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  1. Business Matters: Clear Channel/Warner Deal Not a Substitute for Performance Right (Updated)

    September 13, 2013 4:14 PM EDT Update : Billboard is told the Warner-Clear Channel deal will pay artists' share of royalties to SoundExchange. This process means artists' royalties for broadcast radio follow the same route as digital performance royalties and will ...

  2. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  3. Universal Music-EMI Update: Where the Deal Stands Before Things Heat Up This Week

    August 24, 2012 5:13 PM EDT While things have been a bit quiet recently around the Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI, expect them to heat up toward the end of this week and especially after the Labor Day weekend. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be ...

  4. Exclusive: Clear Channel, Big Machine Strike Deal to Pay Sound-Recording Performance Royalties To Label, Artists

    June 05, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In an unprecedented deal, Clear Channel, the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, has agreed to pay sound-recording performance royalties to Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group and its artists. The sound recording performance royalty - ...

  5. Australia's iTunes Music Store to be Probed on Pricing Points

    April 30, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Australia's iTunes Music Store is to be probed on its pricing points, according to reports. Apple Computer and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Australia's Parliament why consumers pay considerably more fo ...

  6. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  7. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  8. EMI Ireland Sues Government Over Piracy Inaction: Report

    January 13, 2012 12:14 PM EST As Americans debate bills that would block access to infringing websites within the U.S., one company is pressing Ireland's government to offer the same protections to copyright owners. According to two reports , EMI Music Ireland has sued th ...

  9. MegaUpload Threatens to Sue Universal Music for Takedown of Video Starring Kanye West, Diddy, More

    December 12, 2011 4:52 PM EST MegaUpload is threatening to sue Universal Music Group for allegedly sending a takedown notice that resulted in the removal from YouTube of a music video where various superstars endorse the file-sharing platform. Last week, MegaUpload shocked the ...

  10. Kanye West, Diddy, Will.I.Am, More Participate in Video Endorsing MegaUpload Storage Site

    December 09, 2011 6:21 PM EST In one of the stranger endorsements we've seen in recent months, a battery of superstar artists - including Kanye West, Diddy, Snopp Dogg, Will.I.Am, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and more -- have participated in a song and ex ...

  11. Business Matters: Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads

    November 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads -- Pandora has been criticized for not doing well enough with local advertising. Now the company has a new plan to deliver targeted, local ads to its listeners. On Friday the personalized Internet radio compa ...

  12. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  13. Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Websites Offering Pirated Content

    May 12, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others in the Senate on Thursday introduced a bill targeting online piracy, particularly so-called rogue websites that offer movies, TV shows and other copyrighted or trademarke ...

  14. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  15. House Votes to Cut Funding to Public Radio

    March 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT The House of Representatives voted Thursday to end federal funding for National Public Radio, following recent controversies that entangled some of the organization's senior executives. Republicans said the move, which passed by a vote of 228 ...

  16. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  17. What Do The Election Results Mean For The Music Biz?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Acad ...

  18. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: Performance Rights Act, RightsFlow, Downtown Music Publishing

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has come out in favor of granting copyright owners and performers a public performance right when their songs are played on radio, as would be required by the "Performance Rights Act," currently being c ...

  20. Coolest. Congressman. Ever.

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Box Tops and Big Star leader Alex Chilton died on Wednesday, there came, amidst the expected tributes from admiring musicians and writers, a most unexpected shout-out from, of all places, the floor of the House of Representatives. Congressman ...

  21. Business Matters: P2P, Spotify, The Pirate Bay, Creed

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A story on Tuesday had some incorrect numbers on 2009-versus-2007 decline in album sales. The correct two-year decline in album sales are: 23.9 ...

  22. Briefs: S1 Songs, Performance Royalties Act, Spotify

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- S1 Songs has acquired the catalogs, and futures, of songwriters Brett Beavers, Shaye Smith and Don Rollins and an interest in “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson. ( Music Row ) -- Opposition to th ...

  23. Artists, Pols Rally For Performance Rights Act

    February 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Grammy Town Hall meeting tonight (Feb. 6) sought to kick off a grassroots movement aimed at passage of the Performance Rights Act, a bill re-introduced two days ago that would require U.S. terrestrial radio stations to pay performance royalties ...

