High Court

  1. Australia's High Court Decides Commercial Radio Should Pay for Internet Simulcasts

    August 15, 2013 11:56 PM EDT Australia's commerical radio stations who streamed music via online simulcasts should pay a separate license fee, the country’s High Court has decided. In doing so, the court has drawn a line under a legal battle which has rumbled on for mo ...

  2. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  3. Australian High Court Rules ISP Not Liable For Users' Copyright Theft

    April 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Australia's High Court on Friday dismissed the movie studios' last-ditch attempt to hold the iiNet Internet service provider accountable for copyright theft on its network. Trade association the Australian Federation Against Copyright Th ...

  4. Australia's PPCA Loses Court Battle Over Radio Royalty Rates

    March 28, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Collecting society the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) has failed in its High Court challenge to remove a long-standing cap which limits to 1% the royalty rate commercial radio pays to play its recordings. The full bench of th ...

  5. Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

    January 13, 2012 7:30 AM EST EMI launches High Court action against Irish government Music Week EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music. Example signs US deal with Universal Records Music Week Singer- ...

  6. Australia's ISPs Proposes Controversial Anti-Piracy Plan

    December 05, 2011 2:12 PM EST Australia's biggest ISPs are about to embark on a trial, which comes close to emulating the "graduated response" schemes in other countries. It's close, but it misses the target, copyright owners say. The Communications Allianc ...

  7. Oasis Legal Family Feud Resumes: Liam Gallagher Allegedly Attacked Brother Noel With Guitar

    November 22, 2011 11:41 AM EST The famously factitious relationship between former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher looks set to deteriorate further following reports that Noel has filed court documents accusing his younger brother of abusive and "irresponsible" ...

  8. APRA's Performance and Broadcast Royalties Up Seven Percent

    June 03, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Performance and broadcast royalties continue to show strong growth Down Under, where the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) this week announced it had distributed a record $71.2 million Australian ($75.9 million) to its members APRA& ...

  9. Two of South Africa's Largest Royalty Collection Agencies Join Forces

    April 29, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two leading South African royalty collection societies have signed a memorandum of understanding as the first step to forming the country's first joint mechanical rights collecting society. In what marks the first major agreement between Sout ...

  10. Australian Record Labels' Lawsuit to Increase Radio Royalties to Reach High Court in May

    April 28, 2011 1:43 PM EDT Australian record labels' legal attempt to increase broadcast license fees will reach the country's High Court next month. On May 10, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) -- the neighboring rights collection society f ...

  11. Australian Music Biz Closely Following Copyright Infringement Case

    March 24, 2011 3:25 PM EDT A landmark Australian copyright case pitting the movie industry against iiNet Internet service provider took another twist as the case moves to the country's High Court, the final court of appeal. Today, the Australian Federation Against Copy ...

  12. Australian Copyright Federation Loses Case Against ISP iiNet

    February 25, 2011 1:53 PM EST The Federal Court of Australia today rejected an appeal by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in its claim that Perth-based Internet service provider iiNet had committed copyright violations. Music companies have been follow ...

  13. UK. Digital Economy Act To Receive Judicial Review

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. ISPs Talk Talk and BT have been granted a temporary victory in their legal challenge against the Digital Economy Act, following a High Court ruling in London. As two of the most vocal critics of the U.K. Digital Economy Act, Talk Talk and BT ...

  14. Ministry Of Sound Suspends P2P Legal Campaign

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance label Ministry of Sound says it will continue to pursue illegal uploaders of its repertoire, despite a blow to its campaign to target individuals and seek compensation. Ministry of Sound has put on hold its campaign, launched in the sum ...

  15. ISPs' Legal Challenge to U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telcos BT and Talk Talk are seeking a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which was voted through parliament in April. The BBC reports that the two Internet Service Providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the new law. ...

  16. Copyright Tribunal 'Setback' Dominates PPL's AGM

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointment in the U.K. Copyright Tribunal's refusal to overturn its drastic reduction of tariffs charged to the hospitality sector dominated discussions at the Annual General Meeting of PPL , the U.K. music licensing organization, held to ...

