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  1. George Clinton Recovers Masters

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court awarded George Clinton sole copyright ownership of four Funkadelic albums he recorded for Warner Bros. around 1979. NEW YORK -- A federal court awarded George Clinton sole copyright ownership of four Funkadelic albums he recorded f ...

  2. Case Summary: DMCA Subpoenas

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of America in 2003 served subpoenas on two universities, seeking the identities of two individuals who were downloading unauthorized music files. The universities provided The Recording Industry Assn. of America in 200 ...

  3. EU Says Raided VNU, ACNielsen In Antitrust Probe

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission raided Dutch media group VNU and its market research unit ACNielsen in March in an antitrust probe, a spokesman for an EC executive said April 22. BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- The European Commission raided Dutch media gr ...

  4. Ruling: EchoStar Must Carry UMG Vid Network

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EchoStar Communications' Dish network must honor a contractual obligation to carry a new music video network from Vivendi Universal and Universal Music Group, a U.S. District Court in Manhattan has ru NEW YORK -- EchoStar Communications' ...

  5. Ruling: EchoStar Must Carry UMG Vid Network

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EchoStar Communications' Dish network must honor a contractual obligation to carry a new music video network from Vivendi Universal and Universal Music Group, a U.S. District Court in Manhattan has ru EchoStar Communications' Dish networ ...

  6. Lawyer Sues Verity, Siegel For 'Interference'

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Connecticut lawyer who represents gospel artists claims that record companies and a label executive have interfered in his attorney-client relationships. NEW YORK -- A Connecticut lawyer who represents gospel artists claims that record companies ...

  7. Lawyer Sues Verity, Claiming 'Interference'

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Connecticut lawyer who represents gospel artists claims record companies and a label executive have interfered in his attorney-client relationships. A Connecticut lawyer who represents gospel artists claims record companies and a label executive ...

  8. Gibson Dunn Adds To Litigation Team

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added litigators to its media and entertainment teams in New York and Denver. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added litigators to its media and entertainment teams in New York and Denver. In New York, Cynthia Ar ...

  9. FTC Blocks Blockbuster From Hollywood Buy

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Federal Trade Commission has filed a motion to bar Blockbuster from pursuing a hostile takeover of Hollywood Video. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a motion to bar Blockbuster from pursuing a hostile takeover of Hollywood Video. Blockbu ...

  10. Vivendi Claims Dish Debacle

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Universal S.A. says it is ready to launch a music channel with an "international flavor" for EchoStar Communications' Dish network but claims EchoStar refuses to honor its contractual obligati NEW YORK -- Vivendi Universal S ...

  11. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  12. Court Convicts Two File-Sharers

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice's "Operation Gridlock" anti-piracy initiative, announced last August, yielded its first major results Jan. 15 with felony convictions against two individuals for illegal WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. De ...

  13. Judge To Marvel: Pay Lee

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Comic book legend Stan Lee could be in for a monster payday after a Manhattan judge ruled that Marvel Enterprises had unfairly deprived him of profits generated by "Spider-Man" and other characters ov (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Comic bo ...

  14. Justice Dep't Convicts Two File-Sharers

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice's "Operation Gridlock" anti-piracy initiative, announced last August, yielded its first major results Jan. 15 with felony convictions against two individuals for illega The U.S. Department of Justice&# ...

  15. Black Promoters Lose Discrimination Case

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST A U.S. District Court judge in New York has ruled in favor of a group of agents and promoters in a case brought against them by four African-American concert promoters who claimed they had faced discr NASHVILLE -- A U.S. District Court judge in Ne ...

  16. Black Promoters Lose Discrimination Case

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST A U.S. District Court Judge in New York has ruled in favor of a group of agents and promoters in a case brought against them by four African-American concert promoters who claimed they had faced discr A U.S. District Court Judge in New York has ru ...

  17. Latin Distributors Named in Copyright Lawsuits

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST UMG, Univision file separate complaints. UMG Recordings and Univision Music jointly filed two separate complaints yesterday (Dec. 9) in California against two Latin music distributors alleging copyright infringement. The first suit, which also nam ...

  18. Latin Distributors Named in Copyright Lawsuits

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST UMG Recordings and Univision Music jointly filed two separate complaints yesterday (Dec. 9) in California against two Latin music distributors alleging copyright infringement. UMG Recordings and Univision Music jointly filed two separate complaint ...

  19. Ja Rule Manager, Others Face Charges Related To The Inc. Probe

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ron Robinson, personal manager for rap artist Ja Rule, was arraigned Nov. 17 in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on charges of money laundering and money-laundering conspiracy involving more tha NEW YORK -- Ron Robinson, personal manager for ...

  20. Two More Indicted In Connection With The Inc. Probe

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Two more individuals have been indicted in a case that is said to be connected to the ongoing federal investigation into record label The Inc. That probe reportedly involves alleged ties to drug traff Two more individuals have been indicted in a c ...

  21. Ja Rule Manager Faces Money-Laundering Charges

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sources: Case stems from probe of The Inc. Ron Robinson, personal manager for Ja Rule, was arraigned today (Nov. 17) in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on charges of money laundering and money-laundering conspiracy involving more than $1 mi ...

  22. ASCAP, Radio Stations Reach $1.7B Deal

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In what is being touted as the largest single licensing deal in radio history, ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced Oct. 18 a $1.7 billion agreement covering commercial radio s NEW YORK -- In what is being touted as the lar ...

  23. ASCAP, Radio Stations Reach $1.7B Deal

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Agreement covers licenses for broadcasts, simulcasts. In what is being touted as the largest single licensing deal in radio history, ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced today (Oct. 18) a $1.7 billion agreement covering com ...

