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  1. Toronto Court Orders Payment Of Copyright Levies

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright levies on nearly 400,000 blank CD-Rs. TORONTO -- The Canadian Federal Court in Toronto on May 31 ordered Computer Warehouse Outlet to pay copyright ...

  2. Borders Online Must Pay Cal. Use Tax

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A California Court of Appeal held May 31 that Borders Online must pay a use tax to the State Board of Equalization for online sales to California customers. NEW YORK -- A California Court of Appeal held May 31 that Borders Online must pay a use ta ...

  3. FCC Commissioner Wants 'Further Action' In Probe

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Adelstein focuses on payola, product placement. FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will call for “further action” by the commission on payola and the acceptance of undisclosed promotions during a speech he plans to give tomorrow (May 25) at the D ...

  4. IFPI To Hold Meeting With French Officials

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT International trade body IFPI will try to gain the support of the French government on the issue of the extension of copyright duration for recorded music in Europe during a meeting today (May 18) in International trade body IFPI will try to gain ...

  5. Singapore Filmmaker Faces Police Investigation

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Singapore filmmaker, who made a documentary about an opposition politician that was withdrawn from the city state's film festival this year, said May 10 that he had been asked to come for questionin SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- A Singapore filmma ...

  6. Studio Aims To Flip Broadcast Flag

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In what might be a record for rapid political response, at least one of the motion picture studios apparently is circulating legislative language that would overturn an appellate court's ruling that t WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  7. Finnish PM Joins Japan Export Celebrations

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Finnish prime minister Matti Vanhanen was among the guests Saturday night (May 14) at a concert in Tokyo showcasing rock acts from Finland. Finnish prime minister Matti Vanhanen was among the guests Saturday night (May 14) at a concert in Tokyo sh ...

  8. EU VAT Debate To Overlook CD Issue

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European Union government representatives will be denied the chance to debate lowering value-added-tax on CDs when they meet tomorrow (May 12) to discuss a new compromise on general VAT rates. European Union government representatives will be deni ...

  9. Gonzales In Hollywood To Fight Piracy

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came to Hollywood on April 28 to emphasize that Internet piracy is best fought by balancing prosecution with education so that young people know the costs and co LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U.S. A ...

  10. Bush Signs Family Ent. And Copyright Act

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It’s now against the law -- with civil penalty remedies -- to distribute pre-release recordings. President Bush signed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act into law yesterday (April 27). Congr It’s now against the law -- with civil penalty r ...

  11. Spain's SGAE Reports Gains In 2004

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers society Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) collected €300.76 million ($391 million) for use of its members' copyrights in 2004, an increase of 11.9% ove MADRID -- Spanish authors and publish ...

  12. China Jails Americans For Piracy

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced two Americans to prison time for DVD piracy. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced two Americans to prison time for DVD piracy. A Shanghai court on A ...

  13. Spain's SGAE Reports Gains In 2004

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Piracy continues to slam market. Spanish authors and publishers society SGAE collected €300.76 million ($391 million) for use of its members' copyrights in 2004, an increase of 11.9% over 2003. The society distributed €295.2 million ($383.8 m ...

  14. Feds Back Ruling On Cable Regulation

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The federal government defended before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 29 its decision to refuse to regulate cable companies that provide broadband Internet access. The conclusion has riled Internet s WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  15. Canada Shifts On Tax Credits

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canada's tax department said March 31 that it will deny about CAN$140 million ($114.7 million) in deductions claimed by a popular tax shelter for investments in U.S. movies shot here in 2001. TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Canada's ...

  16. EU To Set Up Media Task Force

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announced March 24. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announce ...

  17. Canada Closer To Updating Copyright Act

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST WIPO treaty ratification expected. The Canadian government is moving forward with plans to introduce legislation to modernize the country's Copyright Act. A bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament this spring. A statement from Industr ...

  18. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration ha ...

  19. Kevin Martin Named FCC Chairman

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Republican replaces Michael Powell. The Bush administration has announced that it has picked Kevin J. Martin to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Under congressional rules, since the Republican Martin has been a sittin ...

  20. Cheers, Tears For Powell As He Exits FCC

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell thought it would be easy, but in the end saying goodbye to the government agency he's served for seven years was anything but. Without much su WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  21. Korean Labels Win Bugs Battle

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST South Korea's record companies have been handed control of the nation's leading streaming audio Web site, Bugs Music. SEOUL -- South Korea's record companies have been handed control of the nation's leading streaming audio Web ...

  22. MPAA's Glickman In Mexico To Fight Piracy

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. motion picture industry and the Mexican government have embarked on a cross-border partnership in the battle against Mexican film pirates, who raked in $140 million last year, Motion Picture MEXICO CITY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The U.S ...

  23. House Panel OKs Pair Of Biz Bills

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A pair of bills, one long sought by Hollywood and the other long reviled by the industry, could soon be on the way to the president's desk for his signature as a single measure. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A pair of bills, on ...

  24. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an overwhelming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives on Feb. 16 passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an overwhelming bipartis ...

  25. Indecency Bill Adds Safeguards For Artists

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Artists' unions and other groups were able to get language into the Committee report accomanying the House-passed indecency bill that provides further safeguards against liability for broadcast indece Artists' unions and other groups wer ...

  26. Jackson Hospitalized En Route To Court

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Update: Singer has flu. SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Jackson was taken to the hospital with the flu Tuesday morning, the judge in the singer's child molestation trial said. The development delayed jury selection a week. Judge Rodney Me ...

