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  1. U.K. Biz Gathers For PPL AGM

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's PPL will continue fighting for an extension in the term of copyright on sound recordings -and intends to draw Britain's incoming Prime Minister into the debate. Speaking on stage at the society's annual general meeting tod ...

  2. Brussels Copyright Summit Kicks Off

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has started in Brussels with some lively initial sessions. The two-day summit, attended by over 500 delegates, goes under the banner "Creators First" and is focused on the protection of copyright in t ...

  3. French Biz Given Access To Monitor Downloaders

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French music copyright holders should be able to intensify their fight against illegal file-sharers following an appeal judgment filed by the highest administrative court in France. The Conseil d'Etat on May 23 canceled an October 2005 decisi ...

  4. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

  5. New Copyright Alliance Taking Fight To Capitol

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON -- A unique new organization made up of ingredients from the commerce, arts and university communities is hoping to convince Congress and the public that copyrights aren't the legal equivalent of a Rodney Dangerfield punch line: la ...

  6. U.K. Parliament Committee Calls For C'right Term Extension

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended to the U.K. government that the term of copyright on sound recordings be extended beyond its current 50 year term. The copyright term should be "extended to at least 70 y ...

  7. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  8. Canadian Tariffs Drop

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Board of Canada May 11 revealed the Private Copying Tariffs for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that lessens interim tariffs for music rights holders. The figures were published in the federal government's Canada Gazette. The Canadian Priva ...

  9. MySpace Launches 'Take Down, Stay Down' Video Filter

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has introduced new technology into the service that prevents members from reposting videos that have previously been removed for copyright reasons. Called "Take Down, Stay Down," the feature creates a digital fingerprint of any v ...

  10. Senators Introduce Webcaster Bill

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, a Senate version of the Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced today as a companion to the House bill of the same name . The bills would vacate the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision setting webcaster rates for sound recording ...

  11. Theberge Appointed To Copyright Board Of Canada

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jacinthe Théberge was appointed a member of the Copyright Board of Canada today, effective immediately. The Board is the federal government's regulatory body that establishes the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works in Canada ...

  12. Callaghan To Head AMPAL

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based singer songwriter Mark Callaghan has been appointed GM of the Australian Music Publishers Assn. Limited (AMPAL). He takes over from Nick Hampton, who retired this year. Callaghan was previously GM at Shock Music Publishing. Prior to t ...

  13. Yahoo! Defeats Sony BMG Infringement Suit

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury in New York decided late today that Yahoo!'s Launchcast is not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. After a six-year litigation, the jury decided that Launchcast was not required to negotiate licen ...

  14. Source: Japan To File IPR Complaint Against China

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government will soon file a complaint with the World Trade Organization concerning China's allegedly insufficient protection of copyright and intellectual-property rights, a well-placed Japanese entertainment-industry source tell ...

  15. U.K. Gets New Anti-Piracy Powers

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New powers giving U.K. trade officials the right to seize physical copies of pirated music come into effect for the first time tomorrow. The move had been recommended by the 2006 Gowers Review, an independent report that re-examined U.K. copyright ...

  16. Optical Discs Seized In Aussie Raid

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT About 5,000 optical discs were confiscated in a raid Wednesday on an alleged illegal facility operating in the town of Ballina, on the northern New South Wales coast. Among the discs seized were copies of U2, Madonna and Robbie Williams CDs; illic ...

  17. EFF Takes On Viacom Over YouTube

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation has jumped into the legal fray between Viacom and YouTube. The group filed a complaint today (March 22) for MoveOn.org Civic Action and Brave New Films against Viacom for "misrepresentation of copyright infr ...

  18. Italian Biz Lauds Anti-Piracy Victories

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italy's anti-piracy campaigners are feeling upbeat after two recent successes. The first involved the handing down of a tough sentence by an appeals court in Naples, the country's unofficial piracy capital, in a case that began in 1999. ...

  19. RIAA Targets More Students

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has sent a second wave of pre-litigation settlement letters for the major labels to universities where there is a high number of illegal file sharing today (March 21). As part of a new "deterrence and education" initiative begun ...

  20. Euro-MPs To Establish Penalties For Counterfeiting, Intellectual Piracy

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Draft legislation aimed at establishing Europe-wide criminal penalties for counterfeiting and intellectual piracy are scheduled to be agreed on tomorrow (March 20) by Euro-MPs. The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee is expected to ...

  21. Malaysia To Stay On Piracy Watch List

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has recommended keeping Malaysia on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) piracy watch list, despite improvements in combating piracy. The IIPA reports that music piracy in Malaysia is down to ...

  22. NMPA Extends Israelite's Term

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Israelite, president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has accepted a contract extension to continue leading the organization through 2010. The 18-member NMPA board of directors, made up of executives with indie and major mus ...

