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  1. Publishers Have An Option

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST MIDEM has been a traditional meeting place for music publishers -- especially independent publishers seeking foreign representation of their catalogs through subpublishers. Michael Closter is founder and president of Reach Global, a New York- and ...

  2. Copyright Law Needs Update For Digital Era

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Last month, at <i>Billboard</i>'s inaugural Digital Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles, senior executives of several online music services answered one critical question with surprising unanimity Jonathan Potter is executive ...

  3. GEMA Supported In IFPI Royalty Dispute

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Germany's arbitration tribunal ruled Dec. 9 in favor of authors' society GEMA in its conflict with the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on royalty rates. HAMBURG -- Germany's arbitration tribunal ruled Dec. 9 ...

  4. GEMA Supported In IFPI Royalty Dispute

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Germany's arbitration tribunal ruled yesterday (Dec. 9) in favor of authors society GEMA in its conflict with the IFPI on royalty rates. Germany's arbitration tribunal ruled yesterday (Dec. 9) in favor of authors society GEMA in its conf ...

  5. HFA Streamlines Live-CD Licensing

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Companies that want to make CDs or digital files of concerts available right after the show can now streamline the mechanical licensing process, which has presented hurdles for promoters in the past. Companies that want to make CDs or digital file ...

  6. HFA Streamlines Live-CD Licensing

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Companies that want to make CDs or digital files of concerts available right after the show can now streamline the mechanical licensing process, which <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archives Companies that want to make CDs or dig ...

  7. UMG, WMG Form Joint Royalty-Accounting Firm

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Services seen as cost-saving strategy. Royalty Services seen as cost-saving strategy. News ...

  8. ASCAP, Radio Stations Reach $1.7B Deal

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Agreement covers licenses for broadcasts, simulcasts. In what is being touted as the largest single licensing deal in radio history, ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced today (Oct. 18) a $1.7 billion agreement covering com ...

  9. SoundExchange, Somexfon Forge Ties

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Deal covers royalty distribution to U.S., Mexican indies. Deal covers royalty distribution to U.S., Mexican indies. News ...

  10. Case Analysis: Compulsory Mechanical License And Distribution Contract Terms

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An indie label's lawsuit against its distributor, Artemis Records, and competitor Sony Music Entertainment was thrown out of federal court Sept. 20 because the label didn't follow the Copyright Act's An indie label's lawsuit ag ...

  11. Compromise Bill Strengthens Audit Rights

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT SB 1034, effective Jan. 1, 2005 as Civil Code sections 2500 and 2501, affords recording artists some additional muscle to audit record companies, but there are many significant differences between the Michael R. Morris is president of the Californ ...

  12. Senate Committee Passes CARP Reform Bill

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Sept. 21) passed the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000454388">House-approved</A> Copyright Royalty an The Senate Judiciary Com ...

  13. California Codifies Audit Rights

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A new California law codifies some customary audit provisions in recording contracts and requires other provisions that many contracts forbid. NEW YORK -- A new California law codifies some customary audit provisions in recording contracts and req ...

  14. Internet Patent Search Now Available

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, anyone with access to the Internet can track the status of a U.S. public patent application as it moves through the approval process. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time, anyone with access to the Internet can track the stat ...

  15. Harry Fox Agency Developing Live-Concert CD Licensing Program

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency Inc. (HFA) is developing a program to pre-license its repertoire to companies that record and manufacture CDs of live concert performances on-site, according to HFA senior VP/gene NEW YORK -- The Harry Fox Agency Inc. (HFA) is ...

  16. Germany Arbitrators Hear GEMA, IFPI Dispute

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The arbitration committee of the German Patents and Brands office in Munich sat today for seven hours to hear the dispute between the IFPI and German authors rights society GEMA over the country's mec The arbitration committee of the German P ...

  17. Brit Government To Face The Music In Court

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT PPL takes legal action over royalty directive. PPL takes legal action over royalty directive. News ...

  18. Songwriter Slaps EMI Pub With Suit

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Action claims company withheld royalties. Action claims company withheld royalties. News ...

  19. Songwriter Slaps EMI Pub With Suit

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Action claims company withheld royalties. Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out ...

  20. Royalty Bill Passes California Senate

    July 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A California bill regarding artists' rights to audit royalties passed the state Senate today (July 1) and has gone to the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature. A California bill regarding artists' rights to audit royalt ...

  21. ISPs Win Canadian Downloading Case

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Web 'intermediaries' do not need to pay royalties. Web 'intermediaries' do not need to pay royalties. News ...

  22. ISPs Win Canadian Downloading Case

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by Web customers. Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service ...

  23. ISPs Win Canadian Downloading Case

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by Web customers. Canada's Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that Internet service ...

  24. SoundExchange, PPL Forge Reciprocal Deals

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U.S., U.K. societies to work together on royalties. U.S., U.K. societies to work together on royalties. News ...

  25. Calif. Royalty Bill Passes Committee

    June 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation headed to Assembly floor. California State Sen. Kevin Murray's quest to help recording artists collect unpaid royalties took a huge step toward becoming reality today in Sacramento. The bill received unanimous support in the Calif ...

