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  1. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  2. Appeals Court Upholds College Student's $675,000 Piracy Penalty

    June 25, 2013 7:56 PM EDT In the long-running case of Joel Tenenbaum, who was ordered in 2009 by a jury to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs online, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Tuesday that the penalty should stand. The penalty ...

  3. France's Q1 Digital Music Sales Drop as Criticism of HADOPI Mounts

    June 07, 2013 2:00 PM EDT In the first quarter of 2013, French digital music sales fell 5.2% to €30.9 million (about $40.9 million) according to SNEP , the French recording trade group. Digital sales made up 29% of the country's music market, which during the same p ...

  4. Business Matters: European Study on Piracy Conflicts With Conventional Wisdom

    March 18, 2013 8:49 PM EDT A new European Commission study based on Nielsen data from five European countries found that online music piracy did not hurt digital music purchases. In fact, the study found a slight, positive relationship between visits to illegal download s ...

  5. SXSW: David Lowery and Co. Lash out Against Industry 'Pimps'

    March 16, 2013 11:16 AM EDT Passions ran high Friday evening at what was described by its organizers as “an artists’ panel” in the Austin Convention Center for SXSW. The distinction was deliberate -- too many panels and presentations at this conference had failed to rep ...

  6. Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service

    January 20, 2013 6:24 PM EST Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site. In a sub ...

  7. France's Hadopi: 2 Convictions, 1 Fine, 1.25 Million Warnings Since 2009

    December 31, 2012 1:52 PM EST Since being put into law in 2009, France's Hadopi has resulted in over 1.25 million warnings sent to broadband subscribers, two guilty convictions and just one fine, according to numbers released by the country's Minster of Justice. Inte ...

  8. Hadopi, France's Anti-Piracy Law, Could Be In Jeopardy Following Commission Report

    December 14, 2012 3:03 PM EST Recent reports have surfaced claiming the end of Hadopi, the French graduated-response law combatting Internet piracy, could be near. The news comes after a French Ministry of Culture commission on digital content and cultural policy led by Pierre ...

  9. Business Matters: Five Reasons Why Dropbox's Acquisition of Audiogalaxy Could Be a Big Deal

    December 14, 2012 2:11 PM EST Google, Amazon and Apple may soon get more competition in the cloud music space. Audiogalaxy, a second-tier music hosting and streaming service, announced this week it has been acquired by file hosting service Dropbox. Started in 1998 as a file-sh ...

  10. Morning Fix: '12-12-12' Concert Raised $36 Mil. Before Show; Warner's 4Q Results; Skrillex's New Imprint

    December 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free daily Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters 12-12-12 SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ROCKS WITH "LOCALS" ROLLING STONES, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND A REUNITED NIRVANA: Musicians clo ...

  11. LiveNation.com Relaunches With New Social, Mobile Features

    November 21, 2012 9:04 PM EST While many working Americans took the day off to prepare for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, the folks at Live Nation Labs, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, were busy dealing with the aftermath of their newly re-launched LiveNation.com . "It ...

  12. Business Matters: Can Copyright Alerts Work in U.S.? Hadopi Report Brings Promising Signs

    October 29, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The long-awaited Copyright Alert System, or CAS, is coming to the U.S. in the coming weeks through five major broadband providers and their partnership with the RIAA, MPAA and the Center for Copyright Information. The impact the alerts will have i ...

  13. Business Matters: Young Consumers Legally Purchase More Digital Music Than Anyone, Study Shows

    October 16, 2012 6:40 PM EDT A preview of an upcoming study by the American Assembly at Columbia University aims to highlight a generational divide in attitudes toward sharing music -- but ends up showing much more. You can view the study's findings through one of three ...

  14. Legimate Streaming Services Cut Down on Piracy, Report Suggests

    October 03, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Does the presence of legitimate music streaming services cut down on piracy? The folks at Musicmetric, a London company that tracks online activity, think so. In a Digital Music Index report set to be released on Wednesday (Oct. 3), Musicmetric fo ...

  15. Death Grips Top BitTorrent's List of Most Legally Downloaded Music

    October 01, 2012 3:50 PM EDT These artists were the most legally-downloaded on BitTorrent in the first half of 2012 File-sharing company BitTorrent recently announced that it facilitated 124,191,862 legal music downloads in the first six months of 2012. That is 31 percent of ...

  16. Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

    September 07, 2012 7:32 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV VMAS 2012: RIHANNA, ONE DIRECTION FIND LOVE & MOONMEN: The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at t ...

  17. Business Matters: New Study Debunks Data Showing File-Sharing Helps CD Sales

    August 22, 2012 11:47 AM EDT An influential 2007 academic paper that found a positive link between file sharing and CD purchases has been debunked after a professor from Australia has taken the same data set and come to an opposite conclusion. As blogger and lawyer Barry Sook ...

  18. Business Matters: Pandora Adds 400,000 Listeners in July

    August 06, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Pandora Adds 400,000 In July Pandora increased its monthly active users to 54.9 million in July from 54.5 million in June. Listener hours increased to 1.12 billion -- up 76% year-over-year -- from 1.08 billion. Perhaps most importantly, Pandora re ...

  19. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  20. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  21. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

  22. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  23. Kim Dotcom Responds to Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have a Case'

    July 10, 2012 8:42 AM EDT A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The d ...

  24. Cost of German Music Piracy at $660 Million: Study

    June 12, 2012 9:34 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Piracy cost the German film industry nearly $200 million (€196 million) last year and resulted in $660 million (€524 million) in lost revenue for the country's music industry, according to a recent study backed by the Berli ...

