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  1. Judge in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Battle Asks to Hear More Information

    December 20, 2011 9:23 AM EST A federal judge is taking the unusual step of allowing an amicus brief to be considered at the early stages of litigation that will determine whether the original lead singer of the Village People has a right to terminate copyright grants on 32 so ...

  2. Record Industry Loses P2P Case in Spain

    December 19, 2011 8:52 PM EST The developer of file-sharing applications was found innocent of copyright infringement and unfair competition by a Spanish court on Monday. Pablo Soto and his companies were sued for 13 million euros by the four major music groups and trade group ...

  3. Canada's SOCAN To Appear Before High Court On Digital Licensing Ruling

    December 06, 2011 5:00 PM EST The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, the Canadian performing rights organization otherwise known as SOCAN, will be appearing at Canada's highest court today and tomorrow (Dec. 6) to represent its members in a case ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Daniel Glass on Building Glassnote, Connecting To Artists, Importance of Startups (Video)

    November 28, 2011 8:00 AM EST Daniel Glass, founder of Glassnote Entertainment Group, has positioned his organization as one of the top independent music companies in the business. After his keynote address at Billboard's FutureSound conference, he stopped to give a few m ...

  6. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

  7. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  8. New Report Emphasizes Importance of Copyright Industries to U.S. Economy

    November 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright industries, including music, television, film, book, radio, and newspaper and magazine industries employed more than 10.6 million workers and contributed more than $1.6 trillion, to the U.S. economy in 2010, or 11.1% of GDP, acc ...

  9. Business Matters: Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision

    October 05, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision -- Michael Robertson has attracted more legal problems. Most recently he was in court with EMI over MP3tunes.com. In the latest legal dustup, his DAR.fm (which stands for digita ...

  10. BMI's 2011 Revenues at All-Time High

    September 20, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc said its revenues collections exceeded $931 million for the year ended June 30, a 1.5% increase from the $917 million it reported last year. The organization said the total revenue reported for the most recent year represents ...

  11. Sonar.me App Breaks Down Barriers Between Fans, Fans and Bands

    September 16, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Clearly, there's no lack of start-ups these days trying to help us merge online and offline identities. At times, the TechCrunch Disrupt conference we checked out earlier this week seemed to be about little else. But the Sonar Mobile Profile ...

  12. Business Matters: Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too

    September 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too -- Artists and performing musicians are feeling the love in the European Union while record labels are being a bit overlooked. If you've read news reports about the EU ...

  13. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  14. Lionsgate Sued Over Music Used in LeBron James Documentary

    September 08, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Lionsgate has been hit with a quirky copyright infringement lawsuit over a piece of music used in documentary More Than A Game, which chronicles basketball superstar LeBron James' rise during his high school days in Ohio. The lawsuit filed Tu ...

  15. Village People Singer's Copyright Fight Could Change Music Industry

    August 18, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, in ...

  16. Aretha Franklin Criticizes Songwriter Over Rights Lawsuit

    August 02, 2011 11:31 PM EDT Aretha Franklin says she's "extremely disappointed" over a lawsuit filed by her longtime songwriting partner over song royalties from her latest CD and copyright infringement. Norman West of Lansing filed the suit July 15 against th ...

  17. Indian Performance Royalties Threatened By Court Rulings

    August 02, 2011 2:48 PM EDT Two Indian court rulings could kill off authors' performance royalties from radio airplay in the vast country. A High Court in Mumbai (July 25) ruled in favor of broadcaster Music Broadcast Private Limited and the judiciary in New Dehli (July ...

  18. Rihanna Suffers Setback in 'S&M' Music Video Lawsuit

    July 25, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Photographer David LaChapelle has survived the first hurdle in his lawsuit claiming pop star Rihanna copied his photographs to create the music video "S&M." Although some allegations against the singer have been dismissed, a New York ...

  19. Confusion Emerges Over the Right to Terminate U.S. Copyright Grants

    July 22, 2011 1:31 PM EDT Confusion emerges over the right to terminate U.S. copyright grants
One of the intents of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1909 was to give certain authors, songwriters and other creators the right to recapture their previously assigned copyrights ...

  20. Business Matters: World Coming Around to U2 Manager Paul McGuinness' Piracy, ISP Views

    July 12, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Visionary or Apostate? U2 Manager Paul McGuinness -- Paul McGuinness has a guest column in The Telegraph titled "The Age of 'Free' is Coming to an End." It's a well-timed article. Last week, U.S. entertainment companies an ...

  21. Get All of Billboard's Charts for Free on Billboard.biz, July 7-13 Here

    July 05, 2011 10:25 AM EDT The current issue of Billboard - the States of Independents, cover date July 9 - is a double, which means that no issue will be published for next week. CLICK HERE TO GET THIS WEEK'S BILLBOARD CHARTS During that week, we are pleased to offer ...

  22. President of NMPA Calls for Blanket Licensing of Mechanical and Sync Rights

    June 16, 2011 11:37 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers Association's annual meeting yesterday (June 15), president and CEO David Israelite urged members that now is the time to create U.S. blanket-licensing solutions for digital music service providers seeking mec ...

  23. Canada's SOCAN Files For Webcasting Tariff

    June 15, 2011 8:25 AM EDT The Society of Music Authors, Composers and Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has filed an application with the Copyright Board of Canada for an interim tariff to license the use of music on websites that profit from audiovisual webcasting and user-gen ...

  24. Robin Gibb, CISAC President/Bee Gee on World Copyright Summit, Clouds, Threats to PROs (Q&A)

    June 10, 2011 3:01 PM EDT (Copyright) Staying Alive: Robin Gibb, President of CISAC gave 2011's World Copyright Summit Keynote Address (Photo: CISAC) Robin Gibb, perhaps best known as one of the Bee Gees, is also the President of the International Confederation of Soc ...

