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  1. German Biz Contracts In H1

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The German recorded-music market in the first half shrank in volume to 68.3 million units, down 3.4% from the corresponding period in 2005, according to German labels body BPW. The BPW does not break The German recorded-music market in the first h ...

  2. Portugal In Hot Water Over Library Royalties

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday (July 6) that Portugal broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of goods such as C The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday ( ...

  3. GESAC Slams Digital One-Stop-Shop Appeal

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A joint-appeal by European music, media and associated businesses for a one-stop-shop to handle digital licensing was questioned Tuesday (June 20) by collective licensing and consumer groups. A joint-appeal by European music, media and associated ...

  4. Feds Launch Probe Against Apple

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Looks at possible infringement of Creative patent. Looks at possible infringement of Creative patent. News ...

  5. Musicrypt Sues Destiny Media, Promo Only

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit claims patent infringement. Canadian digital media distribution company Musicrypt Inc. has filed a $15 million lawsuit alleging patent infringement against Destiny Media Technologies Inc., Destiny Software Productions Inc. of Vancouver, Promo ...

  6. NMPA, DiMA Offer Digital Licensing Solution

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Presented in hearing held by House Subcommittee. The National Music Publishers' Assn. and the Digital Media Assn. have come up with a proposed solution to streamline the licensing of compositions for audio-only digital deliveries of music. A ...

  7. Creative Sues Apple

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims iPod's infringe Creative patent. Claims iPod's infringe Creative patent. News ...

  8. House Bill Aims To Harmonize Digital Rates

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Would to royalty payments based on same standards. Would to royalty payments based on same standards. News ...

  9. House Bill Aims To Harmonize Digital Rates

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mary Bono (R-Calif.) introduced last night (May 11) a bill to harmonize rate-setting standards for licensing digital rights in sound recordings. It would requir U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mary B ...

  10. The Orchard, Harry Fox Enter Agreement

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aims to ensure compliance, payment for indies. Digital distributor The Orchard and The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA) have entered a licensing arrangement for full, permanent digital downloads. "We have a responsibility to our labels and also t ...

  11. Sidebar: Sony BMG Sued

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT How much should labels be paying? How much should labels be paying artists for downloads? It’s been debated almost since day one of the digital music era. When a CD is sold, contracts typically provide that artists receive a royalty—often 10%-14% ...

  12. Sirius CEO: We'll Pay More For Music Exclusives

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Karmazin willing to pay labels higher royalties. Karmazin willing to pay labels higher royalties. News ...

  13. Harry Fox, BMG Columbia House Enter Licensing Deal

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Follows HFA's objection to proposed settlement. The Harry Fox Agency has entered into a mechanical licensing deal for record clubs with BMG Columbia House, the largest U.S. direct-to-customer distributor of music and movies. The deal follows ...

  14. Judge Halts Notorious B.I.G. Album Sales

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Ready to Die' pulled in royalties legal feud. 'Ready to Die' pulled in royalties legal feud. News ...

  15. Marley Bassist Barrett Seeks $105M In Court Case

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Royalties battle could last three weeks. Royalties battle could last three weeks. News ...

  16. Young MC Busts A Lawsuit On Publisher

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Claims Varry White Music failed to pay royalties. Young MC has filed a lawsuit against music publishing company Varry White Music, Inc., for failing to pay royalties for songs the rapper wrote. The compositions were penned for his at-the-time Deli ...

  17. ASCAP Revenues Up $50M In 2005

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST ASCAP reported increased revenues for 2005 totaling more than $749 million, $50 million more than the prior year. The 6% increase resulted in royalty payments to members topping $645 million. ASCAP reported increased revenues for 2005 totaling mor ...

  18. Commission Closes Probe Into Philips CD-R Patent

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Dutch electronics firm cuts royalty rate on discs. Dutch electronics firm cuts royalty rate on discs. News ...

  19. Sources: Brussels To Challenge Collecting Societies

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC to issue 'Statement of Objections.' The European Commission will next week challenge Europe's collecting societies over their arrangements for royalty gathering, Billboard.biz has learned. The Commission -- the European Union ...

  20. The Orchard Launches New Licensing Program

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Helps get music into films, TV, ads, videogames, more. Independent music distribution firm The Orchard introduced a new licensing program designed to help artists and labels get their music into films, TV shows, advertising, videogames and other v ...

  21. First Copyright Royalty Judges Sworn In

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Sledge will serve as chief judge. The first copyright royalty judges were sworn in today (Jan. 11) in Washington, D.C., filling roles created by copyright reform legislation that went into effect last May. James Sledge will serve as chief co ...

  22. Behind the Deal: Patent Law Is Latest 'Player' In MP3 Game

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright law and MP3 files are still center stage as the industry attempts to bring unauthorized file sharers and peer-to-peer operators to justice. But a spotlight is slowly shifting toward intellec Copyright law and MP3 files are still center s ...

  23. Uni Canada Launches Royalty Recovery Plan

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Canada has introduced a royalty recovery program for songwriters and song copyright owners who have had works recorded and released by Universal Music Canada. TORONTO -- Universal Music Canada has introduced a royalty recovery prog ...

  24. BMI Fiscal Numbers Jump In 2005

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New media licensing revenues increased by 114%. BMI this week posted revenues for the fiscal year 2004 -2005 of more than $728 million, an increase of more than 8.3% over the previous year. The revenues resulted in performance royalties to the per ...

