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  1. Biz Q&A: IFPI CEO Frances Moore On Expanding The Global Music Business

    February 06, 2013 8:50 PM EST A barrister by training, Frances Moore was appointed CEO of global trade body IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) in July 2010, having previously headed IFPI's European regional office in Brussels, where she led the m ...

  2. Megaupload's Motion to Dismiss Copyright Case Denied by U.S. Judge

    October 09, 2012 12:25 PM EDT U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady has rejected Megaupload's attempt to escape prosecution for allegedly committing massive copyright infringement. Attorneys for Megaupload argued that the company was foreign-based and that the U.S. ...

  3. Warner-Owned Artist Arena Fined $1 Million By FTC

    October 04, 2012 5:21 PM EDT A Warner Music Group-owned company has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $1 million over charges that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act related to websites it operates for Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato ...

  4. Pussy Riot Could Be Freed October 1, As Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Calls For Release

    September 12, 2012 12:57 PM EDT MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, saying further prison time would be "unproductive." Medvedev's comments on Wednesday could signal the band me ...

  5. Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years By Russian Court (Updated)

    August 17, 2012 8:45 AM EDT UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's int ...

  6. Buju Banton's Appeal Denied, 10-Year Sentence Upheld

    August 08, 2012 1:38 PM EDT TAMPA -- A federal judge has denied reggae singer Buju Banton's request for a new trial, saying there's no need because of a previous appeals court ruling. Buju Banton Convicted in Cocaine Distribution Trial In June, the federal appeals ...

  7. Randy Travis Arrested Naked For DWI, Threatening Cops

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT DALLAS (AP) -- Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene, officials said. It was the second Texas arrest this year f ...

  8. Madonna Gives Support To Russia's Imprisoned Pussy Riot at Moscow Show Despite Threats of Violence

    August 08, 2012 9:28 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Madonna has expressed support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back. In March, two weeks before Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidency for t ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  11. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Announces Cutbacks, Layoffs, Adding Commercials To Music Stations

    April 06, 2012 12:33 PM EDT The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has responded to the Conservative Government's $115 million reduction in funding to the national public broadcaster over the next three years by announcing plans to cut 650 full-time jobs and adjust ...

  12. Australia's PPCA Loses Court Battle Over Radio Royalty Rates

    March 28, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Collecting society the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) has failed in its High Court challenge to remove a long-standing cap which limits to 1% the royalty rate commercial radio pays to play its recordings. The full bench of th ...

  13. Erykah Badu Concert In Malaysia Canceled Over Allah Body Art

    February 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body. The American R&B singer was ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Pierre Juneau, Champion of Canadian Music Talent, Juno Awards Namesake, Dead at 89

    February 22, 2012 1:13 PM EST Pierre Juneau, for whom Canada's national Juno Awards is named, died Tuesday at the age of 89. He is often credited with starting the boom of Canadian artists that started in the 70s and brining internatinal respect to the country's dome ...

  16. EU Suspends ACTA Copyright Treaty Ratification

    February 22, 2012 8:40 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Commission, facing steep opposition, is suspending efforts to ratify an international anti-counterfeiting agreement and instead referring it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates EU rights. EU Trade ...

  17. Canadian Broadcast Corporation Reaches Major Online Licensing Deal With AVLA

    January 25, 2012 3:50 PM EST The Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), the country's oldest public broadcasting network, and Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA) have reached the first negotiated collective license deal in Canada for online streaming and podcasting of rad ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Youssou Ndour Announces Bid for President of Senegal

    January 03, 2012 8:34 AM EST DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - World music icon Youssou Ndour says he plans to run in Senegal's presidential election next month, challenging an 85-year-old incumbent whose plans to seek a third term have sparked violent protests. Ndour, who made the ...

  20. FCC Moves to Ease Media Cross-Ownership Rule in Big Markets

    December 27, 2011 7:15 AM EST The FCC late in the week agreed to move ahead with a proposal to further easing media cross-ownership rules by loosening a rule that bans companies from owning a TV station and a newspaper in the same market in the top 20 U.S. media markets, the W ...

  21. U.K. Music Industry Calls Gov't Copyright Law Reform Plan 'Unrealistic,' 'Overstated'

    December 22, 2011 1:00 PM EST The U.K. music industry has lambasted the government for unrealistic expectations in its copyright reform proposals, published Dec. 14, to boost the national creative businesses in the digital age by relaxing certain provisions in the copyright la ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. U.K. Indies Get German Invite

    July 29, 2011 11:43 AM EDT U.K. labels association the BPI is teaming up with funding body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in an attempt to ease British independents' access to the German recorded music market, which earlier this year was confirmed as Europe's la ...

  24. Michael Jackson Rehearsal Footage Will Not Be Used in Manslaughter Trial

    July 25, 2011 2:57 PM EDT Jurors in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case will not watch previously unseen footage from the singer's final rehearsals to determine the state of his health before his death, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor agree ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Cristian Castro Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 02, 2011 9:07 PM EDT Mexican star Cristian Castro, whose album "Viva El Príncipe" has been one of the year's biggest success stories, will launch the first leg of his U.S. tour, beginning July 28 at V Live in Chicago. Castro's "Viva El Príncip ...

