Supreme Court

  1. Business Matters: Obama, EMI, WMG, Alison Krauss and More

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Two posts worth reading: The Hollywood Reporter's "Why Hollywood Should Be Very Nervous About Elena Kagan," a post about President Obama's nomination for the Supreme Court, and a follow-up by music attorney Chris Castle . &q ...

  2. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Lala, mFlow

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Morgan Joseph maintained its “neutral” rating on Live Nation stock. Note the Morgan analyst believes artists could possibly have less, not more, leverage in the future. “We remain on the sidelines and look for more signs of positive free cash f ...

  3. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  4. Assistant Gets Prison For Killing Linda Stein

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A personal assistant was sentenced Monday to up to life in prison in the deadly bludgeoning of her boss, a punk-rock manager turned high-powered real estate broker. The judge called the aide "almost inhuman," while she insisted she didn& ...

  5. Business Matters: Obama, Grokster, Spotify, Hollywood Records and More

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- On President Obama ’s short list of candidates to fill the position of departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas. As Ben Sheffner pointed out, Thomas wrote the Ninth Circuit’s decision for MG ...

  6. FCC Loses Key Ruling On 'Net Neutrality'

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colu ...

  7. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  8. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  9. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  10. Citigroup Sued By Terra Firma Over EMI Deal

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Private equity firm Terra Firma sued Citigroup Inc, accusing the bank of fraud in connection with Terra Firma's purchase of music business EMI Group in 2007, court documents filed in New York showed. Terra Firma accuses Citigroup of driving u ...

  11. IsoHunt Opts For Trial To Establish Legal Status

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian BitTorrent site isoHunt is taking legal action against the Canadian Recording Industry Association and its major label members in an attempt to establish the legality of its service. "We must fight the increasing noise we are drowned ...

  12. Court Rules In Favor In WMG Chairman Bronfman

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. scored another legal victory on Monday. The New York State Court of Appeals upheld a previous court ruling dismissing a $100 million lawsuit filed against Bronfman two years ago by Simon & Schuste ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. UK Court Rules In Favor Of Procol Harum Organist

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He didn't skip the light fandango, but Procol Harum's former keyboardist said he was delighted Thursday after Britain's top court ruled he was entitled to a share of royalties from the band's hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale.&q ...

  15. Pirate Bay Hires Ex-Grokster Prez Wayne Rosso

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Grokster president Wayne Rosso says he has been hired to help relaunch the Pirate Bay, which the Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory is in the process of acquiring. Last month Global Gaming Factory (GGF) said a new business model fo ...

  16. Briefs: Sotomayor, Ticketmaster, Eminem, Zune HD

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- More on the copyright decisions of Judge Sotomayor , President Obama 's choice for the soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Supreme Court. An example: "Congress's provision allowing for a greater award where willful infringements are fo ...

  17. Business Briefs: Sotomayor, Farkie, Virgin Megastore

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor , issued at least one major opinion on copyright. Wrote Ben Sheffner at his Copyrights and Campaigns blog, "All in all, Judge Sotomayor's Castle Rock opinion i ...

  18. Arbitron 'Welcomes' PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Arbitron welcomes the opportunity to better educate all parties about our Portable People Meter service and its advantages over the diary-based system," said company spokesman Thom Mocarsky. "The FCC Notice of Inquiry will allow us ...

  19. Court Sends Janet Jackson Case Back For Review

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS Corp. in a legal fight over entertainer Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. The high court on Monday directed the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

  20. Billboard Q&A: Lawyers Analyze Pirate Bay Case

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after the court ruling in Stockholm against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, the case is still making headlines and generating huge coverage online, which looks set to continue as the four defendants plan to appeal the verdict of a one-ye ...

  21. Why The Pirate Bay Verdict Doesn't Matter

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Against the backdrop of tomorrow's decision in the lawsuit against torrent tracking site the Pirate Bay is the harsh reality that victories against illegal file-sharing may change the shape of P2P, but they will do little to solve the industr ...

  22. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  23. Lawsuit Against Warner Chief Dismissed

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST An appellate court dismissed the remaining two claims in a lawsuit brought against Warner Music Group chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. by a former CEO of publisher Simon & Schuster who claimed he helped conceive the 2003 buyout of Warner but ...

  24. CRIA Not Suing Torrent Site

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Recording Industry Association is not suing torrent site isoHunt.com as reported on various Internet sites and by the torrent site’s founder. Gary Fung, the Vancouver-based creator of isoHunt, a torrent site that has come under fire f ...

  25. Hall & Oates Sue Over 'Maneater' Recording

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daryl Hall and John Oates have filed a lawsuit saying their music publisher failed to protect their rights to their 1982 hit "Maneater." The pop duo's lawsuit says they learned in April 2007 that an unidentified singer-songwriter ha ...

  26. Arbitron Now Suing N.J. AG

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron on Friday afternoon (Oct. 10) announced it has asked the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram to prevent any attempt ...

  27. Record Company Sues Lil' Kim Over New Album

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A record company has sued Lil' Kim for $2.5 million, saying the Grammy-winning rapper hasn't delivered all the recordings their contract requires. Brookland Media filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court. Lil ...

  28. Commentary: Court's Decision Is A Landmark For The Digital Age

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently handed down a landmark decision upholding the rights of music creators in the Digital Age. By setting compensation rates for the public performance of music on three Internet s ...

