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  1. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  2. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  3. Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown

    January 03, 2014 1:05 PM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller's IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday. Among other developments, the case now looks headed towards an appel ...

  4. Business Matters: 7 Areas for Possible Copyright Reform in the Music Business

    March 20, 2013 9:45 PM EDT Wednesday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property was a primer of the hot copyright issues to be discussed in the coming years. The comments of Register of Copyrig ...

  5. Business Matters: Legal MP3 Sites Are Still Buried by Google Search Results

    November 05, 2012 7:07 PM EST If most people simply want to do the right thing when it comes to downloading, the upcoming Copyright Alert System could help more than searching at Google. Over three months after Google implemented a system to lower the search ranking of domains ...

  6. Twitter Adds Transparency to DMCA Takedown Procedure

    November 05, 2012 12:28 PM EST Twitter has added some new elements to its DMCA takedown procedure that add more transparency to the process. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco with the top minds in investment, technology and mus ...

  7. Negative Drake Review Mistakenly Removed From Google At BPI's Behest -- Not Universal's

    August 17, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Yesterday, a number of news outlets mistakenly reported that a negative review of Drake's "Take Care" album, written by Henry Adaso, had been removed from Google after Universal Music Group filed a DMCA takedown request -- allegedly ...

  8. Romney Ad Featuring Obama Singing is Back Online Despite Objections From Music Publisher

    July 18, 2012 9:17 PM EDT A couple of days after BMG Rights Management forced YouTube to take down a Mitt Romney ad because it f eatures President Barack Obama singing one of its songs, several versions of the ads have resurfaced on the Google-owned site. The 35-second ad ...

  9. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  10. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  11. Business Matters: Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Fight Piracy at Google Search

    May 25, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Tackle Piracy at Google Search -- Google has lifted the veil on its anti-piracy efforts by launching an online Transparency Report that offers details on the issuers and targets of removal requests for Googl ...

  12. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  13. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  14. Business Matters: Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case

    December 20, 2011 8:47 PM EST Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that online video service Veoh is protected by the DMCA's "safe harbor" that limits digital service providers' liability for ...

  15. SST Records' DMCA Take Down Request Results in Removal of Legit YouTube Videos

    December 19, 2011 4:18 PM EST DMCA takedown requests by the long-running indie/punk label SST Records has resulted in a bit of collateral damage at YouTube. It turns out that bands never signed to SST Records had their videos deleted after SST Records requested YouTube remove ...

  16. Will.I.Am Sent Takedown Notice for MegaUpload Video

    December 12, 2011 6:24 PM EST Late last week, a surprising music video was released that featured many superstar recording acts and other celebrities endorsing MegaUpload, a video-hosting website that is near the top of the enemy's list for many in the entertainment indus ...

  17. MegaUpload Threatens to Sue Universal Music for Takedown of Video Starring Kanye West, Diddy, More

    December 12, 2011 4:52 PM EST MegaUpload is threatening to sue Universal Music Group for allegedly sending a takedown notice that resulted in the removal from YouTube of a music video where various superstars endorse the file-sharing platform. Last week, MegaUpload shocked the ...

  18. Business Matters: Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly

    November 23, 2011 2:01 PM EST Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly Hastings Entertainment posted a net loss of approximately $5.5 million on revenue of $108.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011. Those figures are slightly worse than the same period i ...

  19. What The Split Decision on the EMI vs. MP3Tunes Case Means For The Music Biz (Update)

    August 23, 2011 7:30 PM EDT A federal court today (August 22) rendered a split decision of sorts in the closely-followed lawsuit against music locker MP3Tunes by EMI Music Group. The judge ruled in favor of EMI's request for a summary judgment on certain points, most pa ...

  20. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  21. Google Announces Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music industry has long wanted Google to more proactively limit access to pirated music content on the Web. Today, Google posted plans that address some of these concerns, but likely not to the extend the music industry would like. Google Gene ...

  22. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  23. IFPI Tackles Google On Pirate Bay

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following U.K. trade body the BPI's takedown notice to Google (Billboard.biz, June 21), the IFPI has also taken action against the search engine. The BPI's takedown notice demanded it remove links to 17 songs from artists including Emine ...

  24. Google Targeted For Linking To Infringing Songs

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google about to be hit with a major new lawsuit for linking to copyright infringing songs? A UK trade group representing more than 300 record companies including UMG, Sony and Warner Bros. has sent Google a takedown notice demanding it remove l ...

  25. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  26. Cute Baby Video Wins Battle Against UMG

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST How much should a copyright owner pay for improperly telling a Web site to remove content? Stephanie Lenz got into trouble with Universal Music Group in 2007 after she posted a YouTube video of her toddler dancing to the Prince song "Let' ...

  27. Business Matters: Digital Music Forum, Lady Gaga, Sellaband, Napster and More

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- After EMI was acquired by Terra Firma , artists began to hesitate signing with the record label. Now, The Financial Times says the company's debt load is a hindrance. "It would be very difficult to say to your client you should sign t ...

  28. Judge Dismisses UMG Suit Against Veoh

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has lost a bid to hold online video streaming site Veoh accountable for users who post copyrighted material to the service. A Los Angeles court awarded a summary judgment to Veoh, ruling that the company’s activities fall und ...

  29. Updated: ISPs Discuss Anti-Piracy Initiatives

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers AT&T and Comcast outlined their efforts to work with the music industry to combat online piracy during a panel session at the Leadership Music Digital Summit in Nashville this week. Contrary to earlier reports, neith ...

  30. Judge Declines To Toss Claim Against UMG

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group suffered a setback in its defense of a lawsuit over a YouTube takedown notice, when the presiding judge declined to dismiss the case. The ruling opens the door to how "fair use" may be taken into account before dema ...

  31. EMI Files Suit Against Social Networking Site

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group on Friday filed a lawsuit against social networking site Hi5, alleging copyright infringement over user-uploaded videos that include music from the label's artists. Also included in the suit is Hi5 video service provider Video ...

  32. Grayzone Admits Role In Zep Footage Takedown

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A third-party vendor hired to issue takedown notices on sites like YouTube has taken responsibility for the removal of Led Zeppelin concert footage taken during the band's historic reunion. Sources involved in the situation earlier in the day ...

  33. Video Service DivX Sues UMG

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Video hosting service DivX has filed suit against Universal Music Group (UMG) in response to the major label's claim that DivX’s Stage6 service is infringing copyrighted materials, according to published reports. The move is similar to that o ...

  34. Canadian Gov't Eyes Changes To Copyright Act

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a move welcomed by music labels, the Canadian government on March 24 proposed amendments to the federal Copyright Act designed to strengthen copyright protection in the digital age and clarify the TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In a move w ...