Grokster

  1. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  2. NARM's Jim Donio Details Organization's Future Plans, Presents Awards at Conference

    May 09, 2012 6:39 PM EDT In the last six years NARM has had to transform itself to "coincide and anticipate the needs and the reshaped profile of the evolving music industry," the organization's president Jim Donio, said at the beginning of his address this ...

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Suing Sony Music For $5 million

    March 30, 2012 8:27 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic, through his company Ear Booker Enterprises, is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million. The complaint alleges that Sony Music took improper and duplicate recoupments, which resulted in royalty under payments. I ...

  4. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  5. Protect-IP, SOPA Bills Seek to Protect Digital Marketplace: Guest Column by NMPA's David Israelite

    December 06, 2011 12:58 PM EST (Following is a guest column from David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association. Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary - please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad (jem.aswad@billboard.com) for informat ...

  6. LimeWire, Labels Settle Lawsuit for $105 Million

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT As had been rumored, multiple record labels on Thursday settled their copyright lawsuit against Lime Wire LLC and its founder, Mark Gorton out of court for $105 million, according to a statement from the RIAA. "We are pleased to have reached ...

  7. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  8. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  9. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  10. Billboard Q&A: LimeWire CEO George Searle

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite losing in court, the peer-to-peer executive says he still wants to work with labels. On May 12, the same day that LimeWire CEO George Searle turned 46, a federal judge found the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service and founder/chairman ...

  11. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  12. RIAA Wins Big In LimeWire Lawsuit

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry scored a major victory today when a federal judge granted a summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement. The ruling faults both the parent company, Lime Group, and its founder M ...

  13. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  14. Business Matters: Obama, Grokster, Spotify, Hollywood Records and More

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- On President Obama ’s short list of candidates to fill the position of departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas. As Ben Sheffner pointed out, Thomas wrote the Ninth Circuit’s decision for MG ...

  15. NARM Legal Conference To Explore ISP Issues, Digital Tickets

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NARM will hold its first-ever Continuing Legal Education conference as a separate event during the organization's upcoming convention, which will be held May 15- 17 at the Chicago Hilton. The event, NARM Music Law 2010: Clouds, ISPs and Royal ...

  16. Publishers File Suit Against Lyric Sites

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music filed copyright infringement lawsuits today against two businesses exploiting unlicensed lyrics for profit through their operation of four Web sites. The lawsuits alleged that LiveUniverse, Inc. and its own ...

  17. Pirate Bay Hires Ex-Grokster Prez Wayne Rosso

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Grokster president Wayne Rosso says he has been hired to help relaunch the Pirate Bay, which the Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory is in the process of acquiring. Last month Global Gaming Factory (GGF) said a new business model fo ...

  18. Taiwan Passes Three-Strikes Piracy Law

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed an amendment to the island's copyright act aimed at discouraging digital copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks and increasing the responsibility of ISPs. Based on the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court de ...

  19. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Verdict

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is rife with opinions on today's ruling by a Swedish court to send four operators of the Pirate Bay Web site to jail for one year and fine them collectively $3.6 million. Here are some samples. Mike Masnick from TechDirt : " ...

  20. Why The Pirate Bay Verdict Doesn't Matter

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Against the backdrop of tomorrow's decision in the lawsuit against torrent tracking site the Pirate Bay is the harsh reality that victories against illegal file-sharing may change the shape of P2P, but they will do little to solve the industr ...

  21. IFPI's Kennedy Takes Stand In Pirate Bay Trial

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The biz had its day in court as the Pirate Bay trial reached the halfway stage, with IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy giving evidence at the Stockholm district court hearing. On the eighth day of the trial (Feb. 25), Kennedy, a former president ...

  22. Judge Rules In Favor Of Veoh

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Aug. 27, U.S. District Judge Howard Lloyd ruled that online video-sharing service Veoh isn't liable for copyright infringement for material uploaded to its Web site by users, dismissing a lawsuit brought by adult entertainment production c ...

  23. Plugged And Unplugged

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I love videogames. A good videogame is more fun and engaging to me than any CD, movie or TV show. That's because games are immersive. They're interactive. The good ones have great plot, good voice acting (yes, there is acting in ...

  24. U.S. Rep Puts Squeeze On LimeWire

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the House's investigating committee Tuesday criticized the popular peer-to-peer program LimeWire for failing to take steps to ensure that personal, corporate and government data can't be easily obtained. Rep. Henry Waxman ...

  25. Taiwan Outlaws Unauthorized Filesharing

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed changes to the country's Copyright Law, making unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content via peer-to-peer networks a criminal offense for the first time. Passage of the amendments by Taiwan's p ...

  26. France’s SPPF Sues Morpheus, Azureus

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels' performing right collecting society SPPF has filed suits against U.S.-based P2P software companies Morpheus/Streamcast and Azureus in Paris' Tribunal de Grande Instance. SPPF claims that recordings by its membe ...

  27. Labels, VCs Agree To Settle Napster Suit

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Universal Music Group reached a conditional settlement with venture capital firm Hummer Winblad over the firm's $13 million investment in the original Napster. But whether the parties' agreement will actually resolve their ...

