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  1. Thailand's King To Receive WIPO Award

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be the recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Global Leaders Award in recognition of his contribution to intellectual property as an inventor and active proponent of int ...

  2. Trade Groups Applaud Brussels' Copyright Levy Decision

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST European authors, songwriters and artist groups have welcomed the decision by the European Commission to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics. It comes after Commission President José Manuel Barroso said mo ...

  3. EC Shies Away From Copyright Levy Changes

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics after concluding that the political fallout from such an initiative would be too high. Despite pledging to propose reforms before the end o ...

  4. Germany's GEMA To Launch Political Office

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Maren Ruhfus will take the helm of the newly-created political information offices for German collection society GEMA, with effect from Feb. 1, 2007. Since 1998, Ruhfus has served as chief of the Berlin office of the German Boersenverein, the asso ...

  5. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in Europe. The commissioner -- who is due next mont ...

  6. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in E European Union internal market commissioner Ch ...

  7. Malaysian Officials Raid Suspected Pirate Operations

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three arrests made. Following a two-week surveillance operation, Malaysian officials on Oct. 12 raided two premises in Penang that were linked to four pirate Web sites, arresting three suspects. Motion Picture Assn. specialists in Kuala Lumpur, Lo ...

  8. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition Commission has 24 weeks to probe. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Hamsard, the investment vehicle jo ...

  9. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission ...

  10. AFTRA: Consolidation Doing 'Irreparable Harm'

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group president spoke at FCC Town Hall Aug. 31. Group president spoke at FCC Town Hall Aug. 31. News ...

  11. AFTRA: Consolidation Is Doing 'Irreparable Harm'

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group president spoke at FCC Town Hall Aug. 31. American Federal of Television and Radio Artists president John Connolly said Thursday (Aug. 31) that "consolidation of media ownership is doing irreparable harm to local and national news cover ...

  12. P2P Sues P2P

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Patent rights at stake. Patent rights at stake. News ...

  13. EU Unveils Consultation to Boost Online Entertainment

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry, consumers asked to suggest solutions. The European Commission (EC) has launched a three-month public consultation exercise to examine potential obstacles to the development in Europe's online entertainment content, such as music, fi ...

  14. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a ne ...

  15. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Strategy, task force to be endorsed June 21. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandels ...

  16. Senators Push For Localism Before Media Ownership

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT FCC to examine media ownership rules Wed. There's an idea floating around the hallways of the FCC that could satisfy the wishes of senators who want the agency to ensure broadcasters maintain their local public service obligations. An open me ...

  17. House Passes Decency Enforcement Act

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bill to be delivered to the White House. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Decency Enforcement Act, 379-35. The bill increases to $325,000 the per-incident fine the FCC can impose on licensees for broadcasting ...

  18. FCC's Fifth: Senate Okays McDowell

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Takes over the Republican seat at Commission On their way out the door for the Memorial Day holiday, the Senate confirmed Robert McDowell—by unanimous consent—to be the FCC’s fifth commissioner. He takes over the Republican seat at the Commission ...

  19. The Publishers' Place

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/artist Victoria Shaw gave a stellar performance before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee arguing for support of the Perform Act. Read Susan Butler's column. Songwriter/artist Victoria Shaw gave a stellar performance before the U. ...

  20. Legal Matters

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT International experts are expressing disappointment over the annual China-U.S. Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade session held in Washington, D.C. Read Susan Butler's column. International experts are expressing disappointment over the ann ...

  21. A2IM To FCC: Amen, Brother

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body met Commissioner Adelstein. The American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), a new trade association less than a year old, is happy with its meeting yesterday with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and their discussion of a set o ...

  22. SEC Hits Promoter With Lawsuit

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Utsick sued in connection with fraudulent offering. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday charging promoter Jack Utsick and his Worldwide Entert ...

  23. French Debate On C'right To Resume May 4

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The debate on the controversial French copyright bill will resume in the Senate on May 4. The draft, which was voted by the French Parliament on March 21 after weeks of passionate discussions, has to The debate on the controversial French copyrigh ...

  24. Anonymous Spitzer Letter Riles Up The Row

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An anonymous letter sent to New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer has ruffled feathers in the country music industry. The letter, signed "some very concerned music industry professionals," acc An anonymous letter sent to New York ...

  25. Brit Indies Set For Mission To India

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A delegation of independent British music firms will embark later this week on a trade mission to India, the world's second most populous country and the 23rd largest music market in value. A delegation of independent British music firms will ...

  26. China To Create New IP Court

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Chinese government is to establish a new special court which will deal with the country's piracy crimes. The Judicial Court of Intellectual Property, set up under China's supreme court, will be de The Chinese government is to establi ...