  27. 'Primary Video Channel' Rule Gets FCC Blessing

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-1 on Feb. 10 to reject broadcasters' attempts to require cable operators to carry their entire digital TV offering, whether it is a single HDTV program or WASHINGTON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Th ...

  28. N.Z., Germany Ink Co-production Treaty

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer signed an official co-production treaty between the two countries Feb. 11 at the Berlin International Film Festival. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- New Zealand Prime M ...

  29. Gov't, College Users Cited In MP3s4free Case

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Computer users at U.S. and Australian government agencies and universities were among the visitors to MP3s4free.net, which is at the center of an Australian court case on music copyright infringement, SYDNEY -- Computer users at U.S. and Australia ...

  30. Nestl Loses Non-Celeb Photo Case

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A $15 million jury verdict against Nesté USA has signaled that even noncelebrities can be awarded a percentage of profits under a California law that prevents the unauthorized use of a person's liken (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A $15 million ...

  31. Must-Carry Broadcast Foes Rally

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an effort to avert defeat at the Federal Communications Commission in its bid to require cable operators to carry all of the digital channels broadcasters transmit, the traditionally Republican-lea WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- I ...

  32. FCC

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Story: Copps wants diversity on TV This Week's Story: FCC's Copps Blasts Lack Of Indie-Produced TV Shows By Kimberly Speight LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- FCC commissioner Michael Copps on Jan. 26 made a plea for ...

  33. FCC Chairman Michael Powell To Step Down

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Michael Powell is stepping down, exiting his post in early March. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Mic ...

  34. French Minister Supports Downloads Campaign

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The French minister of culture and communication has expressed support for the music industry's campaign to promote legal downloads, and urged labels to release more repertoire online. The French minister of culture and communication has expr ...

  35. FCC Chairman Michael Powell To Step Down

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Michael Powell is expected to step down today (Jan. 21), the FCC confirms. After four years at the top of the Federal Communications Commission, chairman Michael Powell ...

  36. FCC's Adelstein: Payola Alive On TV, Radio

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein says payola is "alive and well in TV and radio journalism," as well as in the relationship between recording artists and radio programmers. He made this charge duri WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FCC Commissioner ...

  37. FCC Asked To Probe Williams Education Promotion

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST A U.S. communications regulator on Jan. 13 sought a probe into whether commentator Armstrong Williams broke the law by promoting the Bush administration's education plan on television and radio withou WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- A U.S. comm ...

  38. Canadian Group To Appeal iPod Tax Ruling

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective announced yesterday (Jan. 13) that it will seek to appeal a Canadian <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1 The Canadian Private Copying Collectiv ...

  39. Canadian Group To Appeal iPod Tax Ruling

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective announced yesterday (Jan. 13) that it will seek to appeal a Canadian <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1 The Canadian Private Copying Collectiv ...

  40. Entercom Stations Face Indecency Fines

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two Entercom Communications Corp. radio stations in Kansas that aired sexually explicit language could face $220,000 in total fines for violating federal decency standards, U.S. communications regulat WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- Two Entercom Com ...

  41. Mexican Authorities Seize 16m Blank CD-Rs

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Several raids coordinated by Mexican authorities at the end of November have resulted in the seizure of 16 million blank CD-Rs, the IFPI announced today (Dec. 21). Several raids coordinated by Mexican authorities at the end of November have result ...

  42. Mexican Authorities Seize 16m Blank CD-Rs

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Several raids coordinated by Mexican authorities at the end of November have resulted in the seizure of 16 million blank CD-Rs, the IFPI announced today (Dec. 21). Several raids coordinated by Mexican authorities at the end of November have result ...

  43. Canadian Court Nixes "iPod" Tax

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto ruled Dec. 16 that the application of a private copying levy to digital audio recorders, such as the iPod, is invalid. The court held that the Canadian Copy TORONTO -- Canada's Federal Court of ...

  44. Czech Amendment Threatens Performance Royalties From Hotels

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST A proposed amendment to the Czech Republic's Copyright Act concerning music performances in hotels has angered collecting societies, which fear substantial revenue losses. PRAGUE -- A proposed amendment to the Czech Republic's Copyright ...

  45. Further Delays For French Copyright Bill

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The French government has announced that the law adapting the European Union's Copyright Directive will be discussed by the parliament at the beginning of 2005, but no specific date has been set. LONDON -- The French government has announced ...

  46. Uni France Prez Implicated In Tax Evasion Case

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST A French prosecutor is asking for a six-month suspended sentence and a &#8364;25,000 ($33,000) fine against Universal Music France chairman/CEO Pascal Negre. LONDON -- A French prosecutor is asking for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25, ...

  47. Canadian Court Nixes 'iPod' Tax

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Judge: Copyright Board had no jurisdiction. Canada's Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto ruled yesterday (Dec. 16) that the application of a private copying levy to digital audio recorders, such as the iPod, is invalid. The court says that the ...

  48. Adelstein Gets New FCC Term

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 7 swore in Jonathan S. Adelstein for a new term as a Commissioner, to expire June 30, 2008. He was originally confirmed in 2002 to fill out the term of Gl WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Communications ...

  49. Uni France Prez Implicated In Tax Evasion Case

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Prosecutor demands suspended sentence, fine. Prosecutor demands suspended sentence, fine. News ...

  50. Adelstein Gets New FCC Term

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission today (Dec. 7) swore in Jonathan S. Adelstein for a new term as a Commissioner, to expire June 30, 2008. He was originally confirmed in 2002 to fill out the term The Federal Communications Commission today (De ...

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