  27. California Court Rejects Phil Spector Appeal

    May 02, 2011 9:15 PM EDT A California appeals court rejected music producer Phil Spector's bid to overturn his murder conviction on Monday, saying it was permissible for prosecutors to call a parade of women who said Spector had threatened them with guns in the past. ...

  28. Australian Record Labels' Lawsuit to Increase Radio Royalties to Reach High Court in May

    April 28, 2011 1:43 PM EDT Australian record labels' legal attempt to increase broadcast license fees will reach the country's High Court next month. On May 10, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) -- the neighboring rights collection society f ...

  29. Phil Spector Murder Case Set for Appeals Arguments

    April 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT While legendary music producer Phil Spector sits in prison, his lawyers are poised to urge an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction and grant a new trial on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. Oral ar ...

  30. Deep Purple Helps Foster Diplomacy With Russia, President's a Huge Fan

    March 24, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Ardent British rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when the Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow, the Kremlin said. Medvedev, 45, dressed in jeans and a black jacket, drank tea with the roc ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. How Much Can A Top-Name Artist Make For Private Shows?

    March 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST Nelly Furtado and Beyonce proved this week that artists can bring in big bucks even when they aren't headlining a major world tour. Both singers have scored a cool $1 million for performing for family members of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddaf ...

  33. Australia's One Movement For Music Fest Under Government Review

    March 03, 2011 11:40 AM EST Almost $3 million of taxpayer money has been tipped into Western Australia's annual One Movement for Music conference and festival . Now, a parliamentary inquiry wants to figure out whether the cash was put to good use. The Australian state&# ...

  34. Nelly Furtado to Donate $1 Million From Gaddafi Performance to Charity

    February 28, 2011 12:12 PM EST Nelly Furtado's Tweet of righteousness (Twitter screen grab) Canadian singer Nelly Furtado took to her Twitter account early Monday morning (Feb. 28) to let her fans know that she wants nothing to do with the fruits of Libyan dictator Muammar ...

  35. P.R. Challenges: Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Usher Reportedly Performed For Libya's Qaddafi Family

    February 23, 2011 8:00 AM EST The Qaddafi family paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing only four songs at a New Year's Day family bash in the Caribbean, according to American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, as picked up by the New York Times. The singer was hired ...

  36. Disney Denied Appeal of $319 Million In 'Millionaire' Verdict

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST We broke the news on Dec. 8 that the federal judge overseeing the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire trial had tentatively denied Disney's appeal of the massive $319 million jury verdict in favor of producer Celador Intl. Federal judges don't ...

  37. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  38. Illegal Content Providers in Spain, One of World's Top Pirating Countries, Protest Illegal Download Law

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST A handful of websites offering illegal downloads of music, film and television series protested Spain's so-called anti-download law, which is expected to pass this week, with blacked out screens Sunday. "If the Sinde Law passes, this pag ...

  39. Supreme Court Rejects Teen's Appeal In P2P Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a Texas teenager who got in trouble for downloading music without paying. Whitney Harper acknowledged she used file-sharing networks to download and share three dozen songs. But she said the money s ...

  40. SGAE-backed Latin America Tour Set To Launch

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish collecting society SGAE's promotion arm Fundación Autor tomorrow (Nov. 16) kicks off its 11th annual Rock en Ñ tour of Spanish and Latin acts in Latin America. The tour takes in seven concerts on Colombia, Argentina and Mexico until D ...

  41. European Collection Societies Welcome Anti-Piracy Ruling

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European collection societies have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling that upholds the principle of an anti-piracy "digital copying tax" on consumer media and equipment used for reproduction, as applied in Spain and most other E ...

  42. Feds: Roc-A-Fella Founder Part of NY-Fla. Pot Ring

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Raids targeting a wholesale marijuana ring based in New York and Florida resulted in the arrests of 45 people, including one of the founders of the Roc-A-Fella record label, prosecutors said Friday. Kareem Burke, who started the hip-hop label with ...

  43. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  44. Fernanda Romero On Trial Accused Of Marriage Sham

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT By all accounts, the marriage ceremony of Fernanda Romero and Kent Ross was a modest affair, but federal prosecutors are seeking to prove it was also a crime. Romero, a Mexican-born singer, actress and model who has achieved moderate fame in her h ...

  45. Germany Holds Love Parade Memorial

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of mourners attended an emotional memorial service in the German town of Duisburg this weekend for victims of the Love Parade festival. German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the dignitaries who attended ...

  46. Berlin Stakes Claim As Major Music Capital

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin plans to highlight its status as one of the world's major music capitals with a large-scale week-long campaign. Berlin's political and business institutions, associations, groups and companies have joined forces to present the cul ...

  47. German Govt Won't Adopt Three Strikes

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German federal government has called for Internet Service Providers to take more responsibility for illegal content on their networks, but it has resisted any measures to block copyright infringers' access to the Internet. "This is n ...

  48. SGAE's Copying Levy Income Outstrips Record Sales

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a miserable year for Spanish sales, for the first time ever Spanish authors body SGAE collected more money from a home-copying levy on consumer electronics/blank media than it did in mechanical royalties from records. The collecting society ...

  49. Aussie Authors Body Amends Licensing Procedures

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted the Australasian Performing Right Assn (APRA) "re-authorization" after the authors' society agreed to simplify its rules for direct dealing between composers and ...

  50. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

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