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  1. 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 ...

  2. French Govt Pledges New Vote On Three-Strikes Law

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following the French National Assembly's shock rejection of the "Creation and Internet" law proposal, the government has already confirmed its intention to re-submit the bill to a vote. The law would have implemented the three-strik ...

  3. Sen. Schumer Unveils Ticketing Legislation

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the backdrop of this morning's second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans' chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticke ...

  4. Artists, Pols Rally For Performance Rights Act

    February 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Grammy Town Hall meeting tonight (Feb. 6) sought to kick off a grassroots movement aimed at passage of the Performance Rights Act, a bill re-introduced two days ago that would require U.S. terrestrial radio stations to pay performance royalties ...

  5. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  6. Performance Rights Act To Be Reintroduced

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Performance Rights Act - which would require radio stations to pay royalties to artists and labels for songs they broadcast over the air - will be reintroduced into the new 111th Congress this week, according to a letter signed by members of t ...

  7. Kevin Martin Resigns From FCC

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST FCC chairman Kevin Martin (pictured) has resigned from his post as commissioner and chairman of the FCC effective Tuesday, Jan. 20. He made the announcement early this afternoon (Jan. 15); just days after hinting that he would stay on until his te ...

  8. Warner Set To Go DRM-Free In France

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A day after the announcement of iTunes abandoning DRM with all the majors, Warner Music France unveiled its DRM-free offering with download stores FnacMusic and VirginMega. The move is described as an "experimentation" until the end of 2 ...

  9. French Senate Validates Three-Strike Scheme

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The French Senate has adopted the "Creation and Internet" law, only 24 hours after the debates began. While intense debates were anticipated, the draft gathered 297 votes in favor and only 15 against. The draft law, which now has to be v ...

  10. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  11. Orphan Works Bills On The Move

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Senate and House versions of orphan works bills, which would make copyrighted works available for licensing even if the owners cannot be located, moved forward today. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to report the bill to the Senate floor for ...

  12. House Officially Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House has just officially passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act on a vote of 410 to 11. The bill enhances protections and enforcement of IP rights, establishes an IP representative in the Whi ...

  13. House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed, under suspension of House rules, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. An official quorum vote is expected on the House floor this evening. Introduced ...

  14. Orphan Works Hits Congress

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees today introduced legislation that would make more copyrighted works available for licensing even if the copyright owners cannot be found. Under the bills, potential users of these so-cal ...

  15. RIAA Spent $2.8M Lobbying Feds

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry's trade group spent nearly $2.8 million pumping up the volume on its lobbying on Capitol Hill last year. The Washington-based Recording Industry Association of America lobbied on a bill to limit fees charged to Internet ...

  16. International Artists Petition For Performance Right

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than 6,000 international artists who want U.S. copyright law changed delivered a petition today to Congress. They want prompt enactment of legislation to grant artists, musicians and record labels in the United States a right to be compensate ...

  17. Universal Music Lobbied On Royalties

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group spent $350,000 in the second half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form. The firm lobbied on intellectual property protection and theft, copyright royalties, various appropriations bills and ...

  18. DiMA Taps Barnes As Legislative Counsel

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Assn. has reached into the domain of the entertainment industry -- the House Judiciary Committee -- tapping Greg Barnes as its new legislative counsel and director of government affairs. Barnes was senior counsel to House Judicia ...

  19. Senate Passes Higher Ed Piracy Amendment

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to a higher education bill that requires all universities, for the first time, to provide information to the Department of Education regarding their efforts to stem digital piracy on their computer network ...

  20. One-Word, Image Indecency Bill Introduced

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon marked up the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, (S.1780), introduced last week by West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller and immediately gained important co-sponsorship from leading leg ...

  21. Bill Tries To Delay Webcasters' Due Date

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two U.S. representatives introduced a bill last night as a final attempt to postpone the July 15 due date for Internet radio webcasters and simulcasters to begin paying new royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for sound recording ...

  22. Senators Introduce Webcaster Bill

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, a Senate version of the Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced today as a companion to the House bill of the same name . The bills would vacate the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision setting webcaster rates for sound recording ...

  23. Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Rec ...

  24. Alabama Reps Oppose XM, Sirius Merger

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Alabama House of Representatives has voiced opposition to the proposed merger of XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. House members unanimously passed a resolution this morning urging the U.S. Attorney General and the FCC to oppose the merger ...

  25. Italian Gov't Passes Music Industry-Friendly Budget

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Italian parliament has passed the 2007 budget law which includes legislation with specific fiscal benefits for the music industry. The budget, which was presented by the centre-left coalition led by prime minister Romano Prodi, was debated and ...

  26. Canadian Minister Oda In Fundraiser Row

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian heritage minister Bev Oda is being accused of a "conflict of interest" for raising C$15,000 ($13,267) at a fundraiser organized by three top Canadian broadcasting industry leaders in May 2005 Canadian heritage minister Bev Oda i ...

  27. Senate Panel Clears B'cast Flag

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give the FCC authority to promulgate regulations designed to protect content delivered by digital broadcasts. A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give th ...

