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  1. Country Singers May Be Part of AL Corruption Trial

    June 07, 2011 5:30 PM EDT MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal gambling corruption trial at the Alabama Statehouse could look like a country music concert or a political convention rather than a court case. The nine defendants in the case that began this week include VictoryLand c ...

  2. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  3. Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Websites Offering Pirated Content

    May 12, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others in the Senate on Thursday introduced a bill targeting online piracy, particularly so-called rogue websites that offer movies, TV shows and other copyrighted or trademarke ...

  4. White House Set to Unveil Cyber Security Plan Today

    May 12, 2011 7:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, finan ...

  5. Apple Updates Software to Fix Controversial Tracking Glitch

    May 05, 2011 8:28 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday released a software update to fix a problem that enabled its mobile devices to collect and store customers' location data, making good on a promise it made last week. Apple Chief Executive Offi ...

  6. Business Matters: Warner Bidder Looking For New Way to Sell CDs/DVDs

    April 19, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Warner Bidder Looking For New Way to Sell CDs and DVDs -- Private equity firm Gores Group's Alec Gores said he would like to merge Alliance Entertainment Corp. with a Hollywood studio. "There are some great assets and great opportunities ...

  7. Senate Considering Bill on Consumer Privacy Rights For Internet

    April 13, 2011 7:37 AM EDT A new Senate bill introduced Tuesday would establish a "privacy bill of rights" to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data, including personal data amassed on the Internet and then mined to target online advertising. Th ...

  8. Watch Charlie Crist's Gratuitous Apology To David Byrne For Unauthorized Use Of His 'Unique Voice' In Campaign Ad

    April 12, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday. Terms of the settlement ...

  9. Canadian C-32 Copyright-Reform Bill Dies (Again) With Election Call

    March 28, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Canada's copyright reform bill is defunct again. Bill C-32, which had gotten past the second hearing in November, afterprevious bills failed to move beyond the first stage in 2006 and 2008, died when a general election was called for May 2. P ...

  10. House Votes to Cut Funding to Public Radio

    March 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT The House of Representatives voted Thursday to end federal funding for National Public Radio, following recent controversies that entangled some of the organization's senior executives. Republicans said the move, which passed by a vote of 228 ...

  11. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  12. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  13. Senate Committee Passes Web Piracy Bill

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST A bill aimed at combating online counterfeiting and digital theft was passed unanimously Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears likely to gain approval from the full Senate. The committee's approval of the proposed law -- call ...

  14. What Do The Election Results Mean For The Music Biz?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Acad ...

  15. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  16. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley, Others Indicted in Alabama Bingo Probe

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists face federal charges of conspiring to buy and sell votes for millions of dollars to get electronic bingo legalized, according to an indictment released Monday. O ...

  17. Spanish Anti-Piracy Law Clears First Hurdle

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The slow march of Spanish anti-piracy legislation resumed today (Sept. 24) when the broad-ranging Sustainable Economy Law (LES) passed its first parliamentary test in the Congress lower house. The law was approved by a margin of just seven votes ( ...

  18. NAB, MusicFirst Mull Possible Compromise On Performance Royalties

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The consumer electronics industry is getting dragged into the ongoing battle over whether U.S. radio stations should pay a performance rights royalty to labels and artists. The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating among its members ...

  19. Business Matters: Live Nation, SeatGeek, Perf. Royalties and more

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WALL ST. JOURNAL ON LIVE NATION: 'TRANSPARENCY NOT ENOUGH' -- The reverberations from last week’s Live Nation investor presentation continue. At the Wall Street Journal, Martin Peers reflects on last Thursday’s event and the reasons for ...

  20. Berlin Stakes Claim As Major Music Capital

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin plans to highlight its status as one of the world's major music capitals with a large-scale week-long campaign. Berlin's political and business institutions, associations, groups and companies have joined forces to present the cul ...

  21. Business Matters: SonicBids, Vodafone, FCC, Tom Petty and more

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- SonicBids has acquired ArtistData , an online platform that allows artists to update their many online profiles from one place. The site currently has 25,000 musicians using its service while SonicBids has 245,000 users. At the company blog, Ar ...

  22. Business Matters: Guy Hands, Spotify, Rush, SESAC, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The most interesting part of Reuters’ 1,000-word article on Terra Firma head Guy Hands is a quote from a former investor who got out in April: “Terra Firma is putting it all into EMI. If it blows up, they are finished. It's that binary. It ...

  23. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  24. Publishing Briefs: Performance Rights Act, RightsFlow, Downtown Music Publishing

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has come out in favor of granting copyright owners and performers a public performance right when their songs are played on radio, as would be required by the "Performance Rights Act," currently being c ...

  25. Michigan Congressmen Speak Out On Performance Rights Act

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two Michigan Democrats spoke out on opposing sides of the Performance Rights Act on Tuesday as the PR campaign on both sides begins to heat up. Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a MusicFirst Coalition press ...

