Recording Industry Association of America

  1. EC Issues Objections To Sony BMG Merger

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainment confirmed today (May 24) that they have received the European Commission's Statement of Objections concerning the proposed merger of their recorded music di Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainme ...

  2. EC Issues Objections To Sony BMG Merger

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainment confirmed today (May 24) that they have received the European Commission's Statement of Objections concerning the proposed merger of their recorded music di Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainme ...

  3. RIAA Continues Litigation Campaign With 517 Suits

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 'John Does' joined by 24 named defendants. The RIAA today (May 24) filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits in its ongoing campaign against online peer-to-peer file-sharing. The trade organization once again utilized its &quo ...

  4. Film Studios Mull Piracy Lawsuits

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated. Ex-Exec Sues Label For Slander Ex-Fox Workers ...

  5. Connecticut Man Fined for Downloading Music

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Internet. A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Interne ...

  6. Connecticut Man Fined for Downloading Music

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Internet. A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Interne ...

  7. RIAA: Latin Piracy Seizures Up In 2003

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's efforts to tackle Latin music piracy are paying off. The music industry's efforts to tackle Latin music piracy are paying off. The RIAA today (May 11) released its physical-goods piracy roundup for 2003, revealing th ...

  8. RIAA: Latin Piracy Seizures Up In 2003

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Year-on-year confiscations up 40%. The music industry's efforts to tackle Latin music piracy are paying off. The RIAA today (May 11) released its physical-goods piracy roundup for 2003, revealing that its new beefed-up initiatives resulted in ...

  9. Artists Divided On File-Sharing

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Retailers, consumers and the Recording Industry Assn. of America have been debating file-sharing issues ad nauseum. Now, it's the musician's turn. Artists are sharply divided on whether they think file-sharing is a good or evil force for ...

  10. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann. The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the planned merger between the mus ...

  11. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has resumed its investigation into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann, naming a new deadline for its decision. The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the p ...

  12. UMG Nash Finalizes DreamWorks Merger

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Move follows UMG's recent purchase of DreamWorks. Move follows UMG's recent purchase of DreamWorks. News ...

  13. Woman Fined For Ignoring RIAA Charges

    May 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has fined a Connecticut woman $6,000 for lack of response to an RIAA lawsuit accusing her of downloading copyright-protected music from the Internet. A federal judge has fined a Connecticut woman $6,000 for lack of response to an R ...

  14. Tennessee Expels Napster's Music Offer

    May 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster, which in a previous incarnation was the engine behind music piracy on college campuses, has been derailed in its attempt to bring legal downloading to Tennessee's state universities. Napster, which in a previous incarnation was the e ...

  15. Vivendi Reports First-Quarter Loss

    May 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT UMG revenue dipped 11% to $1.2 billion. UMG revenue dipped 11% to $1.2 billion. News ...

  16. P2P Developers Aim For Anonymous Networks

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While media companies step up their legal crackdown on Internet song-swappers, separate teams of software developers -- from the Middle East to Madrid -- are toiling away on a foiling technology: an a While media companies step up their legal crac ...

  17. Industry Sues New Round Of File-Sharers

    April 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT RIAA accuses 477, including university network users. RIAA accuses 477, including university network users. News ...

  18. Industry Sues New Round Of File-Sharers

    April 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA filed a new round of copyright-infringement cases against suspected file-sharers today (April 28). Today's actions accused 477 people, including 69 users of networks at 14 universities, of il The RIAA filed a new round of copyright-i ...

  19. UMG Execs Discussing Future

    April 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives of Universal Music Group are scheduled to meet with analysts in Europe and the United States this week to map out the future of the world's biggest music company. Top executives of Universal Music Group are scheduled to meet wi ...

  20. RIAA Drops Amnesty Program

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has ended a program that offered to prevent people from being sued by recording companies if the downloaders admitted to illegally sharing music online, according to court documents. The RIAA has ended a program that offered to prevent pe ...

  21. Competition Concerns Snag Sony, BMG

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Sony-BMG merger won't be cleared by European regulators by June 22, the initial deadline set by the European Commission to end its probe on the deal. BRUSSELS--The Sony-BMG merger won't be cleared by European regulators by June 22, t ...

  22. UMG Names Communications Execs

    April 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has made two key appointments in its corporate communications department. Universal Music Group has made two key appointments in its corporate communications department. Maria Ho has joined UMG as VP of corporate communicatio ...

  23. RIAA Loses Another Communications Exec

    April 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Amanda Collins has exited as deputy director of communications for the RIAA, a post she held for two years. Amanda Collins has exited as deputy director of communications for the RIAA, a post she held for two years. Collins has been named to the n ...

  24. PIRATE Act: Reaping The Whirlwind

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Senators Hatch and Leahy have introduced a bill called the "Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act," or PIRATE Act. Senators Hatch and Leahy have introduced a bill called the "Protecting Intellectual Righ ...

  25. This Week's Players & Practices

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The latest dream makers and deal breakers for this week. - J. Walter Thompson has launched a new branded-entertainment practice. The group, Amplify , results from a merger of JWT's Brand Entertainment Group and Hill & Knowlton's Show ...

  26. EU Commission Pauses Sony/BMG Investigation

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has interrupted its anti-trust investigations into the proposed merger of the music units of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann. The Commission, the executive body of the European Unio The European Commission has interrupted its an ...

  27. EU Commission Pauses Sony/BMG Investigation

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has interrupted its anti-trust investigations into the proposed merger of the music units of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann. The Commission, the executive body of the European Unio The European Commission has interrupted its an ...

