U.S. Copyright Office

  1. A2IM Head Bengloff Strikes Out at Majors, RIAA, Amazon and YouTube in Keynote

    June 20, 2014 8:47 AM EDT In his keynote address, A2IM president Rich Bengloff said that the trade group's board members cited the main issue their business is facing is how music licensing transactions were evolving and the concept of digital breakage. "Breakage ...

  2. U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    June 04, 2014 2:16 AM EDT The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations ...

  3. Copyright Office Opens Up for Comments Ahead of Overhaul

    March 18, 2014 10:36 AM EDT As part of the U.S. Congress' current review of U.S. copyright law, the U.S. copyright office has sent out a notice and a request for public comment in an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music in the dig ...

  4. Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive

    December 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Recording Academy is convening leadership roundtables between music creators and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights and director Maria Pallante. The initiative ties in with Pallante's stated goal of hearing from the various stak ...

  5. Copyright Review Under the Microscope at World Creators Summit

    June 05, 2013 2:55 AM EDT While U.S. register of copyright Marie Pallente called for Congress to perform a comprehensive review of copyright at the World Creators Summit held today in Washington, DC, other speakers during the day questioned if a surgical rewriting would ...

  6. Reversion Rights: Will 2013 Be A Game-Changer?

    December 27, 2012 2:30 PM EST While albums released in 1978 (as shown here) are the first batch eligible for possible reversion of ownership to pass from labels back to the artists, so far the only acts to file notice of termination for master right recordings with the U.S. co ...

  7. Copyright Royalty Board Appoints Suzanne M. Barnett to Chief Copyright Judge

    April 13, 2012 4:06 PM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be led by a new chief copyright judge with the appointment of Suzanne M. Barnett to that position. She was picked by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to replace outgoing Chief Copyright Royalty James S ...

  8. Business Matters: Copyright Office Proposes Federalization of Protections for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

    December 30, 2011 5:30 PM EST We'll Take 'Em: U.S. Copyright's Office's Plan For Pre-1972 Recordings -- The U.S. Copyright Office has recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be under the auspices of the federal government. The report ...

  9. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day One: How Can Musicians Afford To Keep The Lights On?

    October 04, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Keeping The Lights On: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen spoke about writing the theme song for "The Colbert Report" as one of the way he earns income at this year's Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit in Washingt ...

  10. Confusion Emerges Over the Right to Terminate U.S. Copyright Grants

    July 22, 2011 1:31 PM EDT Confusion emerges over the right to terminate U.S. copyright grants
One of the intents of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1909 was to give certain authors, songwriters and other creators the right to recapture their previously assigned copyrights ...

  11. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull

    June 02, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered into a long-term, worldwide co-publishing agreement with Pitbull. Moreover, when the artist's current deal with the Universal Music Publishing Group expir ...

  12. Business Matters: Is the 'Tesco Model' Music Retail's Next Big Problem?

    March 07, 2011 5:20 PM EST Is the "Tesco Model" Music Retail's Next Big Problem? -- U.K. grocery chain Tesco, a major player in CD sales, is pushing record labels to accept small, upfront payments and the remainder of the cost after the CD sold. Tesco would l ...

  13. Maria Pallante Appointed Acting Register of Copyrights

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Maria A. Pallante, senior adviser to the Librarian of Congress, has been appointed Acting Register of Copyrights, assuming the duties of Marybeth Peters, who will retire on Dec. 31, after 16 years as Register of Copyrights. Pallante, whose appoint ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Copyright Office To Debut Online Registration System

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization. The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, ...

  16. SHOF Honors 'Take Me Out'

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will be honoring "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with the towering song award at this year's gala. The award is presented each year to the creators of an individual song that has influenced America ...

  17. EMI Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against InfoSpace

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music publishing giant EMI has filed a $100 million lawsuit against one of the world's biggest ringtone providers. In a complaint filed Jan. 12 in U.S. District Court in New York, EMI alleges that InfoSpace and its subsidiaries Moviso and Pre ...

  18. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  19. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  20. 9,000 Artists, 2,000 Indie Labels Owed Royalties

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange trying to locate them by Dec. 15. SoundExchange is trying to locate about 9,000 recording artists and 2,000 independent record companies before Dec. 15 when their claims for performance royalties will no longer be accepted for 1996 t ...

  21. Harry Fox Appoints Chief Info Officer

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gilchrist moves to role from ProLink Comm. The Harry Fox Agency has appointed Samuel Gilchrist as chief information officer. He will be in charge of the IT Client Solutions department in New York, reporting to president/CEO Gary Churgin. Gilchrist ...

  22. 'Orphan Works' Legislation Introduced In House

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in the House today (May 23) the Orphan Works Act of 2006, which creates new guidelines for use of copyrighted material when the original owner cannot be loca U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in ...

  23. Behind the Deal: Contracts Covering Bankruptcy

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Few music lovers feel a thrill hearing horror stories of recordings getting tied up in a label's bankruptcy. When it happens, a label's rights to an artist's services, sound-recording copyrights, mast Few music lovers feel a thrill ...

