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  1. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

  2. HFA Eases Songfile Licensing

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency has upgraded its Songfile online mechanical licensing service to accommodate requests for smaller uses. Companies and individuals may now license compositions for as few as 25 units -- CDs, DPDs (e.g., downloads) and other for ...

  3. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  4. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  5. 'Performance Rights Act' Introduced

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) jointly introduced legislation today that would end the exemption of terrestrial radio stations from current copyright law which ...

  6. Senators Take On Performance Right Debate

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Artists and broadcasters today continued their fight over a performance right to play recordings over terrestrial radio during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Singer-songwriter Alice Peacock urged members of the Senate Judiciary C ...

  7. French Digital Firm Believe Lands Financing

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Paris-based digital music service Believe has secured a first round of financing worth €2 million ($2.9 million) from XAnge Private Equity. This financing will allow the company to ramp-up its international expansion and "to accelerate the ro ...

  8. Broadcasters Oppose 'Abusive' Royalty Structure

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today called for a resolution to oppose a new royalty structure proposed by Canada's record labels. The resolution, adopted at the organization's annual meeting in Ottawa, states that, " ...

  9. Canada's Copyright Board Sets Royalty Rate

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Copyright Board ruled Wednesday on the decade long battle over the royalty rates for online downloading and streaming to be paid to the Society of Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (Socan). In a ruling that will like ...

  10. Will Radio Pay Artists And Labels?

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Folk singer Judy Collins sat before a dozen members of Congress, at times breaking into song as she testified. Performers should be paid for their recordings that radio stations broadcast over the air, she said -- just as songwriters and publisher ...

  11. House Subcommittee Considers Performers' Right

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Folksinger Judy Collins and R&B legend Sam Moore were among the witnesses today as a House Judiciary Subcommittee held the first hearing examining whether terrestrial radio broadcasters should begin paying royalties to performers and record co ...

  12. PPL, ADAMI Strike Reciprocal Deal

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music services organization PPL has forged a groundbreaking accord with counterpart ADAMI in France. Through the reciprocal agreement, unveiled today, thousands of performers in both countries will benefit from the deal and will now be ent ...

  13. CISAC Responds To Royalty Reform Critics

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella organization for the world's collection societies, today (July 19) responded to severe objections to its planned reforms. It accused its critics of cynically seeking any means possible to drive down the fees required for t ...

  14. Copyright Tribunal Endorses Online Royalty Settlement

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has endorsed the settlement agreement for online and mobile royalty rates reached between the MCPS-PRS Alliance and a string of online music companies. According to the Alliance, the Tribunal decision confirms an agreem ...

  15. JASRAC Collections Slip

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese authors society JASRAC today reported that copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31 fell 2.2% year-on-year to ¥111.1 billion ($923.2 million), marking the first time in five years collections have not risen year-on-year. Per ...

  16. HFA To Use Audible Magic

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency has signed up to use Audible Magic's technology to begin collecting royalties on user-submitted content. HFA will register its database of music with the tech company's sound recording fingerprinting technology. Serv ...

  17. Destiny Media Sues Rival Musicrypt

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Destiny Media Technologies filed a $25 million lawsuit against rival Musicrypt today, alleging defamation and economic interference. Both Destiny Media and Musicrypt offer digital media distribution systems that let record labels send promotional ...

  18. Theberge Appointed To Copyright Board Of Canada

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jacinthe Théberge was appointed a member of the Copyright Board of Canada today, effective immediately. The Board is the federal government's regulatory body that establishes the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works in Canada ...

  19. NARM Coverage: Thomas Dolby Addresses Attendees

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New wave 80s artist Thomas Dolby Robertson told NARM attendees this morning that the successful label of the future will do more to help artists market their products on both new and old media outlets, while giving them more control over the creat ...

  20. No Performance Fees For Music Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A senior federal court judge, who has often sided with copyright holders, ruled against ASCAP today (April 25). Digital music services AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! won a summary judgment declaring that downloading music files is not a public perfo ...

  21. Judge: No Performance Right In Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several sources tell Billboard.biz that a federal court has ruled that there is no performance right for publishers and songwriters in a download. The decision came during a proceeding to determine royalty rates between ASCAP and digital services ...

  22. Company Claims Patent Rights To Mobile Phones/MP3 Players

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The MP3 lawsuits just keep coming. Now, a company called Hop On claims it has patents on any mobile phone that doubles as an MP3 player. Specifically, the company says it will pursue royalties on any flip phones that employ side speakers and both ...

  23. Copyright Chief Urges Licensing Reform

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright chief today spoke out against the way the music publishing industry is set up to license digital music services. Testifying before members of a House Subcommittee, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters called it "archaic, ...

