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  1. GEMA Strikes Alliance With Austrian Rights Bodies

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German authors' rights society GEMA and its Austrian counterparts AKM and Austro Mechana are to forge a new partnership in 2008 to promote music from German-speaking Europe, Billboard.biz has learned. The creation of the alliance follows ongo ...

  2. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  3. Court Denies Webcasters Petition

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal court has denied a petition to delay the July 15 due date of 2006 royalty payments Internet Radio outlets must pay SoundExchange under the new rates, set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) May 1. However, the decision does not affect t ...

  4. Feedback Mixed Over CISAC, EC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Composer and performer groups have backed the provisional deal CISAC agreed with the European Commission to reform the way royalties are collected. However, the plans are being vigorously opposed by media and telecom giants, who say the changes wi ...

  5. EC, CISAC Make Progress On Royalties Issue

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has appealed to the music sector to say whether the planned reforms in the way royalties are collected are enough to ensure that collecting societies are not operating a de facto monopoly. The market testing call comes afte ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Mobile Entertainment Renaissance The next issue of Billboard (dated March 31) will feature the first-ever top 10 list of artists who are doing the most innovative things in mobile entertainment. It's fascinating to see the broad ways ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. Copyright Board To Rehear Positions On Webcaster Fees

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Webcasters are getting a second chance to make their case against the decision to raise royalty fees of Internet radio services. Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Scott Sledge issued a one-paragraph order Tuesday (March 20), granting a rehearing ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. CRB Sets Webcaster Rates

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) released its 115-page decision earlier this week (March 6) setting performance royalty rates for streaming sound recordings over the Internet. The rates apply to non-interactive webcasts and simulcasts by services ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. ASCAP Reports Record Revenues

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST ASCAP has reported record revenues of $785 million for 2006, royalty payments to members of $680 million, and an all-time low operating expense ratio of 12.0%, the performing rights organization revealed today (March 6). Revenues exceeded those of ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 9,000 Artists, 2,000 Indie Labels Owed Royalties

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange trying to locate them by Dec. 15. SoundExchange is trying to locate about 9,000 recording artists and 2,000 independent record companies before Dec. 15 when their claims for performance royalties will no longer be accepted for 1996 t ...

  19. Taiwan's Kuro Pays $9.1m Damages

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Owners plan new, legal service. Owners plan new, legal service. News ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Legal Matters

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fighting intellectual property theft is still high on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its Task Force on Intellectual Property released its first formal progress report. Read Susan Butler Fighting intellectual property theft is still ...

  22. Medress Joins SoundExchange

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work to contact performers owed royalties. Hank Medress has joined the performance rights organization SoundExchange as a special consultant of artist membership. Medress, a songwriter, producer, music industry executive and original member o ...

  23. Harry Fox Appoints Chief Info Officer

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gilchrist moves to role from ProLink Comm. The Harry Fox Agency has appointed Samuel Gilchrist as chief information officer. He will be in charge of the IT Client Solutions department in New York, reporting to president/CEO Gary Churgin. Gilchrist ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Royalty Fees Rise For Canadian Radio Stations

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian broadcasters have slammed an Oct. 14 decision by the Copyright Board of Canada -- a federal government regulatory tribunal -- that significantly boosts royalty fees that Canadian radio statio TORONTO -- Canadian broadcasters have slammed ...

  28. Royalty Fees Rise For Canadian Radio Stations

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters call decision "unreasonable." Canadian broadcasters have slammed a decision on Friday (Oct. 14) by the Copyright Board of Canada--a federal government regulatory tribunal--that significantly boosts royalty fees that Canadian ...

  29. Collecting Licensing Up For Overhaul

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has started the process to overhaul the European Union's complex rules on collective licensing for online music. LONDON -- The European Commission has started the process to overhaul the European Union's complex r ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. EC Opens Consultation With BUMA, SABAM

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said Aug. 17 it has launched a public consultation on the plans by Dutch royalty collecting society BUMA and its Belgian counterpart SABAM to scrap online music licensing restr BRUSSELS -- The European Commission said Aug. ...

  33. EC Opens Consultation With BUMA, SABAM

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) it has launched a public consultation on the plans by Dutch royalty collecting society BUMA and its Belgian counterpart SABAM to scrap online music licensi The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) i ...

  34. EC Opens Consultation With BUMA, SABAM

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) it has launched a public consultation on the plans by Dutch royalty collecting society BUMA and its Belgian counterpart SABAM to scrap online music licensi The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) i ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. SoundExchange Extends Digital Audio Royalty Deadline

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record companies and recording artists now have six more months to claim undistributed digital audio transmission royalties from SoundExchange for the years 1996-2000. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Record companies and recording artists now have six more mo ...

  38. SoundExchange Extends Digital Audio Royalty Deadline

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Labels, artists have until Dec. 31. Record companies and recording artists now have six more months to claim undistributed digital audio transmission royalties from SoundExchange for the years 1996-2000. The artist/label collection group's bo ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Copyright Office Seeks Comments On DAS Reporting

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the way certain digital audio services report their use of sound recordings to copyright owners is April 14. NEW YORK -- The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright O ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. ASCAP Reports Record Year

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. LOS ANGELES -- ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights org ...

  44. ASCAP Reports Record Year

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court of Appe WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SoundExchange, the label/a ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Digital $$'s Stream In

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the label/artist royalty collection group, is sending out $6.5 million in sound-recording performance royalties to recording artists and record company copyright owners in its fall 2004 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SoundExchange, the label/a ...

  50. Time Running Out For Artists' Digital Royalties

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The clock is ticking for musicians to register to claim their share of the initial batch of royalties collected from U.S. digital airplay via satellite radio, Internet radio and cable/direct TV radio. The clock is ticking for musicians to register ...

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