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  1. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  2. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  3. South African Probe Into Collecting Societies

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST South Africa's Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) has announced details of a Copyright Review Commission that will investigate collecting societies and the distribution of royalties. The remit of the Commission is more wide-ranging than ...

  4. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  5. New Zealand Edges Towards Three-Strikes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has edged closer to adopting a "three-strikes" policy. Parliament's commerce select committee has recommended several changes to the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, and contains a compromise on Intern ...

  6. European Collection Societies Welcome Anti-Piracy Ruling

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European collection societies have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling that upholds the principle of an anti-piracy "digital copying tax" on consumer media and equipment used for reproduction, as applied in Spain and most other E ...

  7. RightsFlow, Christian Copyright Solutions Partner

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS), a provider of copyright services for churches and ministries, is now onboard with RightsFlow’s Limelight platform. The deal between the two companies will integrate CCS’s Permissionsplus service with RightsFlow ...

  8. Appeals Court Says Downloads Not Public Performances

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against ASCAP on Tuesday, saying that digital downloads of musical works do not constitute public performances. In a separate matter, the court sent back to the district court the issue of fee ...

  9. Analysis: Government Needs To Spur Innovation As Well As Protect

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with local politicians and music industry leaders in Nashville on Monday to discuss piracy and global intellectual piracy protection. After his speech and the following Q&A session, there was no doubt where he ...

  10. Business Matters: Post-Katrina New Orleans, Cloud Hackers, 9:30 Club and more

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- A summary of New Orleans' music scene five years after Hurricane Katrina: 20% fewer musicians, 50% fewer gigs, 43% lower earnings, and a higher cost of living. The third annual st ...

  11. The Legal Issues Behind The Slowed-Down Justin Bieber Track

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's record label says it won't take action against a dramatically slowed-down version of the single “U Smile” that has become an instant Internet sensation. "No, we are not trying to take this down," said a spokesma ...

  12. Who Gets Paid When Creators Use Free Music?

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The article on BMI in the New York Times Sunday Magazine offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a licensing executive for the performing rights organization and the tenuous relationship many people have with copyright. Near the begin ...

  13. Finnish Govt Criticized For Soft Anti-Piracy Draft Legislation

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement. The draft proposal was published by the Mi ...

  14. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  15. Ustream Adds Copyright Protection System

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Red-hot live video streaming platform Ustream has implemented a new copyright protection system designed to ensure users aren't streaming content to which they don't own the rights. It's based on a content fingerprinting technology ...

  16. Business Matters: Live Nation, Ticket Pricing, Radio Royalties and more

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 'AN HONEST TALK ABOUT TICKET PRICES' -- “When 40% of tickets across the industry are going unsold, you have to have an honest talk about ticket prices,” says Jason Garner of Live Nation in an article at the Wall Street Journal. It’s the ...

  17. Business Matters: AEG, Copyright Reform, Another Planet and more

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LABELS + AEG, CONFLICT OF INTEREST? -- Would a conflict of interest prevent major labels from buying a stake in AEG ? The Deal tosses out Live Nation as an example, saying its artist management division’s quest for higher guarantees is fundamental ...

  18. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  19. Canadian Copyright Reform Debate Turns Nasty

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadian federal politician James Moore has lashed out at opponents of his made-in-U.S.A. copyright reform package as "radical extremists." "They will find any excuse to oppose this bill, to drum up fear, to mislead, to misdirect an ...

  20. Researchers Change Tune, Now Say P2P Has Negative Impact

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two researchers who previously believed that file-sharing had no impact on music sales have now changed their minds. In a 2004 paper , Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of ...

  21. German Govt Won't Adopt Three Strikes

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German federal government has called for Internet Service Providers to take more responsibility for illegal content on their networks, but it has resisted any measures to block copyright infringers' access to the Internet. "This is n ...

  22. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  23. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  24. VIDEO: Country Singer Ray Stevens Takes On Illegal Immigration

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country singer-songwriter Ray Stevens, who may be best known for satirical songs, has garnered almost 1.9 million YouTube views with his "Come To The USA" video in just more than two weeks. His latest song is a comment on Arizona's ...

  25. U.S. Claims On Copyright Piracy 'Groundless,' Says China

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "groundless" U.S. accusations that China is failing to crack down on copyright piracy, ahead of talks with top U.S. officials next week, Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokes ...

  26. JASRAC Collections Fall 3.1%

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has reported that its music copyright collections declined again. JASRAC's total collections for the last fiscal year, which ended on March 31, were down 3.1% compared ...

