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  1. Ray Charles Songs Lawsuit Could Make Major Impact On Copyright Battles

    October 16, 2012 6:50 PM EDT In a battle over rights to Ray Charles' famous songs, the charitable foundation that was bequeathed the singer's money and assets is suddenly in a tough spot, in danger of losing the substantial revenues that "I Got a Woman," & ...

  2. Megaupload's Motion to Dismiss Copyright Case Denied by U.S. Judge

    October 09, 2012 12:25 PM EDT U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady has rejected Megaupload's attempt to escape prosecution for allegedly committing massive copyright infringement. Attorneys for Megaupload argued that the company was foreign-based and that the U.S. ...

  3. Morning Fix: Mumford Mania; Apple's iPad Mini; Best Buy Buyers

    October 03, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MUMFORD & SONS' BABEL HAS 2012'S BIGGEST DEBUT, TOPS BILLBOARD 200. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release Babel had an historic first week: The British ...

  4. Morning Fix: Aussies Approve UMG-EMI; Jay-Z, Beyonce's Obama Fundraiser; Facebookification of Twitter

    September 19, 2012 7:39 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL APPROVED BY AUSTRALIAN REGULATORS WITH NO DIVESTMENTS: Australia's competition and consumer commission has given the thumbs-up to Universal M ...

  5. Kim Dotcom Responds to Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have a Case'

    July 10, 2012 8:42 AM EDT A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The d ...

  6. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Could Face Prison Time

    June 29, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 20 ...

  7. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

  8. Business Matters: Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools in Copyright Holders' Toolkits?

    March 02, 2012 5:12 PM EST Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools Are There in Copyright Holders' Toolkit -- Even without an anti-piracy law like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the U.S. government has gone after a foreign-based Internet company. Rather than block acce ...

  9. Toto Suing Sony For Online Royalty Payments

    February 27, 2012 4:00 PM EST Add Toto to the list of heritage acts suing their labels for not treating download sales as a license arrangement, which require 50% of net proceeds to be paid to the band, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern New Y ...

  10. Judge in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Battle Asks to Hear More Information

    December 20, 2011 9:23 AM EST A federal judge is taking the unusual step of allowing an amicus brief to be considered at the early stages of litigation that will determine whether the original lead singer of the Village People has a right to terminate copyright grants on 32 so ...

  11. Grooveshark Responds to Universal Music Lawsuit

    November 22, 2011 6:34 PM EST Grooveshark has responded to the lawsuit Universal Music Group filed against the music service on Friday over alleged copyright violations. Internal Emails in Grooveshark/Universal Case Show Grooveshark Opted to Post First, Ask for Permission Late ...

  12. National Music Publishers' Assoc. Resolves Copyright Lawsuit With YouTube

    August 17, 2011 4:49 PM EDT The National Music Publishers' Association has resolved its copyright infringement lawsuit with YouTube, although details are not yet being made available. According to an announcement from the NMPA, thanks to the resolution, "music publ ...

  13. T-Pain Sues Auto-Tune Inventor

    July 28, 2011 6:40 AM EDT Ah, auto-tune, the popular vocal effect used by producers to correct a singer's pitch. It's impossible to turn on modern hip-hop radio these days without hearing it. Now T-Pain, the R&B singer and producer widely credited with popula ...

  14. Viacom Sues Cablevision over iPad Streams

    June 24, 2011 8:33 AM EDT NEW YORK - Viacom Inc sued Cablevision Systems Corp to halt what it called the unauthorized streaming of its programing on devices such as Apple Inc's iPad. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, one day after court doc ...

  15. Business Matters: Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve

    May 04, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve -- Here's the latest on the surprisingly strong recorded music sales of 2011. Through May 1, track sales are up 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Current tracks are up 10% and catalog tracks are up ...

  16. LimeWire Founder Mark Gorton to Reveal Net Worth in Court

    April 25, 2011 1:11 PM EDT At a trial next month to determine how much LimeWire owes record companies for infringing copyrighted songs on its file-sharing platform, the plaintiffs will get a chance to investigate LimeWire founder Mark Gorton's net worth and whether he ...

