Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  2. Universal Music Group Layoffs Expected Today

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is expected to undergo another round of layoffs today (Jan. 21). The company which counts powerhouse label Interscope Geffen A&M (home to U2,Eminem and Lady Gaga), the legendary R&B shop Universal Motown, Island Def J ...

  3. Alan Jackson Parts Company With Sony

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Alan Jackson has parted with Sony Music Nashville, the company announced in a statement Thursday. "Sony Music Nashville wishes to thank Alan Jackson for their long association and the many hit records achieved as a result of that association, ...

  4. Ain't Misbehavin': Universal Music Group Donates 200,000 Master Recordings to Library of Congress

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is donating over 200,000 historic master recordings to the Library of Congress . UMG's donation is the single largest gift ever received by the Library's audio-visual division and the first ever major collection of ...

  5. Music Crits Rejoice! Appeals Court Ruling Says Promotional CDs Can Be Resold

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Promotional CD owners are free to thin out their collections without fear of reprisal. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit court held up a lower court's ruling that confirmed the right to sell promotional CDs. The case pi ...

  6. Business Matters: BMG Wants EMI's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Covets EMI Group's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing -- BMG Rights Management is interested in EMI Group's recorded music back catalog rather than its publishing division, BMG Rights CEO Hartwig Masuch told MusicWeek . "Inte ...

  7. How Much Does File-Sharing Really Cost Record Companies?

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST In October, a federal judge ruled for record companies in their lawsuit against Lime Wire, issuing an injunction and delivering tough language on the file-sharing service's copyright infringement. The case is about to move to a jury trial tha ...

  8. Will Supreme Court Hear Eminem Royalties Case?

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group, Aftermath Records and Interscope Records have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a Ninth Circuit ruling over royalties owed on Eminem music. The case concerns whether the defendant record labels owe F.B.T. Prods, the outfit ...

  9. LimeWire To Shutter Store

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST At the end of this year, the embattled LimeWire service will be shutdown completely. The company issued a statement today confirming that it will cease all business operations as of 2011: “Given our current situation, plans to bring our separate, ...

  10. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  11. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  12. RIAA Continues Crackdown On LimeWire

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The RIAA is not backing down from its attack on P2P service LimeWire. The organization most recently asked the court overseeing the case to appoint a representative to ensure the service is complying with last month's injunction order and ind ...

  13. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  14. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  15. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, Rdio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Jammie Thomas-Rasset Helped Rights Holders -- Did the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case backfire on file sharers? CNET's Greg Sandoval asks the question after a jury decided Thomas-Rasset owes $1 ...

  16. Jury: Jammie Thomas-Rasset Owes $1.5 Million

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury has decided that Jammie Thomas-Rasset owes $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs over the Internet. Jurors determined Wednesday (Nov. 3) that Jammie Thomas-Rasset from Minnesota owes $62,500 per song. Last year, a federal jury found Tho ...

  17. NARM, RIAA Giving the Gift of Music Via New Website

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The two-year-old effort to revive the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign paid off. Program originators the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have launched a branded w ...

  18. Sony Music Cuts Staff

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go of about 15 staffers on Wednesday including about a dozen at its Sony U.S. Music Sales unit. Among the staffers no longer with the company are: senior VP of channel marketing Kevin Twitchell, VP of field marketing T ...

  19. LimeWire To Shut Down P2P Operations

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a big win for record labels, a judge on Tuesday issued an injunction that will force that company to cease its P2P operation. After today, according to information shared by LimeWire, the company will no longer support or distribute its P2P fil ...

  20. Universal Music Japan Chairman Kei Ishizaka To Retire

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka is to retire from his post as Universal Music Japan (UMJ) chairman at the end of October. Ishizaka had occupied the role of non-executive chairman of the Tokyo-based major since Nov. 1 2009. The respected music exec first joined Unive ...

  21. Business Matters: EMI Records v. UPC, Piracy, Amazon and more

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The 'Scourge of Internet Piracy' - The ISPs may have won over record labels in an Irish court, but the judge went to great lengths to describe the damages done by piracy and the obligati ...

  22. BACKBEAT: Drake Goes Platinum

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded Universal Motown artist Drake his very first Platinum album award on October 3 in Washington, D.C. for 2010's “Thank Me Later” which has sold more than one million copies. Celebrati ...

  23. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  24. Bob Marley Family Loses Case Over Hit Records

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Mus ...

  25. BACKBEAT: Chayenne Signs Deal With peermusic

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On August 30, Puerto Rican star Chayanne signed an exclusive co-publishing and copyright administration agreement with peermusic for the world, making this his first publishing agreement. The deal also encompasses Lorisa, El Rincón and La Loma, Ch ...

