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  1. The Tube Partners With Tribune Broadcasting

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Brings network to stations in NY, LA, Chicago. Tribune Broadcasting Co. and the digital music television network The Tube announced a deal Thursday that will place the fledgling network on stations in the nation's largest markets and dramatic ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Legislation Boosts Anti-Piracy Efforts

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Felony threshold for pirated music reduced. The California Senate passed a bill Feb. 6 that reduces the felony threshold for possession or sale of pirated music from 1,000 units to 100. On a 28-2 vote, the Senate passed the legislation (AB 64), se ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. French Music Industry Combats Blanket License

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry groups representing indie and major labels, publishers, retailers and authors, as well as artists, vigorously reacted to the vote yesterday (Dec. 21) of an amendment introducing the new digit Industry groups representing indie and major l ...

  6. French Parliament Votes For Blanket License

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The state of France's new digital copyright bill was thrown into chaos when members of parliament yesterday (Dec. 21) voted an amendment to the controversial text which introduces a system of "optiona The state of France's new digit ...

  7. French Parliament Votes For Blanket License

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The state of France's new digital copyright bill was thrown into chaos when members of parliament yesterday (Dec. 21) voted an amendment to the controversial text which introduces a system of "optiona The state of France's new digit ...

  8. House Passes Bill With Analog Deadline

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday (Dec. 19) which will free up valuable airwaves for wireless broadband use and pave the way for completing the digital television transiti The U.S. House of Representatives passed legis ...

  9. French Parliament To Discuss New Copyright Bill

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to debate the controversial new digital copyright bill. If passed, the copyright and neighboring rights in the information society bill (DADVSI) would impose t French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to de ...

  10. French Parliament To Discuss New Copyright Bill

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to debate the controversial new digital copyright bill. If passed, the copyright and neighboring rights in the information society bill (DADVSI) would impose t French Parliament is today (Dec. 20) due to de ...

  11. Abernathy To Depart FCC

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the White House that she will leave the post on Dec. 9. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the ...

  12. House OKs Budget Plan Setting '09 DTV Date

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. government moved one step closer to shutting down the TV broadcast system that the nation has used to beam programming into people's homes since the medium was dominated by Lucille Ball, Sid WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. government mo ...

  13. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation Nov. 18 that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged "muscling" pr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A leading lawmak ...

  14. Gov't Sends Anti-Piracy Message To Russia

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 16 passed a "sense of the Congress" resolution that the Russian Federation should get serious about enforcing its anti-piracy laws and prosecuting pirates of U.S WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House o ...

  15. 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 " ...

  16. Gov't Sends Anti-Piracy Message To Russia

    November 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. House of Representatives last night (Nov. 16) passed a "sense of the Congress" resolution that the Russian Federation should get serious about enforcing its anti-piracy laws and prosecuting p The U.S. House of Representatives la ...

  17. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush announced Nov. 9 his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term at the agen WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush announced N ...

  18. Senate To Hold Open Forum On TV Indecency

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Senate Commerce Committee is planning an "open forum" Nov. 29 to discuss indecent content aired on television, as a first step in crafting legislation to limit such material. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate Commerce Committee is plann ...

  19. Italian Biz Anxious On Criminal Code Changes

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Save Previti' passed in lower house; senate awaits. 'Save Previti' passed in lower house; senate awaits. News ...

  20. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term a President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his ...

  21. Senate To Hold Open Forum On TV Indecency

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST First step to limit such material. The Senate Commerce Committee is planning an "open forum" Nov. 29 to discuss indecent content aired on television, as a first step in crafting legislation to limit such material. Committee chairman Sen. ...

  22. Senate OKs Analog Death In '09

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Senate on Nov. 3 narrowly approved a massive budget reduction measure that will end the nation's venerable analog broadcasting service on April 7, 2009. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Senate on Nov. 3 narrowly approved a ...

  23. Legislation Sets Digital TV Transition Deadline

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved bipartisan legislation Oct. 26 that would set the deadline for the digital TV transition at Dec. 31, 2008. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved bipartisan legis ...

  24. Legislation Sets Digital TV Transition Deadline

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill does not include a 'broadcast flag.' The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved bipartisan legislation Oct. 26 that would set the deadline for the digital TV transition at Dec. 31, 2008. Efforts by the Hollywood and music i ...

  25. Child-Porn Bill Might Get Rewrite

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chief author of legislation that would treat steamy Hollywood films the same as hard-core pornography said Oct. 18 that he is willing to alter his bill in an effort to get at child pornographers b WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  26. More FCC Indecency Rulings Coming

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission will rule on 40-50 radio indecency complaints within the next 2-4 weeks, an agency member close to the situation revealed. Rulings on an equal number of TV compla NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commiss ...

  27. FCC To Rule On Radio Indecency

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 50 complaints filed. The Federal Communications Commission will rule on 40-50 radio indecency complaints within the next 2-4 weeks, revealed an agency member close to the situation. Rulings on an equal number of TV complaints are also expec ...

