Judiciary Committee

  1. Briefs: S1 Songs, Performance Royalties Act, Spotify

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- S1 Songs has acquired the catalogs, and futures, of songwriters Brett Beavers, Shaye Smith and Don Rollins and an interest in “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson. ( Music Row ) -- Opposition to th ...

  2. Analysis: What Can Replace Falling CD Revenues?

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. album sales are down 13% through May 10 and industry insiders and watchers are wondering what can close the gap and end the slide of recorded music revenue. CD sales are down 19.3% during this period, translating to roughly $270 million in lo ...

  3. Performance Royalties Act Goes To House

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a 21 to 9 vote Wednesday (May 13), the House Judiciary Committee voted to send the Performance Royalties Act to the full House for a vote. After a contentious three-hour hearing in which three amendments to the bill were offered, only one of th ...

  4. Music Biz Coalition Makes Unauthorized Use Of Beatles Lyrics

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musicFirst Coalition has been highly critical of terrestrial radio stations for what it argues is their failure to provide artists and musicians with fair compensation for use of their recordings. But the recording industry lobbying group appa ...

  5. Radio, Artists Urged To Negotiate On Royalties

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins lead vocalist Billy Corgan was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 10) to support pending legislation that could force new fees on broadcasters. Corgan's appearance, which advocated "fairness" for providing intellect ...

  6. NAB Offers Analysis Of Int'l Law In Royalties Dispute

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coinciding with what's expected to be explosive Capitol Hill testimony over the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) before the House Judiciary Committee today (March 10), the NAB has released a study that it says refutes the RIAA's claims ...

  7. Anti-Performance Fee Resolution Gains Support

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST "The Local Radio Freedom Act," the NAB-backed resolution circulating on Capitol Hill that opposes the introduction of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on radio stations, has picked up nine more backers a ...

  8. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  9. Senate Spotlight On Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on the proposed merger between live entertainment giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment is set for Tuesday (Feb. 24). The subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights ...

  10. Ticketmaster Shareholders Sue Company

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of Ticketmaster Entertainment shareholders have filled a class action lawsuit against the ticketing company, claiming its sale price to Live Nation was "grossly inadequate," according to the claim, which was filed last week in Lo ...

  11. Artists, Pols Rally For Performance Rights Act

    February 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Grammy Town Hall meeting tonight (Feb. 6) sought to kick off a grassroots movement aimed at passage of the Performance Rights Act, a bill re-introduced two days ago that would require U.S. terrestrial radio stations to pay performance royalties ...

  12. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  13. IP Bill Introduced In Senate

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A bipartisan group of senators introduced new legislation on Capitol Hill to address intellectual property rights enforcement. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) today (July 24) ...

  14. Promotional Value Of Music On Radio: $2.4 Billion

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One day after the contentious Performance Rights Act sailed through the House Subcommittee on Courts , the Internet and Intellectual Property, NAB president and CEO David Rehr pegged the promotional value of music broadcast on terrestrial radio at ...

  15. Orphan Works Bills On The Move

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Senate and House versions of orphan works bills, which would make copyrighted works available for licensing even if the owners cannot be located, moved forward today. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to report the bill to the Senate floor for ...

  16. House Officially Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House has just officially passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act on a vote of 410 to 11. The bill enhances protections and enforcement of IP rights, establishes an IP representative in the Whi ...

  17. House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed, under suspension of House rules, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. An official quorum vote is expected on the House floor this evening. Introduced ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Orphan Works Hits Congress

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees today introduced legislation that would make more copyrighted works available for licensing even if the copyright owners cannot be found. Under the bills, potential users of these so-cal ...

  20. Satellite Radio In Limbo

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mel Karmazin, the charismatic CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, has more than just a stalled merger on his mind. He's also wondering what it's going to cost to keep his star talker, Howard Stern, on board. "Great content costs money,&q ...

  21. DiMA Taps Barnes As Legislative Counsel

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Assn. has reached into the domain of the entertainment industry -- the House Judiciary Committee -- tapping Greg Barnes as its new legislative counsel and director of government affairs. Barnes was senior counsel to House Judicia ...

  22. UMG Ups Gerson To Exec VP

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has promoted Matthew Gerson from senior VP to executive VP for public policy and government affairs. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues related to the company's business, including directing Universal's in ...

  23. House Members Introduce IP Enforcement Bill

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee today introduced an intellectual property rights enforcement bill. They hope that the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007 ("PRO IP") will improve federal ...

  24. Senators Take On Performance Right Debate

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Artists and broadcasters today continued their fight over a performance right to play recordings over terrestrial radio during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Singer-songwriter Alice Peacock urged members of the Senate Judiciary C ...

  25. Senators Introduce Enforcement Bill

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced a bill this week to strengthen federal government efforts to combat copyright infringement and counterfeiting. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Act would give civil copyright enf ...