  28. RIAA's Weiss Exits For U.N. Post

    April 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Amy Weiss, senior VP of communications for the RIAA, is leaving the Washington, D.C.-based trade group after four years. Amy Weiss, senior VP of communications for the RIAA, is leaving the Washington, D.C.-based trade group after four years. She i ...

  29. Philadelphia Judge Says No To RIAA

    April 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In another unfavorable decision for the RIAA, senior judge Clarence C. Newcomer of the District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania yesterday (April 5) denied the label body's requested reconsideration of In another unfavorable decision for the RI ...

  30. Florida Court Denies RIAA 'Bundling' Motion

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A second federal judge has denied the recording industry's attempts to combine multiple lawsuits against individuals accused of illegally trading music over the Internet. A second federal judge has denied the recording industry's attempt ...

  31. RIAA: U.S. Latin Shipments Down 6% In '03

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Net shipments of Latin music in the United States and Puerto Rico decreased 6% to 38.6 million units in 2003, according to figures released today (March 31) by the RIAA. Net shipments of Latin music in the United States and Puerto Rico decreased 6 ...

  32. IFPI Starts Legal Action Against File-Sharers

    March 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The IFPI today (March 30) initiated legal proceedings against file-sharers in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Canada. Under the first round of suits, 247 individuals will be notified that they face legal The IFPI today (March 30) initiated legal proce ...

  33. IFPI Starts Legal Action Against File-Sharers

    March 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The IFPI today (March 30) initiated legal proceedings against file-sharers in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Canada. Under the first round of suits, 247 individuals will be notified that they face legal The IFPI today (March 30) initiated legal proce ...

  34. Jackson's Contract Suit Vs. UMG Advances

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for breach of contract. NEW YORK--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a l ...

  35. Recent Cases And Filings

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Various Cases and Filings Case : Delicious Vinyl v. Tee Vee Tunes; TVT Records and TVT Music Issue: Copyright infringement arising from defendant's use of plaintiff's original musical composition. Cite: Southern District of New York CV-2 ...

  36. Top News From Entertainment Law Weekly

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST L.A. court clears Michael Jackson to conduct an audit of UMG's books under a breach-of-contract suit. Major film studios indicate they are willing to subsidize a transition to digital cinema. Manatt P L.A. court clears Michael Jackson to cond ...

  37. Jackson's Contract Suit Vs. UMG Advances

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for breach of contract. Jackson can now conduct an audit of UMG's BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Fir ...

  38. Bill Allows For Civil Copyright-Infringement Cases

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST In what is seen as a major move forward for the recording industry's fight against online piracy, two Senate lawmakers today (March 25) introduced legislation that would allow the Department of Justic In what is seen as a major move forward f ...

  39. BPI Steps Up Fight Against File-Sharers

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British record industry is ramping up its battle against illegal file-sharers. During a media briefing in London today (March 25), the British Phonographic Industry confirmed it would take legal a The British record industry is ramping up its ...

  40. BPI Steps Up Fight Against File-Sharers

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British record industry is ramping up its battle against illegal file-sharers. During a media briefing in London today (March 25), the British Phonographic Industry confirmed it would take legal a The British record industry is ramping up its ...

  41. RIAA Targets Students With New Round Of Lawsuits

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has filed a new round of lawsuits against suspected users of illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing services, including users of networks at 21 U.S. universities. The RIAA has filed a new round of lawsuits against suspected users of illegal pe ...

  42. Hip-O Starts Web Label For Limited-Edition Sets

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises unit bows in April. Universal Music Enterprises unit bows in April. News ...

  43. UMG Takes Hit In 2003

    March 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group recorded an 87% year-on-year slide in operating income in 2003 to €70 million ($85.89 million), while its parent company narrowed its losses. Universal Music Group recorded an 87% year-on-year slide in operating in ...

  44. RIAA Gets OK To Issue Subpoenas In P2P Cases

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday (March 11) granted a motion by the RIAA to begin the expedited discovery process of the trade group's lawsuits against alleged P2P infringers. The District Court for the District of Co ...

  45. Execs Split Sony, Universal In Germany

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The German affiliates of Sony Music and Universal Music each lost a key executive today (March 12). The German affiliates of Sony Music and Universal Music each lost a key executive today (March 12). In a surprise move, Volker Neumüller, GM of Epi ...

  46. Richard Griffiths Setting Up Sony Imprint In U.K.

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Industry veteran Richard Griffiths is preparing to launch an imprint through Sony in the United Kingdom. He is also consulting on an A&R basis for Sony Music U.S. president Don Ienner. Industry veteran Richard Griffiths is preparing to lau ...

  47. UMG, DirecTV Sued Over Music Network Proposal

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Beverly Hills, Calif., company has sued Universal Music Group (UMG) and cable firm DirecTV, alleging that they stole an idea for an "uncensored" cable music network. A Beverly Hills, Calif., company has sued Universal Music Group (UMG) ...

  48. Judge: RIAA Must Unbundle P2P Suits

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST In yet another round in the industry's battle against peer-to-peer file-sharing, a Philadelphia judge Friday (March 5) ordered the RIAA to file separate complaints against each of the 203 "John Doe" d In yet another round in the ind ...

  49. RIAA Vet Oppenheim Joins Chicago Law Firm

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Matt Oppenheim has joined Chicago-based law firm Jenner & Block as a partner. Oppenheim was senior VP of business and legal affairs at the RIAA; he will be replaced in that role by Stanley Pierre- Matt Oppenheim has joined Chicago-based la ...

  50. Uni 8th Best U.K. Company To Work For: Poll

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. has been named one of the top 10 companies to work for in Britain, according to a new poll on the country's leading firms. Universal Music U.K. has been named one of the top 10 companies to work for in Britain, according ...

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