  29. Manhattan Jury Convicts Rapper Remy Ma Of Assault

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A Manhattan jury has convicted Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma of assault. She faces up to 25 years in prison. The rapper was convicted Thursday in state Supreme Court. The defence had conceded that Remy Ma fired a shot at a friend she suspected o ...

  30. Supreme Court To Hear Broadcast Indecency Case

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court will hear a challenge from America's major broadcast networks that questions the FCC's ability to fine broadcasters for so-called "fleeting expletives" heard during live broadcasts. The highest court said this ...

  31. Remy Ma's NYC Assault Trial Opens In Manhattan

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Remy Ma went on trial for assault Monday, with a prosecutor claiming the rapper shot and almost killed a friend because she thought the woman had stolen money from her. But a lawyer for the singer, whose real name is Remy Smith, said the July 14 s ...

  32. Music Greats Sue For Back Royalties

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in American music or their estates are suing Universal Music Group Inc. for more than $6 million, claiming the company has been cheating them out of royalties for years. The plaintiffs include Patti Page, and the estates ...

  33. Publishers May Appeal Block On 'iPod Tax'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Collecting society the Canadian Private Copying Collective says it may appeal against a court ruling which has blocked its efforts to obtain compensation for music creators through extending Canada's private-copying levy to cover "digita ...

  34. Plugged And Unplugged

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I love videogames. A good videogame is more fun and engaging to me than any CD, movie or TV show. That's because games are immersive. They're interactive. The good ones have great plot, good voice acting (yes, there is acting in ...

  35. Ginuwine Alleges Contract Fraud

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ginuwine says he was duped into signing a contract with a record company that doesn't exist. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, the R&B singer says he was persuaded to sign on May 8, 2007, with King Music Group In ...

  36. Report: Minimum Advertised Pricing Gets Court OK

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a ruling that will be music to the ears of traditional CD retailers, the Supreme Court reportedly struck down an antitrust rule that now makes it possible for manufacturers and distributors to set minimum retail prices. The decision will give p ...

  37. The Orchard Sues LTDnetwork

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard has sued LTDnetwork for non-payment of an invoice for music delivered by the music content provider. The complaint, filed May 16 in the Supreme Court in New York, alleges that the Orchard entered a license agreement with the Qtrax ad-s ...

  38. Warner Music's Bronfman Sued For $100M

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group Corp. chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. was sued on Monday for $100 million by a former CEO of publisher Simon & Schuster who claims Bronfman failed to compensate him for conceiving the 2003 buyout of Warner. Former CEO Dic ...

  39. Apple Corps, EMI Settle Beatles Royalty Row

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps, the Beatles' company, has settled its £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label EMI. EMI would not disclose details of the settlement, which was reached last month. An EMI spokeswoman tells Billboar ...

  40. Music Publishers, Kazaa Reach Settlement

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, according to the National Music Publishers' Association ...

  41. Ono Sues Capitol Over Lennon Royalties

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Files $10 million lawsuit. John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against her late husband's old record company accusing them of cheating his estate out of his royalties. In a three-page lawsuit filed in Manhattan ...

  42. EMI Music Licenses Catalog To Qtrax

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service expected to launch beta later this year. EMI Music has licensed its catalog to an experimental, ad-supported peer-to-peer file-sharing service from Qtrax. Like other legitimate P2P networks that have come to market in the wake of the Groks ...

  43. Vietnam To Hear Glitter Appeal On June 15

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Vietnam court has rescheduled an appeal hearing of disgraced British "glam rocker" Gary Glitter over his three-year sentence for molesting children to June 15, his lawyer said on Tuesday. A Vietnam court has rescheduled an appeal heari ...

  44. P2P Bearshare Settles With RIAA For $30 Million

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-peer network to bow to the music industry in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster. The file swapping service, a unit of Free Peers Inc., and Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-pe ...

  45. P2P Bearshare Settles For $30 Million

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BearShare assets bought by iMesh. Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-peer network to bow to the music industry in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster. The file swapping service, a unit of Free Peers Inc., and its prin ...

  46. Glitter Set For Appeal In Vietnam

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT One-day hearing set for May 19. Disgraced British "glam rocker" Gary Glitter, sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese jail for molesting children, will appeal to the country's Supreme Court on May 19, his lawyer said on Wednesday ( ...

  47. Clothing Manufacturer Sues Jessica Simpson

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims pop star breached contract. A California-based clothing manufacturer is suing Jessica Simpson for $100 million, claiming she breached their contract by failing to support lines of apparel she developed with the company. Tarrant Apparel Grou ...

  48. China To Create New IP Court

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Chinese government is to establish a new special court which will deal with the country's piracy crimes. The Judicial Court of Intellectual Property, set up under China's supreme court, will be de The Chinese government is to establi ...

  49. China To Create New IP Court

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST New authority will hear local, int'l complaints. The Chinese government is to establish a new special court which will deal with the country's piracy crimes. The Judicial Court of Intellectual Property, set up under China's supreme ...

  50. Busta Rhymes Sued For Assault

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alleged incident in NYC, six months ago. Rapper Busta Rhymes has been sued by a disgruntled fan who says the artist assaulted him after he asked for an autograph. In a civil suit made public yesterday (March 1) in Manhattan Supreme Court, Melvin S ...

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