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  1. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  2. Business Matters: Last.fm, Xbox, SXSW

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In light of yesterday's news that music sales have been in the increase in Sweden, it's worth looking at the country's Internet ...

  3. Michael Jackson Sales Help Trim Sony Losses

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. has reported a smaller-than-expected 26.3 billion yen ($289 million) quarterly loss as cost cuts combined with healthy sales of PlayStation 3 game consoles and Michael Jackson hits helped it inch toward recovery. The Japanese electronic ...

  4. Jackson Movie To Get Mass Worldwide Premiere

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" -- based on footage from concert rehearsals before his death in June -- will have simultaneous premieres in more than 15 cities around the world next month, the studio behind the film said. "Th ...

  5. The Song Is Mine: Sony/ATV Pursues New Opportunities

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of a co-owner is a sad and difficult passage for any company. But when the co-owner in question is Michael Jackson and the company is Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the proprietor of the Beatles song catalog, the transition is bound to attra ...

  6. Sony Bids $50 Million For Jackson Rehearsal Film

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the ...

  7. Downloading Case Goes To Jury

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury began deliberations Thursday in the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial as attorneys for both sides disputed in closing arguments what the evidence actually showed. An attorney for the recording industry, Tim Reynold ...

  8. Hostess, Sony Partner In Japan

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hostess Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) have reached an agreement on a services and support-based strategic partnership that will see the various entities of SMEJ provide a broad range of backing to Hostess and its artists in Ja ...

  9. Biz Briefs: RIAA, Disney, Sony

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST - RIAA voluntarily dismisses Atlantic Recording v. Brennan. [ Recordingindustryvspeople , via Slashdot ] - Disney Star Guitarist game uses an actual guitar with color-coded strings to teach aspiring guitarists to learn new songs. [ Wired ] - Risin ...

  10. Sony Corp. To Cut 8,000 Jobs

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp. said it will cut about 4% of its workforce, curb investment and pull out of businesses to save $1.1 billion a year, as the financial crisis ravages demand for its electronics products. The 8,000 job cuts are the biggest ann ...

  11. Sony Profit Plunges On Strong Yen

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s quarterly profit plunged 72% as a surging yen wiped out perks from flat-panel TV and PlayStation 3 sales, as well as box office revenue from the movie "Hancock." Sony said Wednesday it posted a net profit of 20.8 billio ...

  12. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  13. Sony BMG Oz Revives Music Pub Arm

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SonyBMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand has re-entered the music publishing business after four years. Sydney-based senior A&R manager Courtney Hard will take on the additional duties as senior manager of Sony BMG Publishing, rep ...

  14. Bertelsmann Wants Out Of Sony BMG JV, Reports Claim

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The fate of the Sony BMG joint venture is on the cards, again. According to a report published today in the New York Times , German media group Bertelsmann is planning to intensify talks on pulling out of its recorded music JV with Japan's So ...

  15. Sony BMG Yearly Profits Up

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment more than doubled net income profits in its fiscal year ended March 31 to $178 million (17.7 billion yen) on sales of $3.93 billion (390.2 billion yen) as compared with the prior year, when it reported $84 million (9.9 ...

  16. Sony Corp. of America To Acquire Gracenote

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. of America is acquiring music identification and technology firm Gracenote for $260 million. The merger is expected to close in late May. Gracenote is perhaps best known to the music industry for its music recognition and lyrics service ...

  17. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  18. Toshiba Defiant After HD DVD Setback

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Toshiba Corp. executives had a tough moment Sunday, when they had to face reporters just two days after its HD DVD movie disc format was dealt a potentially fatal blow by the defection of Warner Bros. Entertainment to a rival technology. "It& ...

  19. Judge Dismisses LimeWire Antitrust Suit

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Monday threw out an antitrust lawsuit that the operator of the LimeWire online file-sharing service filed against a coalition of major record labels. U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch in New York ruled that Lime Group LLC fail ...

  20. Sony BMG Extends Deal With Yahoo

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has inked a licensing deal with Yahoo Inc. that clears the way for people to upload files with music or video content by the record company's artists to Yahoo, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the de ...

  21. Sony To Shutter Connect Music Store In March

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. will begin shuttering its Connect Music Store starting in March, the company confirmed today. Rumors of the impending shutdown began in June after the company laid off 20 people and allocated remaining staff and resources to the PlaySta ...

  22. Paramount To Drop Blu-Ray

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray, further complicating the race between the competing technologies. Monday's announcement affects the upcomi ...

  23. Sony, Waste Management To Launch Recycling Program

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Does that Walkman walk no more, or is the original PlayStation now a doorstop? Starting next month, Sony Corp. will take them back at 75 recycling stations around the country. The electronics and entertainment company has previously accepted produ ...

  24. Sony/ATV Closes Famous Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sony/ATV Music Publishing deal acquiring Viacom's Famous Music is now final. Executives with both publishing companies may now begin direct discussions to determine how Sony/ATV will integrate Famous' catalog and employees into its o ...

  25. WMG, Sony BMG Launch Digital Platform In Russia

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music and Sony BMG, along with two Russian record labels, launched a wholesale digital distribution platform in Russia on Thursday, a market dominated by piracy across the entire entertainment industry. The two majors said they had formed a ...

  26. Former Sony Chief Idei Joins Baidu

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading Chinese Internet portal Baidu has named former Sony Corp. president/CEO Nobuyuki Idei to its board of directors, the Beijng-based company said June 27. The appointment took effect June 14. "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Idei to B ...