  23. Euro Societies Call YouTube, MySpace To The Table

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST European copyright societies have asked YouTube and MySpace to bring discussions to a climax on back-payments for unauthorized use of copyright works. Paris-based CISAC and its ally BIEM say they have sent letters to the respective user-generated ...

  24. Two Arrested In Aussie Piracy Raid

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two people were charged with copyright infringement offences after a raid this morning on a video rental store in Sydney. Police seized 5,000 pirated music and movie DVDs imported from China. The illicit product was selling for between A$7 ($5.40) ...

  25. Aussie Piracy Seller Fined

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST A Sydney outdoor market trader caught selling 200 pirated CDs and DVDs has been fined A$22,000 ($16,940). Simeona Nise Tuaopepe was convicted Tuesday (Feb. 13) of eleven criminal copyright offences in the New South Wales Local Court. His fine was ...

  26. IFPI: P2P Still A Crime In Italy

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The issue of downloading in Italy has been at the center of a recent media storm, following the publication of a decision by an court judgment in Rome. The sentence handed down in Italy's foremost criminal court -- Corte di Cassazione -- prom ...

  27. Court Denies XM Request To Dismiss Music Label Suit

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge today (Jan. 19) denied XM Satellite Radio's attempt to dismiss the lawsuit brought by major labels over the XM players which record, library and retain music broadcast by the service. In a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Court ...

  28. Trade Groups Applaud Brussels' Copyright Levy Decision

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST European authors, songwriters and artist groups have welcomed the decision by the European Commission to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics. It comes after Commission President José Manuel Barroso said mo ...

  29. EC Shies Away From Copyright Levy Changes

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics after concluding that the political fallout from such an initiative would be too high. Despite pledging to propose reforms before the end o ...

  30. HFA Halts Negotiations With MusicNet

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a letter obtained by Billboard.biz, the Harry Fox Agency notified MusicNet late yesterday (Dec. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposed license for interactive streams from the service, which supplies music for Microsoft, MTV, Yahoo! and others ...

  31. McGee Supports Gowers Review In Blog

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alan McGee, CEO of U.K. independent label Poptones and Creation Management, has become the first high profile executive to break ranks with the music industry and come out in favour of the Gowers Review on intellectual property. The review created ...

  32. European Hotels Told To Check In On Royalties

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST European hotels must pay royalties for the music and television programs they offer in their rooms, according to a ruling Thursday (Dec. 7) by the European Union's Court of Justice. The Luxembourg-based court -- the highest in the EU -- uphel ...

  33. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in Europe. The commissioner -- who is due next mont ...

  34. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in E European Union internal market commissioner Ch ...

  35. Akon Smacks Rivals On New Ringtone Chart

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hot RingMasters goes live Friday. Hot RingMasters goes live Friday. News ...

  36. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. Ahead of the publication of the Gowers review -- due around the chancellor's Dec. ...

  37. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  38. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  39. Universal Music Group Sues MySpace

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alleges copyright infringement. Alleges copyright infringement. News ...

  40. Qtrax, Universal Music Publishing Sign Agreement

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal covers North American mechanical rights to pub's roster. Ad-supported peer-to-peer network Qtrax, a division of Brilliant Technologies, has entered into a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal covers North A ...

  41. Qtrax, Universal Music Publishing Sign Agreement

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal covers North American mechanical rights to pub's roster. Ad-supported peer-to-peer network Qtrax, a division of Brilliant Technologies, has entered into a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal covers North A ...

  42. Robbie's 'Rudebox' Holds Off Jamiroquai In Europe

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'High Times' starts at No. 2. 'High Times' starts at No. 2. News ...

  43. Fnac Launches Unlimited Streaming Service

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Triple-threat covers downloads, streaming, cellular. Triple-threat covers downloads, streaming, cellular. News ...

  44. Brits Back Copyright Extension

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's battle for extended copyright protection for local artists, according to a new report. Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's ba ...

  45. LEGAL MATTERS: COMPULSORY CONSIDERATIONS

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher community since the Copyright Office decided that compositions for ringtones are subject to a compulsory license. They must be strategizing It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher commu ...

  46. AEG Acquires Ken Ehrlich Productions

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal will provide new marketing platforms. Deal will provide new marketing platforms. News ...

  47. Paramount Grabs Scorsese's Stones Docu

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Film planned for fourth-quarter 2007 release. Film planned for fourth-quarter 2007 release. News ...

  48. Strait Sets Sights On Winter Tour

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST dates to roll out from Jan. 11. 20 dates to roll out from Jan. 11. News ...

  49. EC To Shelve Copyright Levies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists fear revenues will be stemmed. A European Commission document has called for the copyright levies imposed on consumer electronics in Europe to be reduced to a minimum, saying they are often redundant in today's technological environme ...

  50. IFPI Demands Longer Rights Protection At EU Parliament

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy, president/CEO of international industry trade body IFPI, reiterated the urgency for equalizing Europe's term of copyright protection with the United States during a European Parliament m John Kennedy, president/CEO of internatio ...

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