  28. Court: StreamCast Liable for Inducing Infringement

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Final Grokster party loses fight. Final Grokster party loses fight. News ...

  29. Court: StreamCast Liable for Inducing Infringement

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Final Grokster party loses fight. StreamCast Networks has lost its fight against major record labels, music publishers and movie studios in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case. The federal District Court in Los Angeles granted a summary judgment to ...

  30. P2P Sues P2P

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Brilliant Digital Entertainment and Altnet, which are affiliated with peer-to-peer network Kazaa, sued Morpheus operator StreamCast Networks and its chief executive Michael Weiss yesterday (Aug. 14) f Brilliant Digital Entertainment and Altnet, wh ...

  31. Mashboxx CEO Exits

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bebel leaves post after less than a year. Michael Bebel is bolting his post as Mashboxx CEO less than a year into his tenure to take the top job at Ruckus, a digital entertainment service for colleges and universities. Ruckus has also closed $13.7 ...

  32. Major Labels Sue LimeWire

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Case brought for copyright infringement, unfair competition. The major record labels have sued peer-to-peer service LimeWire and executives Mark Gorton and Greg Bildson for copyright infringement and unfair competition today (Aug. 4). The suit, fi ...

  33. MPA/MPAA Counsel To Shift Role

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Barsky becomes special counsel to top execs Aug. 14. Simon Barsky, executive VP/general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn. and the Motion Picture Assn. of America, will be shifting his duties. He will become special counsel to MPAA chairman/CEO D ...

  34. EMI, Mashboxx Strike Deal

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Major licenses catalog to peer-to-peer service. EMI Music has agreed to license its North American catalog to peer-to-peer service Mashboxx, run by former Grokster chief Wayne Rosso. Mashboxx features a "try before you buy" a la carte op ...

  35. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Settlement applies to P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to- ...

  36. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Covers P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to-peer network Ka ...

  37. RIAA, i-SAFE To Educate Students

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Plan targets middle and high schools. The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) and Internet safety foundation i-SAFE have revealed a new partnership aimed at teaching students how to safely and legally access digital music. i-SAFE, a non-profit fo ...

  38. EMI Music Licenses Catalog To Qtrax

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service expected to launch beta later this year. EMI Music has licensed its catalog to an experimental, ad-supported peer-to-peer file-sharing service from Qtrax. Like other legitimate P2P networks that have come to market in the wake of the Groks ...

  39. P2P Bearshare Settles With RIAA For $30 Million

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-peer network to bow to the music industry in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster. The file swapping service, a unit of Free Peers Inc., and Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-pe ...

  40. P2P Bearshare Settles For $30 Million

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BearShare assets bought by iMesh. Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-peer network to bow to the music industry in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster. The file swapping service, a unit of Free Peers Inc., and its prin ...

  41. Behind the Deal: Grokster Shackled By Consent Judgment

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the structure of the settlement reached with the motion picture studios, record labels, publishers and songwriters (Billboard, Nov. 19). While the terms of Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the ...

  42. IFPI Launches Massive P2P Strike

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry is raising the stakes in its battle against online music file sharing. In its latest round of civil suits, the IFPI's national trade group members have launch LONDON -- The international recorded musi ...

  43. File-Trading Network i2Hub Shuts Down

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The i2Hub college-based file-trading network shut down suddenly Nov. 14, apparently the result of ongoing legal challenges by the music and entertainment industry in the wake of the Grokster Supreme C LOS ANGELES -- The i2Hub college-based file-tr ...

  44. Legal Matters

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST While the terms of the Grokster settlement agreement are confidential, the related consent judgment makes it clear that the owners of the peer-to-peer system will be tied to a short leash for the fore While the terms of the Grokster settlement agr ...

  45. File-Trading Network i2Hub Shuts Down

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Abruptly stopped operating Nov. 14. The i2Hub college-based file-trading network shut down suddenly Nov. 14, apparently the result of ongoing legal challenges by the music and entertainment industry in the wake of the Grokster Supreme Court ruling ...

  46. IFPI Launches Biggest P2P Strike

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry is raising the stakes in its battle against online music file sharing. In its latest round of civil suits, the IFPI's national trade group members have launch The international recorded music industry ...

  47. IFPI Launches Biggest P2P Strike

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry is raising the stakes in its battle against online music file sharing. In its latest round of civil suits, the IFPI's national trade group members have launch The international recorded music industry ...

  48. Grokster Service Shuts Down

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owners and operators of the Grokster peer-to-peer network -- the lead and most well-known defendant in one of the Supreme Court's seminal decision this year -- agreed Nov. 7 to shut down operation WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The owners and operat ...

  49. Grokster Service Shuts Down

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST RIaa: Grokster to pay $50 million in damages. RIaa: Grokster to pay $50 million in damages. News ...

  50. Grokster Service Shuts Down

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owners and operators of the Grokster peer-to-peer (P2P) network--the lead and most well-known defendants in one of the Supreme Court's seminal decisions this year--agreed today (November 7) to shu The owners and operators of the Grokster ...

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