Lawsuits

  1. Who In Their Right Mind Sues Marvin Gaye or the Beastie Boys? (Guest Post)

    December 05, 2013 5:13 PM EST Howell O’Rear is a founding partner of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm McInteer & O’Rear PLC. His practice focuses on litigating business, contract, and intellectual property disputes, including copyright infringement actions.  In two rece ...

  2. Eminem Digital Royalties Case: Producers, Label Argue Over Compensation

    June 05, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Coming soon to a California federal courtroom will be a trial where music producers Mark and Jeff Bass fight for tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Aftermath Records over digital downloads for Eminem recordings. The case is one of th ...

  3. Phil Spector Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

    December 16, 2011 9:30 AM EST A lawyer for imprisoned music legend Phil Spector is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. Attorney Dennis Riordan contends that Superior Court Judge Larr ...

  4. Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 Award Against File Sharer Joel Tenenbaum

    September 19, 2011 3:06 PM EDT An appeals court has reinstated the $675,000 award against file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, reversing the decision of a lower-court judge to reduce the penalty on constitutional grounds. In the case of Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the def ...

  5. California Court Rejects Phil Spector Appeal

    May 02, 2011 9:15 PM EDT A California appeals court rejected music producer Phil Spector's bid to overturn his murder conviction on Monday, saying it was permissible for prosecutors to call a parade of women who said Spector had threatened them with guns in the past. ...

  6. Phil Spector Murder Case Set for Appeals Arguments

    April 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT While legendary music producer Phil Spector sits in prison, his lawyers are poised to urge an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction and grant a new trial on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. Oral ar ...

  7. Supreme Court Rejects Universal Music Group's Appeal Of Eminem Royalty Case

    March 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group regarding how much it pays artists for digital music sales. UMG is appealing a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last year, which stated that the label ...

  8. Music Crits Rejoice! Appeals Court Ruling Says Promotional CDs Can Be Resold

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Promotional CD owners are free to thin out their collections without fear of reprisal. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit court held up a lower court's ruling that confirmed the right to sell promotional CDs. The case pi ...

  9. Dept. Of Justice Backs RIAA In P2P Suit

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has filed a brief in support of the RIAA in an ongoing P2P file-sharing lawsuit. In the case Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the DOJ is defending the Copyright Act's statutory damages provisions. Lawyers f ...

  10. RIAA Appeals Copyright Royalty Board Order

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, the RIAA today filed a notice of appeal in the the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Copyright Royalty Judges' order on the final determination for mechanical and digital phonorecord ...

  11. Court Allows Promo CD Sales

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal court has permitted an eBay trader to continue selling promotional CDs he bought from music shops and online auctions. The federal District Court in Los Angeles on June 10 denied Universal Music Group's motion for summary judgment, ...

  12. RIAA To Pay Over $100K?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA's legal campaign against file traders had an off week; a federal magistrate recommended that the judge award Tanya Anderson $103,000 of the $299,000 she requested, on Wednesday. The labels may file objections by May 27, which an RIAA ...

  13. Exclusive: Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For my Billboard "Legal Matters" column this week (Oct. 20 issue), Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge met with me in his office on Capitol Hill for an exclusive interview to explain how the new Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) works ...

  14. Entercom's Motion To Dismiss Payola Suit Denied

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Not known if company will appeal the decision. Not known if company will appeal the decision. News ...

  15. Toronto Court Upholds File-Sharer Identity Protection

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Decision offers future disclosure opportunities. While the Federal Court of Appeal in Toronto today (May 19) upheld a 2004 Federal Court decision denying the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA) request for the identities of the 29 alleged lar ...

  16. NY Court Recognizes Common Law Copyright In Sound Recordings

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record labels may stop other companies from releasing their pre-1972 recordings in New York without permission, an appellate court held April 5. As a result, Capitol Records may continue with a copyri NEW YORK -- Record labels may stop other compa ...

  17. Norway Court Upholds Napster Conviction

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled Thursday (Jan. 28) that a student whose Napster.no homepage was linked to free Internet music files must compensate the music industry. OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's supreme court ruled T ...

  18. RIAA Files New Round Of Lawsuits

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today (Sept. 30) announced that it has filed a round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 762 file sharers, including 32 individuals at 26 U.S. universities. The latest actions bring th The RIAA today (Sept. 30) announced that it ha ...

  19. No Limit Challenging New Sampling Rule

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The controversial federal court decision over the right to sample a couple of seconds from a sound recording is under challenge by No Limit Films. The controversial federal court decision over the right to sample a couple of seconds from a sound r ...

  20. Nothing Better To Do Than Sue

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In perhaps the worst corporate blunder since the introduction of New Coke, the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) has filed 493 more lawsuits in a vain attempt to stop the scourge of downloadi In perhaps the worst corporate blunder since t ...

  21. Select-O-Hits 'Knew Better' In Infringement Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in New York has slapped Select-O-Hits with $312,000 in statutory damages in a suit filed by Universal Music Group (UMG) over the indie's distribution of rap mix CDs. LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge in New York has slapped Selec ...

  22. RIAA Files New Round Of Suits

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Expect the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) to continue filing lawsuits against filesharers in the near future. On May 24, RIAA announced that the trade group had filed lawsuits against 517 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Expect the Recording Indust ...

  23. French Music Pirate Gets Six Months

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Landmark French appeals court decision. Landmark French appeals court decision. News ...

  24. RIAA Continues Litigation Campaign With 517 Suits

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 'John Does' joined by 24 named defendants. The RIAA today (May 24) filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits in its ongoing campaign against online peer-to-peer file-sharing. The trade organization once again utilized its &quo ...

  25. Florida Court Denies RIAA 'Bundling' Motion

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A second federal judge has denied the recording industry's attempts to combine multiple lawsuits against individuals accused of illegally trading music over the Internet. A second federal judge has denied the recording industry's attempt ...