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  1. Crow Offering Free Album Download To Voters

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow is giving away free music -- a tactic she calls the "Tupperware" party approach to inspiring young people to vote. The singer announced a plan today (Aug. 21) to give a digital copy of her album "Detours" to the fir ...

  2. The Orchard Posts $785K Loss In Q2

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard Enterprises posted a $785,000 loss, or 12 cents per diluted share on revenues of $13.4 million, for the three-month period ended June 30. That compares with the $720,000, or 62 cents per diluted, the company lost when revenues were $6. ...

  3. Authorities Raid Argentina's 'La Salada' Pirates' Market

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the past 15 years, the Argentine market of “La Salada” has been known as a mecca for counterfeit product, and was identified by the European Union as one of the most notorious examples of illegal and counterfeit commerce in the world. Located ...

  4. Streaming Treatment For Bruni's New Set

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carla Bruni's new album release has been made available to stream ahead of its official release. The First Lady of France's entire album, "Comme Si De Rien N'Etait" ("As If Nothing Had Happened"), went live in st ...

  5. Euro Composers, Songwriters Appeal With EC Pres

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A delegation of composers and songwriters today met with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to discuss their concerns on a looming decision which they claim could have a "lasting disaster for all Europeans, culturally." Th ...

  6. Spanish Biz Must Adopt Tough Piracy Tactics, Says Kennedy

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the to ...

  7. French Gov't Approves 'Three Strikes' Scheme

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government has given the green light to the controversial "Internet and creation" law, which is designed to control online piracy. The development this week closes the first step of an adoption process that will now go through ...

  8. CISAC Slams China's Copyright 'Violations'

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC president Robin Gibb has called on the Chinese government to end what he says are copyright-law violations. "How is it and how can it be that in China, the most populated country in the world and the organizer of the 2008 Olympic Games, ...

  9. EU's McCreevy Calls For Forum On Copyright Levy

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A forum should be set up to resolve a long-running spat over levies on recording equipment to compensate performers for lost royalties, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said on Tuesday. Big electronics companies such as Philips, No ...

  10. Bruni's 'Promises' To Arrive This Summer

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carla Bruni, the singer, former supermodel and headline-grabbing wife of France's president Nicolas Sarkozy, will release a new album in Europe this July. Paris-based independent label Naïve will issue the new set, which will be named "C ...

  11. Jury Selection To Start In R. Kelly's Trial

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorneys in R. Kelly's child pornography trial are expected to begin questioning 150 potential jurors Monday, and it's unlikely any of his fans will be chosen to hear the allegations against one of urban music's biggest stars. The ...

  12. House Officially Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House has just officially passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act on a vote of 410 to 11. The bill enhances protections and enforcement of IP rights, establishes an IP representative in the Whi ...

  13. Update: House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Official passage of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act in the House of Representatives has stalled. While the bill was expected to officially pass once a quorum was met Tuesday evening -- after a vot ...

  14. RIAA Chimes In On Net Neutrality

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The debate continued over net neutrality on Capitol Hill today, with RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol weighing in on a bill that would set U.S. broadband policy and mandate an FCC study. Bainwol, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subc ...

  15. Burnham Speaks At PPL AGM

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's culture secretary Andy Burnham will be a guest speaker at PPL's annual general meeting, to be held June 4 at the British Music in central London. Burnham was appointed secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport in a cabine ...

  16. Music Biz Backs Internet Child Safety Scheme

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The international music industry is endorsing the latest phase of an Internet safety campaign devised to help educate parents and teachers on supporting children's safe activities in the online world. Child welfare charity Childnet is behind ...

  17. German Artists Team For IP Campaign

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German artists Herbert Grönemeyer, Peter Maffay, Udo Jürgens, Rosenstolz and Tokio Hotel are among the 200-plus signatories for a national campaign calling on greater government support for intellectual property. Prominent German artists, authors ...

  18. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  19. Cuba Ends Restriction On Cellular Phones

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuba said on Friday it will allow all Cubans to buy and use mobile telephones for the first time in the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of cellular telephone use in Latin Ameri ...

  20. IFPI Welcomes Byron’s Internet Report

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has applauded the recommendations made in the pages of a report on the potential hazards the Internet can pose to children. Britain's government has committed to accepting and taking forward all the points outlined in the Byron Revie ...

  21. MTV Networks Argentina Ups Guerra

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paula Guerra has been promoted to senior VP and managing director of MTV Networks Argentina. She has served as general manager of the company since 2002. Guerra will continue to be based in Buenos Aires and report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, president o ...

  22. Canadian Biz Hails 'Biggest-Ever' Piracy Raid

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A police raid on an alleged music piracy operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba has resulted in what the Canadian record business claims is the largest counterfeit bust in Canadian history. According to the Canadian Recording Industry Association, a firm ...

  23. Canadian Collective Won't Appeal MP3 Tariff Decision

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says it will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that turned down an application to add a tariff to MP3 players. The levy of up to C$75 ($74) on MP3 players received approval from the ...

  24. Barkah Named As Universal Indonesia Head

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Indonesia has turned to the digital music sector to hire its new GM, Bimbom Barkah, appointed with effect from today (Jan. 25). Jakarta-based Barkah was previously managing director of Jakarta-based digital-download Web site Import ...

