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  1. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Suing Sony Music For $5 million

    March 30, 2012 8:27 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic, through his company Ear Booker Enterprises, is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million. The complaint alleges that Sony Music took improper and duplicate recoupments, which resulted in royalty under payments. I ...

  3. Exclusive: Merlin Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement With LimeWire

    February 29, 2012 10:58 PM EST Independent rights group Merlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with LimeWire, the P2P file-sharing company that was shut down by a federal court in October 2010 due to a "massive scale of infringement." The amount of the settleme ...

  4. Eminem's Digital Royalties Lawsuit: Leaked Audit Highlights Huge Stakes for Music Biz

    February 23, 2012 8:05 AM EST Over the last few months, the music industry has been rocked by multiple lawsuits alleging that artists such as Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, Rob Zombie and others have been cheated out of substantial money from the improper calculation of revenues ...

  5. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  6. Cyberlockers Implement Changes After Megaupload Arrests

    January 23, 2012 2:07 PM EST Cyberlockers reacted quickly to Friday's Justice Department action against Megaupload Thursday . While the arrests and shutdown of Megaupload has alarmed some people, major content owners must be warmed by the events' chilling effects. F ...

  7. musiXmatch Lyrics Provider Lands $3.7 Million Funding

    May 09, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Lyrics provider musiXmatch has closed a $3.7 million series of first-round funding led by Francesco Micheli Associates, the same investor that put €400,000 (about $572,000) of seed funding into musiXmatch last year. The musiXmatch service provides ...

  8. Kazaa Announces App-less Mobile Music Streaming, Avoids Apple Subscription Fees

    March 07, 2011 3:45 PM EST Shares of Atrinsic more than doubled after the company announced its popular Kazaa digital music service could be accessed without an application, in a move that could help it skirt Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of revenue generated from sa ...

  9. Jury: Jammie Thomas-Rasset Owes $1.5 Million

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury has decided that Jammie Thomas-Rasset owes $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs over the Internet. Jurors determined Wednesday (Nov. 3) that Jammie Thomas-Rasset from Minnesota owes $62,500 per song. Last year, a federal jury found Tho ...

  10. @MEL: Kazaa Co-Founder Janus Friis 'It's Hard to Compete With Free'

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paid music subscription services have their work cut out for them amid free music options like YouTube, Pandora and the thriving peer-to-peer sector, said Janus Friis, co-founder of Skype, Kazaa, and new music subscription service Rdio. Friis open ...

  11. Dave Stewart To Keynote Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry technology conferences can easily turn into bore-fests, with slide after PowerPoint slide of software architecture diagrams and panelists bantering tired clichés like “it’s all about the music.” We’re going to turn that on it’s head at Mo ...

  12. Kazaa Relaunches In The Cloud

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa is back . The former peer-to-peer music service has relaunched as a cloud-based streaming service with access to 1.6 million songs and 1 million song lyrics. There's not much that initially sets the new Kazaa apart from other services i ...

  13. Rdio Launches To Public, Adds More Content

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Rdio opened to the public on Tuesday with an additional distributor’s content and availability in Canada. It had been in private beta release since early June. Rdio has added IODA to the content it has already licensed from ...

  14. The Most Famous File-Sharing Case May Be Headed Back To Court

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Capital v. Thomas, the most famous of file-sharing cases, appears it is headed back to court. Even with the help of court-appointed special master, Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the major record labels could not reach an agreement on a settlement amoun ...

  15. New Details: Digital Music Startup Rdio Looks Promising

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Still no Spotify and still no Apple. But the cloud music market now has yet another entrant in the form of Rdio, a slick social music subscription service that is sure to make waves in the ever-growing competitive landscape. Rdio is the latest com ...

  16. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  17. RIAA Wins Big In LimeWire Lawsuit

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry scored a major victory today when a federal judge granted a summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement. The ruling faults both the parent company, Lime Group, and its founder M ...

  18. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  19. Judge Slashes Jury's Award In File Sharing Case

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A judge has reduced by 97% the jury's award in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset file sharing case. The news was first reported on Friday by Ben Sheffner at his Copyrights & Campaigns blog. The verdict of $1.92 million for 24 counts of copyright i ...

  20. Business Matters: Rdio, Keith Urban, Sky Songs

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- See the first screenshots or Rdio , the on-demand music streaming service created by the founders of Kazaa and Skype . The pictures are of Rdio ...

  21. Briefs: Terra Firma, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Terra Firma investors have approved a £300 million ($495 million) equity injection into EMI . The injection may be part of a larger refinancing move, still months away, that would repay some of the debt owed to Citigroup. "Citi, which face ...

  22. Briefs: Joel Tenenbaum Case, Broadband Penetration

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A recap of the second day of the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing trial by Ben Sheffner: "Joel's father, psychiatrist Dr. Arthur Tenenbaum, was the last live witness of the day... He recounted Joel demonstrating KaZaA for him at the bedroo ...

  23. Kazaa Returns As Legal Subscription Service

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa, the one-time rogue file-sharing application, is relaunched to the U.S. market today (July 20). Only this time it returns as an all-you-can eat legal subscription service, carrying a monthly rate of $20. It will initially offer one million m ...