  25. UMPG Strikes Rock Publishing Deal

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Licensing and royalty pact covers 5,000-plus titles. Licensing and royalty pact covers 5,000-plus titles. News ...

  26. Behind the Deal: Music Licensing Reform & Proposed Bills

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For more than a year, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has been holding hearings on music licensing needs in the digital age. It has For more than a year, the U.S. House Judic ...

  27. French Broadcaster Ordered To Pay Royalties In Germany

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice on July 14 ruled that a French radio and television broadcaster would have to pay royalties in Germany where it has a transmitter. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European Court of Justice on July 14 ruled th ...

  28. Brits Row Over Online Licensing Terms

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label's trade body the British Phonographic Industry and some of the United Kingdom's leading online music services have today (June 29) referred to the country's Copyright Tribunal in their dispute w Label's trade body the Bri ...

  29. Brits Row Over Online Licensing Terms

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label's trade body the British Phonographic Industry and some of the United Kingdom's leading online music services have today (June 29) referred to the country's Copyright Tribunal in their dispute w Label's trade body the Bri ...

  30. Copyright Office Proposes License Reform Bill

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Would abolish the compulsory mechanical license. The Copyright Office offered a proposed bill June 21 to House subcommittee leaders that would abolish the compulsory mechanical license for cover recordings and could transform performing right orga ...

  31. Cable Royalty Distribution Affirmed

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed on May 31 the Librarian of Congress' royalty distribution to cable television system operators. NEW YORK -- The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed on May 31 the Librarian of Congr ...

  32. Behind the Deal: Setting European Mechanical Rates

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European mechanical royalty rates are not negotiated individually or set by law as they are set in the United States, where rates for the first recording and release of songs are negotiated between th European mechanical royalty rates are not nego ...

  33. JASRAC Reports Fiscal Year Gains

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers on May 18 reported that collections for the fiscal year ending March 31 rose 1.2% to ¥.110.8 billion ($1 billion). TOKYO -- The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, C ...

  34. GEMA, IFPI Royalty Challenge Concludes

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The long-running mechanical-royalty rate dispute between authors' rights society GEMA and the German affiliate of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry came to an end May 18, when HAMBURG -- The long-running mechanical-roy ...

  35. GEMA, IFPI Dispute Reaches Conclusion

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Germany's mechanical royalty rates dispute has been settled. A long-running conflict between German authors' right society GEMA and the national IFPI affiliate came to an end yesterday (May 18) when a Germany's mechanical royalty ra ...

  36. GEMA, IFPI Dispute Reaches Conclusion

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Germany's mechanical royalty rates dispute has been settled. A long-running conflict between German authors' right society GEMA and the national IFPI affiliate came to an end yesterday (May 18) when a Germany's mechanical royalty ra ...

  37. Hill To Take Look At Licensing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers will soon introduce a bill dealing with streamlined digital music licensing for subscription services. A House panel has nailed down June 23 and June 30 as dates for debate on the prospectiv WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers will soon introd ...

  38. German Arbitrator Rules On Royalty-Rate Battle

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The German affiliate of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has lost its battle to reduce authors' mechanical royalty rates. HAMBURG -- The German affiliate of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ha ...

  39. German Arbitrator Rules On Royalty-Rate Battle

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rate remains at 9.009%. The German affiliate of the IFPI has lost its battle to reduce authors' mechanical royalty rates. The arbitration tribunal of the German Patents and Trademarks Officer ruled yesterday (April 14) that the mechanical roy ...

  40. Case Summary: Royalty Audits and Tolling Contractual Limitations Periods

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a royalty dispute between songwriter James Weatherly and Universal Music Publishing Group, the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles has held that the songwriter's failure to promptly audit did In a royalty dispute between songwriter J ...

  41. Indies Need Options Under Compulsory License Reform: The Case for Competition

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The bitter struggle between music publishers and digital music services over the rates and terms of publishing licenses for online use has caught the attention of Congress -- so much so that an oversi Les Watkins is VP of business affairs and busi ...

  42. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  43. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  44. Behind the Deal: Licensing, Tracking and Paying Royalties for Recorded Music

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST As wireless delivery of music promises to be a big driver of entertainment revenue in the coming years, publishers, labels and artists are actively licensing their rights in music for digital entertai As wireless delivery of music promises to be a ...

  45. Notable News

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST When an artist or songwriter dies, dividing royalties among survivors can be difficult. Read Susan Butler's column. When an artist or songwriter dies, dividing royalties among survivors can be difficult. Read Susan Butler's column. News ...

  46. New Copyright Royalty Judge Invites Rate Input

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Librarian of Congress has appointed veteran attorney Bruce Forrest as the Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. Forrest will serve until May 31, when the Librarian will have appointed three Copyr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Librarian of Congress ...

  47. HFA Reports Gains In 2004

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency says its 2004 royalty collections came to $421 million, an increase of 6.2% over the previous year. NEW YORK -- The Harry Fox Agency says its 2004 royalty collections came to $421 million, an increase of 6.2% over the previous ...

  48. British United Front Takes On U.S.

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music sector are urging U.S. authorities to "ensure that creators and performers are given a fair deal." Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music se ...

  49. British United Front Takes On U.S.

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music sector are urging U.S. authorities to "ensure that creators and performers are given a fair deal." Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music se ...

  50. HFA Reports Gains In 2004

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency says its 2004 royalty collections came to $421 million, an increase of 6.2% over the previous year. The Harry Fox Agency says its 2004 royalty collections came to $421 million, an increase of 6.2% over the previous year. Gary ...

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