  26. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  27. Popkomm 2010 Dates Confirmed

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German music trade fair Popkomm will take place in Berlin next year from Sept. 8 to 10, in the former airport Berlin Tempelhof. The plan from organizers Messe Berlin surprised the music business today (Dec. 7) because the association of the mu ...

  28. Publishing Briefs: IP Czar Confirmed, Kobalt, Imagem Music

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Victoria Espinel is now the National’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator , after being confirmed by the Senate last night. The post was created by Congress in the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Proper ...

  29. Publishing Briefs: Victoria Espinel, Cherry Lane, Steven Curtis Chapman

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- President Obama 's choice for IP czar is a step closer to being confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Victoria Espinel as the Administration's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Now, the ...

  30. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  31. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  32. Lawmakers Call For Performance Rights Act Negotiations

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST With both the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee now having approved the Performance Rights Act, the chairman of both committees - respectively Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - with a b ...

  33. French Constitutional Council Validates Anti-Piracy Law

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French Constitutional Council has validated the Creation and Internet law as voted by the French Assembly and Senate in September, while noting that legislators would still have to define exactly how certain elements are applied during the jud ...

  34. Senate Panel OKs Bill To Make Radio Pay Fees

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to make radio stations pay royalties to performers when they broadcast their music won the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval Thursday. Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels already pay fees to performers ...

  35. French Assembly, Senate Adopt Final Anti-Piracy Bill

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has now adopted the final bill on the sanctions side of the three-strikes Creation and Internet bill to tackle illegal file-sharing, by 258 votes in favor and 131 against. With the Senate having voted for the same text ...

  36. French Assembly Adopts Anti-Piracy Bill

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has today (Sept. 15) adopted the sanctions side of the three-strikes Creation and Internet bill to tackle illegal file-sharing, by 285 votes in favor and 225 against. It follows the first part of the law passed in June ...

  37. U.S. Regulators Open Probe Into Music Royalties

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio. The Federal Communications Commission reviewed a June petition by a ...

  38. House Democrats Cite Concerns Over Performance Rights Act

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are getting more support from Congress to kill legislation that would impose performance fees on music airplay. A group of 22 House Democrats sent a letter late Friday (July 31) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrat ...

  39. Lawmakers Want Ticketmaster/Live Nation Probe

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, should be closely scrutinized by the Justice Department, according to the chair of a Senate antitrust subcommittee and 50 members of th ...

  40. Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential cam ...

  41. Briefs: CMT Impact On Sales, A Look At Zune HD

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CMT Awards show resulted in sales bumps for winning and featured artists. Three-trophy winner Brad Paisley got a 72% increase for his song "Waitin' On A Woman" and his album "Play" jumped 52%. Percent increases, how ...

  42. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  43. French 'Three-Strikes' Scheme Curtailed

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT France's Creation and Internet law has been watered down after the country's Constitutional Council ruled against a key element that would have allowed an independent administrative authority to cut off copyright infringers' broadba ...

  44. French Biz Welcomes Three-Strikes Vote

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry has voiced its approval after the French Senate adopted the "Creation and Internet" law by 189 votes in favor and 14 against. In the vote today (May 13), the Senate did not amend the draft voted by the National Assembl ...

  45. Three-Strikes Bill Adopted In France

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate has adopted the "Creation and Internet" law by 189 votes in favor and 14 against. The Senate, which passed the law this morning (May 13), did not amend the draft voted by the National Assembly yesterday, opening the way ...

  46. French Assembly Adopts Three-Strikes Law

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four weeks after its surprise rejection, the French "Creation and Internet" law has finally been adopted by the National Assembly, with 296 votes in favor and 233 against. The law includes the implementing of a three-strikes scheme under ...

  47. Latin Radio Broadcasters Lobby Against Royalty Act

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lazer Broadcasting is a significant player in the Hispanic radio world on the West Coast. The Oxnard, Calif.-based operation, headed by president/CEO Alfredo Plascencia, owns and operates 18 Spanish language radio stations in 10 California markets ...

  48. Business Briefs: Nokia Comes With Music, Live Nation, Virgin Megastore

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A royalty statement acquired by Music Ally shows Comes With Music users in the U.K. downloaded an average of 61 songs per month. Compare that to the range Nokia gave for new users, between 200 and 300 songs per month. Those numbers suggest that ...

  49. French Govt Revives Three-Strikes Law

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debate on the French "Creation and Internet" law has resumed at the National Assembly in Paris, after the bill was surprisingly rejected by deputies on April 9. The draft law, which features a three-strike scheme to tackle illegal do ...

  50. French Three-Strike Law Debate To Resume

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debates on French piracy law "Creation and Internet" will resume at French Assemby on April 29, according to French deputy Jean-François Copé. The bill, which features a three-strike scheme to prevent illegal download, was surprising ...

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