  28. Calif. Incentive Bill Delayed

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Political wrangling prevented California's incentive plan from being ratified by the Sept. 8 deadline, prompting Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to instead shore up support ahead of next year's budget n LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  29. Cablers Claim Multicast Too Costly

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cable operators are claiming that forcing them to carry all of the digital TV streams a broadcaster can program could cost the industry in excess of $100 billion, according to a new study. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Cable operato ...

  30. Oz Gov't Outlines Media Reform Plan

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government on Aug. 31 outlined major potential changes to media ownership rules that would unbuckle many restrictions that broadcasters and publishers currently face for cross-media exp SYDNEY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Austral ...

  31. Bush Nominates Roberts To Succeed Rehnquist

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT President George W. Bush nominated conservative appeals court judge John Roberts on Sept. 5 to replace the late William Rehnquist as Supreme Court chief justice, the top judicial position in the Unite WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- President George ...

  32. First Recording Arts Day Set For Capitol Hill

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever Recording Arts Day will bring more than 50 musicians and music professionals to Capitol Hill Sept. 7 to visit lawmakers and spread the word about the importance of the recording arts in The first-ever Recording Arts Day will bring m ...

  33. California Bill Includes Production Tax Credit

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hours after California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez detailed a new incentive bill Aug. 18 designed to keep production work in the state, a study was released showing that film work in the Los Angeles LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Hours ...

  34. Congress Completes Pre-Recess Hearings

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A senior Senate leader concluding the first two follow-up hearings on the MGM vs. Grokster Supreme Court case sends a warning to witnesses representing P2P companies and Internet service providers be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate and House adjour ...

  35. Washington Roundup: Hearings, Lawsuits

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT This Washington Roundup takes a look at the recent follow-up hearing on Grokster, the RIAA's new round of "John Doe" lawsuits against 765 illegal file sharers across the country--that brings the total The Senate and House adjourned ...

  36. House Passes CAFTA

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Includes tougher enforcement for piracy. The House of Representatives passed the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) at 12:15 a.m. this morning, to the relief of the U.S. record industry and others in the copyright sector. Some of CAFTA&# ...

  37. Artist Groups, Unions Grateful To Spitzer

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Years of petitions validated. Recording artist groups and unions are unanimously grateful that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has acted on "pay for play" practices after several years of petitions to Congress and the FCC to no a ...

  38. Hatch Puts Licensing In Industries' Hands

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given players in the music and digital-media industries involved in reforming the nation's music licensing laws for the WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The chairman of ...

  39. Broadcasters OK With '09 Digital Date

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In an attempt to get the transition to digital TV out of low gear, broadcasters told a Senate panel July 12 that they are not fighting congressional attempts to set a "hard date" for the switch. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  40. Senate To Industry: Resolve Your Differences

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given a few more months to music industry players to resolve their differences over reforming the nation's music licens The chairman of the Senate's Ju ...

  41. CPB Fight For Funding Hits Floor

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The selection of Patricia Harrison as the new president/CEO of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting on June 23 comes as the fight over CPB's funding hit the House floor. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The selection of Patricia ...

  42. GROKSTER COVERAGE: Official Responses

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups, Congressional leaders and other interested parties offer early responses. Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) "VSDA is gratified that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for those who intent ...

  43. House Panel Proposes Cuts In Public Broadcasting

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT PBS, NPR run advocacy spots in response. Hundreds of Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio stations have begun airing first-ever advocacy spots asking listeners to contact their legislators in Congress if they oppose cuts prop ...

  44. House Panel Cuts Funding For CPB

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill June 16 that would cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by $100 million, or 25%, starting in October. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- The House Appropriations Committee approved a ...

  45. Senators Introduce Bootlegging Bill

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bootleggers trafficking unauthorized sound recordings and copyrighted works can expect fines up to $2 million and jail terms of up to 10 years if Congress passes the "Protecting American Goods and Ser WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bootleggers trafficki ...

  46. Senators Introduce Bootlegging Bill

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bootleggers trafficking unauthorized sound recordings and other copyrighted works can expect fines up to $2 million and jail terms of up to 10 years if Congress passes the "Protecting American Goods a Bootleggers trafficking unauthorized soun ...

  47. Illinois Senate OKs Videogame Restrictions

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Illinois Senate approved a version of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed restrictions on the sales of violent and sexually explicit videogames to children, even though some senators said the idea is SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Sen ...

  48. Hill To Take Look At Licensing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers will soon introduce a bill dealing with streamlined digital music licensing for subscription services. A House panel has nailed down June 23 and June 30 as dates for debate on the prospectiv WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers will soon introd ...

  49. Conservative Pushed As FCC Candidate

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29. Waltzman was a member of Brownback's Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush W ...

  50. Conservative Pushed As FCC Candidate

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brownback asks President to consider former aide. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29. Waltzman was a member of Brownback& ...

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