  25. Napster Co-Founders Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning Launch Social Video Network Airtime

    June 05, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning reunited Tuesday at a star-studded event to launch Airtime, a new live social video platform. The presentation was made at Milk Studios in New York and included references to the days when the two ...

  26. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  27. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Joel Tenenbaum's Appeal of $675K Fine For Illegal Music Downloading

    May 21, 2012 11:48 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet. The high court on Monday refused to ...

  28. Kim Dotcom Doc Co-Produced by Donovan Leitch, Biography By Neil Strauss In the Works

    May 09, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kim Dotcom, the indicted founder of shuttered file-sharing service Megaupload, is to be the subject of a documentary and biography, according to friends and business associates of the colorful ex-hacker. Actor-producer Donovan Leitch and Alex Mard ...

  29. Business Matters: NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate?

    May 08, 2012 9:29 PM EDT NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate? -- Big Data invaded the NARM conference on Tuesday afternoon. Terms like "KPI" (key performance indicators) and "regression analysis" popped up in a setting more used to disc ...

  30. British High Court Orders ISPs To Block Pirate Bay

    April 30, 2012 1:28 PM EDT The British High Court has ordered five of the U.K.'s biggest ISPs to block users from accessing illegal file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. The ruling by Justice Arnold was made late last Friday (April 27) and was officially announced today. I ...

  31. Business Matters: Pandora's Stock Hits All-Time Low of $9.03

    April 09, 2012 4:41 PM EDT Pandora's Stock Hits All-Time Low Pandora's stock fell to an all-time low of $9.03 Monday and closed at $9.18, a 7.46% dip. The root cause for Monday's decline appears to be an analyst's report that surfaced Thursday but wasn&# ...

  32. Dotcom Allowed Back Online

    April 03, 2012 8:10 AM EDT AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, is being allowed back online. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload Dotcom was previously denied Internet access under bail conditions imposed by N ...

  33. France's HADOPI Study Shows Decrease in Piracy

    April 02, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Screen shot of a graphic from HADOPI's new report showing the effectiveness of its three-warning system. Seventeen months after issuing its first warning emails, HADOPI, the French governmental copyright protection body installed to administe ...

  34. '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 ...

  35. Audiogalaxy Jumps Into Internet Radio

    March 06, 2012 2:34 PM EST Audiogalaxy jumped into the Internet radio game Tuesday with Mixes, a free web-based service that plays personalized streams of songs. Internet radio is an increasingly crowded market, but Audiogalaxy does it a bit differently. The web-based Inter ...

  36. Exclusive: Merlin Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement With LimeWire

    February 29, 2012 10:58 PM EST Independent rights group Merlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with LimeWire, the P2P file-sharing company that was shut down by a federal court in October 2010 due to a "massive scale of infringement." The amount of the settleme ...

  37. Eminem's Digital Royalties Lawsuit: Leaked Audit Highlights Huge Stakes for Music Biz

    February 23, 2012 8:05 AM EST Over the last few months, the music industry has been rocked by multiple lawsuits alleging that artists such as Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, Rob Zombie and others have been cheated out of substantial money from the improper calculation of revenues ...

  38. Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Released on Bail

    February 22, 2012 7:46 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload was released on bail Wednesday after a New Zealand judge decided Kim Dotcom lacked means to flee because his funds had been seized. "I am relieved to go home to ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site

    February 14, 2012 12:46 PM EST A Spanish court has dismissed a case against the popular peer-to-peer movie download site Cinetube citing legal precedents in concluding that redirecting online traffic is not illegal per se, even if it is to copyrighted content, according to the ...

  41. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  42. Sinde Law Piracy Battle Headed to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications

    February 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST Sinde Law Piracy Battle Heads to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications The lines have long been drawn here; it was just a question of time before the epic legal battle over online piracy kicked off. Spain's Supreme Court this week a ...

  43. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Denied Bail Appeal

    February 03, 2012 8:38 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A New Zealand court denied an appeal for bail Friday by the jailed founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload. The denial means that Kim Dotcom must remain in jail until his first hearing in a U.S. extradition re ...

  44. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  45. Electronic Frontier Foundation To Help Megaupload Users Retrieve Data

    February 01, 2012 8:13 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Users of the file-sharing website Megaupload who feared their data could be deleted as early as Thursday have a reprieve after a nonprofit group stepped in at the eleventh hour. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecuto ...

  46. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  47. Business Matters: Looking for a New Kind of Record Label? Here's DigSin ...

    January 30, 2012 5:43 PM EST Looking for a New Kind of Label? Here's DigSin ... -- DigSin -- a free, singles-only label founded in 2011 by Jay Frank, author and most recently SVP Music Strategy at Country Music Television -- has released its first song, " DRNK TXTNG ...

  48. Business Matters: Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress?

    January 24, 2012 8:30 PM EST Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress? -- Subscription services have finally, pretty much arrived while anti-piracy efforts are showing positive results. The music industry needs to play both offense and ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. French SCPP Report: Rights Income Increases 10 Percent, Digital Continues Growth, Illegal Copyright Claims Down

    January 24, 2012 11:06 AM EST The SCPP, the French society in charge of royalty collections for music labels - including the four majors - saw a nearly 10 percent growth in income in 2011, up to €71.2 million from its 2010 level. This growth can largely be attributed to the ri ...

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