  17. Live Nation Litigation Over Rolling Stones Tour Can Move Forward

    April 07, 2011 9:40 PM EDT Michael Cohl, the embattled mega-producer currently contending with delays over "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" as well as a multi-million dollar fight with former employer, Live Nation, has gotten something to fall his way. On Monday, a ...

  18. iTunes Monopoly? Apple's Jobs Ordered by Judge to Answer Anti-Competition Charges

    March 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  19. Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store Trademark

    March 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Apple Inc has sued Amazon.com Inc in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using Apple's APP STORE trademark, according to a court filing. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court late last week, said Amazon has improperly ...

  20. Netflix Data on Customer Viewing Habits Sparks Class Action Lawsuit

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Netflix is contending with a new class action lawsuit that alleges the streaming service violates customer privacy by retaining viewing and payment records even after a customer cancels his or her service. Peter Comstock, a Virginia resident, file ...

  21. Edgar Bronfman Jr., Warner Music Group CEO, Found Guilty of Insider Trading by French Court

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A French court, in a surprise ruling, on Friday convicted and fined Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. for insider trading and former high-flying Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier for misusing company funds and misleading investor ...

  22. LimeWire Trying to Drag Amazon, Apple Into Record Labels' $1 Billion Copyright Damages Claim

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST LimeWire isn't going quietly to its death. The veteran file-sharing service is looking to get court-ordered subpoenas that require third parties to open up about their dealings with the record industry. After U.S. District Court Judge Kimba W ...

  23. Film Musicians Sue for Access to Spyglass Entertainment Financials

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund, a trust set up to collect and distribute residual payments to musicians in the TV and film industry, is eyeing Spyglass Entertainment for possible money owed on at least fifteen motion pictures. The group ...

  24. 'South Park' Sued For 'Stealing' Music Video

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Less than a month after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of "Inception" from the website CollegeHumor, the show is again facing accusations of content th ...

  25. 'South Park' Sued For 'Stealing' Music Video

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Less than a month after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of "Inception" from the website CollegeHumor, the show is again facing accusations of content th ...

  26. Author Seeks Shutdown Of 'Fela!' Broadway Musical

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The author of a book about the late Afrobeat Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti has sued the producers of the award-winning Broadway musical "Fela!" to stop performances, saying they stole his work and thought an offer of $4,000 was all he des ...

  27. LimeWire To Shut Down P2P Operations

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a big win for record labels, a judge on Tuesday issued an injunction that will force that company to cease its P2P operation. After today, according to information shared by LimeWire, the company will no longer support or distribute its P2P fil ...

  28. Citi Banker In Trial Over EMI Says Truthful To Hands

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Citigroup Inc banker David Wormsley, testifying in a civil fraud trial pitting the word of Terra Firma private equity chief Guy Hands against his, said on Monday he was "always truthful and honest as I could be" with Hands. Wormsley wrot ...

  29. Hands Recalls Banker, Biscuits On Eve of EMI Bid

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chocolate biscuits and a disputed telephone conversation with a Citigroup Inc banker friend -- that is all the detail British buyout house boss Guy Hands said he could remember on Wednesday about a board meeting the day before his ill-fated May 20 ...

  30. No Paper on Key Citigroup Calls, Hands Tells Trial

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma buyout house chief executive Guy Hands testified on Wednesday he had no paper trail to support his allegations that a Citigroup Inc banker friend lied to him in three May 2007 phone calls about bidding for iconic music company EMI. Ask ...

  31. False Assumption Led To EMI bid, Hands Testifies

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands bid for storied music company EMI in 2007 based on false statements from a Citigroup banker that there was a rival offer he had to beat, the British financier told a jury on Tuesday. Hands, who founded Terra Firma Capital Partners, took ...

  32. New York Jury Asked To Identify Lies In EMI Dispute

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A New York jury was asked on Monday to decide who may have lied in a dispute over a Citigroup-backed, $6.4 billion buyout of legendary music company EMI by British financier Guy Hands in 2007. The outspoken Hands and his onetime Citigroup banker f ...

  33. Terra Firma's Hands in NY Trial Battle vs. Citi

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A fraud claim by British financier Guy Hands against Citigroup Inc over his $6.4 billion buyout of legendary music company EMI in 2007 went to trial in New York on Monday (Oct. 18), the two sides apparently unable to settle their dispute out of co ...

