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  1. Opinion: Music Labels Are No Longer Gatekeepers, by David Balto

    June 27, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division has fostered no small amount of conversation, opinion and commentary, and we're happy to host all three on ou ...

  2. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  3. EMI-Universal Merger: Labels Gave $500K to Senators Probing Anti-Trust Claims

    June 21, 2012 4:00 PM EDT At least half the members of subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met Thursday to hear testimony on the anti-trust implications of the pending Universal Music-EMI merger, have received campaign contributions from the two music ind ...

  4. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  5. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  6. ISPs to Roll Out Copyright Alert Systems This Year, CCI's New Executive Director Says

    April 02, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Expect U.S. Internet service providers to roll out their "copyright alert systems" later this year, says Jill Lesser, the newly appointed executive director of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The July 2011 memorandum of under ...

  7. FCC Plans To Nix National Wireless Network

    February 16, 2012 6:43 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal officials plan to kill a proposal to build a new national high-speed wireless network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices. The Federal Communications Commission sought comm ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Cary Sherman

    January 26, 2012 9:05 PM EST No. 76 Cary Sherman Chairman/CEO RIAA Your man in Washington ... At a time when major-label groups are struggling to defend and monetize their intellectual property, it helps that their chief advocate on Capitol Hill is a veteran IP attorney. RIAA ...

  9. Rhapsody CPO Brendan Benzing Talks Napster Acquisition @ Future of Music Conference

    October 03, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Rhapsody Chief Product Officer Brendan Benzing sat on a panel called "New Frontiers in Mobile & Music and spoke about his company's acquisition of Napster today. (Photo: Sarah Godfrey) Shortly after news of Rhapsody's acquisitio ...

  10. Business Matters: Live Nation, Popjustice, RIAA, UMG and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The analyst consensus, according to Barrons, is that Live Nation will take a financial hit this summer but its stock has been punished too much. Barrons talks to some analysts (whose investor notes have been mentioned in this column in recent w ...

  11. ACTA Not Urging Adoption Of Three-Strikes

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital rights advocates and a computer industry trade group criticized the newly released draft text of an international agreement to toughen penalties for copyright theft. The European Union's executive branch and the U.S. Trade Repres ...

  12. Business Matters: Lady Gaga, SeatGeek, Ke$ha and More

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Lady Gaga 's videos three main videos ("Poker Face," "Bad Romance" and "Just Dance") have surpassed 1 billion views worldwide, according to Visible Measures figures posted at TechCrunch. Soulja Boy's &quo ...

  13. Bush Signs Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on h ...

  14. Politician Eyes Taxpayer Money For Piracy War

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record labels' attempt to curb music piracy on campuses nationwide picked up support this week when a Florida congressman introduced legislation that would allow colleges to use federal funds to reduce student piracy. Rep. Rick Keller, R- ...

  15. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing Nov. 16 to debate whether or not the "fair use" section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, researchers and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House Commerce ...

  16. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing today (Nov. 16) to debate whether or not the 'fair use' section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, research A House Commerce Committee panel hel ...

  17. Coalition Seeks Digital Radio Copyright Protection

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of music industry groups ranging from the RIAA to the Gospel Music Assn. is urging Congress to approve legislation that would ensure that copyrighted works are protected during digital rad WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A ...

  18. Grokster: Tech Companies Respond

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Concerns about innovation abound. Filetrading companies were less than thrilled with today's Supreme Court (June 27) ruling against fellow P2P company Grokster. But they weren't alone in expressing concern about how the decision may chal ...

  19. GROKSTER COVERAGE: Official Responses

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups, Congressional leaders and other interested parties offer early responses. Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) "VSDA is gratified that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for those who intent ...

  20. Groups Ask Court To Overturn "Broadcast Flag"

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of nine public-interest groups ranging from the American Library Assn. to the Consumers Union are telling the federal court here that it needs to overturn the Federal Communication Commiss WASHINGTON, D.C. ( The Hollywood Reporter ) -- ...

  21. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and presented it to Senate leaders on Aug. 25. WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Electronics Assn. (CEA) and ...

  22. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New language would change focus to 'mass infringers.' The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and today (Aug. 25) presented it to Se ...