Internet in the United States

  1. Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow

    June 04, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard ha ...

  2. House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

    April 24, 2013 6:53 PM EDT Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are ...

  3. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  4. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  5. Twitter 140: Page 6

    July 26, 2012 5:45 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Perez Hilton Blogger, PerezHilton.com @PerezHilton To get the full, MS Paint-enhanced effect of Perez Hilton's celebrity rumors and tabloid commentary, his long-running site is the place to start. But for a ...

  6. UK ISPs Called Upon To Police Copyright Infringement

    June 27, 2012 6:17 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. media regulator Ofcom said Tuesday that it expects key legislation against piracy to reach parliament around the end of 2012. New draft measures against illegal downloads outlined in an Ofcom post that are now open for comment " ...

  7. Google, Amazon Among ICANN Applicants For .music Domain

    June 13, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Eight groups, including Google and Amazon, have submitted applications with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to be the exclusive operator of the .music domain. Five difference groups have applied for .tickets and doz ...

  8. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  9. RIAA CEO/Chairman Says ISPs Ready To Police Copyright This Summer: Report

    March 15, 2012 9:16 AM EDT The country's largest Internet service providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warnerm, may begin policing U.S. copyright infringement as soon July, according to a report on CNET. The news came from Cary Sherman, CEO/chair ...

  10. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  11. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  12. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, OK Go Among Artists Cosigning Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter

    January 18, 2012 4:05 PM EST Entertainment industry players including Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, and OK Go have written and published an open letter to Washington expressing their concerns about SOPA/PIPA, the pending Congressional bills that would give the government and c ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against SOPA Blackout

    January 18, 2012 6:19 AM EST MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd came out swinging Tuesday in the fight over pending Internet anti-piracy legislation calling online web sites and tech companies supporting Wednesday's "Blackout Day" protest "irresponsible" and ca ...

  17. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  18. SOPA Controversy Continues While Congressional Vote Is Delayed

    December 30, 2011 12:08 PM EST The House Judiciary Committee won't vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act until next month, but controversy over the bill has continued through Congress's Christmas break. While the bill has broad, bipartisan support, it also has countless ...

  19. MegaUpload Video Returns to YouTube as Dispute With Universal Takes Another Odd Turn

    December 16, 2011 11:21 AM EST http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal ...

  20. Protect-IP and SOPA Acts Will Not 'Break the Internet': Guest Column by A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    December 14, 2011 4:57 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Rich Bengloff, president of American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"). Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad at jem.aswad@billboard.com for infor ...

  21. 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� ...

  22. Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More

    November 16, 2011 8:01 AM EST Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock) Give the Gift of Music "Countdown to CMAs" contest winner Jennifer Dotson, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary S ...

  23. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. House Online Piracy Bill Gets Strong Reaction From Internet Community

    October 26, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The House version of the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, got a big reception on the Hill in advance of its introduction late Wednesday. But it may not be the kind of reception that Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and c ...

  26. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day One: How Can Musicians Afford To Keep The Lights On?

    October 04, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Keeping The Lights On: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen spoke about writing the theme song for "The Colbert Report" as one of the way he earns income at this year's Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit in Washingt ...

  27. Fight Over .Music Domain Approvals Continue

    August 02, 2011 5:54 PM EDT The music industry still has concerns about the potential creation of a .music top-level domain name. This time, they're taking their case to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the Department of Comme ...

  28. Topspin's Ian Rogers Interviews Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard (Watch)

    July 20, 2011 1:37 PM EDT Topspin Media CEO is host of an online show called "This Week in Music" and the second episode is now ready for viewing. Good stuff if you can get through a 52-minute YouTube video -- although that might be difficult during the middle of ...

  29. Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Websites Offering Pirated Content

    May 12, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others in the Senate on Thursday introduced a bill targeting online piracy, particularly so-called rogue websites that offer movies, TV shows and other copyrighted or trademarke ...

  30. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Weezer, Pandora and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- The story of Playlist.com is far more interesting than the actual music service. CNET’s Greg Sandoval wrote a good article about the company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and i ...

