Government

  1. Gilberto Gil Gets French Honor

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil, who also serves as minister of culture for his country, was bestowed with France's highest hounour yesterday (Oct. 16) when he received the medal of grand officer in the Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil, who also s ...

  2. Gilberto Gil Gets French Honor

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil, who also serves as minister of culture for his country, was bestowed with France's highest hounour yesterday (Oct. 16) when he received the medal of grand officer in the Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil, who also s ...

  3. IMG Opens Office in Singapore

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Agency to develop local and pan-Asian live events. IMG Artists, the London-based international talent agency and management group, has opened in Singapore its new Asia regional headquarters. The move follows the recent strategic alliances formed w ...

  4. IMG Opens Office in Singapore

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Agency to develop local and pan-Asian live events. IMG Artists, the London-based international talent agency and management group, has opened in Singapore its new Asia regional headquarters. The move follows the recent strategic alliances formed w ...

  5. Arizona Governor OKs Tax Credits

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Arizona is the latest state to have film incentives after Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a bill Sept. 30 giving tax credits to the film industry, specifically to companies that film and hire in Arizona. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Arizona is the lat ...

  6. Viacom, UCC Dispute FCC Kid Regs

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Viacom and the United Church of Christ are both pushing to have the federal courts decide if the Federal Communications Commission's regulations regarding children's programming rules on digital TV ar WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Repo ...

  7. Jowell To Act On IP Theft

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Culture secretary Tessa Jowell pledged Oct. 5 to protect Britain's creative industry from intellectual property theft and warned that European states would have to present a united front to tackle bur LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Cultur ...

  8. Italian Police Raids CD Production Center

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Officers in Italy's fiscal police "Guardia di Finanza" uncovered on the night of Oct. 5 an illegal CD, DVD and videogame production centre in Palermo, the Sicilian capital. MILAN -- Officers in Italy's fiscal police "Guard ...

  9. IFPI Urges China To Act On Piracy

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT China must shut down pirate music factories and jail the perpetrators if it is going to keep its promise to address the $250 billion-a-year problem, according to music industry trade group the Interna BEIJING (Reuters) -- China must shut down pira ...

  10. Competition Commission To Eye Vue Cinema Acquisition

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Office of Fair Trading said Sept. 23 it has referred the completed acquisition of A3 Cinema and its subsidiary Ster Century (U.K.) by U.K.-based exhibitor Vue Entertainment to the Competition Comm LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Office ...

  11. Katrina, Indecency Put Payola On Hold

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two months after New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer unveiled a landmark $10 million settlement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the Federal Communications Commission has yet to exa NEW YORK -- Nearly two months after New York s ...

  12. Katrina, Indecency Put Payola On Hold

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT FCC has hands full. Nearly two months after New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer unveiled a landmark $10 million settlement with Sony BMG, the Federal Communications Commission has yet to examine a motherlode of evidence collected in Spit ...

  13. Broadcasters Testify At FCC Atlanta Meet

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The FCC's four commissioners met for nearly three hours Sept. 15 in Atlanta to hear testimony from four broadcasters and various representatives of other parts of the country's communications industry NEW YORK -- The FCC's four comm ...

  14. Draft Gives Head Start On Telco Bill

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers began serious consideration of legislation designed to make it easier for phone companies to deliver video programming as congressional leaders began circulating a staff draft of the bill Se WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- L ...

  15. U.S. Examines DVD Piracy In China

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever U.S. piracy czar demanded here Sept. 14 that officials show tangible results from ramped up efforts to crush the counterfeiting of films, drugs and clothes, and said he had the backing BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The first-e ...

  16. Broadcasters Testify at FCC Atlanta Meet

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Radio, TV signals vital to country's safety. The FCC's four commissioners met for nearly three hours today (Sept. 15) in Atlanta to hear testimony from four broadcasters and various representatives of other parts of the country's co ...

  17. Payola, Online Licensing and LPFMs

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Report from the Future of Music Coalition Summit. Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. ...

  18. Adelstein Adamant Over FCC Payola Issue

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democratic Federal Communications Commission ...

  19. Adelstein Adamant Over FCC Payola Issue

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Plans to put 'fear of God' into broadcasters. Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. He spoke ...

  20. Judge Throws Out $90M Verdict Against Clear Channel

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In an opinion released Monday (Aug. 15), U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly threw out a $90 million verdict against Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) previously won by a division of Chicago-ba In an opinion released Monday (Aug. 15), U.S. ...

  21. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications Commission c NEW YORK -- Under pressure to act upon pa ...

  22. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of violations will bring 'swift action.' Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications ...

  23. Canadian 'iPod Tax' To Be Refunded

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT $4 million collected to date from customers. Apple Computer said it will refund the so-called "iPod tax" Canadian customers paid since 2003. Canadian courts ruled the tax illegal last year but customers there continued to pay the tax as ...

  24. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of violations will bring 'swift action.' Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications ...

  25. Indian Court Throws Video Pirate In Prison

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Delhi, India court handed down an unprecedented jail sentence of three years for copyright piracy to a video-rental retailer, the Motion Picture Assn. said on Aug. 1. NEW YORK -- A Delhi, India court handed down an unprecedented jail sentence of ...