  24. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Sale To Swedish Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Downloading Case Goes To Jury

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury began deliberations Thursday in the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial as attorneys for both sides disputed in closing arguments what the evidence actually showed. An attorney for the recording industry, Tim Reynold ...

  27. Fans Drive Ticket Sales On New Australian Service

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian Web site Posse.com launched this week, offering fans the chance to sell tickets for their favorite acts and to make a 5% commission on each sale. Posse.com was set up by alt-rock trio Evermore's manager Rebekah Campbell, managing d ...

  28. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Verdict

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is rife with opinions on today's ruling by a Swedish court to send four operators of the Pirate Bay Web site to jail for one year and fine them collectively $3.6 million. Here are some samples. Mike Masnick from TechDirt : " ...

  29. IFPI's Kennedy Takes Stand In Pirate Bay Trial

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The biz had its day in court as the Pirate Bay trial reached the halfway stage, with IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy giving evidence at the Stockholm district court hearing. On the eighth day of the trial (Feb. 25), Kennedy, a former president ...

  30. Judge OKs Streaming Of File Sharing Hearing

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Wednesday authorized the first online streaming of oral arguments in a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts in a copyright infringement lawsuit that pits a Boston University graduate student against the music recording industry. ...

  31. Law Professor Fires Back At Song-Swapping Suits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry ...

  32. Judge Grants New Trial In Thomas Downloading Case

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files in the nation's first file-sharing trial, ruling Wednesday he made an error in the jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her righ ...

  33. New Trial In File-Sharing Suit?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal court judge in Minnesota who presided over the first file-sharer trial to reach a jury verdict is now having second thoughts. In an order issued late yesterday, Judge Michael Davis asked the parties to submit additional legal briefs. H ...

  34. Labels Lose File-Sharing Argument

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels have been hit with a setback in Arizona today, where a federal District Court judge denied their motion for a summary judgment filed against alleged Kazaa file sharers Pamela and Jeffrey Howell. Contrary to some other court decisions, ...

  35. Court Backs Majors On File-Sharing Question

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels today prevailed in a federal District Court in New York on a controversial legal question over unauthorized sharing of music files. In denying a motion to dismiss the labels' complaint, the court provided specific language for th ...

  36. St. John Replaces Handlin As ARIA Chair

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Denis Handlin is stepping down as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) board after an unprecedented ten consecutive years. Sydney-based Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand ...

  37. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  38. MidemNet 2008 Up And Running

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST MidemNet 2008 has officially kicked off. The two-day music and new-media conference's visionary chair committee, chaired by Ted Cohen, managing director of TAG Strategic, set off this morning with a mission to discuss the "future of the ...

  39. Kazaa, Joost Founder Friis Keen To Interact With Biz

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Janus Friis is hoping to build bridges with the record business. The co-inventor of the once-vilified peer-to-peer file-sharing network Kazaa will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the industry when he delivers the keynote spe ...

  40. Joost Founder Friis To Keynote MidemNet

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Janus Friis, the Danish entrepreneur who co-founded Joost, Kazaa and Skype, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-27, 2008 in Cannes, organizers Reed Midem said today. "Barely into his thirties, Janus Friis has alr ...

  41. Labels Win First P2P Consumer Trial

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Twelve jurors in Minnesota decided unanimously this afternoon that single mother Jammie Thomas is liable for infringing 24 recordings she shared over peer-to-peer service Kazaa. The verdict for $222,000 came in the first trial held in a suit filed ...

  42. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  43. Telcos Not Obliged To ID Downloaders, Says EU Expert

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT European telecoms and Internet companies are not obliged to reveal the identity of clients who may have illegally-downloaded music recordings, an advisor to the European Union's Court of Justice said Wednesday. The Advocate General of the Lux ...

  44. Joost, Rockworld.TV Strike Distribution Deal

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rockworld.TV, the U.K.-based dedicated music-TV channel, will be distributed internationally through a deal struck with Joost, the recently-launched Web 2.0 digital-entertainment platform. Rockworld.TV and its programs of pre-recorded live-concert ...

  45. Joost Taps Volpi As CEO

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joost has named Mike Volpi as its new CEO. He replaces founding CEO, Fredrik de Wahl, who will become chief strategy officer of the Internet television service. Volpi joins Joost from Cisco Systems. Most recently he was senior VP/GM for Cisco' ...

  46. NARM Coverage: AAIM's Membership Up To 121 Labels

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) president Richard Bengloff said the indie trade body has upped its membership to 121 labels. He revealed a slew of recent label additions at the annual NARM convention in Chicago. Among the labels who ...

  47. Handlin Back In ARIA Chair

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Denis Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, was re-elected today as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) for a record ninth year. The elections took place at ARIA's offices ...

  48. IFPI Report Indicates Boom-Time For Digital Music

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST While the global trade value of the emerging digital music market roughly doubled to about $2 billion in 2006, the recorded music industry has reiterated there must be "no room for complacency" in its mission to quash online music piracy ...

  49. Reports: YouTube Content ID Filters Delayed

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST YouTube is finding out first hand how difficult content identification and filtering technology can be. The company fell short of its promise to implement the technology by the end of 2006. According to a Financial Times article (subscription requ ...

  50. Music Publishers, Kazaa Reach Settlement

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, according to the National Music Publishers' Association ...

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