  26. French Collecting Societies Forge Alliance

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After a 17-year feud, French rights societies Adami and Spedidam agreed June 10 to form a joint society to administer, collect and distribute royalties on behalf of their members. The alliance, which PARIS -- After a 17-year feud, French rights so ...

  27. Final Vote Set For California Royalty Bill

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The crusade by California State Sen. Kevin Murray to help recording artists collect unpaid royalties is approaching the finish line. His legislation, dubbed the Recording Industry Accounting Practice SACRAMENTO -- The crusade by California State S ...

  28. French Collecting Societies Unite

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT French artists' and performers' rights societies Adami and Spedidam have today agreed to form a strategic alliance to manage the collection and distribution of royalties to their members through one s French artists' and performers& ...

  29. Blanket License For File Sharing: Easier Said Than Done

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Despite all of the efforts by the record industry -- including educational initiatives, Congressional lobbying and lawsuits -- illegal file sharing of copyrighted music continues to thrive and poses a Despite all of the efforts by the record indus ...

  30. House To Re-Examine DMCA Digital Royalty Issue

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A House copyright panel will soon announce an oversight hearing to review a section of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that deals with the performance right for digital sound recordin WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House copyright panel wi ...

  31. WIPO Meets To Discuss Patent Law

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) met May 10-14 in Geneva to discuss future directions to harmonize patent law. The Standing Committee on the L LONDON -- Representatives from member states of ...

  32. Legal Matters

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As CD sales plummet, songwriters are earning more from performance royalties for radio airplay. Read Samantha Chang's column. As CD sales plummet, songwriters are earning more from performance royalties for radio airplay. Read Samantha Chang& ...

  33. Update: Labels Agree To $50 Million Payout

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Thousands of artists to get unclaimed royalties. Thousands of artists to get unclaimed royalties. News ...

  34. BMI Cuts Deals With Monitoring Services

    May 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Radio census data to factor into royalty payments. Radio census data to factor into royalty payments. News ...

  35. Labels Agree To $50 Million Payout

    May 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/legal_management/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000502226">As expected</A>, the five major labels and the Harry Fox Agency have entered into a se As expected , the five m ...

  36. Update: Labels Agree To $50 Million Payout

    May 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/legal_management/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000502226">As expected</A>, the five major labels and the Harry Fox Agency have entered into a se As expected , the five m ...

  37. Internet Music Copyright Rules Worry EU

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has warned societies which collect royalties on behalf of musicians that they may be breaking competition rules by extending their national monopolies into the world of the Int The European Commission has warned societies w ...

  38. Live365 To Offer Licensing To Its Webcasters

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio network Live365 has inked deals with rights societies ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to offer discounted Internet licenses to select Live365 broadcasters. Internet radio network Live365 has inked deals with rights societies ASCAP, BMI and SES ...

  39. Microsoft Settles DRM Suit With InterTrust

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Patent-infringement settlement totals $440 mil. Patent-infringement settlement totals $440 mil. News ...

  40. Clear Channel Gets Patent For Instant Live

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acquired a U.S. patent for its Instant Live post-concert CD technology. CCE says the patent was granted "for the business method of creating and distributing conc Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acq ...

  41. Clear Channel Gets Patent For Instant Live

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acquired a U.S. patent for its Instant Live post-concert CD technology. CCE says the patent was granted "for the business method of creating and distributing conc Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acq ...

  42. ASCAP Take On Digital-Download Royalties A Joke

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP is now attempting to claim that both a mechanical royalty and a performance royalty are owed for digital downloads. U.S. copyright law grants musical works rights holders various exclusive rights, including the right to reproduction and the ...

  43. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are ha ...

  44. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. <br clear="no NLRB Dismisses 'Virtual Music ...

  45. Royalties: An Auditor's Perspective

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Many recording agreements still calculate royalties based on a percentage of the retail price, although there appears to be a slow migration to ward wholesale-based contracts. Considering there are no Many recording agreements still calculate roya ...

  46. U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rules

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office on March 11 published its long-awaited interim regulations announcing notice and recordkeeping requirements for the use of sound recordings under two statutory licenses under WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Copyright Office on ...

  47. Blades Settles Suit Vs. Labels, Pub Firms

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Latin star alleged breach of earlier royalty settlement. Latin star alleged breach of earlier royalty settlement. News ...

  48. Royalties: An Auditor's Perspective (Part 1 of 2)

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although the main function of an auditor is to determine whether royalties are being paid in accordance with an agreement, there are certain areas where a knowledgeable auditor can assist an artist's NEW YORK--Most royalty auditors come into ...

  49. House Passes Intellectual Property Bills

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST The House of Representatives passed two major intellectual property bills yesterday (March 3): the Patent and Trademark Act and the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act. Both bipartisan bills The House of Representatives passed two major ...

  50. Battle Royal(ties) Heats Up Between Boy George, Virgin Records

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Boy George and the members of his band Culture Club are suing Virgin Records for failing to account royalties due on a compilation album called "Greatest Moments." LONDON--Boy George and the members of his band Culture Club are suing Vir ...

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