  27. Sony/ATV Acquires Famous

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the successful bidder for Famous Music. The joint venture created by Sony Corp. and trusts formed by Michael Jackson, helmed by chairman/CEO Marty Bandier, acquired the publisher from Viacom. "The depth and breadt ...

  28. RealNetworks Buys Austria's Sony NetServices

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks Inc, operator of U.S. subscription-based online-music service Rhapsody, has acquired Austria-based mobile-music platform developer Sony NetServices (SNS) for approximately $9 million in cash. SNS, a business-to-business venture that h ...

  29. Sony BMG Not A Publisher Yet

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a Financial Times report that Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to re-enter the music publishing biz, don't expect it to happen anytime soon. When Sony and BMG merged their recorded music divisions in 2004, Sony spun off its publishi ...

  30. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  31. Sony Launches Video Sharing Site

    April 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. on Friday launched a video-sharing Web site in Japan that is seen as a potential rival to YouTube. The eyeVio service enables users to download clips from the Web site onto personal computers as well as portable devices such as Sony ...

  32. Yahoo, Sandisk Team

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Flash memory maker Sandisk Corp. said that Yahoo Inc. would provide music services for its Sansa Connect digital audio player. Sansa Connect lets users listen to typical MP3 songs, but also has a built-in Wi-Fi wireless communication connection, a ...

  33. Bandier Lands Atop Sony/ATV

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marty Bandier will be running Sony/ATV Music Publishing after he exits EMI Music Publishing, the company he helped build over the last 18 years into the world's largest publisher. According to sources close to the situation, Bandier will beco ...

  34. Microsoft Ordered To Pay $1.5 Billion In MP3 Lawsuit

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. must pay $1.52 billion in damages to telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for violating two patents related to digital music, a federal jury ruled Thursday (Feb. 22). The Redmond, Wash.-based software company said t ...

  35. Sony BMG Sales Slip In Q3

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment's sales slid 1.6% to $1.4 billion for the three months ended Dec. 31. Net income for the period increased 26% to $225 million. The company blamed the revenue dip on the digital download market's inability to ...

  36. Sources: Ostrowski To Be Named New Bertelsmann CEO

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Media conglomerate Bertelsmann is set to name Hartmut Ostrowski, the head of its printing and media services division, as the group's new chief executive on Friday, sources familiar with the matter said. "It's clear that Ostrowski w ...

  37. Australian Court Issues Copyright Ruling

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Providing Web links to copyright-protected music is enough to make a site legally liable, an Australian court ruled in a case that created legal uncertainty for search engines around the world. The full bench of the Federal Court, the country' ...

  38. CBS Records Relaunches

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST CBS Corp. is reaching into its past for its latest business proposition: the Tiffany network is launching its own label, CBS Records. The label is starting out small with three artists and plans to grow the roster to eight acts by the end of the y ...

  39. Film, TV Downloads Available Via Xbox 360

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distribution capabilities of its next generation console, Xbox 360, to Hollywood studios beginning Nov. 22. Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S., totaling at least 3 mil Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distri ...

  40. Film, TV Downloads Available Via Xbox 360

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST First game console to secure programming from majors. Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distribution capabilities of its next generation console, Xbox 360, to Hollywood studios beginning Nov. 22. Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S., totaling at leas ...

  41. YouTube Strikes Deals With UMG, Sony BMG, CBS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pacted with Warner Music Group two weeks ago. Video-sharing Web site YouTube Inc. struck content deals Monday (Oct. 9) with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and CBS Corp. For several days, Google Inc. has been rumored to be in t ...

  42. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not be accep European independents lobby organization ...

  43. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade body says appeal 'inadmissible.' European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not b ...

  44. Sony BMG Appeals Joint Venture Annulment

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Appeal lodged with European Court of Justice. Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann today (Oct. 5) appealed against the European Union court decision last July that annulled the merger of their recorded music divisions in 2004. The appeal was lodged at the E ...

  45. Microsoft Preps YouTube Rival

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Testing to begin Sept. 19. Microsoft Corp. will start testing on Tuesday (Sept. 19) an Internet video-sharing service called Soapbox, the software company's answer to Web sensation YouTube. Soapbox ( http://soapbox.msn.com ) is one facet of M ...

  46. BMG Music Publishing Bids Due

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offers to be narrowed to three or fewer. The auction process for BMG Music Publishing is now entering its third phase as firm bids from about 12-15 invited bidders are due before midnight tonight (Aug. 31) Central European Time. During the next se ...

  47. French Law Impacting iPod, iTunes Goes Into Effect

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Forces Apple to make products compatible with rivals. A closely watched French law that lets regulators force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday (Aug. 3). T ...

  48. French Law Impacting iPod, iTunes Goes Into Effect

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Forces Apple to make products compatible with rivals. A closely watched French law that lets regulators force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday (Aug. 3). T ...

  49. Sony BMG Losses Widen

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Release schedule, decline in market cited. Sony BMG's net loss widened in its fiscal first quarter, a stumble it attributes to a change in release timing for a number of unspecified "key" albums that have been pushed back into the s ...

  50. Ex-Sony Execs Advising BC Partners In BMG Pub Bid

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Second phase of bidding began July 24. Former Sony executives Richard Rowe and Paul Russell are advising BC Partners in the equity group's bid for BMG Music Publishing, billboard.biz has learned. BC Partners, which is a leader in European bus ...

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