  26. Mukasey Promises Aggressive IP Protection

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Mukasey today promised to be "aggressive in protecting intellectual property" if he is confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. The statement came during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Mukasey's nomination in response ...

  27. Bill Tries To Delay Webcasters' Due Date

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two U.S. representatives introduced a bill last night as a final attempt to postpone the July 15 due date for Internet radio webcasters and simulcasters to begin paying new royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for sound recording ...

  28. Congress Cranks Up Campus Piracy Inquiry

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Five Congressional leaders yesterday sent letters and surveys to the 20 universities with the highest number of copyright infringement notices for illegal downloading. If the responses show that the universities are not doing enough to prevent pir ...

  29. Politician Eyes Taxpayer Money For Piracy War

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record labels' attempt to curb music piracy on campuses nationwide picked up support this week when a Florida congressman introduced legislation that would allow colleges to use federal funds to reduce student piracy. Rep. Rick Keller, R- ...

  30. Copyright Chief Urges Licensing Reform

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright chief today spoke out against the way the music publishing industry is set up to license digital music services. Testifying before members of a House Subcommittee, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters called it "archaic, ...

  31. Congressman Calls For XM-Sirius Hearing

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is urging the House Judiciary Committee to examine the potential merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. He wants the committee to hold a hearing to look more closely at legal parameters and competi ...

  32. Senators Reintroduce PERFORM Act

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators reintroduced a bill today (Jan. 11) aimed at protecting copyrighted materials distributed by cable, satellite and Internet radio services. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexand ...

  33. Smith Drops Copyright Bill

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislation aimed to reform music licensing laws. Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Wednesday (Sept. 27) pulled his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he didn� ...

  34. New Sat Devices Targeted In Senate Hearing

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Record, radio reps amonst those who testified. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today (April 26) on the future of the music industry in the digital radio revolution. But witnesses who testified, representing the record industry, the c ...

  35. Bill Requires Royalties From Satellite Downloads

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislation a 'first step' in striking balance. U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), and senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation Tuesday (April 25) to require cable, satellite and In ...

  36. Hollywood Raises 'Flag' Issue

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Entertainment industry executives Nov. 3 attempted to convince lawmakers to approve laws that would ensure copyright holders' ability to protect content delivered by digital TV and radio broadcasts. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) - ...

  37. Child-Porn Bill Might Get Rewrite

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chief author of legislation that would treat steamy Hollywood films the same as hard-core pornography said Oct. 18 that he is willing to alter his bill in an effort to get at child pornographers b WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  38. Specter: Congress To Hold Off On Copyright Issues

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Until the lower courts review the case, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) told music and technology witnesses at a morning hearing Sept. 28, Congress plans to "do nothing" WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Until the lower ...

  39. Specter: Congress To Hold Off On Copyright Issues

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT No short term plans for intervention. Until the lower courts review the case, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. told music and technology witness at a morning hearing today (Sept. 28) that Congress plans to "do not ...

  40. U.S. Visa Procedures Don't Fit Artists' Needs

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a time when global cultural exchange is of increasing importance culturally and economically, musicians of all types -- from household names to up-and-coming acts -- are finding it more difficult, John Smith is the general secretary of the Brit ...

  41. Behind the Deal: Music Licensing Reform & Proposed Bills

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For more than a year, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has been holding hearings on music licensing needs in the digital age. It has For more than a year, the U.S. House Judic ...

  42. Hatch Puts Licensing In Industries' Hands

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given players in the music and digital-media industries involved in reforming the nation's music licensing laws for the WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The chairman of ...

  43. GROKSTER COVERAGE: Official Responses

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups, Congressional leaders and other interested parties offer early responses. Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) "VSDA is gratified that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for those who intent ...

  44. Hill To Take Look At Licensing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers will soon introduce a bill dealing with streamlined digital music licensing for subscription services. A House panel has nailed down June 23 and June 30 as dates for debate on the prospectiv WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers will soon introd ...

  45. House Vote On FECA To Bring Closure

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After a legislative brawl that spanned two Congresses, the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act appears to be on its way to the president's desk for his signature. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- After a legislative brawl that ...

  46. House Panel OKs Pair Of Biz Bills

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A pair of bills, one long sought by Hollywood and the other long reviled by the industry, could soon be on the way to the president's desk for his signature as a single measure. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A pair of bills, on ...

  47. Family Entertainment Bill Clears House Hurdle

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared a key House subcommittee on March 3. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared ...

  48. Family Entertainment Bill Clears House Hurdle

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music/film legislation heads to full committee. A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared a key House subcommittee on March 3. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts, th ...

  49. Execs Hope For Fast Break On Camcord Law

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Some entertainment industry executives are pushing for quick consideration in the new Congress of new copyright laws, including one that would make it a crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Some entertainment indu ...

  50. Copyright Law Needs Update For Digital Era

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Last month, at <i>Billboard</i>'s inaugural Digital Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles, senior executives of several online music services answered one critical question with surprising unanimity Jonathan Potter is executive ...

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