  27. Copyright Society Annual Meeting Set

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is holding it annual meeting on June 13-15 at the Crystal Springs Resort Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, New Jersey. The meeting will include discussions of statutory damage awards, the Digital Millennium Copyr ...

  28. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  29. Australian Fitness Class Music Fees To Soar

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia has out-muscled the country's fitness industry as a long-running battle over music fees comes to a conclusion. Australia's Copyright Tribunal today (May 17) ruled in favor of the PPCA and ...

  30. One In Four Germans Think Illegal Copies O.K.

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-five percent of Germans think that it is acceptable to use illegal copies of music, films or software according to a survey commissioned by BITKOM, the German Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. ...

  31. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Universal CEO Lopez Talks Anti-Piracy, Digital and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All parts of the Latin music industry must unite and lobby for their common interests in order to survive piracy and the digital transition, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula Jesus Lopez said Wednesday. Lopez' ...

  32. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  33. Business Matters: The Best Retailers, Digital Economy Bill, Criminal Records and More

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In honor of Saturday’s Record Store Day , Spin named its 15 best record stores in the U.S. The list is predictably heavy on rock-leaning locations. Spoiler alert: #1 in Amoeba (all three locations). Austin’s Waterloo is #2 and New York’s Other ...

  34. Music Biz Activists Heading To Washington For Grammys On The Hill

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry activists will take their message to Congress in Washington, D.C., this year during the Grammys on the Hill Awards and Advocacy Day, to be held on April 14 and April 15, respectively. For the award presentation on April 14, two-time ...

  35. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Bandcamp, Guvera

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Filmmaker and academic Kembrew McLeod, one of the creators of the music copyright documentary Copyright Criminals , is co-author of a book coming out next year titled Creative License about the law and culture of digital sampling. One of the au ...

  36. Chrysalis PLC Acquires First State Media Group Business

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis PLC has acquired the First State Media Group business, which operates under the brands of S2 Songs and State One Music in seven countries and controls a catalog with over 45,000 music copyrights. Those copyrights include Sheryl Crow' ...

  37. U.K. Biz Issues Blueprint For Global Success

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade group for the music industry, has published a blueprint that outlines a plan for the British industry to challenge for the position as the world's No. 1 music creator by 2020. The document, "Liberating Crea ...

  38. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  39. New Structure For PRS For Music

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has unveiled a new structure, as part of an operational review led by new chief executive Robert Ashcroft. Two key divisions at the center of the organization will be Licensing (generating revenue) and Operati ...

  40. Charlie Angus Introduces Copyright Amendments

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus , the Canadian party's digital issues critic, has introduced two proposals to amend the Copyright Act. The two proposals, first reported by Billboard.biz last week , are designed to "help b ...

  41. Charlie Angus Set To Propose Canadian MP3 Player Levy

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry sources say Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic, is preparing to enter a private member's bill next week proposing the country's private copying levy should be extended to MP3 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. BPI Rejects Law Firm's Pursuit Of File-Sharers

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has distanced itself from the methods employed by a law firm in chasing file-sharers. The BBC reports that ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people it claims have infringed copyright over the Internet. Those accused ...

  44. The Web Reacts: Day Two of the iPad

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST So, what's the deal with the Apple iPad? Here's the buzz from around the Web: Day 2 : - iPad Merges Media, Mobile Ambitions (CNET) - Can iPad Save Media? (Wired) - Why Do I Need One? (Bob Lefsetz) - iPad Targeting iPhone Users (TechCrunc ...

  45. Strike Three? Thomas-Rasset To Head Back To Court, Again

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jammie Thomas-Rasset, twice convicted of copyright infringement in highly-publicized file-sharing cases, will reject record labels' settlement offer of a $50,000 donation to a musician-related charity, according to reports on Wednesday. On th ...

  46. @MIDEM: Publishers Spotlight Successful New Initiatives

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST While the industry is grappling with a litany of challenges, it's not surprising that music publishers flocked to the new initiatives panel at MIDEM's publishing summit Tuesday morning (Jan. 26). Among the woes publishers are facing: mec ...

  47. @MIDEM: Collection Societies Bemoan Contradictory Mandate

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a MIDEM panel examining the progress of the multi-territorial licensing initiative that the European Commission mandated by directive and decisions over the last five years, copyright society executives agreed on one thing: confusion still reig ...

  48. @MIDEM: Music Consumption Around the World

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Today at MIDEM, Music Matters' Jasper Donat revealed a study, based on data from Synovate, that examined music habits of more than 8,500 consumers from around the world. The study can be found here . Chris M. Walsh Global ...

  49. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  50. 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 ...

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