Judiciary Committee

  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. Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive

    December 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Recording Academy is convening leadership roundtables between music creators and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights and director Maria Pallante. The initiative ties in with Pallante's stated goal of hearing from the various stak ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  5. Business Matters: How Tuesday's Elections Impact the Music Business

    November 07, 2012 5:00 PM EST The music business lost one of its biggest supporters and a long-time friend in Tuesday's elections. Howard Berman lost his seat in the House after 30 years in office while Mary Bono Mack, widow of the late musician Sony Bono, lost her seat i ...

  6. House Subcommittee To Hear Testimony on Internet Radio Fairness Act In Late November: Sources

    November 02, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is likely to hold a hearing on the issue of music and copyright on or around November 27, 28 or 29, sources tell Billboard.biz. A representative for the House Judiciary ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. EMI-Universal Merger: Labels Gave $500K to Senators Probing Anti-Trust Claims

    June 21, 2012 4:00 PM EDT At least half the members of subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met Thursday to hear testimony on the anti-trust implications of the pending Universal Music-EMI merger, have received campaign contributions from the two music ind ...

  9. Business Matters: Lobbying, Spending Heat Up Before Universal/EMI Senate Hearing

    June 20, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Lobbying Heats Up Before Universal/EMI Senate Hearing -- Stakeholders have been spending and strategizing ahead of Thursday's Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Universal $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Music's recorded-music divis ...

  10. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  11. Senate to Hold Antitrust Hearings on Universal-EMI Deal

    May 11, 2012 7:41 PM EDT A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing on Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, according to the Wall Street Journal and other media reports. The move adds another step to the complex regulatory r ...

  12. Grammys on the Hill Honor John Mayer, Rep. Howard Berman; Rep. Jerrold Nadler Talks Performance Rights

    April 26, 2012 1:44 PM EDT (L-R): SESAC president Pat Collins, honoree John Mayer, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, honoree Rep. Howard Berman, and Recording Academy chief advocacy officer Daryl Friedman. (Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy(r)/Wireimage.co ...

  13. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  14. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  17. SST Records' DMCA Take Down Request Results in Removal of Legit YouTube Videos

    December 19, 2011 4:18 PM EST DMCA takedown requests by the long-running indie/punk label SST Records has resulted in a bit of collateral damage at YouTube. It turns out that bands never signed to SST Records had their videos deleted after SST Records requested YouTube remove ...

  18. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  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. Web Trends: Listen To The Cults And Freddie Gibbs Collaboration

    November 17, 2011 4:00 PM EST Hypetrak Premiere: Cults featuring Freddie Gibbs - Bad Things (Remix) by Hypetrak Google Trends: 2. sopa : The House Judiciary Committee reviewed the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act yesterday and the backlash continues 4. internet censorship ...

  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. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  25. Cary Sherman Named RIAA Chairman & CEO

    August 08, 2011 3:41 PM EDT As expected , the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that its Board of Directors has named Cary Sherman as RIAA Chairman & CEO, effective September 1, 2011. Sherman succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who has resigned his pos ...

  26. Senator Calls For Smartphone App Privacy Policies

    May 26, 2011 7:39 AM EDT WASHINGTON - A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is challenging Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to require all developers that make apps for their mobile devices to adopt formal privacy policies. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sent letters to the ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Mastercard, Online Advertisers Show Support for Department of Justice's Piracy Fight

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three weeks after Google took a step to cut off advertising funding to web sites that deal with pirated content, two other parties have also signaled their interest in working with the entertainment industry. These developments give momentum to ef ...

  29. Senate Committee Passes Web Piracy Bill

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST A bill aimed at combating online counterfeiting and digital theft was passed unanimously Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears likely to gain approval from the full Senate. The committee's approval of the proposed law -- call ...

  30. What Do The Election Results Mean For The Music Biz?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Acad ...

  31. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Bill Proposes New Anti-Piracy Powers for DOJ

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Justice a new level of expediency in shutting down websites with pirated content. R ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: Performance Rights Act, RightsFlow, Downtown Music Publishing

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has come out in favor of granting copyright owners and performers a public performance right when their songs are played on radio, as would be required by the "Performance Rights Act," currently being c ...

  35. Michigan Congressmen Speak Out On Performance Rights Act

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two Michigan Democrats spoke out on opposing sides of the Performance Rights Act on Tuesday as the PR campaign on both sides begins to heat up. Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a MusicFirst Coalition press ...

  36. Analysis: 5 Reasons Why 2010 Will Be Revolutionary For The Music Biz

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST This year will host numerous events that could well change the course of the music industry. From the future of music giant EMI to the impact of the Performance Rights Act, many events that will occur in 2010 could have deep, long-term consequence ...

  37. Publishing Briefs: IP Czar Confirmed, Kobalt, Imagem Music

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Victoria Espinel is now the National’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator , after being confirmed by the Senate last night. The post was created by Congress in the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Proper ...

  38. Publishing Briefs: Victoria Espinel, Cherry Lane, Steven Curtis Chapman

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- President Obama 's choice for IP czar is a step closer to being confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Victoria Espinel as the Administration's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Now, the ...

  39. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  40. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  41. Lawmakers Call For Performance Rights Act Negotiations

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST With both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee now having approved the Performance Rights Act, the chairman of both committees - respectively Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - with a b ...

  42. Study: Piracy Impacted By Price, Punishment and Morality

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new study finds three things have a negative impact on the likelihood a person will obtain a song illegally: willingness to pay; perceived likeliness of facing a lawsuit; and morality. Marc F. Bellemere of Duke University and Andrew M. Holmberg ...

  43. Senate Panel OKs Bill To Make Radio Pay Fees

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to make radio stations pay royalties to performers when they broadcast their music won the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval Thursday. Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels already pay fees to performers ...

  44. U.S. Regulators Open Probe Into Music Royalties

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio. The Federal Communications Commission reviewed a June petition by a ...

  45. House Democrats Cite Concerns Over Performance Rights Act

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are getting more support from Congress to kill legislation that would impose performance fees on music airplay. A group of 22 House Democrats sent a letter late Friday (July 31) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrat ...

  46. Lawmakers Want Ticketmaster/Live Nation Probe

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, should be closely scrutinized by the Justice Department, according to the chair of a Senate antitrust subcommittee and 50 members of th ...

  47. Florida A.G. Files Suit Against Arbitron

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's problems with the rollout of its portable people meter service just won't go away. The Florida Attorney General Tuesday (July 14) filed suit against Arbitron in an attempt to prevent the ratings company from releasing its port ...

  48. Briefs: CMT Impact On Sales, A Look At Zune HD

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CMT Awards show resulted in sales bumps for winning and featured artists. Three-trophy winner Brad Paisley got a 72% increase for his song "Waitin' On A Woman" and his album "Play" jumped 52%. Percent increases, how ...

  49. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  50. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

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