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  1. Republican Committee Proposes, Then Quickly Retracts, Proposal for Copyright Reform

    November 19, 2012 4:01 PM EST On Friday, the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative Republicans, posted a brief that suggests a radical reset on copyright law -- one that appears to embrace the concepts of income redistribution and a progressive tax rate on all c ...

  2. Copyrights And Consumers On Trial: Takeaways From The Entertainment And Technology Law Conference

    September 14, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Locating lawyers in New York City's midtown district isn't a big challenge. Finding a group of legal eagles focused on the latest developments for music and related fields, however, takes a little more doing. For those who knew where to ...

  3. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  4. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  5. Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights

    April 02, 2012 5:20 PM EDT The 2004 film Ray didn't include this scene: Two years before legendary singer Ray Charles died, he gathered most of his 12 children (two were in jail), and told them that they would each be given an irrevocable trust for $500,000. That' ...

  6. Meet Spain's Eme Navarro, The Man Who Generated 210 Piracy Complaints Against His Own Song

    March 14, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Eme Navarro doesn't get stopped in the street for autographs, nor does he fill up stadiums; but he is a veteran of Spain's music scene, who for decades has tried to make a living with his folksy blues style while confronting the mainstre ...

  7. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site

    February 14, 2012 12:46 PM EST A Spanish court has dismissed a case against the popular peer-to-peer movie download site Cinetube citing legal precedents in concluding that redirecting online traffic is not illegal per se, even if it is to copyrighted content, according to the ...

  8. Copyright Extension, Reversion Are Focus of Legal Panel at MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST Entertainment attorney Bernard Resnick discusses changes to U.S. copyright law affecting works assigned to publishers in 1978 and thereafter. At right is Lommen Abdo's Kenneth Abdo. (Photo: Louis Hau) Recent changes in U.S. and European copyr ...

  9. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  10. New Report Emphasizes Importance of Copyright Industries to U.S. Economy

    November 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright industries, including music, television, film, book, radio, and newspaper and magazine industries employed more than 10.6 million workers and contributed more than $1.6 trillion, to the U.S. economy in 2010, or 11.1% of GDP, acc ...

  11. Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

    September 13, 2011 8:22 PM EDT Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series -- A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventb ...

  12. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  13. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  14. Victoria Espinel, U.S. 'IP Czar,' to Keynote World Copyright Summit

    June 03, 2011 2:23 PM EDT United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, often referred to as the "IP Czar" will be the keynote speaker for CISAC's World Copyright Summit taking place in Brussels next week (June 7-8). The two-d ...

  15. German Culture Minister Announces Copyright Reform

    May 27, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Frank Briegmann, Left, of Universal Germany and BVMI with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who held informal discussions on German copyright law (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal Music) BERLIN - Bernd Neumann the German minister of culture and m ...

  16. EU Proposes New Strategy for Intellectual Property Rights

    May 25, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The European Union has outlined plans for a new intellectual property framework to be implemented across its 27 member states, including legislation to tackle digital piracy and simplify pan-European digital licensing. "Ensuring the right lev ...

  17. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  18. Business Matters: New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law

    April 14, 2011 6:52 PM EDT New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law -- New Zealand lawmakers have passed legislation that outlaws file sharing and threatens repeat offenders with disconnection of Internet service up to six months. The new law will go into effect Se ...

  19. China Arrests 4,000, Vows Tougher Punishments For Copyright Piracy In Advance of U.S Trade Talks

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST China has arrested more than 4,000 people for violating intellectual property rights (IPR) since November and will enforce tougher punishments to combat the "rampant" problem, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Gao Feng, deput ...

  20. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  21. How Will Live Nation Grow?

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The New York Times nabbed interviews with Live Nation chiefs Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino for a lengthy Sunday article . Most of the piece is a re-cap of things we know - only 380 words of this 4,996-word article look into the future. But, this ...

  22. ACTA Not Urging Adoption Of Three-Strikes

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital rights advocates and a computer industry trade group criticized the newly released draft text of an international agreement to toughen penalties for copyright theft. The European Union's executive branch and the U.S. Trade Repres ...

  23. Business Matters: The Best Retailers, Digital Economy Bill, Criminal Records and More

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In honor of Saturday’s Record Store Day , Spin named its 15 best record stores in the U.S. The list is predictably heavy on rock-leaning locations. Spoiler alert: #1 in Amoeba (all three locations). Austin’s Waterloo is #2 and New York’s Other ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. U.K. Biz Issues Blueprint For Global Success

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade group for the music industry, has published a blueprint that outlines a plan for the British industry to challenge for the position as the world's No. 1 music creator by 2020. The document, "Liberating Crea ...

