Politics

  1. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  2. U.K. Anti-Piracy Law To Allow Appeals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government says it will add measures to the Digital Economy Bill that will create an appeals procedure for those accused of online copyright infringement. Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, confirmed today (March 22) that &q ...

  3. U.K. Digital Economy Bill May Be Rushed Through

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill, which had a muddled passage through the House of Lords , may be rushed through the House of Commons without full scrutiny. Parliament is set to be dissolved in early April for a general election in ...

  4. Charlie Angus Introduces Copyright Amendments

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus , the Canadian party's digital issues critic, has introduced two proposals to amend the Copyright Act. The two proposals, first reported by Billboard.biz last week , are designed to "help b ...

  5. Charlie Angus Set To Propose Canadian MP3 Player Levy

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry sources say Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic, is preparing to enter a private member's bill next week proposing the country's private copying levy should be extended to MP3 ...

  6. Pirate Bay Appeal In September

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The appeal by four defendants convicted April 2009 for their involvement with the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay has been scheduled for Sept. 28. The appeal in Stockholm has been allocated nine days of court time. One defendant, Peter Sunde, ha ...

  7. Concessions To Web Firms In U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The House of Lords is set to make concessions to those who expressed alarm about measures to block Web sites in the government's Digital Economy Bill aimed at tackling piracy. Last week amendment 120A was passed by opposition peers in the Lor ...

  8. ISPs Angry Over U.K. Anti-Piracy Amendment

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has said it is "outraged" after the House of Lords voted through Amendment 120A to the U.K.'s Digital Economy Bill. It would allow the High Court to grant an injunction requiring ISP ...

  9. Michigan Congressmen Speak Out On Performance Rights Act

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two Michigan Democrats spoke out on opposing sides of the Performance Rights Act on Tuesday as the PR campaign on both sides begins to heat up. Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a MusicFirst Coalition press ...

  10. Spanish Indies Challenge Govt On Piracy 'Negligence'

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST A sizeable chunk of the Spanish indie label and distribution sector is preparing to take the government to court on charges of negligence, and demand compensation for the damage done to the sector by "massive free downloading" over the p ...

  11. U.K. Govt Won't Regulate Secondary Tickets

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has decided against introducing regulation for the secondary ticket market, following a consultation on ticketing and scalping. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport decided that legislation could add greater burdens for ...

  12. White Stripes Protests Super Bowl Ad

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The White Stripes plans "strong action" against the Air Force Reserve over its Super Bowl commercial, which the duo claims is an unauthorized re-recording of its song "Fell in Love With a Girl." On its official Web site , the W ...

  13. Rocker Joe Walsh Takes On Namesake Politician

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Another musician is claiming that a political candidate is tone deaf to the nation's intellectual property laws. And this one has an amusing twist. Joe Walsh of the Eagles isn't happy that a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois ...

  14. PRS For Music, iTunes, Strike Pan-European Deal

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed a pan-European performing rights licensing deal with iTunes. Effective immediately, the deal gives iTunes pan-European access to the repertoire of all PRS members for whom it handles performing righ ...

  15. China Says Ways To Resolve Google Issue, U.S. Cautious

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST China sought on Friday (Jan. 15) to play down a threat by Google Inc to quit the country on hacking and censorship concerns, saying any decision by the Internet search giant would not affect U.S. trade ties. The United States said it was too soon ...

  16. U.K. Ministers Water Down Copyright Powers

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. ministers have granted a concession in the Digital Economy Bill, which in its original form would have provided "reserve powers" to introduce legislation to clamp down on any future technology that could enable copyright infringemen ...

  17. Italy's FIMI Welcomes Pirate Bay Ruling

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST FIMI, Italy's major label representative body, has welcomed the ruling made by the country's Cassation appeals court against the Pirate Bay. As previously reported, this ruling was made in late September but, in accordance with Italian j ...

  18. Percy Sutton, Harlem Political Pioneer, Dies

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who revitalized the famed Apollo Theater when the Harlem landmark's demise appeared imminent, has died. He was 89. Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson, confirmed that S ...

  19. Spanish Biz Appeals To Govt On Piracy Plan

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's cultural sector has published an open letter to prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, asking him not to change his mind on the so-called anti-downloads law which is part of broader legislation still being drawn up. A full sessi ...

  20. Borders U.K. To Close Dec. 22 Unless Buyer Emerges

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Borders U.K. will close its doors for the last time on Tuesday (Dec. 22), its administrator has confirmed, unless a buyer emerges. The widely expected decision was relayed to managers in a Dec. 15 conference call. Administrator MCR said it was at ...

  21. Spanish Biz Protests New Anti-Piracy Proposals

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Representatives from the Spanish music, creative and technology industries have reacted furiously to new legislative proposals to tackle digital piracy, outlined by the government. A hurriedly called meeting between culture ministry officials and ...

  22. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  23. U.K. Internet Firms Rail Against Digital Bill

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Several high-profile internet companies, including Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo! Europe, have sent an open letter to Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, opposing new legislation which they say risks harming t ...

  24. Berlin Senator Defends Popkomm Plan

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The controversy about the comeback of the German music fair Popkomm in Berlin in 2010 has entered the next round. The Berlin senator of economics, Harald Wolf, unexpectedly commented on the reproaches of the music industry regarding the return of ...