  24. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  25. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  26. Update: House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Official passage of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act in the House of Representatives has stalled. While the bill was expected to officially pass once a quorum was met Tuesday evening -- after a vot ...

  27. House Committee Passes PRO IP Bill

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House Judiciary Committee today passed by voice vote the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, called the PRO IP Act, without amendment. The bill (H.R. 4279) authorizes additional resources and personnel to inv ...

  28. Portnow Calls For 'Music And Technology Truce'

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Recording Academy pres addresses D.C. function. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow called on leading record producers and recording engineers last night (Sept. 6) to be frontline ambassadors working toward a truce between music and technolog ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. More FCC Indecency Rulings Coming

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission will rule on 40-50 radio indecency complaints within the next 2-4 weeks, an agency member close to the situation revealed. Rulings on an equal number of TV compla NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commiss ...

  31. FCC To Rule On Radio Indecency

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 50 complaints filed. The Federal Communications Commission will rule on 40-50 radio indecency complaints within the next 2-4 weeks, revealed an agency member close to the situation. Rulings on an equal number of TV complaints are also expec ...

  32. House Passes CAFTA

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Includes tougher enforcement for piracy. The House of Representatives passed the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) at 12:15 a.m. this morning, to the relief of the U.S. record industry and others in the copyright sector. Some of CAFTA&# ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Measure revises fines for performers. In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives today (Feb. 16) passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now goes ...

  35. 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 ...

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

    February 08, 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, Computer users at U.S. and Australian governme ...

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

    February 08, 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, Computer users at U.S. and Australian governme ...

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

    February 08, 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, Computer users at U.S. and Australian governme ...

  39. Petition Asks FCC For Satellite Indecency Regulation

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST With envelope-pushing air talent like Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony flocking to the less-restricted refuge of satellite radio, could the Federal Communications Commission be far behind? NEW YORK -- With envelope-pushing air talent like H ...

  40. House OKs Anti-Piracy Act

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives on Sept. 28 passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, considered one of the most important pieces of anti-piracy legislation to be approved by the 108th Cong WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representativ ...

  41. House OKs Anti-Piracy Act

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bill calls for felony prosecution of uploaders. The House of Representatives this afternoon (Sept. 28) passed the Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004, considered one of the most important pieces of anti-piracy legislation to be approved by ...

  42. House Passes Labeling Bill

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives passed legislation Sept. 21 bolstering intellectual property protection. The "Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Improvements Act of 2004," H.R. 3632, passed by v WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Rep ...

  43. House Passes Intellectual Property Bill

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House of Representatives yesterday (Sept. 21) passed legislation bolstering intellectual property protection. The "Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Improvements Act of 2004," H.R. 3632 The House of Representatives yesterda ...

  44. Boucher Bill Raises Ire At House Judiciary Committee

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom seen here, is going on between two House of Representatives committees that are of importance to content holders and users. WASHINGTON -- A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom s ...

  45. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  46. Senate OKs PIRATE, ART Acts

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate today (June 25) passed two important pieces of anti-piracy legislation that will help federal prosecutors bring copyright-infringement lawsuits that carry both civil and criminal penalties. The Senate today (June 25) passed two importan ...

  47. House Passes Bill To Raise 'Indecency' Fines

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST The House of Representatives today overwhlemingly passed landmark legislation that raises fines for obscene, indecent and profane language on broadcast radio and television. The vote was 391 to 22. The House of Representatives today overwhlemingly ...

  48. Heavy Metal Band Urges Bush To Acknowledge Armenian Genocide

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Heavy metal band System of a Down is urging the Bush administration to acknowledge Armenian genocide. NASHVILLE--Heavy metal band System of a Down is urging the Bush administration to acknowledge Armenian genocide. The band is asking the U.S. Cong ...

  49. E.U. Set To Act On New Rules To Halt Piracy

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union is expected to agree to new rules this week that will clamp down on movie and music pirates following a long legislative battle, according to the E.U. sources last Friday. <br clea Virgin, Fox Studio Drop Lawsuit, Settle Disp ...

  50. System Of A Down Planning Benefit Show

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Metal-leaning rock band System Of A Down will headline Souls 2004, a benefit concert to be held April 24 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event will go to organizations that work Metal-leaning rock band System Of A Down will ...

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