Politics

  1. Clay Aiken Wins North Carolina Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

    May 13, 2014 8:22 PM EDT "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his ...

  2. Rappers Pacman & Peso To Film Video in North Korea With $10K+ in Kickstarter Funding

    December 01, 2013 9:00 AM EST Two aspiring American rappers said Saturday that they had filmed part of a music video in North Korea, hoping the novel locale will make a hit. The rappers known as Pacman and Peso did not say where and how they filmed the footage, which their fun ...

  3. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  4. Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy Honored By President Obama at White House

    December 02, 2012 9:28 PM EST From left: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, President Barack Obama, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 2 at an event celebrating 2012's Kennedy Center honorees. (Photo: Brendan Smia ...

  5. Business Matters: How Tuesday's Elections Impact the Music Business

    November 07, 2012 5:00 PM EST The music business lost one of its biggest supporters and a long-time friend in Tuesday's elections. Howard Berman lost his seat in the House after 30 years in office while Mary Bono Mack, widow of the late musician Sony Bono, lost her seat i ...

  6. Silversun Pickups Issue Cease and Desist to Romney Campaign

    August 15, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Silversun Pickups don't want Mitt Romney hitting the "Panic Switch." The Los Angeles band's attorney issued a cease-and-desist on Wednesday over the Republican presidential candidate's use of the 2009 hit in recent campaig ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. New Bill Would Force Canada to Review Copyright Law Every Five Years

    July 09, 2012 4:17 PM EDT A little more than a year since the last copyright reform bill (C-32) died when a general election was called, Canada's Conservative government finally committed to update the country's lagging copyright laws. Bill C-11 was the fourth at ...

  9. European Union to Reject ACTA Treaty

    June 22, 2012 10:59 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - European lawmakers put another nail in ACTA's coffin Thursday, insuring that the controversial anti-counterfeiting treaty will most likely be fail to pass the European Parliament. The Parliament's powerful Internationa ...

  10. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  11. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  12. German Gangsta Rapper Bushido To Launch Political Party

    June 14, 2012 6:02 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Bushido, a German gangsta rapper whose sometimes homophobic lyrics and comments about women have sparked controversy and condemnation here, has unveiled plans to form his own political party. The rapper announced his political a ...

  13. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  14. Dutch Lawmakers Reject ACTA Online Piracy Treaty

    May 30, 2012 6:20 AM EDT THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday urging the government not to sign a controversial international treaty aimed at reining in online piracy. The motion was another setback for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agre ...

  15. White Paper

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  16. German Pirate Party Wins Fourth State Election

    May 14, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - The Pirate Party, once portrayed as a radical fringe group of Internet hackers and copyright thieves, on Sunday proved beyond doubt there are a political force to be reckoned with, claiming their fourth-straight victory in Germa ...

  17. German Pirate Party Scores Third Election Win

    May 07, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Germany's Pirate Party, which calls for copyright law to be radically reformed or abolished, has won a third victory in state elections. The Pirates took 6 seats with 8.2 per cent of the popular vote in state elections in t ...

  18. Congress Moves Ahead With Cybersecurity Bill Despite White House Objections

    April 26, 2012 7:15 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are pushing ahead with legislation to protect the nation's critical infrastructure and corporations from electronic attacks despite Obama administration objections that the legislation fails to protect Ame ...

  19. Video: Watch President Obama Slow-Jam the News With The Roots on 'Jimmy Fallon'

    April 25, 2012 10:08 AM EDT When "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" headed to the University of North Carolina for special taping on Tuesday (Apr. 24), the show received a very special, powerful guest: President Barack Obama. Among other things, the President turned hi ...

  20. Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

    April 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In the coming prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the U.S. government says that it intends to call as witnesses many Hollywood and tech executives, including officials from the Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube and Go ...

  21. Youssou N'dour Named Senegal's Culture & Tourism Minister

    April 05, 2012 7:48 AM EDT DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegalese state television reports that world music icon Youssou N'dour has been named the West African country's minister for culture and tourism. Youssou Ndour Announces Bid for President of Senegal The announce ...

  22. Sean Parker, Al Gore Deliver SXSWi Talk On Power of Tech and Democracy -- Online and Off

    March 13, 2012 9:06 AM EDT Sean Parker and Al Gore took the stage at the SXSWi keynote speech to express one main point: "Democracy no longer works to serves the best interests of the people in this country," Gore said. The two believe that the people have the pow ...

  23. German Music Industry Plots SXSW Events

    March 06, 2012 11:44 AM EST A boat-trip, a lunch with German cuisine under the motto "Wunderbar," and performances by ten German bands are part of the campaign of the German delegation at SXSW to attract attention to the German music market. The German ministry for ...

