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  1. RIAA Chimes In On Net Neutrality

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The debate continued over net neutrality on Capitol Hill today, with RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol weighing in on a bill that would set U.S. broadband policy and mandate an FCC study. Bainwol, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subc ...

  2. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  3. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  4. RIAA Sends 13th Wave of Pre-Litigation Letters

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters to universities this week for its member labels. Another 401 letters went to administrators of 12 universities, who were asked to forward them to the individuals associated with c ...

  5. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  6. Update: EMI Letter To IFPI Surfaces

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI has tendered a conditional resignation from the IFPI, Billboard has learned. The resignation came via a letter obtained by Billboard from EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff to IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy, and would go into effect on Marc ...

  7. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  8. More RIAA Settlement Letters Hit Campuses

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA sent its 11th wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to university campuses this week. The latest group of letters, intended to alert illegal file-sharers that they've been spotted using campus networks, ...

  9. RIAA's 10th Wave of Letters Hits Colleges

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to college administrators in connection with illegal music files shared over the university computer networks. The 417 letters went to 16 universities. A ...

  10. RIAA Sends New Wave Of Pre-Litigation Letters

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ninth wave of pre-litigation letters has been sent by the RIAA to administrators at 19 universities. The letters are part of the ongoing campaign to offer those using university networks to illegally share music to settle claims before they ar ...

  11. NMPA To Honor Songwriters

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. will be awarding songwriters the first-ever gold and platinum certifications based on sales of their recorded compositions beginning this week in Nashville. The awards program will be launched on Oct. 18 w ...

  12. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  13. Mayors' Conference Prioritizes Anti-Piracy Fight

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP ...

  14. RIAA Government Relations Execs Expand Roles

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has promoted Rafael Fernandez and expanded the responsibilities of Joel Flatow, both government relations executives with the labels' trade group. Miami-based Fernandez, formerly VP of Latin Music, is now senior VP of state governmen ...

  15. NMPA Salutes Sedaka, Berman

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Neil Sedaka will be the recipient of the National Music Publishers' Assn. Songwriter Icon Award to be presented at the trade group's annual meeting on June 6 in New York City. Congressman Howard Berman, D-Calif., will be receiving the Pr ...

  16. China, Russia Top USTR Piracy List

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Trade Representative's office released its annual Special 301 report today, which targets countries that are failing to meet certain standards for intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. Joining China and Russia on the priorit ...

  17. U.S. Filing WTO Actions Against China

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States is filing actions against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva tomorrow. The claims charge that China, a member of the WTO, has failed to comply with agreed rules to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) a ...

  18. So. Korea Agrees To Higher IP Protection

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States and the Republic of Korea reached a free trade agreement yesterday that sets high-level standards for protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights. The agreement, not yet available to the public, also reportedly extends ...

  19. 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- ...

  20. RIAA Targets More Students

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has sent a second wave of pre-litigation settlement letters for the major labels to universities where there is a high number of illegal file sharing today (March 21). As part of a new "deterrence and education" initiative begun ...

  21. RIAA Launches New College Anti-Piracy Initiative

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA is launching a new anti-piracy program to encourage illegal P2P users to settle infringement claims before the record companies file a lawsuit against them. The program begins today (Feb. 28) with 400 pre-litigation letters going out to 1 ...

  22. Court Denies XM Request To Dismiss Music Label Suit

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge today (Jan. 19) denied XM Satellite Radio's attempt to dismiss the lawsuit brought by major labels over the XM players which record, library and retain music broadcast by the service. In a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Court ...

  23. Senators Reintroduce PERFORM Act

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators reintroduced a bill today (Jan. 11) aimed at protecting copyrighted materials distributed by cable, satellite and Internet radio services. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexand ...

  24. U.S., Russian Gov'ts Sign Bilateral Pact

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pact sealed Nov. 19. Russian promises to beef up intellectual property protection are part of the bilateral market access agreement signed yesterday (Nov. 19) by the United States and Russian governments. The agreement takes Russia, the largest pi ...

  25. Court: StreamCast Liable for Inducing Infringement

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Final Grokster party loses fight. StreamCast Networks has lost its fight against major record labels, music publishers and movie studios in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case. The federal District Court in Los Angeles granted a summary judgment to ...

  26. House Holds Piracy Hearing

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Held Sept. 26. A House education subcommittee held its first-ever hearing today (Sept. 26) to review how well higher education and the entertainment industries are working together to combat piracy. Testifying before members of the Subcommittee on ...

  27. eDonkey Settles With Majors To Tune Of $30m

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT eDonkey owners are the latest peer-to-peer operators to settle copyright infringement claims with the major labels. In a consent judgment filed today (Sept. 12), MetaMachine, Sam Yagan and Jed McCaleb eDonkey owners are the latest peer-to-peer ope ...

