Intellectual property law

  1. Business Matters: Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy -- A staff-written op-ed at The Harvard Crimson, the university's student-run paper, calls for a "sensible compromise" with content owners in the fight against piracy. It seems the Mo ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. @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 ...

  4. @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 ...

  5. IFPI Welcomes Google Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST International and U.K. trade bodies have issued positive statements following the announcement by Google that it would introduce four changes to help deter piracy . The 'Making Copyright Work Better Online' measures include preventing te ...

  6. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  7. ole Prez Hits Out At Canada's Bill C-32

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The president of ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher with more than 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of television music, has criticized the current proposed legislation to modernize the nation's Copyright Act. In a statement, ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Universal Switches To SDRM Across Europe

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM) has not renewed its pan-European licensing agreement with Universal Music Group International (UMGI) for the collection of mechanical royalties. SABAM collected mechanical royalties ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  12. Lawsuit: Whitley Family Members Seek Unpaid Royalties From Sony

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lorrie Morgan, the widow of late country artist Keith Whitley, and their children, have filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment, claiming that the major label has underpaid Whitley royalties by $1 million. Most of the underpaid royalties appea ...

  13. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  17. BMI Revenues Up Slightly

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. collected $917 million in revenues in its 2010 fiscal year ended June 30, a 1.3% increase from the $905 million generated during the prior year. During that period, BMI distributed $789 million, up slightly from the $788 mill ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. GEMA Fails In YouTube Legal Challenge

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collection society GEMA's legal challenge to prevent YouTube from making 75 compositions available online has failed. The Regional Court of Hamburg today (Aug. 27) dismissed the application submitted by GEMA for an interim injunction a ...

  20. NAB, MusicFirst Mull Possible Compromise On Performance Royalties

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The consumer electronics industry is getting dragged into the ongoing battle over whether U.S. radio stations should pay a performance rights royalty to labels and artists. The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating among its members ...

  21. U.K. Court Overturns Video Royalty Ruling

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT VPL, which licenses the broadcast and performance of music videos in the U.K., has won its appeal against a Copyright Tribunal decision on royalty rates. In September 2009, the Tribunal ruled in favor of music television company CSC Media Group Li ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Report: Google Music Store Talks Have 'Accelerated'

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google is in “accelerated” talks regarding the launch of its Google Music Store, according to the New York Post. One aspect of those talks are said to be discussions with Harry Fox Agency, which the Post sees as a sign that discussions with labels ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. ASCAP Portal Gets Upgrade

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has upgraded its user portal to allow writers and publishers to manage their cue sheet data. The portal lists all the music performed in a particular film or television show. "America ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Business Matters: Performance Rights Act, Record Store Day, UMPG, TuneSat and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a letter from the Copyright Office that weighs in on the Performance Rights Act, the bill that would establish a performance royalty for sound recordings played on broadcast radio. The letter dat ...

  37. 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- ...

  38. Business Matters: DOJ, Canadian Copyright Bill, eBay, UMG and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Department of Justice is keeping an eye on Live Nation , the New York Post reported on Thursday. The agency has contacted several independent music companies, according to the report, to see if they have felt any negative effects of the Tic ...

  39. Billboard Q&A: LimeWire CEO George Searle

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite losing in court, the peer-to-peer executive says he still wants to work with labels. On May 12, the same day that LimeWire CEO George Searle turned 46, a federal judge found the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service and founder/chairman ...

  40. Study Shows More Australians Illegally Downloading

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's buoyant recorded music industry still has a mountain to climb if it is to convert file-sharers to legitimate digital music offerings, a new research paper reveals. According to the findings of a new report, entitled "CCi Digi ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Canadian Court: 30-Second Samples Exempt From Royalties

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has said online music services do not owe performance royalties for 30-second samples meant to offer customers a preview of tracks they may later purchase. The Copyright Board of Canada came to the same conclu ...

  43. GEMA Talks With YouTube Break Down

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members from the video-sharing platform's German service, after contract renewal talks broke down. GEMA has taken a defiant stand against YouTube and won the suppo ...

  44. What You Need To Know About Performance Royalties

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How important are performance royalties to the industry's overall revenue mix? As sales and mechanical revenues decline, performance royalties take on greater importance. Consider these numbers to get a sense of its recent growth: -- Performa ...

  45. Survey: Hong Kong Residents Open To Graduated Response

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey of 1,000 people sponsored by International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC) indicates Hong Kong residents are fairly receptive to the idea of a graduated response approach to fighting piracy. Most (87%) of peo ...

  46. Publishing Briefs: Ole Unveils New Online Tools, BMI Moves

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Ole , the independent music publisher, has enhanced its online tools for its songwriters and other rights holders doing business with the Toronto-based firm. It has introduced adminnow, an online e-tool characterized as a portal that allows son ...

  47. 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. ...

  48. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  49. French Tours Boost SACEM Live Income

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French songwriters' and publishers' collecting society SACEM unveiled figures that show the growth of the country's live music sector. The live music sector generated €78.5 million ($104.4 million) of SACEM income, which accounted f ...

  50. NZ Anti-Piracy Bill Passes First Reading

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill has unanimously passed its first reading in parliament. The graduated response system was described by commerce minister Simon Power as "a fair and balanced process to deal ...

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