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  1. Business Matters: How Tuesday's Elections Impact the Music Business

    November 07, 2012 5:00 PM EST The music business lost one of its biggest supporters and a long-time friend in Tuesday's elections. Howard Berman lost his seat in the House after 30 years in office while Mary Bono Mack, widow of the late musician Sony Bono, lost her seat i ...

  2. SOPA Anti-Piracy Controversy Exposes Hollywood-Silicon Valley Divide

    January 19, 2012 9:05 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted mo ...

  3. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  4. House Judiciary Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Focuses on DMCA; Google Opposes Bill

    November 17, 2011 12:18 PM EST At Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), opponents of the act avoided familiar claims that the legislation would "break the Internet." But the hearing did highlight Internet companies� ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Senate Committee Passes Web Piracy Bill

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST A bill aimed at combating online counterfeiting and digital theft was passed unanimously Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears likely to gain approval from the full Senate. The committee's approval of the proposed law -- call ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. This Could Change Your Business: House To Update Communications Act

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The leaders of several House committees and subcommittees announced on Monday they will "start a process to develop proposals to update the Communications Act." The first step in the process is in invitation to stakeholders to take part ...

  9. Stakes Are High as Labels, Broadcasters Lobby Over Performance Royalties

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How high are the stakes in battle for terrestrial radio royalties? Estimates of what labels would reap vary wildly, but it’s an important enough matter that Universal Music Group spent $2.81 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2009, according ...

  10. U.S. Likely To Follow U.K. Objections On Ticketmaster

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regulators in the U.K. and U.S. appear likely to impose conditions on the merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticket-selling giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. now that British authorities came out against the deal Thursday. The U.K ...

  11. House Democrats Cite Concerns Over Performance Rights Act

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are getting more support from Congress to kill legislation that would impose performance fees on music airplay. A group of 22 House Democrats sent a letter late Friday (July 31) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrat ...

  12. Briefs: CMT Impact On Sales, A Look At Zune HD

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CMT Awards show resulted in sales bumps for winning and featured artists. Three-trophy winner Brad Paisley got a 72% increase for his song "Waitin' On A Woman" and his album "Play" jumped 52%. Percent increases, how ...

  13. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

  14. Business Briefs: Nokia Comes With Music, Live Nation, Virgin Megastore

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A royalty statement acquired by Music Ally shows Comes With Music users in the U.K. downloaded an average of 61 songs per month. Compare that to the range Nokia gave for new users, between 200 and 300 songs per month. Those numbers suggest that ...

  15. Radio, Artists Urged To Negotiate On Royalties

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins lead vocalist Billy Corgan was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 10) to support pending legislation that could force new fees on broadcasters. Corgan's appearance, which advocated "fairness" for providing intellect ...

  16. Anti-Performance Fee Resolution Gains Support

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST "The Local Radio Freedom Act," the NAB-backed resolution circulating on Capitol Hill that opposes the introduction of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on radio stations, has picked up nine more backers a ...

  17. Ticketmaster: AEG May Cancel If Merger Succeeds

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's chief executive sought Thursday to allay antitrust fears over the ticket seller's planned merger with concert promoter Live Nation by revealing that a major venue operator has threatened to cancel its contract if the merge ...

  18. MSG Entertainment Restructures Executive Team

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As New York-based MSG Entertainment continues to grow its brand beyond the New York metro area, the live entertainment company has reorganized its operations with a newly expanded executive team of music industry veterans. - Melissa Ormond has bee ...

  19. International Artists Petition For Performance Right

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than 6,000 international artists who want U.S. copyright law changed delivered a petition today to Congress. They want prompt enactment of legislation to grant artists, musicians and record labels in the United States a right to be compensate ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Bill Tries To Delay Webcasters' Due Date

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two U.S. representatives introduced a bill last night as a final attempt to postpone the July 15 due date for Internet radio webcasters and simulcasters to begin paying new royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for sound recording ...

  22. Alabama Reps Oppose XM, Sirius Merger

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Alabama House of Representatives has voiced opposition to the proposed merger of XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. House members unanimously passed a resolution this morning urging the U.S. Attorney General and the FCC to oppose the merger ...

  23. Senate Panel Clears B'cast Flag

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give the FCC authority to promulgate regulations designed to protect content delivered by digital broadcasts. A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give th ...

  24. House OKs Budget Plan Setting '09 DTV Date

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. government moved one step closer to shutting down the TV broadcast system that the nation has used to beam programming into people's homes since the medium was dominated by Lucille Ball, Sid WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. government mo ...

  25. Pols Urge College Piracy Probe

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A pair of key lawmakers want Congress' investigative arm to examine major colleges and universities' efforts to stop Internet piracy that originates on campuses nationwide. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A pair of key lawma ...

  26. GROKSTER COVERAGE: Official Responses

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups, Congressional leaders and other interested parties offer early responses. Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) "VSDA is gratified that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for those who intent ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, the Nov. 2 U.S. election means one thing: status quo. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the music, movie, broadcast and technology indust ...

  29. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, yesterday's U.S. election means one thing: status quo. For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depe ...

  30. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Insiders expect more indecency fines. For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, yesterday's U.S. election means one thing: status quo. All Republican and Democratic ...

  31. Lawmakers OK Indecency Bill

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation sets highest fines ever. Federal lawmakers have agreed on a provision that would establish the highest fines ever for broadcasters who violate the Federal Communications Commission standards for indecency. The top fine would be $500,00 ...

  32. U.S. Reps Split On Proposed DMCA Amendment

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Federal lawmakers are wrestling with possible reforms to the "fair use" sections of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Federal lawmakers are wrestling with possible reforms to the "fair use" sections of the 1998 Digital ...

  33. Hearing Set To Mull Satellite Retransmission Bill

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rep. Fred Upton has scheduled an April 10 hearing to discuss the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act. WASHINGTON--Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has scheduled an April 10 hearing to discuss the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act. Upton, who is cha ...

  34. Top News From Entertainment Law Weekly

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <UL> <LI>Indecency fines are set to escalate.</LI> <LI>Chris Castle dissects the PIRATE Act.</LI> <LI>House member mulls satellite retransmission bill.</LI> </UL> For these and other stories, subscri ...

  35. House Panel OKs Indecency-Fine Increase

    February 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A House panel today (Feb. 13) marked up a bill that would increase broadcast fines for indecency. The bill has been sent to the full House Commerce Committee for approval. A House panel today (Feb. 13) marked up a bill that would increase broadcas ...

  36. Broadcast Indecency Hearings Set For Wednesday

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST FCC commissioners called to Senate and House. FCC commissioners called to Senate and House. News ...

  37. Broadcast Indecency Hearings Set For Wednesday

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell and the body's four commissioners are slated to serve as witnesses tomorrow (Feb. 10) at hearings in both the Senate and the House on tougher Federal Communications Commission chairman ...