  24. Canadian Gov't Makes Landmark Music Royalty Ruling

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government has made its first ruling calling for mandatory payments to rights holders for the use of music on the Internet. In a landmark move that sets a standard for royalties owed to songwriters, Canada's federal agency, the C ...

  25. Gov't To Cancel Instant Live Patent

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will be canceling Instant Live's patent for creating digital recordings of live performances. The decision came after the company did not respond to the PTO's notices concerning a reexamination ...

  26. HFA Reports 2006 Collections

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT At the Harry Fox Agency, mechanical royalty collections were down while overall collections were up for 2006. Total collections reached $379.4 million, up 2% from the prior year due primarily to the agency's royalty compliance examinations of ...

  27. CRB Appoints SoundExchange Sole 'Collective'

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) formally made SoundExchange the sole "collective" to handle compulsory performance royalties for sound recording owners and performers. The CRB officially adopted a single-collective system to collect an ...

  28. EC Rounds On Taiwan Over CD Replicating

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has launched an investigation into Taiwan's alleged copying of compact-disc technology, and could start a World Trade Organization suit to stop what it calls unlicensed abuse of patents. Taiwan makes an estimated 80% o ...

  29. The Youngbloods, Allman Brothers Band Sue Sony BMG

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Youngbloods and the Allman Brothers Band have filed a class action suit against Sony BMG Music over the amount of royalties paid to BMG artists for digital downloads. The suit mirrors the one filed by the Allman Brothers and Cheap Trick last y ...

  30. MPA, MCPS-PRS Launch Pan-European Digital License

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a significant development which could help shape licensing in the online age, Britain's Music Publisher's Assn. and MCPS-PRS Alliance have launched a one-stop pan-European digital licensing template. The MPA and Alliance used the plat ...

  31. HFA Songfile Changes In New Year

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency will make changes to its HFA Songfile online licensing service effective Jan 1. The organization will provide HFA Songfile licensing services to its publishers on a commission-free basis, and in response to publisher and licen ...

  32. HFA Halts Negotiations With MusicNet

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a letter obtained by Billboard.biz, the Harry Fox Agency notified MusicNet late yesterday (Dec. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposed license for interactive streams from the service, which supplies music for Microsoft, MTV, Yahoo! and others ...

  33. LEGAL MATTERS: COMPULSORY CONSIDERATIONS

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher community since the Copyright Office decided that compositions for ringtones are subject to a compulsory license. They must be strategizing It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher commu ...

  34. Ono Not Pursuing Full Lawsuit Against Capitol

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist filed papers last week in royalty dispute. Artist filed papers last week in royalty dispute. News ...

  35. Compulsory Licenses Cover Ringtones

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Decision is a victory for record labels. The Copyright Office has decided that compositions used for ringtones may be subject to a compulsory license. The decision is a victory for record labels that want to offer ringtone operators the master rig ...

  36. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach ...

  37. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three online companies continue with Tribunal action. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. A ...

  38. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

  39. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

  40. Euro Societies May Compete With Publishers

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has ensured that collecting societies may enter the music publishing or record production business and may continue giving rebates to attract record company licensees. The European Commission has ensured that collecting soc ...

  41. Harry Fox Agency, LyricFind Ink Online Deal

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lyric licensing pact covers a variety of digital uses. The Harry Fox Agency has entered its first-ever online lyric licensing arrangement. Under the deal with LyricFind, HFA-affiliated publishers will have the option to participate on a commission ...

  42. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: A CAPITOL IDEA

    September 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislative issues and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings now in play—they include rights and royalty rates in everything from ringtones, webcasts and satellite transmissions to "orphaned" works of Legislative issues and Copyright Royal ...

  43. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: A CAPITOL IDEA

    September 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislative issues and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings now in play—they include rights and royalty rates in everything from ringtones, webcasts and satellite transmissions to "orphaned" works of Legislative issues and Copyright Royal ...

  44. Partial Settlement Reached Over Digital Royalty Rates

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Groups agree on rates for mobile and online uses. A partial settlement over publishers' royalty rates for digital uses was reached today (Sept. 29) as U.K. Copyright Tribunal proceeding were scheduled to begin in London. British labels' ...

  45. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  46. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  47. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New patent strategy planned before end 2006. New patent strategy planned before end 2006. News ...

  48. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Board refers compulsory license question. News ...

  49. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Whether a publisher must license a composition for ringtones or master ringtones under a compulsory license is now a question for the Copyright Office. The Copyright Royalty Board referred the question to ...

  50. P2P Sues P2P

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Patent rights at stake. Patent rights at stake. News ...

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