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  1. Roger Faxon Joining Board of British TV Network ITV

    October 22, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Roger Faxon, former CEO of EMI Group Ltd, is joining the board of the UK's Independent Television Authority (ITV) as a non-executive director effective Oct. 31 2012, according to a release sent out by the network. "Roger will bring to th ...

  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. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  4. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge on UMG-EMI; Barclays Center Vs. MSG; PSY Tops YouTube; Pussy Riot at NYU

    September 24, 2012 7:38 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UMG's CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE ON GIVING UP PARLOPHONE, THE 'PROPAGANDA WAR.' FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL: After a whirlwind Friday in which Universal Music finally r ...

  5. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger News; iPhone 5 Mania; Dangerbird Shake-Up; Billy Corgan's Tea House

    September 14, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL GOES TO EU VOTE NEXT WEEK; FTC DECISION BY END OF MONTH: SOURCES: The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the e ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. New Zealand High Court Declares Kim Dotcom Raid 'Illegal'

    June 28, 2012 2:40 PM EDT A New Zealand high court judge has declared the raids on Megaupload's Kim Dotcom and others to have been "illegal." In a 56-page decision, Judge Helen Winkelmann says that when local law enforcement cooperated with the U.S. governme ...

  8. Universal Music Group Receives Statement of Objections From European Commission Over EMI Deal

    June 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Universal Music Group has formally received the European Competition Commission's Statement of Objections regarding its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded music department, a step that the company had long expected part of the normal EU ...

  9. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  10. Kim Dotcom Doc Co-Produced by Donovan Leitch, Biography By Neil Strauss In the Works

    May 09, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kim Dotcom, the indicted founder of shuttered file-sharing service Megaupload, is to be the subject of a documentary and biography, according to friends and business associates of the colorful ex-hacker. Actor-producer Donovan Leitch and Alex Mard ...

  11. Facebook Now Valued at Up to $95B in IPO Price Range

    May 04, 2012 6:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook, the company that turned the social Web into a cultural and business phenomenon, is worth as much as $95 billion, according to the price range for its upcoming initial public offering of stock. Facebook's IPO, expect ...

  12. Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

    April 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In the coming prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the U.S. government says that it intends to call as witnesses many Hollywood and tech executives, including officials from the Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube and Go ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Megaupload Demands Return of Seized Data, Other Assets

    April 09, 2012 1:49 PM EDT In preparation for a high-stakes criminal prospection of Kim Dotcom and other leaders from Megaupload, the U.S. government caused the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars and won't let the company purchase its data back from its U.S.-ba ...

  15. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Could Get Seized Property Back

    March 19, 2012 3:19 PM EDT A New Zealand judge has ruled that law enforcement's efforts to seize some $200 million in assets from Megaupload is "null and void," the result of a procedural mistake. As a result, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could get back his ...

  16. Publishing Briefs: SESAC, Bicycle Music, BMG, ASCAP, Imagem

    March 15, 2012 2:04 PM EDT SESAC Announces Change in Royalty Distribution SESAC has announced that it will soon make domestic, terrestrial radio performance royalty payments on a monthly basis. Those payments are generally made quarterly. Moreover, the organization says it ...

  17. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload

    March 06, 2012 6:44 AM EST The U.S. government has formally filed papers to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to face trial for breaking copyright laws. The move has been expected for some time. Federal prosecutors filed the case against Megaupload ex ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  20. Robert Bennett, Renowned Attorney, to Represent Megaupload

    January 23, 2012 7:17 AM EST ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they'll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment ch ...

  21. Morning Heds: SOPA Momentum Shift, SXSW Music Line-Up, Lookout! Records Shutters

    January 17, 2012 8:04 AM EST Momentum shift: SOPA, PIPA opponents now in driver's seat CNET The broad support in the U.S. government for two controversial antipiracy bills appears to be evaporating.... Is Facebook IPO on Track for Late May? All Thngs D According to multi ...

  22. How Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Trey Songz Helped USAID Raise Funds for Eastern Africa

    January 03, 2012 7:30 AM EST As a devastating famine rips its way across eastern Africa and America continues its economic slump, the U.S. government's development arm has teamed up with MTV this holiday season to try a new way to raise much-needed funds to help many of ...

  23. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  24. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Hackers Attack Another Sony Network, Post Data

    June 03, 2011 6:41 AM EDT BOSTON/NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Sony Corp's computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant's systems, the latest of several security breaches undermi ...

  27. U.S. Lays Out International Policies on Cyberspace

    May 17, 2011 7:44 AM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched a new initiative Monday designed to stamp the Internet with U.S. values such as freedom of expression, saying cyberspace must remain open, secure and reliable. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clint ...

