UN Court

  1. 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 ...

  2. T.I. Sent Back to Jail for 11 Months

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge revoked rapper T.I.'s probation Friday and ordered him back to prison for 11 months, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. The Atlanta native, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was in federal cour ...

  3. Legal Matters Column: Ruling A Download Doesn't Constitute A Performance, Court Deals Blow To ASCAP

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Setting the licensing rates for music copyrights is usually the domain of high-priced lawyers, managers and business executives. But in the early '40s, a federal court in New York decided that, left to its own devices, ASCAP would behave as a ...

  4. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  5. Bill Proposes New Anti-Piracy Powers for DOJ

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Justice a new level of expediency in shutting down websites with pirated content. R ...

  6. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Citi, Best Buy, Fee For Radio and more

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Terra Firma, Citigroup Head To Court Next Month -- On Tuesday a New York judge ruled that Terra Firma's lawsuit against Citigroup will go to trial next month. The court will hear only two of ...

  7. Business Matters: Qtrax, Fontana, Slicethepie and more

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Oracle Goes After Qtrax -- Legal P2P service Qtrax has a history of not living up to even its own expectations. It has routinely missed launch dates and goes quiet for months at a time. Now, Qtrax ...

  8. Daily Variety Sues Vandals Over Logo

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood trade newspaper Daily Variety is embroiled in heated litigation with California punk rock band the Vandals, whose bass player happens to be an attorney. The dispute began in 2004, when the Vandals released their 10th album, "Hollywo ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Business Matters: YouTube, Howard Stern, People's Music and more

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. YOUTUBE LOSES GERMAN COURT CASE -- In contrast to the protections YouTube is given in the U.S., the company lost a court case in Germany regarding user-uploaded videos of performances by the singe ...

  11. George Michael Pleads Guilty To Drug Offenses

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT George Michael admitted on Tuesday (Aug. 24) that he had been under the influence of cannabis when he crashed his car into a north London shop in July. The judge at the magistrate's court who heard the 47-year-old star's guilty plea warn ...

  12. LiveUniverse Hit With Contempt Of Court

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Federal Court judge has found that LiveUniverse, which owns websites that display song lyrics, in contempt of court for failing to comply with its May 24 injunction to remove infringing unlicensed material from its websites. The injunction came ...

  13. U.K. Promoter Wins Legal Battle Over Cancelled Bob Marley Tribute Gig

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A U.K. events promoter has won a legal battle against Manchester City Council over the cancellation of a Bob Marley Tribute Festival which had been due to take place in the Northern England city in August 2008. Sean Paul and Kymani Marley, the son ...

  14. Judge Does Not Freeze Assets of LimeWire, Owner

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge ruled on Thursday that the assets of LimeWire and its owner will not be frozen, according to people familiar with the decision. The RIAA had requested the court to freeze the assets of the company and owner Mark Gorton, alleging that asset ...

  15. Amidst Legal Doubt, LimeWire Adds Merge, Readies Legal Service

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing company LimeWire continues to make content deals even while its financial and legal future remains in doubt. On Tuesday, the company announced it added Merge Records to the download store (which is had operated alongside its file-shar ...

  16. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  17. The Most Famous File-Sharing Case May Be Headed Back To Court

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Capital v. Thomas, the most famous of file-sharing cases, appears it is headed back to court. Even with the help of court-appointed special master, Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the major record labels could not reach an agreement on a settlement amoun ...

  18. Business Matters: AEG, Copyright Reform, Another Planet and more

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LABELS + AEG, CONFLICT OF INTEREST? -- Would a conflict of interest prevent major labels from buying a stake in AEG ? The Deal tosses out Live Nation as an example, saying its artist management division’s quest for higher guarantees is fundamental ...

  19. YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has won its legal battle with Viacom . In a statement posted at the YouTube blog on Wednesday, Kent Walker, Google’s VP and general counsel, announced the court’s decision and linked a copy of its summary judgment . The court ruled YouTube ...

  20. Business Matters: AEG + Majors?, Bronfman Trial, A Look at Rdio and more

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MAJORS BUYING INTO AEG? -- According to the New York Post, AEG is in talks with major record labels about taking a minority stake in the company. The talks could result in either a sale to one of the major music companies or possibly a consortium ...

  21. Business Matters: Google Music Store, Don Henley, The Orchard, 'If I Can Dream' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GOOGLE MUSIC STORE COMING IN FALL? -- Google's music store could be on its way later this fall, CNET's Greg Sandoval reports. Citing multiple industry sources, Sandoval says the service could have both downloads and streaming music. &quo ...

  22. Rammstein Album Ban Reversed

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The original version of "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by the German hard rock group Rammstein is no longer banned from public display in German stores. The 11-track Universal album may again be advertised and sold ...

  23. Copyright Tribunal 'Setback' Dominates PPL's AGM

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointment in the U.K. Copyright Tribunal's refusal to overturn its drastic reduction of tariffs charged to the hospitality sector dominated discussions at the Annual General Meeting of PPL , the U.K. music licensing organization, held to ...

  24. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  25. Judge To Coke: Credit World Cup Songwriter

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Coca-Cola company was required to credit the songwriter who wrote the Spanish language version of it’s World Cup campaign song, “Wavin’ Flag.” According to a preliminary injunction granted in part by U.S. District Judge Michael Moore, Coca-Col ...