  26. Indian Court Throws Video Pirate In Prison

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Devinder Singh to serve three years. A Delhi, India court handed down an unprecedented jail sentence of three years for copyright piracy to a video-rental retailer, the Motion Picture Assn. announced today (Aug. 1). The court sentenced on July 18 ...

  27. CPCC Appeal Dismissed

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Private copying levy upheld. The Canadian Supreme Court today (July 28) dismissed applications from the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) to hear an appeal of the December decision of the Federal Court of Appeal involving its private copy ...

  28. Artist Groups, Unions Grateful To Spitzer

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Years of petitions validated. Recording artist groups and unions are unanimously grateful that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has acted on "pay for play" practices after several years of petitions to Congress and the FCC to no a ...

  29. FCC Tunes In To Spitzer Settlement

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Asks attorney general for "everything he's got." In announcing a settlement (July 25) with Sony BMG regarding payola issues, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer made a clear plea to the Federal Communications Commission to ...

  30. Spitzer Evidence To Be Handed Over To FCC

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Full-on federal investigation expected. Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein says Elliot Spitzer has given the Federal Communications Commission "an arsenal of smoking guns" to amp up federal payola enforcement. Reacting to Monday’s settlemen ...

  31. President Names Int'l Intellectual Property Czar

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Position newly created in cabinet. President George W. Bush has created new position in his cabinet for an international intellectual property czar. Bush announced the appointment July 22, tapping Chris Israel, who was deputy chief of staff for U. ...

  32. Lobby Group Cites HMV Over Guernsey Plans

    July 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A British business lobby group has called on the national Treasury to intervene over HMV's plans to shift its Internet fulfilment facilities to Guernsey, a recognized tax-haven. A British business lobby group has called on the national Treasu ...

  33. Lobby Group Cites HMV Over Guernsey Plans

    July 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A British business lobby group has called on the national Treasury to intervene over HMV's plans to shift its Internet fulfilment facilities to Guernsey, a recognized tax-haven. A British business lobby group has called on the national Treasu ...

  34. President Bush Speaks On Piracy In China

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT President George W. Bush once again brought up the problem of piracy in China today (July 19) at a White House press conference. Bush and visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard were asked by r President George W. Bush once again brought up ...

  35. FCC Pulls Media Ownership Discussion

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission was forced to postpone its vote July 14 to begin crafting new regulations governing who can own which media properties and where they can own them after the commi WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  36. Hatch Puts Licensing In Industries' Hands

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given players in the music and digital-media industries involved in reforming the nation's music licensing laws for the WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The chairman of ...

  37. Top European Media Chiefs Back New Technologies

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The heads of 10 of Europe's top media companies have agreed to back plans for a new generation of media and communications technologies, the European Commission said July 11. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The heads of 10 of Europe' ...

  38. FCC Ownership Proposal Pulled from Agenda

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The arduous task of rewriting the nation's media ownership rules has been put on hold, again. A proceeding that would restart the process was pulled from the FCC’s Open Meeting agenda at the last mi The arduous task of rewriting the nation� ...

  39. Senate To Industry: Resolve Your Differences

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given a few more months to music industry players to resolve their differences over reforming the nation's music licens The chairman of the Senate's Ju ...

  40. Mixed Reactions For EC Collective Licensing Plan

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study into cross-border collective licensing. BRUSSELS -- Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's im ...

  41. FCC To Revisit Media Ownership

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Committee restarts the media-ownership ball rolling the week of July 11, when it has scheduled a vote on a "notice of proposed rulemaking" on broadcast ownership rules. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Communica ...

  42. Mixed Reactions For EC Collective Licensing Plan

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study into cross-border collective licensing. Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study i ...

  43. Mixed Reactions For EC Collective Licensing Plan

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study into cross-border collective licensing. Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study i ...

  44. Ent Leaders Hope For G8 Spotlight On Russian Piracy

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bainwol, Glickman, House lawmakers call on Bush. The three-day Group of 8 (G8) summit of industrialized nations opened today in Scotland. Among top agenda items like global warming, poverty in Africa and Iraq, members of Congress and entertainment ...

  45. Ukraine Passes 'Landmark' CD Plant Law

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT IFPI welcomes bill to curb piracy. The international recording industry has applauded the Ukraine's adoption today (July 6) of a long-awaited CD plant law. The new legislation is seen as a significant move in the battle against the nation ...

  46. Legal Matters

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales promises federal action against piracy in an exclusive Billboard interview. Read Susan Butler's column. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales promises federal action against piracy in an exclusive Billb ...

  47. U.S. Delivers Blunt Message On Piracy

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The United States has told Russia and China that they must step up enforcement against rampant piracy of intellectual property -- or face serious trade penalties. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States has told Russia and China that they must step ...

  48. No Supreme Court Review Of Ownership Rules

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Appeals of broadcasters, newspaper owners denied. The Supreme Court today (June 13) denied the appeal of broadcasters and newspaper owners to review FCC ownership rules, keeping in place limitations on the number of radio stations, TV channels and ...

  49. U.S. Delivers Blunt Message On Piracy

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Targets Russia, China. The United States has told Russia and China that they must step up enforcement against rampant piracy of intellectual property -- or face serious trade penalties. The mounting frustration over the $4 billion in annual losses ...

  50. EU Looks Ahead To Tech's Future With i2010 Plan

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Union is poised to develop a regulatory framework to govern future developments in media capacity and delivery, EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said June 1. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Europea ...

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