  24. ASCAP, Radio Stations Reach $1.7B Deal

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In what is being touted as the largest single licensing deal in radio history, ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced today (Oct. 18) a $1.7 billion agreement covering commercial In what is being touted as the largest single ...

  25. Case Analysis: Compulsory Mechanical License And Distribution Contract Terms

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An indie label's lawsuit against its distributor, Artemis Records, and competitor Sony Music Entertainment was thrown out of federal court Sept. 20 because the label didn't follow the Copyright Act's An indie label's lawsuit ag ...

  26. New York Court Strikes Down Bootleg Statute

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts may no longer be a federal crime in New York City, at least if one judge's opinion is upheld. Making and selling bootleg recordings of live concerts may no longer be a federal crime in Ne ...

  27. Antitrust Suit Continues Against Clear Channel

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel Entertainment to proceed to trial. A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel ...

  28. Yahoo!'s Battle Over French Court's Jurisdiction Lingers On

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While Yahoo!'s legal battle over a French court's order to restrict access to its U.S. Web site lingers, the parties seem ready to let old dogs lie. NEW YORK -- While Yahoo!'s legal battle over a French court's order to restric ...

  29. Judge Gives Go-Ahead To CCE Antitrust Suit

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel Entertainment to proceed to trial. A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel ...

  30. Judge Gives Go-Ahead To CCE Antitrust Suit

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel Entertainment to proceed to trial. A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel ...

  31. Case Analysis Of Sony Music Entertainment v. Does 1 - 40

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On July 26, 2004, judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion in the RIAA case filed by 17 record companies against 40 unidentified Doe defendan On July 26, 2004, judge Denny Chin of the U.S. ...

  32. Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The founding members of popular '80s metal band Megadeth are banging their heads in court. Two separate actions hinge on a purported settlement ending the bandmates' corporate partnership, and whether Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits ...

  33. Judge Allows Napster Suit To Move Forward

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO -- As Napster 2.0 plugs ahead in the digital music marketplace, the original Napster's investors are stuck in court. A federal judge in San Francisco's U.S. District Court on July 14 den SAN FRANCISCO -- As Napster 2.0 plug ...

  34. Hatch's 'Induce' Bill Spurs Debate Among Industry Groups

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and recording-artist organizations are disputing claims that the proposed "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act" would undermine the Supreme Court's 1984 Sony-Betamax decision on legitimat WASHINGTON, D.C.-The RIAA and r ...

  35. GNR Denied In Bid To Suppress Recordings

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has denied a request by Axl Rose and former members of Guns N' Roses for an injunction barring the L.A. indie label Cleopatra Records' release of an album by Hollywood Rose, an early i LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge has d ...

  36. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  37. GNR Denied In Bid To Suppress Recordings

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has denied a request by Axl Rose and former members of Guns N' Roses for an injunction barring the L.A. indie label Cleopatra Records' release of an album by Hollywood Rose, an early i A federal judge has denied a request ...

  38. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the ...

  39. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  40. Select-O-Hits 'Knew Better' In Infringement Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in New York has slapped Select-O-Hits with $312,000 in statutory damages in a suit filed by Universal Music Group (UMG) over the indie's distribution of rap mix CDs. LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge in New York has slapped Selec ...

  41. House To Re-Examine DMCA Digital Royalty Issue

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A House copyright panel will soon announce an oversight hearing to review a section of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that deals with the performance right for digital sound recordin WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House copyright panel wi ...

  42. DVD Filtering Software In Copyright Dispute

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nissim Corp. has filed a lawsuit against ClearPlay, alleging that the defendant's software -- which filters out scenes with violence, sex or foul language from films on DVD -- infringes on its patents LOS ANGELES -- Nissim Corp. has filed a l ...

  43. Gibson Guitars Sues Competitors Over 'Imitations'

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Instrument maker to defend trademarks in court. Gibson Guitars, manufacturer of the industry standard Les Paul model, is now aggressively defending its trademark guitar and others by turning to the federal courts. In late May, Nashville-based Gibs ...

  44. Judge Throws Out EMI SoundScan-Fraud Allegations

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a claim by Avatar Records that EMI hired marketing consultants in an attempt to inflate Nielsen SoundScan numbers. The indie label had alleged that the EMI-pa A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a cl ...

  45. Judge Throws Out EMI SoundScan-Fraud Allegations

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a claim by Avatar Records that EMI hired marketing consultants in an attempt to inflate Nielsen SoundScan numbers. The indie label had alleged that the EMI-pa A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a cl ...

  46. Film Studios Mum On ClearPlay Suit

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It's still unclear if the Directors Guild of America (DGA) plans to sue hardware manufacturer RCA and retail giant Wal-Mart for making and selling a new ClearPlay-enabled DVD player. LOS ANGELES--It's still unclear if the Directors Guild ...

  47. CERTA Tackles Piracy This Week

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON--Members of the newly-organized CERTA, the Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations, are meeting with members of Congress Tuesday (April 20) to drum up support to combat entert Virgin Artist Severs Ties On Contract Dispute B ...

  48. Recent Cases And Filings

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This week's recent case and filings includes EMI Music Marketing and Gucci America. Case : EMI Music Marketing v. Orpheus Music; Charles Huggins Issue: Breach of royalty agreement due to non-payment. Cite: New York Supreme Court, 600971 Filin ...

  49. Indecency Fines Set To Escalate

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON--Word on the Hill is that indecency fines are set to shoot through the roof soon. With public grousing and election-year politicking guiding Federal Communications Commission thinking, the Immediatek To Buy DiscLive Clear Channel Trial ...

  50. Clear Channel Antitrust Suit Gets Date

    April 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. District Court judge has set an Aug. 2 trial date in the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/legal_management/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000480606">antitrust case</A> aga A U.S. District Court ju ...

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