  26. Business Matters: DOJ, Canadian Copyright Bill, eBay, UMG and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Department of Justice is keeping an eye on Live Nation , the New York Post reported on Thursday. The agency has contacted several independent music companies, according to the report, to see if they have felt any negative effects of the Tic ...

  27. Business Matters: Edgar Bronfman Jr., EMI, Gummybear and more

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - The lawyer for Warner Music Group CEO and chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. asked for the charges against his client to be dropped. The court was wrong to send Bronfman to trial “without any explanation,” he said on the opening day of the insider trad ...

  28. Limewire Not Done Fighting Copyright Ruling

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LimeWire, one of the oldest surviving file-sharing networks on the Internet, is not done fighting against the music industry. The company is asking a New York district court to reconsider its big decision a couple weeks ago that the service was gu ...

  29. Danish Court Rules On Pirate Bay Blocking

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court of Denmark has ruled that telco Telenor has responsibility to block its customers' access to the Pirate Bay. Two lower courts made the same decision after organizations representing intellectual rights holders brought suits ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Business Matters: RapidShare, Music Hack Day, Richard Branson

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- File hosting site RapidShare won a court victory against a California-based adult entertainment company. The court ruled RapidShare cannot be accused of copyright infringement, on its users can be charged with infringement. This follows a simil ...

  32. German Biz Welcomes Wi-Fi Ruling

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ruling by the German federal high court of justice in Karlsruhe on protecting wi-fi Internet connections has been welcomed by the music industry. The Frankfurt-based label 3P, owned by the musician Moses Pelham, sued a WLAN (Wireless Local Are ...

  33. German Court Orders Wireless Passwords For All

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Germany's top criminal court has ruled that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data. Internet users can be fined up to ...

  34. N.Y. Court Axes Suit Vs. Label Over Remy Ma Shooting

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT To the woman shot in a dispute over money with rapper Remy Ma , her wounds are the product of the artist's thuggish persona and a music industry that promoted it. But an appeals court rebuffed her effort to hold Remy Ma's former record l ...

  35. Billboard.biz Q&A: Qlipso CEO Jon Goldman

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The discarded assets of distressed video site Veoh are helping an early stage company build its own business. Qlipso acquired the assets of online video site Veoh in mid-March. At the time, Veoh was in the process of filing for bankruptcy due in p ...

  36. Google Sues Indie Label Over Copyright Claims

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google has taken the rare step of asking a California judge to declare that by linking to copyright-infringing works on Rapidshare , the search giant is not facilitating the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs. Last year, Blue Destiny Record ...

  37. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Facebook, iTunes, We7 and More

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- A few side notes to Sirius XM's Q1 earnings release on Tuesday, which was reported at Billboard.biz. First, the company lost 306,000 retail subscribers during the quarter - slightly better than the loss in the prior year period. But it gai ...

  38. Terra Firma To Ask EMI Investors For Much More

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands' Terra Firma Capital Partners plans to ask investors to put a further £360 million ($555 million) into EMI - three times the amount Terra Firma previously indicated would be needed to make up shortfalls against the loan covenants. A ...

  39. Death Row Court Fight Heads To NY In May

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The battle over Death Row Records continues, with the Mississauga, Ont. firm that bankrolled the acquisition going to court in New York seeking on the grounds that the label's former CEO made “materially false statements.” The latest salvo in ...

  40. MPs Vote For U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Commons with key clauses tackling online piracy in place and will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. However, further parliamentary scrutiny and industry cons ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Court Rules Bushido Plagiarized French Act

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German rapper Bushido stole parts of songs from the French band Dark Sanctuary and must now pay a sum of €63,000 ($84,000) in damages to the original composers, a court has ruled. This concerns 13 Dark Sanctuary songs, parts of which Bushido u ...

  43. Spanish Judge Rules File-Sharing Not Illegal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A legal twist appears to ensure that Spain will continue to offer massive headaches to anti-piracy campaigners and untold joy to the growing number of Internet users and operators who swear by what they call "free culture." A Barcelona j ...

  44. Pink Floyd Wins U.K. Court Battle With EMI

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday (March 11) with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group's concept albums. The outcome of a dispute over the level of royalties ...

  45. Cute Baby Video Wins Battle Against UMG

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST How much should a copyright owner pay for improperly telling a Web site to remove content? Stephanie Lenz got into trouble with Universal Music Group in 2007 after she posted a YouTube video of her toddler dancing to the Prince song "Let' ...

  46. '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 ...

  47. NYC Pensions Helped Finance Terra Firma's EMI Deal

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST While much attention is set firmly on whether or not Terra Firma's ownership of EMI will be torpedoed by the 2.7 billion pounds ($4.23 billion) it borrowed from Citigroup, the investment firm is not the only institution with funds at risk in ...

  48. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 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 Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  49. Men At Work's Hay Accuses Publisher Of 'Opportunistic Greed'

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Colin Hay, the frontman of Men at Work, has hit out at Thursday's (Feb. 4) Federal Court of Australia ruling which saw the songwriter lose a high-profile copyright case over the band's '80s hit "Down Under." Scottish-born ...

  50. Source: Jackson's Doctor To Be Arraigned Friday

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST More than seven months after Michael Jackson's death from an anesthetic overdose - and following days of heightened speculation - the pop singer's doctor will be arraigned Friday on a charge connected to the death, according to a person ...

Pages