  17. Irish Labels' Legal Action Against Telcos

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has taken legal action against mobile operators O2 and 3 Ireland. IRMA's plenary summons against both companies is part of an effort to get Irish fixed line and mobile providers to introduce a gradu ...

  18. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

  19. Concessions To Web Firms In U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The House of Lords is set to make concessions to those who expressed alarm about measures to block Web sites in the government's Digital Economy Bill aimed at tackling piracy. Last week amendment 120A was passed by opposition peers in the Lor ...

  20. ISPs Angry Over U.K. Anti-Piracy Amendment

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has said it is "outraged" after the House of Lords voted through Amendment 120A to the U.K.'s Digital Economy Bill. It would allow the High Court to grant an injunction requiring ISP ...

  21. Australia's PPCA Wants Radio Income Cap Removed

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's PPCA is challenging the country's commercial radio sector for a bigger cut of broadcast income. On behalf of its membership, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia launched a constitutional case in the High Court a ...

  22. Spanish Societies Reject Concerns Over Anti-Piracy Law

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four Spanish collecting societies have dismissed a report by the district attorney's office's advisory body, the Fiscal Council, which gives a damning assessment of the government's proposed anti-download legislation. The Fiscal Cou ...

  23. PPL Fails To Overturn Fees Case Ruling

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. music licensing organization PPL has failed to overturn the July 2009 Copyright Tribunal ruling on three of its public performance tariffs. High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold today (Feb. 12) issued his judgment on PPL's appeal, stating t ...

  24. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Measures

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has finally approved controversial anti-piracy measures aimed at the illegal downloading of copyrighted material on the Internet. The law, unveiled in early December and passed by the Cabinet on Friday (Jan. 8), focuses on m ...

  25. Boy George Denied Chance To Appear On Reality TV

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST A British court has blocked an attempt by former Culture Club singer Boy George to appear on a reality television show. The 48-year-old had hoped to appear on Channel 4's "Celebrity Big Brother" despite being on probation for assaul ...

  26. PPL 'Disappointed' At Copyright Tribunal Verdict

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music licensing organization PPL has lost its Copyright Tribunal case on tariffs for the hospitality sector, in a ruling that will also impact on its tariffs on offices and factories. It has announced that it will appeal the decision at the H ...

  27. UK Court Rules In Favor Of Procol Harum Organist

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He didn't skip the light fandango, but Procol Harum's former keyboardist said he was delighted Thursday after Britain's top court ruled he was entitled to a share of royalties from the band's hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale.&q ...

  28. Major Labels Sue Irish ISPs

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The major labels have launched a legal action against two Irish Internet Service Providers, including Ireland's second largest telco BT Ireland, to make them take action against illegal file-sharers on their networks. According to the Irish T ...

  29. MSHK Sues Trinity Street

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST MSHK, the holding company of the Ministry Of Sound label and lifestyle brand, is taking legal action following the demise of digital marketing and direct-to-consumer company Trinity Street. Trinity Street built and administered Ministry Of Sound&# ...

  30. Trinity Street Ceases Trading

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital marketing company Trinity Street, which provided e-commerce facilities for acts including Oasis, has ceased trading. The London-based direct-to-consumer company also provided online music stores at official Web sites for Arctic Monkeys and ...

  31. Irish ISP Agrees To Three-Strikes Scheme

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Irish ISP Eircom has made an agreement with the four majors to disconnect users who download music illegally. Eircom declined to instigate the labels' proposal to install software to detect the 'fingerprint' of copyrighted music fil ...

  32. Former Trinity Directors Issue Writ To Board Members

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Andrew Murray and David Robson, directors and founding members of direct-to-consumer business Trinity Street, have issued a writ in the High Court to two of the company's current board members. Claiming they were unlawfully removed from the c ...

  33. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Mobile Music, Last.fm, ISPs

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Danish Internet service provider TDC is blocking access to The Pirate Bay, becoming the second to do so after the country’s High Court ordered rival Tele2 to block the same service last year. TDC took the action on its own, as the court-order for ...

