pay federally-mandated private copying levy. The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed dow ...

  39. Kazaa Blocks Aussie P2P Access

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sharman Networks has blocked access to its Kazaa peer-to-peer software in Australia. The shutdown took place late Monday (Dec. 5) in Australia to comply with orders from the country's Federal Court. Sharman Networks has blocked access to its ...

  40. Oz Court Imposes Deadline On Kazaa Filter

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST P2P service must apply filter by Dec. 5. Australia's Federal Court today (Nov. 24) gave peer-to-peer file-sharing network Kazaa a deadline of Dec. 5 to either filter copyrighted music from its system or face a complete shutdown. The Sydney co ...

  41. Toronto Court Outlines Procedures To Identify File-Sharers

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT TORONTO -- While the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto May 19 upheld a 2004 Federal Court decision denying record labels' request for the identities of 29 illicit file sharers, it clarified the steps TORONTO -- While the Federal Court of App ...

  42. MIPI Appoints New Chief

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, effective May 23. Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, effective May 23. For the ...

  43. Toronto Court Upholds File-Sharer Identity Protection

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Decision offers future disclosure opportunities. While the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto today (May 19) upheld a 2004 Federal Court decision denying the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA) request for the identities of the 29 alleged lar ...

  44. Kerin Appointed MIPI Chief

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, with effect from May 23. He succeeds Michael Speck, who departed as GM of the anti-piracy body in Apri Australia's Music Industry Piracy Inv ...

  45. Kerin Appointed MIPI Chief

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, with effect from May 23. He succeeds Michael Speck, who departed as GM of the anti-piracy body in Apri Australia's Music Industry Piracy Inv ...

  46. Hemming Pressed To Testify In Sharman Trial

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet have to testify in the record industry's case against owners of Kazaa over alleged copyright infringement. SYDNEY -- Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet hav ...

  47. Hemming Pressed To Testify In Sharman Trial

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet have to testify in the Australian record industry's landmark case against Kazaa over alleged copyright infringement. Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet hav ...

  48. Hemming Pressed To Testify In Sharman Trial

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Aussie labels up ante in Kazaa case. Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet have to testify in the Australian record industry's landmark case against Kazaa over alleged copyright infringement. The Australian labels were ...

  49. Update: Sharman Asserts Innocence In Kazaa Trial

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sharman Networks, the Sydney-based owner of file-sharing software Kazaa, told Australia's Federal Court yesterday (March 23) that it should not be held liable for copyright infringement because it had Sharman Networks, the Sydney-based owner ...

  50. Documents Reveal Kazaa Sale Details

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sydney-based Sharman Networks paid €600,000 ($750,000) to buy the Kazaa file-sharing network from its Dutch founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis in January 2002, newly disclosed documents r SYDNEY -- Sydney-based Sharman Networks pa ...

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