  27. FCC On Payola: 'No Wrist Slaps'

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Adelstein weighs in on lawsuit against Entercom. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein weighed in with a warning that the Commission is serious about prosecuting broadcasters who violate payola regulations. “We can’t let any violators get away with ...

  28. Canada Music Sales Hit By P2P Swapping

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20.3 million), or 4%, to $608.7 ($553.4 million) million, the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. reported today (March 2). Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20. ...

  29. Tokio Hotel Checks In With 4 Echo Nods

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Gala held March 12 in Berlin. Gala held March 12 in Berlin. News ...

  30. Court Tells ISPs To Cut Pirates' Connections

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Danish Supreme Court upheld decision. Danish Supreme Court upheld decision. News ...

  31. 100s Of Radio Stations Marked In Payola Probe

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hundreds of radio stations are under intense scrutiny by the FCC for their alleged involvement in payola scams in an investigation that commissioner Jonathan Adelstein calls "potentially the most wide Hundreds of radio stations are under inte ...

  32. U.K. Indies Embark On Mission Down Under

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST A delegation of independent British music firms will embark this week on an inaugural trade mission to Australia. The initiative will involve nine U.K. music companies visiting Sydney and Melbourne fo A delegation of independent British music firm ...

  33. French Copyright Bill 'Clarified'

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has completed a new draft of the country's controversial copyright bill. The new text, according to a statement issued Saturday French minister of culture and communicati ...

  34. French Copyright Bill 'Clarified'

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has completed a new draft of the country's controversial copyright bill. The new text, according to a statement issued Saturday French minister of culture and communicati ...

  35. U.S. Senate Puts Pressure On Russian Gov't

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late last night (Dec. 21) calling on the Russian Federation to provide effective protection for intellectual property or risk not being accepted into the Worl The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late ...

  36. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Competition Commission. OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Competition Commission. News ...

  37. Aznavour Pushes EC For Copyright Extension

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Barroso meets industry chiefs in Brussels. French crooner Charles Aznavour and industry representatives met European Commission president José Manuel Barroso in Brussels today (Nov. 29) to push for an extension to European Union copyright protecti ...

  38. Aznavour Pushes EC For Copyright Extension

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST French crooner Charles Aznavour and industry representatives met European Commission president José Manuel Barroso in Brussels today (Nov. 29) to push for an extension to European Union copyright French crooner Charles Aznavour and indust ...

  39. Abernathy To Depart FCC

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the White House that she will leave the post on Dec. 9. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the ...

  40. FCC Looks At Cable Franchises

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission has kicked off a proceeding that could make it easier for cable's competitors to move into operators' exclusive territories. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Federal Communications Co ...

  41. Warner Agrees To Payola Settlement

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer's office in its ongoing payola investigation. Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New ...

  42. Adelstein Dubs WMG Payola Pact 'Breakthrough'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Calls for FCC to act on the evidence. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein quickly reacted to the news today of a settlement by the New York Attorney General’s office and Warner Music Group on issues of payola. In a prepared statement, Adelstein sa ...

  43. Warner Agrees To Payola Settlement

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer's office in its ongoing payola investigation. Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New ...

  44. Echo Awards 2006 Set For March 12

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Berlin's Estrel Convention Center will host the 15th annual German Echo Awards on March 12, 2006. Berlin's Estrel Convention Center will host the 15th annual German Echo Awards on March 12, 2006. German Phonographic Academy has organized ...

  45. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush announced Nov. 9 his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term at the agen WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush announced N ...

  46. EC Appoints Quintin To Key Role

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Frenchwoman Odile Quintin was named Nov. 9 as the top civil servant in charge of music issues within the European Commission, the European Union's executive. Frenchwoman Odile Quintin was named Nov. 9 as the top civil servant in charge of mus ...

  47. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term a President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his ...

  48. EC Appoints Quintin To Key Role

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Frenchwoman Odile Quintin was named Wednesday (Nov. 9) as the top civil servant in charge of music issues within the European Commission, the European Union's executive. Frenchwoman Odile Quintin was named Wednesday (Nov. 9) as the top civil ...

  49. Canadian Music Biz Caught In Web

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Canada's recording industry in 2003 faced bleak sales thanks to illegal Internet downloading of music product, Statistics Canada reported Oct. 26. TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Canada's recording industry in 2003 faced bleak sales ...

  50. Sheppard Mullin Taps FCC/DPB Vet Ferree

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sheppard Mullin has hired Ken Ferree, formerly one of the highest-ranking officials in the Federal Communications Commission and at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to lead the firm's new comm (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Sheppard Mull ...

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