  24. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload

    March 06, 2012 6:44 AM EST The U.S. government has formally filed papers to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to face trial for breaking copyright laws. The move has been expected for some time. Federal prosecutors filed the case against Megaupload ex ...

  25. Peter Gabriel Wants His Music Removed From Rush Limbaugh Show

    March 06, 2012 6:25 AM EST Advertisers aren't the only ones pulling their products from The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show. In the wake of host Rush Limbaugh's attack on Georgetown student and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, musician Peter Gabriel has moved to have ...

  26. Anonymous Hacker Suspects Arrested In Europe, South America, Says Interpol

    February 29, 2012 7:58 AM EST Interpol said that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America. The international police agency said in a statement Tuesday that the arrests in Argentina, Chile,Col ...

  27. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  28. Sinde Law Piracy Battle Headed to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications

    February 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST Sinde Law Piracy Battle Heads to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications The lines have long been drawn here; it was just a question of time before the epic legal battle over online piracy kicked off. Spain's Supreme Court this week a ...

  29. Newt Gingrich Sued for Using Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' in Campaign

    January 31, 2012 10:12 AM EST CHICAGO (AP) - The composer of the "Rocky III" anthem "Eye of the Tiger" is suing Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to stop him from using the song at campaign events. The federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Chicago ...

  30. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  31. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  34. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against SOPA Blackout

    January 18, 2012 6:19 AM EST MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd came out swinging Tuesday in the fight over pending Internet anti-piracy legislation calling online web sites and tech companies supporting Wednesday's "Blackout Day" protest "irresponsible" and ca ...

  35. New Spanish Gov't Enacts Sinde Anti-Piracy Laws, Opponents Promise A Fight

    January 03, 2012 1:30 PM EST Spain will finally implement its controversial antipiracy act starting in March now that the new conservative government rushed the enactment of the pending codes. Its success though is sure to be tested in courts and on the streets. Jose Ignacio ...

  36. Youssou Ndour Announces Bid for President of Senegal

    January 03, 2012 8:34 AM EST DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - World music icon Youssou Ndour says he plans to run in Senegal's presidential election next month, challenging an 85-year-old incumbent whose plans to seek a third term have sparked violent protests. Ndour, who made the ...

  37. At The Grammy Ballot Box

    December 01, 2011 1:10 PM EST Voters And The Voting Process The Recording Academy -- established in 1957 -- has a voting membership process that has been honed over the years. The first award ceremony was held May 4, 1959, and to date, an estimated 12,000 industry personnel ac ...

  38. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  39. Kate Bush to Release New Studio Album, '50 Words for Snow,' on Anti- Records

    October 03, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Kate Bush newest studio album -- and second release of 2011 -- " 50 Words For Snow ," will be released on Anti- Records in the U.S., the company announced today. The album is due November 21. While the singer's " Director' ...

  40. U2 To Donate $7.2 Million To Irish Music Education

    August 18, 2011 11:00 AM EDT U2 has announcd it is providing five million euros (about $7.2 million) through 2015 to help fund music schooling for Irish children, according to Bloomberg . The news comes in the wake of the government's cuttting spending on education. The ...

  41. U.K. Announces Massive Copyright Reform: Scraps Website Blocking, Allows CD Copying, Music Parodies

    August 03, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Today (August 3), the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by t ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Spain's SGAE Offices Raided, Executives Detained In Financial Investigation

    July 02, 2011 6:03 PM EDT In a stunning piece of news that's dominated the front pages of Spanish newspapers, the offices of the country's powerful Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) have been raided by national police who are investigating the organization fo ...

  44. German Culture Minister Announces Copyright Reform

    May 27, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Frank Briegmann, Left, of Universal Germany and BVMI with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who held informal discussions on German copyright law (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal Music) BERLIN - Bernd Neumann the German minister of culture and m ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. China Sets Up New Agency to Tighten Grip on Internet

    May 05, 2011 7:00 AM EDT BEIJING (Reuters) - China announced a new State Internet Information Office on Wednesday to unify the squabbling agencies that oversee the Chinese Internet, which Beijing views as both a potential gold mine and a political threat. The State Intern ...

  49. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Re-Elected, Arts Groups Concerned About Funding

    May 03, 2011 2:39 PM EDT When the results of Canada's federal election were in last night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative party won a majority government and history was made when the New Democrat Party (NDP) became Official Opposition for the fir ...

  50. How 'The Diggers' Military Tribute Album Was Saved by Australian Rules Football

    April 25, 2011 12:35 PM EDT Charity fundraising album "The Diggers" has been given the go-ahead after the Australian Army called a truce with Warner Music over the project's disputed title. Warner Music had lined-up the album as tribute to defense force person ...

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