  25. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  26. Publishers May Appeal Block On 'iPod Tax'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Collecting society the Canadian Private Copying Collective says it may appeal against a court ruling which has blocked its efforts to obtain compensation for music creators through extending Canada's private-copying levy to cover "digita ...

  27. Soundbuzz Starts High-Quality Online Music Store

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Singapore-based digital-music services provider Soundbuzz on Dec. 18 launched what it claims is the first online music store in Asia to offer high-fidelity downloads. Soundbuzz says the store - at www.soundbuzz.com/sls - uses a technology called S ...

  28. Huecco Replaces Melendi For Mexico City Concert

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music-signed Spanish artist Huecco will take the place of multi-platinum singer Melendi at a Nov. 17 Rock En Ñ concert in Mexico City. Melendi has decided not to appear following a Nov. 13 incident on an Iberia state aircraft en route from ...

  29. MoS Terminates Indian Club Deal

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ministry of Sound International has pulled the plug on its New Delhi club. The dance music brand has terminated its license agreement with New Delhi-based Indus Renaissance Partners Entertainment Private Limited, which in February launched the Lon ...

  30. Beyonce Set For November Jakarta Concert

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce will perform at an as-yet-unannounced venue on Nov. 1 in Jakarta, Indonesia, according to her Los Angeles-based booking agency, International Creative Management (ICM). The announcement follows the cancellation of a performance that was sc ...

  31. Popkomm 2007 Opens Its Doors

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The annual Popkomm music trade fair has kicked off in Berlin. A panel of German political heavyweights inaugurated the Oct. 19-21 conference, which this year carries the strap-line "plug into success." One of the buzz topics currently do ...

  32. Judge: Jurors At Impasse In Phil Spector Trial

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors in Phil Spector's murder trial have indicated they believe they are at an impasse, the judge said today (Sept. 18) after the panel sent a note in its seventh day of deliberations. The record producer is charged with second-degree murde ...

  33. French Gov't Appoints FNAC CEO To Stimulate Digital Biz

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The French government is throwing its muscle behind a mission to fight illegal downloading. Newly-elected President Sarkozy ordered the initiative in early August as part of a global plan to "save the music industry" and support the lega ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. MCPS Offers License For Indie TV Producers

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society is extending the licensing rights available to TV-program producers. The collecting society has launched the Independent Production Company License (IPC), which is aimed at independent product ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. German Record Biz Angered At C'right Law Tweaks

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sections of the German music business are furious at recent copyright law amendments that allow consumers to make an unlimited number of private copies of CDs and DVDs. And although the new additions still forbid consumers from bypassing encrypted ...

  38. Tory Leader Cameron Backs C'right Term Extension

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's official opposition political party will throw its support behind the industry's quest to extend the term of copyright, the Conservative Party's leader declared today. Using the platform of the BPI's annual general me ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Popkomm Chooses Germany As Partner Country

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Germany has been chosen as the partner country for the 19th annual music trade fair Popkomm, which will be held in Berlin from Sept. 19-21. "Young bands know that Popkomm is a useful platform for getting known outside their own countries and ...

  41. French Biz Given Access To Monitor Downloaders

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French music copyright holders should be able to intensify their fight against illegal file-sharers following an appeal judgment filed by the highest administrative court in France. The Conseil d'Etat on May 23 canceled an October 2005 decisi ...

  42. New Copyright Alliance Taking Fight To Capitol

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON -- A unique new organization made up of ingredients from the commerce, arts and university communities is hoping to convince Congress and the public that copyrights aren't the legal equivalent of a Rodney Dangerfield punch line: la ...

  43. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

  44. Destiny Media Sues Rival Musicrypt

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Destiny Media Technologies filed a $25 million lawsuit against rival Musicrypt today, alleging defamation and economic interference. Both Destiny Media and Musicrypt offer digital media distribution systems that let record labels send promotional ...

  45. Cuba's 'El Guayabero' Dies At 95

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Faustino Oramas, the last surviving member of a comic street music tradition popular in the Oriente region of eastern Cuban, died Tuesday of liver cancer aged 95 in his hometown of Holguin, eastern Cuba. Cuban state television said acting presiden ...

  46. Licensing Problems Halt MoS' India Party

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Ministry of Sound was forced to briefly close its New Delhi club due to some "temporary licensing issues," according to executives closely involved in the start-up. The British-based dance music powerhouse opened the doors to its new ...

  47. Malaysia To Stay On Piracy Watch List

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has recommended keeping Malaysia on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) piracy watch list, despite improvements in combating piracy. The IIPA reports that music piracy in Malaysia is down to ...

  48. Electronics Execs Seek Reform On EU Copyright Tax

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Top electronics firms have asked the European Commission to discuss why the European Union executive body abruptly delayed reform of an "excessive and unjustified" copyright tax after lobbying by France. In December the commission delaye ...

  49. EC Pres Asked To Explain Copyright Tax U-Turn

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ten chief executives from top IT and electronics firms including Philips, Nokia and Sony today appealed to the European Commission to revive plans to reform the copyright levy system that compensates artists. The executives wrote the Commission pr ...

  50. Brit Live Biz Rounds On Touts

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in Britain's live music business have agreed to establish a ticket exchange mechanism as part of a new set of measures aimed at clamping-down on ticket scalping. Other efforts include the creation of a "shop-a-tout" hotl ...

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