  25. Victoria Espinel, U.S. 'IP Czar,' to Keynote World Copyright Summit

    June 03, 2011 2:23 PM EDT United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, often referred to as the "IP Czar" will be the keynote speaker for CISAC's World Copyright Summit taking place in Brussels next week (June 7-8). The two-d ...

  26. 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& ...

  27. German Culture Minister Announces Copyright Reform

    May 27, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Frank Briegmann, Left, of Universal Germany and BVMI with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who held informal discussions on German copyright law (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal Music) BERLIN - Bernd Neumann the German minister of culture and m ...

  28. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  29. Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample

    May 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the ...

  30. What Will Canada's New Majority Government Mean for Copyright Reform?

    May 05, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Monday's re-election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada to a majority stronghold means that there will be fewer impediments to get its legislation passed. One bill, which died March 26 when the general e ...

  31. Jewel Tapped To Host Third Season of 'The Incurables'

    May 01, 2011 11:57 PM EDT Jewel has signed on as the host of the third season of "The Incurables," Veria TV's series about patients who have become passionate advocates of natural lifestyles after overcoming life-threatening illnesses. The new season of &quo ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 'Rethinking Music': A Guest Post From Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director of Berklee's Rethink Music

    April 25, 2011 1:06 PM EDT (Rethink Music : Creativity, Commerce, and Policy in the 21st Century, presented by Berklee and MIDEM in association with Harvard Business School, takes place in Boston tomorrow and Wednesday (April 26 - 27). The conference brings together creator ...

  35. Vice President Joe Biden Calls Piracy 'Outright Theft'

    April 15, 2011 2:34 PM EDT Vice President Joe Biden has left little doubt where the White House stands on piracy. In response to questions from Variety Biden expanded on his previous comments on piracy, revealing a determination to protect the country's intellectual pr ...

  36. Netherlands Pursuing Stronger Copyright Enforcement

    April 12, 2011 2:45 PM EDT The Netherlands could soon take a harsher stance on piracy if the government pursues proposed changes to its copyright law. On Tuesday the country's Secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven, announced the government's aim to chang ...

  37. Business Matters: New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews, Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website

    April 04, 2011 5:00 PM EDT New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews -- If Americans are turned off at the idea of paying for good reporting, will they pay for unlimited access to music? It's the question of the moment, and reviewer feedback at the iTunes App S ...

  38. Is Metadata Music's Next Financial Frontier? SXSW Panel Suggests It Might Be

    March 17, 2011 4:17 PM EDT The "Information is Key, Data is King" saying seems to have finally found its roots at a number of SxSW's panels and events. Strong usage of metadata has proven not only to directly impact consumers' discovery, increase sales a ...

  39. Business Matters: Obama Admin. Gets Behind Performance Rights Act, Harsher Illegal Streaming Penalties

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Obama Administration Gets Behind Performance Rights Act -- Record labels and performers appear to have inched closer to getting a performance right for sound recordings. On Tuesday, the White House U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinato ...

  40. Business Matters: First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth Of An Album's First-Year Sales

    March 09, 2011 4:15 PM EST First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth of an Album's First Year Sales -- How important are an album's first-week sales? In the first calendar year of an album's release, first-week sales accounted for 24.5% of an album's sales in ...

  41. Viacom to Pay $2.75 Million To Settle BET Music Claims

    January 28, 2011 2:56 PM EST Viacom and Black Entertainment Television ("BET") have agreed to fork over $2.75 million to resolve a pending class action lawsuit from the owners of sound recordings. The class action was led by The Music Force, which commenced action i ...

  42. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  43. Digital Music Sales Are Slowing, IFPI Report Says

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by just 6% in 2010 - half the growth rate from the previous year - and the overall recorded music market shrank by between 8-9% in total trade value (both physical and digital), according to a ne ...

  44. Business Matters: France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off; Homeland Security Defends Domain Seizures

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off -- France's anti-piracy efforts are beginning to curb piracy, at least judging from the results of a survey by French tech site ZDNet.fr. With Midem just a week away, this new data will help create ...

  45. Canadian Labels Agree to Pay Songwriters $47.5 Million

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Canada's four major record labels have agreed to pay $47.5 million (U.S. $48 million) in damages to songwriters for copyright infringement and overdue royalties, the Toronto Sun reports . As part of their settlements the labels also agree to ...

  46. Music Pirate Joel Tenenbaum Argues Financial Penalty Reduced to $67.5K Is 'Unconscionable'

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Joel Tenenbaum, who was found liable for copyright infringement for sharing 30 songs online, is asking an appeals court to consider the constitutionality of big damage awards in copyright cases. In a brief to the First Circuit Court of Appeals fil ...

  47. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  48. Maria Pallante Appointed Acting Register of Copyrights

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Maria A. Pallante, senior adviser to the Librarian of Congress, has been appointed Acting Register of Copyrights, assuming the duties of Marybeth Peters, who will retire on Dec. 31, after 16 years as Register of Copyrights. Pallante, whose appoint ...

  49. Joachim Harbich Steps Down as Marketing Director of GEMA

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Joachim Harbich is to step down as marketing director of GEMA, the German copyright organization effective December 31, 2010. Bettina Müller will fill the void on a provisional basis. Joachim Harbich became marketing director of GEMA in November 2 ...

  50. Record Labels Win Case Against Website Selling 25-Cent Beatles Songs

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has ruled on summary judgment that BlueBeat.com is liable for violating copyrights in thousands of songs. In making the decision, the judge had swatted away one of the stranger defenses to infringement of sound recordings. Last yea ...

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