  24. Behind the Deal: Music Licensing Reform & Proposed Bills

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For more than a year, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has been holding hearings on music licensing needs in the digital age. It has For more than a year, the U.S. House Judic ...

  25. Case Summary: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Common-Law Copyright

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, held on April 5 that the state's common-law copyright protects pre-1972 sound recordings -- even if recorded in another country where co The New York State Court of Appeals, ...

  26. Case Summary: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Common-Law Copyright

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, held on April 5 that the state's common-law copyright protects pre-1972 sound recordings -- even if recorded in another country where co The New York State Court of Appeals, ...

  27. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Policy Chief

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She rep The International Federation of the Phonograph ...

  28. Copyright Office Seeks Comments On DAS Reporting

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the way certain digital audio services report their use of sound recordings to copyright owners is April 14. NEW YORK -- The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright O ...

  29. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Perlmutter joins from Time Warner. The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the L ...

  30. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Perlmutter joins from Time Warner. The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the L ...

  31. SoundExchange Names General Counsel

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gary R. Greenstein has been named general counsel of digital performing rights body SoundExchange in Washington, D.C. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs for the Recording Industry A Gary R. Greenstein has been named general coun ...

  32. SoundExchange Names General Counsel

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gary R. Greenstein has been named general counsel of digital performing rights body SoundExchange in Washington, D.C. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs for the RIAA, where he handl Gary R. Greenstein has been named general coun ...

  33. Copyright

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Story: Copyright Office seeks comments This Week's Story: Copyright Office Examining 'Orphan Works' By Susan Butler NEW YORK -- The U.S. Copyright Office is seeking comments on whether there are compelling concerns ...

  34. The Digital Rights Bundle: Real Progress For Copyright Owners?

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST In April 2005, BMI will mark the 10th anniversary of the music industry's first license for the digital performance of music over the Internet. Del Bryant is president/CEO of BMI. In April 2005, BMI will mark the 10th anniversary of the music ...

  35. Copyright Office Amends LOC Recording Rule

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office has amended its ruling that allows the Library of Congress to make recordings of unpublished radio, cable, satellite and Internet broadcasts and transmissions to add to its c WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Copyright Office ...

  36. Backlogged Congress Could Put Induce Bill On Hold

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Senate consideration of the so-called Induce bill may be put off until late November. The reason? There's not enough time left for lawmakers to take care of all their legislative business. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senate consideration of the so-ca ...

  37. U.S. Copyright Office Finalizing Induce Act Redraft

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Billboard.biz has learned that on Thursday (Sept. 2), the U.S. Copyright Office sent a "talking points" redraft of the pending Induce Act to opponents of the wording of the original bill. Billboard.biz has learned that on Thursday (Sept. ...

  38. DiMA, SoundExchange Seek Stay On Royalty Rate

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Media Assn. and SoundExchange, which collects digital performance royalties for recording companies and artists, have jointly proposed to the U.S. Copyright Office that Internet radio roya WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Digital Media Assn. (D ...

  39. DiMA, SoundExchange Seek Stay On Royalty Rate

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) and SoundExchange, which collects digital performance royalties for recording companies and artists, have jointly proposed to the U.S. Copyright Office that Internet rad The Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) and SoundExchan ...

  40. Copyright Office Invites Comments

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to permit the Library of Congress to record unpublished radio programs and other audio and audiovisual transmission programs. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Copyright Office is proposin ...

  41. Copyright Office Seeks Performance Right For HD Radio

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office has told Congress that with the advent of high-definition (HD) digital radio, the time has come to grant a full performance right in sound recording to labels and artists. WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Copyright Office has told ...

  42. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. <br clear Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure A ...

  43. Industry Eyes On Induce Act Hearing

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today (July 22) on the so-called Induce bill. Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at th ...

  44. Rock Stars, Lawmakers Meet At FMC Summit

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following a keynote speech Monday (May 3) by FCC commissioner Michael Copps, attendees at the second day of the Future of Music Policy Summit at George Washington University will hear from panelists r WASHINGTON, D.C.--Following a keynote speech M ...

  45. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  46. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are ha ...

  47. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. <br clear="no NLRB Dismisses 'Virtual Music ...

  48. U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rules

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office on March 11 published its long-awaited interim regulations announcing notice and recordkeeping requirements for the use of sound recordings under two statutory licenses under WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Copyright Office on ...

  49. Kazaa Case Hits New Snag

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST SYDNEY--The Australian record industry's attempts to launch a copyright infringement case against Kazaa is facing another stumbling block. Lawyers for Kazaa's Sydney-based parent Sharman Networks lodg Internet Giants Join Forces Against ...

  50. Copyright Office Sets Webcaster Royalty Rates

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office has published long-awaited royalty rates for Web music broadcasts, ending a year-long process marked by legal and financial wrangling. Regulations published last Friday (Feb. The U.S. Copyright Office has published long-a ...