  28. Business Matters: SoundHound's Free Unlimited Usage Opens Music I.D. App Floodgates

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music Identification App SoundHound Now Offering Free Unlimited Usage -- The race to identify the world's music is heating up. The free SoundHound music ID app now offers an unlimited number of music IDs. Previously free users were limited to ...

  29. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  30. Buju Banton Drug Case: Judge Declares Mistrial

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Florida judge declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. U.S. District Judge James Moody made the decision after the 12-person jury sent him ...

  31. Buju Banton Begins Drug Trial

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was an established drug trafficker before the singer allegedly tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida last year, attorneys for the U.S. government said at the beginning of Banton's drug tri ...

  32. Wyclef Resigns From Charity Before Haiti Campaign

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean has stepped down as leader of the embattled aid group he founded as he prepares to formally declare his candidacy for the Haitian presidency. The singer released a statement that he was resigning the chairmanship of Yele Haiti effectiv ...

  33. Earnings Analysis: WMG Hit By Slow Release Schedule

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A slow release schedule helped Warner Music Group report a 15% drop in revenues in its fiscal third quarter. For the period ended June 30, revenue was $652 million and the operating loss was $1 million, a big drop from $25 million the year before. ...

  34. @NARM: UMGD President/CEO Jim Urie Urges ISPs, Feds To 'Come To The Party'

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group Distribution president and CEO Jim Urie called on the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers' board of directors to urge Internet service providers to adapt a graduated response policy against unauthorized peer-to-pee ...

  35. Stakes Are High as Labels, Broadcasters Lobby Over Performance Royalties

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How high are the stakes in battle for terrestrial radio royalties? Estimates of what labels would reap vary wildly, but it’s an important enough matter that Universal Music Group spent $2.81 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2009, according ...

  36. Analysis: As Digital Revenues Stall, Bronfman Looks To New Models

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dominated by talk of new digital business models, Warner Music Group's fiscal Q1 earnings call on Tuesday morning exhibited a mix of patience and optimism. The company's flat revenue, small net loss and stalled digital growth were a repe ...

  37. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 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 . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  38. China Defends Censorship After Google Threat

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST China defended its extensive censorship and brushed aside hacking claims on Thursday (Jan. 14), telling companies not to buck state control of the Internet after U.S. search giant Google threatened to quit the country. The Google dispute could sto ...

  39. Kool And The Gang Performs In Havana

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST American R&B pioneers Kool & the Gang helped Cuba get its funk on, bringing their eclectic mix of sounds to an open-air stage a stone's throw from the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Robert "Kool" Bell," his brother ...

  40. Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Trent Reznor Crank Up Volume On Guantanamo Debate

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of artists outraged that music — including theirs — was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama's pu ...

  41. 200 Spanish File-Sharing Sites Identified

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The names of 200 Web sites that offer links to illegal downloads in Spain are to be given to the Spanish industry ministry as the first major move in the fight against online music piracy, it was announced in Madrid today (Oct. 19) at the presenta ...

  42. FCC To Take Another Look At Janet Jackson Case

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said the agency will review the incident involving a fleeting glimpse of pop singer Jane Jackson's breast during the 2004 American football championship. Jackson's right breast was exposed to al ...

  43. Juanes To Helm Peace Concert In Cuba

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colombian star Juanes has chosen Havana, Cuba as the site of his next "Paz Sin Fronteras" concert on Sept. 20, according to his Twitter feed. "It's time to start knocking down our own mental walls, to not judge anyone for their ...

  44. Cuba's Rodríguez Claims Seeger Birthday Ban

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez has criticised the U.S. government for not granting him a visa to perform at the Madison Square Garden concert in New York to mark Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. Dozens of stars and musician frie ...

  45. U.S. Trade Report Adds Canada To IP Deadbeat List

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A report today by the U.S. government added Canada to a list of countries that fail to protect intellectual property. Canada joins the likes of Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela as countries with significant violations of c ...

  46. US Sues Sony Music Over Children's Online Privacy

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites f ...

  47. Canada Joins Russia, China On Piracy List

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada joins China and Russia today as one of the top countries where intellectual property protections are most problematic for the American creative community. This distinction comes from the "Watch List" in an annual report released b ...

  48. USTR Issues IP Watch Report

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Trade Representative today released its report on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection by the country's trading partners. The Special 301 Report, issued annually, is a policy tool for focusing on ...

  49. NZ Approves Long-Awaited Copyright Legislation

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The biggest overhaul of New Zealand copyright legislation in almost two decades has finally been passed. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill -- which dates back to 2003 -- had its third and final reading in ...

  50. The Green Index

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT You know green is good, you know you want to go green, but the question is: what’s the first step? As Reverb's Adam Gardner stated in his Q&A with Billboard for our Second Annual Green Issue, the short answer is: there are a lot of first ...

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