  28. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Settlement applies to P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to- ...

  29. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Covers P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to-peer network Ka ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. House Bill Aims To Harmonize Digital Rates

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mary Bono (R-Calif.) introduced last night (May 11) a bill to harmonize rate-setting standards for licensing digital rights in sound recordings. It would requir U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mary B ...

  32. U.S. Releases Annual IP Rights Report

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT China, Russia featured prominently. The U.S. Trade Representative's office released its annual report today (April 28) on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual-property rights (IPR) protection. China and Russia are among 13 countries ...

  33. RIAA Wins Suit Against Flea Market

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Owners and operators of one of the largest flea markets on the East Coast have been found liable for copyright infringement for their vendors selling illegal copies of CDs and cassettes. Owners and operators of one of the largest flea markets on t ...

  34. Update: IP Legislation Flagged Up For Digital Services

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.S. legislation was introduced yesterday (March 2) designed to protect intellectual property transmitted over digital radio services. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.) introduced the Audio Broadcast Flag L U.S. legislation was introduced yesterday (Mar ...

  35. RIAA File New Lawsuits Against File Traders

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Brought against 750 individuals. RIAA-member labels filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits today (Feb. 28) against 750 individuals for distributing copyrighted music over peer-to-peer services without permission. The "John Doe&q ...

  36. Gov't Convicts 'Apocalypse Crew'

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cracks down on pre-release piracy groups. The first federal criminal convictions of members from pre-release music piracy groups were announced today (Feb. 28) by the Department of Justice. The four individuals had been arrested as a result of Ope ...

  37. Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Anti-Piracy Law

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sets new felony threshold at 100 units. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law today (Feb. 22) a measure that makes it a felony to possess 100 or more audio recordings when the name of the owner or artist is concealed for some c ...

  38. RIAA Files New Round Of Lawsuits

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST targeted for illegally distributed copyrighted music. RIAA-member record companies filed a new round of "John Doe" copyright infringement lawsuits today (Jan. 31) against 750 individuals. These suits come less than a month after the ...

  39. Senators Set March Timetable for NAB-RIAA Pact

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Eyeing March/April to begin writing legislation. Tuesday morning’s (Feb. 24) Senate Commerce Committee was supposed to hash out some of the key issues surrounding the use of a broadcast flag to protect the copyright holders of video and audio cont ...

  40. NAB's Rehr Reaches Out to RIAA

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wants 'workable solution to content protection issues.' NAB president/CEO David Rehr wants to find a “workable solution to content protection issues” that are high on the RIAA’s list of concerns and he spelled out some key points to that ...

  41. U.S. Senate Puts Pressure On Russian Gov't

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late last night (Dec. 21) calling on the Russian Federation to provide effective protection for intellectual property or risk not being accepted into the Worl The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late ...

  42. Sony BMG Recalls CDs

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG is pulling millions of copy-protected CDs from U.S. store shelves in response to a mounting controversy over software contained on the discs that behaves like spyware. NEW YORK -- Sony BMG is pulling millions of copy-protected CDs from U. ...

  43. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Labels, indie promoters not focus.' A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation today (Nov. 18) that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged " ...

  44. Grokster Service Shuts Down

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owners and operators of the Grokster peer-to-peer network -- the lead and most well-known defendant in one of the Supreme Court's seminal decision this year -- agreed Nov. 7 to shut down operation WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The owners and operat ...

  45. Wurld Media Adds To Board Of Directors

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jason Berman currently Chairman Emeritus of IFPI. Wurld Media has added Jason Berman to the company's board of directors. Wurld Media made the announcement following recent news that they had secured both a new financial team and internal gen ...

  46. Grokster Service Shuts Down

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The owners and operators of the Grokster peer-to-peer (P2P) network--the lead and most well-known defendants in one of the Supreme Court's seminal decisions this year--agreed today (November 7) to shu The owners and operators of the Grokster ...

  47. U.S. Trade Reps Send Warning To China

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has sent China a letter warning that the country needs to enforce its criminal penalties for piracy or face penalties as a World Trade Organization m WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The office of the U.S. Tra ...

  48. U.S. Trade Reps Send Warning To China

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Enforce piracy penalties or face consequences.' The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has sent China a letter warning that the country needs to enforce its criminal penalties for piracy or face penalties as a WTO member. US ...

  49. Grand Jury Indicts In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection wit ...

  50. Indictments In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Charged with criminal copyright infringement. A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals yesterday (Oct. 12) in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. Ye Teng Wen and Hao He of Union City, Cal ...

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