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  1. Backbeat: Indies Go To China: A2IM's Trade Mission To Shanghai

    October 01, 2012 1:05 PM EDT World Party: The A2IM trade mission to Shanghai, from left: Randy Chin (VP Records), Jean Hsiao Wernheim (Chief International Executive a-Peer Synergy), Bill Zang (CEO & GM Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group), Sam Alpert (Eleve ...

  2. A2IM Using Federal Grant To Expand Trade Missions, Bolster Indie Music

    August 31, 2012 5:12 PM EDT A2IM went to Washington, D.C.'s U.S. Trade Information Center at the Ronald Reagan Building to pick up the award certificate for the MDCP funding. From left: Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services Maureen Smith, who ...

  3. Full Text: Obama Intellectual Property Czar Victoria Espinel's A2IM Keynote Address

    June 25, 2012 3:08 PM EDT Victoria Espinel, the Obama administration's "IP Czar," who was A2IM's keynote speaker at this year's Indie Week event with A2IM President Rich Bengloff (Photo: Andy Gensler) At last week's A2IM Indie Week, Victoria E ...

  4. Victoria Espinel, 'I.P. Czar,' Set For A2IM's Indie Week Keynote

    June 14, 2012 1:28 PM EDT A2IM's Indie Week kicks off its seventh year June 19, and before the organization's inaugural Libera Awards honor the top independent labels and musicians, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel will give the ...

  5. U.S. Gov't IDs More Airwaves for Commercial Wireless Networks

    March 28, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations ...

  6. Obama Administration Proposes New Online Privacy Rules

    February 23, 2012 7:47 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- The Obama administration is calling for stronger privacy protections for consumers as mobile gadgets, Internet services and other tools are able to do a better job of tracking what you do and where you go. Administration officials ...

  7. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Business Matters: Will SOPA Turn Into a Bill Even Google Can Support?

    January 17, 2012 5:03 PM EST Obama Administration Reacts to SOPA and PIPA, Hoping For Revisions The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't dead, but expect revisions. On Saturday officials in the Obama Administration outlined their reservations with the controversial Stop O ...

  10. Google, White House Respond to Rupert Murdoch's Anti-Piracy Twitter Rant

    January 16, 2012 10:28 AM EST Google is fighting back against Rupert Murdoch's claims that the company leads the pack of online pirates. When Murdoch took to Twitter -- his new favorite medium -- on Saturday night, he launched 140-character verbal grenades at Google and P ...

  11. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  12. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  13. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  14. Will.i.am To Play U.S. State Dept 100,000 Strong Beijing Concert

    August 01, 2011 7:20 AM EDT BEIJING -- The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am is heading back to China in support of the Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong initiative, designed to boost the number of American students studying in the Asian country, for a concert announc ...

  15. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  16. President of NMPA Calls for Blanket Licensing of Mechanical and Sync Rights

    June 16, 2011 11:37 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers Association's annual meeting yesterday (June 15), president and CEO David Israelite urged members that now is the time to create U.S. blanket-licensing solutions for digital music service providers seeking mec ...

  17. China Piracy Cost U.S. firms $48 Billion in 2009: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:31 AM EDT China piracy cost U.S. firms $48 billion in 2009: report BIG SKY, Montana (Reuters) - Chinese piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. software and a wide range of other intellectual property cost American businesses an estimated $48 billion in 2009, the ...

  18. U.S. Lays Out International Policies on Cyberspace

    May 17, 2011 7:44 AM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched a new initiative Monday designed to stamp the Internet with U.S. values such as freedom of expression, saying cyberspace must remain open, secure and reliable. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clint ...

  19. White House Set to Unveil Cyber Security Plan Today

    May 12, 2011 7:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, finan ...

  20. Vice President Joe Biden Calls Piracy 'Outright Theft'

    April 15, 2011 2:34 PM EDT Vice President Joe Biden has left little doubt where the White House stands on piracy. In response to questions from Variety Biden expanded on his previous comments on piracy, revealing a determination to protect the country's intellectual pr ...

  21. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  22. Update: FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday in Washington D.C. passed new rules that govern how providers treat web traffic. "Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values," FCC Chairman Julius Gena ...

  23. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  24. Analysis: Government Needs To Spur Innovation As Well As Protect

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with local politicians and music industry leaders in Nashville on Monday to discuss piracy and global intellectual piracy protection. After his speech and the following Q&A session, there was no doubt where he ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. U.S. To Roll Out Major Broadband Policy

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hour ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Op-Ed: One Cheer For Antitrust

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Jan. 25, after 11 months of waiting, Ticketmaster and Live Nation received the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice to consummate their merger to form Live Nation Entertainment. At first blush it looked like a merger that the DOJ would bl ...

  29. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  30. Kool And The Gang Performs In Havana

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST American R&B pioneers Kool & the Gang helped Cuba get its funk on, bringing their eclectic mix of sounds to an open-air stage a stone's throw from the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Robert "Kool" Bell," his brother ...

  31. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  32. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  33. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Working Out Deal With U.S.

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc are in negotiations with U.S. regulators to come up with concessions that would allow a merger between the two most powerful companies in the live music business, people familiar with the talks sa ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Briefs: Ticketmaster, Obama, Bopaboo, Spotify

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Time magazine took a good look at the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger , what a former FTC assistant director called "the first test case in the Obama Administration." Luke Froeb of Vanderbilt University explained how the merg ...

  36. Obama Raises Hopes For Revived Interest In Cuban Music

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As the annual Cuban music trade fair Cubadisco kicks off May 16 in Havana, promoters in the United States are hoping that a thaw in relations with Cuba could revive interest in the island's music. Encouraged by President Barack Obama's r ...

  37. Business Briefs: 'Free,' Obama, Napster, Apple

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spurred by comments by Rupert Murdoch on the death of free online media, free music was a big topic in U.K. papers over the weekend. The Telegraph quoted Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records: "When you listen to streamed music ...

  38. Cuba's Rodríguez Claims Seeger Birthday Ban

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez has criticised the U.S. government for not granting him a visa to perform at the Madison Square Garden concert in New York to mark Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. Dozens of stars and musician frie ...

  39. John Legend Plans Summer Tour

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT John Legend will embark on a 50 city U.S. tour this summer in support of his latest album, "Evolver." The trek begins June 27 in Muskegon, Mi., and caps off in Berkeley, Calif., on Labor Day. India.arie is scheduled to open select shows. ...

  40. Experts: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Has A Chance

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the world's biggest concert promoter and largest ticket seller announced they would merge last month, it seemed unlikely that antitrust enforcers would approve the creation of such an entertainment giant. But some competition experts, se ...

  41. Playboy Jazz Festival 2009 Ramps Up

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jazz bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and soul/funk outfit Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are among the seven acts making their debut appearance at the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 31st year, the annual festival will be held June 13-1 ...

  42. Commentary: What U.S. Regulators See When They Look At 'Ticketmaster Nation'

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Soon after the boards of Ticketmaster and Live Nation approved a merger, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into what that would mean. No wonder: The combined company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, would be a ticketin ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Who Will Be Obama's Copyright Czar?

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST From Bruce Springsteen to Stevie Wonder, plenty of musicians supported President-elect Barack Obama. Now music executives are wondering what kind of support they'll see from the Obama administration. Soon after an inauguration that Washington ...