  31. Rights Holders Will Initiate Spanish Anti-Piracy Process

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The text of the Spanish government's proposed legislation to tackle illegal downloads has been published for the first time, and includes an important clarification. The Intellectual Property Commission, which will have the power to decide if ...

  32. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  33. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  34. House Committee Passes PRO IP Bill

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House Judiciary Committee today passed by voice vote the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, called the PRO IP Act, without amendment. The bill (H.R. 4279) authorizes additional resources and personnel to inv ...

  35. Digital Briefs: RIAA, UMG Suit, Metallica

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A profile of RIAA lawsuit defendant-turned-crusader Tanya Anderson in BusinessWeek . She serves as an interesting test case for how the RIAA's anti-piracy litigation campaign affects the faces behind the subpoenas, as well as the front door ...

  36. Canada's Copyright Act Revisions Get Shelved

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Revisions to Canada's Copyright Act, which were expected to be announced today, have been put on hold without any indication of when they might be introduced. The Canadian Conservative government under Industry Minister Jim Prentice had place ...

  37. Court Denies Webcasters Petition

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal court has denied a petition to delay the July 15 due date of 2006 royalty payments Internet Radio outlets must pay SoundExchange under the new rates, set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) May 1. However, the decision does not affect t ...

  38. Execs, Artists Testify On Webcaster Rates

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The debate over the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board for Internet radio continued on Capitol Hill today as business executives and artists testified before the House Small Business Committee. But as the July 15 deadline fast approa ...

  39. SaveNetRadio Enlists Jazz Artists

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SaveNetRadio, a coalition formed after the Copyright Royalty Board set new webcaster royalty rates in March, has enlisted jazz legends, artists and educators to urge Congress to knock out the new rates . In a letter to House Judiciary chairman Joh ...

  40. Bill Would Throw Out New Webcaster Rates

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A bill introduced in the House today (April 26) would change the recent webcaster royalty rates set for sound recordings by the Copyright Royalty Board. The stated purpose of the Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. ...

  41. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  42. ICANN OKs New Domains

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Internet's key oversight agency approved a domain name for the Catalan language Sept. 15 while deferring final action on creating a red-light district on the Internet through a ".xxx" suffix. NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet's ...

  43. Internet Body Postpones Decision On Sex Domain

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The group that oversees Internet domain names said Aug. 17 it had postponed a decision to set up a special .xxx domain for sex sites that has drawn opposition from conservative activists. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- The group that oversees Inter ...

  44. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Senate leaders on April 26 introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to more for WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate leaders on Apr ...

  45. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Resolution highlights lack of property protection. U.S. Senate leaders today (April 26) introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to ...

  46. Family Entertainment Act Back In Play

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawmakers reintroduce copyright bill. Federal lawmakers yesterday (Jan. 25) reintroduced the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, H.R. 357. The bill has three sections. The Family Movie Act would allow parents to use technology in the h ...

  47. Feds Raid D.C. Videogame Stores

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST A joint federal-agency task force on Dec. 1 raided three Pandora's Cube videogame and computer outlets in suburban Washington, D.C., shopping centers, with the authority to seize circumvention devices ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A joint federal-a ...

  48. Feds Raid D.C. Videogame Stores

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST A joint federal-agency task force on Dec. 1 raided three Pandora's Cube videogame and computer outlets in suburban Washington, D.C., shopping centers, with the authority to seize circumvention devices A joint federal-agency task force on Dec. ...

  49. U.S. Announces STOP, IP Initiative

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Four top officials of the Bush administration announced Oct. 4 an initiative to crack down on the global theft of U.S. intellectual property. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four top officials of the Bush administration announced Oct. 4 an initiative to crack ...

  50. Boucher Bill Raises Ire At House Judiciary Committee

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom seen here, is going on between two House of Representatives committees that are of importance to content holders and users. WASHINGTON -- A public shouting match, the likes of which is seldom s ...

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