  34. Biz Reacts To Woolworths' Woes

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. biz is looking at how to deal with the aftermath of Woolworths' retail and distribution businesses going into administration. Woolworths Group ended discussions about the potential sale of its 815 stores last night (Nov. 26). Labels ...

  35. Sheik Settles With Jackson

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST A lawyer for Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain says the details of his legal settlement with Michael Jackson are to remain private. Attorney Bankim Thanki says the two sides have come to a confidential agreement that they will sign soo ...

  36. Jackson May Be Too Unwell To Attend Court

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson may be too sick to travel to London to give evidence in a court case against him brought by a son of the king of Bahrain, his lawyer said. Robert Englehart presented judge Nigel Sweeney with a medical report on Jackson's condi ...

  37. Sharkey Warns MPs On Policing Of Concert Licensing

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feargal Sharkey, CEO of music industry umbrella group U.K. Music, has hit out at the Metropolitan Police's requirements for licensing of music events, during a Parliamentary hearing. Sharkey was giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport ...

  38. Updated: Busta Rhymes Allowed To Perform After Being Denied Entry To U.K. For RockCorps Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes will be allowed to headline the Orange RockCorps concert, following a successful High Court hearing in London. The rapper had been detained at London City airport by immigration officials, ahead of his scheduled headline appearance at ...

  39. Spanish Legal Revolt Against Digital Tax

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madrid's High Court is set to turn its attention to Spain's music biz this fall as several groups prepare appeals against a digital tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing digital sound and images. The so-called & ...

  40. Irish Court Imprisons Counterfeit CD Seller

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) struck another blow in the battle against music piracy this week when a Dublin court handed a prison sentence to a man caught selling CDs illegally. In the Tallaght District Court, Judge McDonnell on Tue ...

  41. NZ's Sounds Music Enters Into Administration

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The owner of New Zealand's biggest specialist chain Sounds Music has gone into voluntary administration. After months of industry speculation about the fate of the group, BDO Spicers have today been appointed administrator of Icon Digital Ent ...

  42. London Judges Hear Whiter Shade Appeal

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The £1 million ($2.03 million) legal battle over songwriting royalties from Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" moved to London's Court of Appeal today. The group's 62-year-old founder and frontman Gary Brooker claims ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. U.K. Court Orders CD Wow Massive Damages Bill

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's High Court has ordered that the operators of CD Wow pay a "substantial" damages sum to the U.K. recording industry after finding the Internet retailer guilty of illegally importing CDs and music DVDs from Asia. As a result ...

  45. Court Sides With McKennitt

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Lords refused a British author permission to appeal a ban on her book about Canadian singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt. The House of Lords in London, England rejected an application for permission to appeal brought by British author ...

  46. U.K. Court Blow For CDWOW

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's High Court today found that popular cut-price online music store CDWOW was in contempt of court and ordered the service to pay damages for breach of copyright. Mr Justice Evans-Lombe ruled that CDWOW had "no tenable ground of de ...

  47. Seal Loses U.K. Manager High Court Appeal

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pop star Seal has failed in his challenge to a High Court ruling that he must pay his ex-agent commission for the rest of his life. Seal had asked the Appeal Court to overturn a High Court ruling last June that he was contractually obliged to carr ...

  48. BPI In Court With E-Tailer CD Wow

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. labels body the British Phonographic Industry is once again embroiled in legal action against e-tailer CD Wow. The trade group has taken action on behalf of its members against CD Wow and its Hong Kong-based parent company Music Trading Onlin ...

  49. Procol Harum Organist Wins Court Case

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A High Court judge today ruled that the former organist in Procal Harum was entitled to a 40% share in ownership of the 1967 cult classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Musical judge Mr Justice William Blackburne -- who read music and law at ...

  50. McKennitt Wins U.K. Privacy Test Case

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian folk singer Loreena McKennitt has succeeded in her U.K. court battle to protect her privacy. London's Appeal Court today (Dec. 14) upheld a High Court ruling last December in which judge Mr Justice Eady issued an order preventing dis ...

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