  28. France Poised To Soften iTunes Bill

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Leading lawmakers have agreed to water down a draft law that could have threatened the future of the iPod in France. Leading lawmakers have agreed to water down a draft law that could have threatened the future of the iPod in France. The National ...

  29. Italian Biz Unites Before New Gov't

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -point plan intended to revive music sector. Executives representing the breadth of Italy's music industry have jointly presented the new Italian government with a 10-point plan which is intended to boost their beleaguered sector. The propo ...

  30. House Passes Decency Enforcement Act

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bill to be delivered to the White House. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Decency Enforcement Act, 379-35. The bill increases to $325,000 the per-incident fine the FCC can impose on licensees for broadcasting ...

  31. Debate On French Copyright Bill Delayed

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Final debate on France's long-awaited copyright bill won't resume before mid-June, industry sources say. Concluding discussions on the bill were anticipated around May 30. Final debate on France's long-awaited copyright bill won ...

  32. FCC's Fifth: Senate Okays McDowell

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Takes over the Republican seat at Commission On their way out the door for the Memorial Day holiday, the Senate confirmed Robert McDowell—by unanimous consent—to be the FCC’s fifth commissioner. He takes over the Republican seat at the Commission ...

  33. French Politician Backs 'Global License'

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, then rejected, a "global license" for file-sharing music, the controversial business model is back in the news. Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, the ...

  34. French Politician Backs 'Global License'

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade bodies slam Royal. Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, then rejected, a "global license" for file-sharing music, the controversial business model is back in the news. Sharing her thoughts on copyright issue ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. French Senate Adopts Copyright Bill

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill with a show of 164 votes for and 128 against. The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill w ...

  37. French Senate Adopts Copyright Bill

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill with a show of 164 votes for and 128 against. The French Senate last night (May 10) adopted an amended version of the long-awaited copyright bill w ...

  38. Interoperability Debate Begins In French Senate

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate today (May 4) recommenced debate on the country's long-awaited copyright bill. More than 250 amendments have been registered for examination over the next three to four days. The rig The French Senate today (May 4) recommenc ...

  39. Interoperability Debate Begins In French Senate

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Conclusion to talks expected May 10, 12. The French Senate today (May 4) recommenced debate on the country's long-awaited copyright bill. More than 250 amendments have been registered for examination over the next three to four days. The righ ...

  40. Bill Requires Royalties From Satellite Downloads

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislation a 'first step' in striking balance. U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), and senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation Tuesday (April 25) to require cable, satellite and In ...

  41. French Debate On C'right To Resume May 4

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The debate on the controversial French copyright bill will resume in the Senate on May 4. The draft, which was voted by the French Parliament on March 21 after weeks of passionate discussions, has to The debate on the controversial French copyrigh ...

  42. French Debate On C'right To Resume May 4

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Draft passed March 21 awaits Senate adoption. The debate on the controversial French copyright bill will resume in the Senate on May 4. The draft, which was voted by the French Parliament on March 21 after weeks of passionate discussions, has to b ...

  43. Apple Blasts French Copyright Bill

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer has slammed the French parliament's contentious decision yesterday (March 21) to introduce the right to interoperability in the long-awaited copyright bill. In a statement issued today, Apple Computer has slammed the French par ...

  44. Apple Blasts French Copyright Bill

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer has slammed the French parliament's contentious decision yesterday (March 21) to introduce the right to interoperability in the long-awaited copyright bill. In a statement issued today, Apple Computer has slammed the French par ...

  45. French Parliament Adopts Copyright Bill

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French Parliament adopted today (March 21) the highly controversial bill on copyright. The bill was passed with a show of 286 votes for, and 193 against. The French Parliament adopted today (March 21) the highly controversial bill on copyright ...

  46. French Parliament Adopts Copyright Bill

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French Parliament adopted today (March 21) the highly controversial bill on copyright. The bill was pass with a show of 286 votes for, and 193 against. The French Parliament adopted today (March 21) the highly controversial bill on copyright. ...

  47. France Drafts Copyright Law To Open Up iTunes

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST French parliamentarians finished drafting a law on Friday (March 17) that would open up Apple's market-leading iTunes online music store to portable music players other than its popular iPods. The new French parliamentarians finished drafting ...

  48. France Drafts Copyright Law To Open Up iTunes

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST French parliamentarians finished drafting a law on Friday (March 17) that would open up Apple's market-leading iTunes online music store to portable music players other than its popular iPods. The new French parliamentarians finished drafting ...

  49. Bush Closes Loopholes In Counterfeiting Law

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feds estimate counterfeiting costs U.S. $200B annually. President Bush signed legislation today (March 16) that closes loopholes in current law that makes the trafficking in counterfeit trademarks a crime. The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured G ...

  50. France Proposes To OK DRM-Cracking Software

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST France is pushing through a law that would force Apple Computer to open its iTunes online music store and enable consumers to download songs onto devices other than the computer maker's popular iPod p France is pushing through a law that woul ...

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