  25. Japan Set To Extend Posthumous Copyright

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recently elected Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has vowed to extend posthumous copyright protection on compositions from 50 to 70 years. Speaking at a party celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of JASRAC, the Japanese comp ...

  26. U.K. Govt Confirms Digital Legislation

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has confirmed its intention to introduce a Digital Economy Bill, expected to include three-strikes measures that would lead to suspension of Internet access for repeat copyright infringers. The bill "to ensure the communic ...

  27. Outrage Over Wall Blocking Free U2 Berlin Concert

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans hoping to catch a glimpse Thursday of U2's free concert celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall will have to "scale these city walls" after organizers threw up a barrier to block the view for those without ticket ...

  28. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  29. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  30. Lawmakers Call For Performance Rights Act Negotiations

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST With both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee now having approved the Performance Rights Act, the chairman of both committees - respectively Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - with a b ...

  31. German Biz Welcomes Copyright Proposals

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry has welcomed plans for tighter copyright restrictions proposed by the Germany's new coalition government. Germany's new coalition government, comprising the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Soci ...

  32. U.K. Cabinet Minister Promises P2P Legislation

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has promised legislation to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Speaking today (Oct. 28) at "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative industry conf ...

  33. German Gov't To Tighten Copyright Law

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany's new coalition government has pledged to tighten up copyright law, but has shied away from introducing any "three strikes"-style legislation to deter illegal downloading. The new coalition, comprising the conservative Chris ...

  34. Colombian Mayor Cancels Calle 13 Show Over T-shirt

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The mayor of a Colombian provincial capital says he's canceling a January concert by the Puerto Rican band Calle 13 over a T-shirt worn by its lead singer. Mayor Juan Manuel Llano of Manizales said Monday that Rene Perez, or "Residente,& ...

  35. Court Order Required To Tackle U.K. P2P Users

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has told parliamentarians that proposals to tackle illegal file-sharing will require court orders. The government toughened up its proposals in August to include possible suspension of Internet access for file-s ...

  36. Manu Chao To Play Cuba Che Guevara Anniversary Concerts

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French alt-rock artist Manu Chao is in Cuba to play two concerts marking the 42nd anniversary of the assassination in Bolivia of Cuban-Argentine Revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on Oct. 9, 1967. Chao and his band Radio Bemba So ...

  37. President Obama To Host 'Fiesta Latina' At White House

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama will host a special Latin music evening at the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina," will be taped live by Washington D.C. television s ...

  38. Briefs: The Orchard, Verizon Wireless, Google

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Distributor the Orchard has announced a pan-European marketing and physical distribution deal with German CD distributor Intergroove. Under the deal, Intergroove will handle the physical distribution of select Orchard European front line and ca ...

  39. Petition To Bolster Artist Rights To Be Delivered To Obama

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A letter to President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden asking the administration to pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists has garnered nearly 7,000 electronic signatures, according to the Copyright Alliance. "Artists and creators m ...

  40. Cuban Artists Allowed To Perform In US

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in six years, Cuban musicians will be allowed to perform in the United States. The U.S. State Department has supplied visas to veteran singer Omara Portuondo to perform shows in California at the end of October, and also to sing ...

  41. Berlin To Stage Inaugural Music Week In 2010

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The city of Berlin has announced that it will be launching Berlin Music Week in September 2010, incorporating the existing Popkomm trade fair and conference. In June 2009, the October edition of Popkomm in Berlin was canceled due to a lack of inte ...

  42. Pirate Party Founder To Open In The City 2009

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Falkvinge, founder and chairman of controversial Swedish political organization the Pirate Party, has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for this year's In the City (ITC) conference and festival. Held in Manchester, Oct. 18 to ...

  43. Editorial: Playing For Peace

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes' Peace Without Borders concert, slated for Sept. 20 in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución, has unleashed a maelstrom of debate about the ethics of performing in the country. Juanes will perform with Puerto ...

  44. Venezuelan Government Cracks Down On Radio Stations

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The government of President Hugo Chavez revoked the licenses of 32 radio stations and two television stations over the weekend, as part of a plan to tighten control over local media. The plan has caused concern over the ability of the music indust ...

  45. House Democrats Cite Concerns Over Performance Rights Act

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are getting more support from Congress to kill legislation that would impose performance fees on music airplay. A group of 22 House Democrats sent a letter late Friday (July 31) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrat ...

  46. Voting To Open For Annual DJ Poll

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Voting for the DJMag.com 2009 Top 100 DJs Poll will be open on Aug. 3. Votes for the top five DJs of the past 12 months (in order of preference) can be submitted at www.djmag.com/top100djs until Sept. 23. The annual poll draws over 350,000 votes f ...

  47. Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential cam ...

  48. Canadian Copyright Act To Be Reworked

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canada is expected to kick off the reworking of its Copyright Act next week, a process that will include a series of public consultations across the country, according to sources familiar with the plan. The Canadian Conservative government had pre ...

  49. French Govt Reworks 'Three-Strikes' Law

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The "three-strikes" saga continues in France following the Constitutional Council's recent decision canceling the sanction side of the bill (Billboard.biz, June 10), with the government attempting to find a way around the legal ruli ...

  50. 'Three-Strikes' Off Anti-Piracy Agenda In Spain

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's cultural industry has accepted that the proposed disconnection of Internet users who ignore warnings not to download illegally is no longer an option. The about-turn by the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries follows indicati ...

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