  26. UMG's First Half Revenues Down 5.4%

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's revenues for the first half of 2010 declined to €1.9 billion ($2.4 billion), down 5.4% on a year earlier. The decline was 7.9% on a constant currency basis. In parent company Vivendi's first half results, it said ...

  27. BMG Has $500 Million To Spend

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over the next three years, BMG Rights Management will be receiving equity injections of €200 million ($254 million) from each of its shareholders - investment group KKR and media group Bertelsmann - to be used for further acquisitions. It means th ...

  28. Six Names Likely Mentioned in Google's Search for Music Chief

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's plans for a digital music resurfaced in the headlines again this week after Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that the search giant is soliciting input from music industry executives on who might best oversee such a service. Which r ...

  29. Business Matters: Warner Music Group, Hastings, MOG

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Standard & Poor 's downgraded Warner Music Group 's stock to "negative" from "stable" last week. The ratings agency believes a lower rating is proper "until there is an indication that digital sales can re ...

  30. LimeWire Calls For Jury In Publishers' Suit

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing site Lime Wire has requested a jury trial for a lawsuit filed by music publishers, according to BusinessWeek . On May 12, U.S. Southern District Court of New York Judge Kimba Wood found that the company and its founder, Mark Gorton, c ...

  31. Judge Does Not Freeze Assets of LimeWire, Owner

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge ruled on Thursday that the assets of LimeWire and its owner will not be frozen, according to people familiar with the decision. The RIAA had requested the court to freeze the assets of the company and owner Mark Gorton, alleging that asset ...

  32. Finnish Govt Criticized For Soft Anti-Piracy Draft Legislation

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement. The draft proposal was published by the Mi ...

  33. Business Matters: Lucian Grainge, Live Nation, Les Savy Fav and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GRAINGE SHIFTS TO LA -- Lucian Grainge, the new co-CEO of Universal Music Group, will be based in Los Angeles rather than New York. The chief executives of the other major music groups tend to be based in New York – although Warner Music Group’s E ...

  34. Amidst Legal Doubt, LimeWire Adds Merge, Readies Legal Service

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing company LimeWire continues to make content deals even while its financial and legal future remains in doubt. On Tuesday, the company announced it added Merge Records to the download store (which is had operated alongside its file-shar ...

  35. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  36. Judge Cuts Penalty in Tenenbaum File-Sharing Case by 90%

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Calling the original penalty “unconstitutionally excessive,” the judge in the Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case slashed to $67,500 from $675,000 the amount the Boston University grad student was ordered to pay for infringing the copyrights of four r ...

  37. The Most Famous File-Sharing Case May Be Headed Back To Court

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Capital v. Thomas, the most famous of file-sharing cases, appears it is headed back to court. Even with the help of court-appointed special master, Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the major record labels could not reach an agreement on a settlement amoun ...

  38. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  39. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  40. Publishers Sue Limewire

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Limewire now has more legal problem on its hands. As the P2P prepares its argument against the RIAA’s request that a federal judge shutdown its operation permanently, it now must content with a just filed lawsuit from eight music publishers. The j ...

  41. Business Matters: EMI, RIAA, LimeWire and More

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- During a BBC Radio 4 documentary, EMI Music executive chairman Charles Allen said the business is in “really good shape” after restructuring and job cuts. And he claimed EMI’s latest investment -- £105 million ($151 million) from existing inves ...

  42. RIAA Seeking Permanent Injunction Against LimeWire

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After winning a request to find LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, the RIAA is following up with a request for a permanent injunction against the peer-to-peer service. The RIAA submitted the filing Friday, in advance of Monday's sche ...

  43. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  44. Billboard Q&A: LimeWire CEO George Searle

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite losing in court, the peer-to-peer executive says he still wants to work with labels. On May 12, the same day that LimeWire CEO George Searle turned 46, a federal judge found the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service and founder/chairman ...

  45. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  46. @NARM: UMGD President/CEO Jim Urie Urges ISPs, Feds To 'Come To The Party'

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group Distribution president and CEO Jim Urie called on the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers' board of directors to urge Internet service providers to adapt a graduated response policy against unauthorized peer-to-pee ...

  47. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  48. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  49. RIAA Wins Big In LimeWire Lawsuit

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry scored a major victory today when a federal judge granted a summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement. The ruling faults both the parent company, Lime Group, and its founder M ...

  50. Survey: Hong Kong Residents Open To Graduated Response

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey of 1,000 people sponsored by International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC) indicates Hong Kong residents are fairly receptive to the idea of a graduated response approach to fighting piracy. Most (87%) of peo ...

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