  26. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  27. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  28. 301 Report: Spanish Biz Down 65% In 5 Years

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain is suffering "a virtual collapse" of its recorded music market because of online piracy, with a drop in overall music sales of more than 65% in the past five years, says the latest report from U.S. culture industry lobby, the Inter ...

  29. Spanish Societies Reject Concerns Over Anti-Piracy Law

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four Spanish collecting societies have dismissed a report by the district attorney's office's advisory body, the Fiscal Council, which gives a damning assessment of the government's proposed anti-download legislation. The Fiscal Cou ...

  30. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Measures

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has finally approved controversial anti-piracy measures aimed at the illegal downloading of copyrighted material on the Internet. The law, unveiled in early December and passed by the Cabinet on Friday (Jan. 8), focuses on m ...

  31. NZ Biz Cautious On Revised Copyright Law

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The New Zealand music industry has reacted cautiously to revised copyright legislation which offers a 'three warnings' solution to online piracy - but only a limited 'struck out' component. The government unveiled the new-look ...

  32. Live Nation/Ticketmaster U.K. Merger Inquiry Extended

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The inquiry by the Competition Commission (CC) in the U.K. into the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster has been extended by eight weeks, and will now report by Jan. 19, 2010. It follows a provisional CC ruling on Oct. 8 that the merger will hi ...

  33. Petition To Bolster Artist Rights To Be Delivered To Obama

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A letter to President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden asking the administration to pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists has garnered nearly 7,000 electronic signatures, according to the Copyright Alliance. "Artists and creators m ...

  34. Opinion: Digital, Scarcity And The Impact On The Music Biz

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Has the digital copy increased the value of the scarce physical event? Or has the drop in revenue in the era of the digital copy unlocked the value that already existed? Although Andrew Keen’s recent article about marketing in the digital economy ...

  35. Study: Copyrights Account For $889 Billion In 'Value Added'

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the U.S. core copyright industries combined accounted for $889.13 billion in "value added," or 6.44%, to the $13.81 trillion in gross domestic product, according to a study prepared by Stephen E. Siwek of Economics Inc. for the ...

  36. Research Recap: Nielsen, Harvard, Berkeley

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Below is a recap of music-related research or academic paper recently mentioned at Billboard.biz plus a few new ones. As Billboard wrote previously, "File-sharing and Copyright," an academic paper that argues file-sharing has not impaire ...

  37. Czechs Urged To Act On EU Term Extension

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European organizations representing performers and the music industry have joined together to call on the Czech government to use the final weeks of its EU presidency to help deliver the European directive to increase copyright in sound recordings ...

  38. Business Briefs: MySpace Music, Live Nation, P2P

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report that the major labels, co-owners of MySpace Music , are not happy with the revenue performance of the service does not come as a surprise. Nor is their patience and confidence in new president Cortney Holt a surprise. MySpace Music, th ...

  39. U.S. Trade Report Adds Canada To IP Deadbeat List

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A report today by the U.S. government added Canada to a list of countries that fail to protect intellectual property. Canada joins the likes of Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela as countries with significant violations of c ...

  40. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  41. British Singer Bragg Blasts EU Copyright Extension

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British singer Billy Bragg blasted Wednesday a proposed European Union law to nearly double music copyright to 95 years, saying it would give a huge windfall to major recording labels. The European Parliament will vote Thursday on extending royalt ...

  42. Copyright Term Extension Stalls

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. biz is facing up to a lengthy delay before making any progress on the issue of term extension for copyright in sound recordings. Following an earlier setback in March, when the term directive was initially rejected in a vote of the Counci ...

  43. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  44. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. New Zealand Govt Delays Internet Piracy Law

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The New Zealand music industry is cautiously optimistic that new copyright legislation relating to Internet service providers will still be implemented, despite a last minute U-turn by the government. Prime minister John Key announced that the gov ...

  47. U.K. Govt Rebuffs EU Copyright Vote

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the U.K. minister of state for intellectual property, has reaffirmed the British government's position on term extension by refusing to accept the European Parliament's legal affairs committee ruling on a 95-year copyright t ...

  48. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  49. Govt Minister Supports Performers On Term Extension

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the minister for higher education and intellectual property, voiced his support on term extension during a parliamentary meeting with musicians organized by U.K. performers' licensing body PPL. The copyright term meeting in commi ...

  50. German Biz Welcomes Bob Dylan Ruling

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin has welcomed a ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which confirmed that older recordings are also protected by copyright law throughout Europe if protection i ...

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