  34. Citigroup Faces Trial Over EMI Auction

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd can proceed to trial against Citigroup Inc in their dispute over Terra's 2007 acquisition of music group EMI, a federal judge ruled. The buyout house alleges in its lawsuit that Citigroup inflated the price of ...

  35. Bob Marley Family Loses Case Over Hit Records

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Mus ...

  36. Terra Firma, Citigroup Clash Ahead Of Court Case

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma and Citigroup have each filed new court documents ahead of a hearing in New York this week as part of a long-running fraud case brought by EMI Group's private equity owners. In its documents, Terra Firma alleges Citigroup was resp ...

  37. Live Nation Joins Effort To Pre-Sue Bootleggers

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has now joined AEG in filing a lawsuit , this time against several John Does in advance of this weekend's OzzFest, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, in Devore, Calif. Here's the complaint , filed in U.S. District Court in California o ...

  38. Judge Cuts Penalty in Tenenbaum File-Sharing Case by 90%

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Calling the original penalty “unconstitutionally excessive,” the judge in the Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case slashed to $67,500 from $675,000 the amount the Boston University grad student was ordered to pay for infringing the copyrights of four r ...

  39. Consumers Sue Apple Over iPhone Antenna Problems

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has been sued by iPhone customers in at least three complaints related to antenna problems on its newest model. Apple launched the iPhone 4 last week to a huge groundswell of demand. But the launch was also plagued by complaints from som ...

  40. Analysis: What Viacom's Loss To YouTube Means To Content Owners

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How much of Wednesday’s court ruling against Viacom in its $1 billion copyright battle over YouTube tip the balance of power from professional content creators to online distributors? In ruling on summary judgment that the Google-owned video-shari ...

  41. DOJ Dismisses Criticism Of Ticketmaster-LN Merger

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, the Department of Justice dismissed some criticism of its approval of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. “In sum,” reads the DOJ’s response to public comments, “the perpetual license of the Ticketmaster Host platform, the divestiture ...

  42. Judge Rules For Don Henley In Ad Flap

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has tentatively ruled that California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated rocker Don Henley's copyrights on two songs when he used them as the basis for campaign commercials posted on YouTube. In addition, the judge sai ...

  43. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  44. Billboard Q&A: LimeWire CEO George Searle

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite losing in court, the peer-to-peer executive says he still wants to work with labels. On May 12, the same day that LimeWire CEO George Searle turned 46, a federal judge found the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service and founder/chairman ...

  45. HTC Sues To Block iPhone, iPad, iPod Sales

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HTC Corp has fired back in its legal battle with Apple Inc , asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods in the United States. In a complaint filed with the ITC and obtained by Reuters, HTC accused Apple ...

  46. The Fray's Ex-Manager Wins Round In Court

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge agreed that a lawyer for Denver-based band the Fray might face liability in the band's ongoing court battle with a former manager. The band alleges its former manager, Gregg Latterman, failed to disclose that his company obtai ...

  47. HTC Says Confident Can Defend Against Apple Suit

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cellphone developer HTC Corp said it is confident it can fight off a recent technology patent infringement lawsuit from iPhone maker Apple Inc and promised to issue a formal response in the next few weeks. The comments released on Thursday (March ...

  48. Ruling By End March In EMI Deal Dispute

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST A U.S. judge said he would rule by the end of March on whether or not to grant a request by Citigroup Inc to move a lawsuit by Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd to London in a dispute over the buyout house's acquisition of EMI. Terra Firma cha ...

  49. Apple Sues HTC Over Phones With Google Software

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc sued Taiwan's HTC Corp, which makes touchscreen smartphones using Google software, accusing it of infringing 20 hardware and software patents related to the iPhone. Even though the suit did not name Google Inc as a defendant, Apple& ...

  50. 'Is There Another Case In The Galaxy That's Held Up Damages To That Degree?'

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST A hearing in the Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case on Tuesday addressed whether or not the court should reduce the $675,000 jury verdict. A larger award was recently reduced in the Thomas-Rasset file-sharing case. Tenebaum's attorney has said t ...

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