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  1. Belgian ISP Scarlet Lands P2P Court Fine

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Brussels court has upheld its earlier ruling that ISP Scarlet must prevent users from infringing copyright on peer-to-peer networks. It follows the July 2007 Court of First Instance verdict where Belgian authors' rights association SABAM ob ...

  2. RIAA Wants Second Look At Mechanical Late Fees

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move to change issues related to the timing of late fees on mechanical payments - established by the U.S. Copyright Board in its Oct. 2 determination on royalty payments - the RIAA has filed a motion for the court to reconsider its decision t ...

  3. Alleged Guns N' Roses Leaker Pleads Innocent

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A man accused of placing unreleased Guns N' Roses songs on the Internet pleaded innocent yesterday (Oct. 20) in Los Angeles federal court. Kevin Cogill, 27, is charged with violating federal copyright law. No date has been set for the trial, ...

  4. Judge Grants New Trial In Thomas Downloading Case

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files in the nation's first file-sharing trial, ruling Wednesday he made an error in the jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her righ ...

  5. South African Collecting Society Sues Over Mobile Royalties

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A war of words between one of South Africa's biggest mobile phone content providers and the territory's leading publishers' association is setting the scene for a court battle over digital royalties. The Johannesburg-based National ...

  6. Japanese Labels Deny Master-Ringtone Monopoly

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four Japanese labels have filed lawsuits seeking nullification of a July 24 ruling by the government's Fair Trade Commission that they violated the Antimonopoly Law by allegedly preventing other companies from entering the master-ringtone bus ...

  7. Judge Declines To Toss Claim Against UMG

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group suffered a setback in its defense of a lawsuit over a YouTube takedown notice, when the presiding judge declined to dismiss the case. The ruling opens the door to how "fair use" may be taken into account before dema ...

  8. EU High Court Throws Out Sony BMG Annulment

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Union's highest court on Thursday threw out a lower court ruling that annulled the European Commission's approval of a merger between the Sony Music and BMG record labels. The European Court of Justice also ordered that the ...

  9. Global Music Group Acquires Death Row Assets

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Global Music Group, a Tennessee-based independent label, has acquired Death Row Records and could release a new Tupac Shakur album this year. Susan Berg, the label's owner, purchased the historic hip-hop label for $25 million yesterday (June ...

  10. Televisa, Univision Court Date Pushed Back Again

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The court battle between Mexican media giant Televisa and U.S.-based Univision Communications has been postponed yet again, this time until Oct. 14. The date for the trial has been moved back steadily in the past months, but was slated to begin Ju ...

  11. New Trial In File-Sharing Suit?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal court judge in Minnesota who presided over the first file-sharer trial to reach a jury verdict is now having second thoughts. In an order issued late yesterday, Judge Michael Davis asked the parties to submit additional legal briefs. H ...

  12. Foxy Brown Gets Probation

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Foxy Brown pled no contest in exchange for a plea deal in a case stemming from misdemeanor assault charges in Florida yesterday (April 24), according to the Miami Herald. Brown was sentenced to six months probation, 15 hours of community se ...

  13. Taiwanese IPR Court To Begin Hearing Appeals

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan will modify its legal system in July by adding a special appellate court dedicated exclusively to intellectual property matters. The court's judges will be well-versed in IPR issues and assisted by patent specialists, says Margaret Che ...

  14. Morrissey Accepts Apology For Mag's Racist Claim

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey today accepted a public apology at London's High Court from the publishers of British music monthly Word Magazine over a suggestion that he was a racist and hypocrite. The former Smiths singer, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morr ...

  15. Death Row Founder Knight Develops Reality Show

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has filmed a reality show called "Unfinished Business." The series is an "Apprentice"-esque show where Knight is building a new record label called Black Ball records and participants compe ...

  16. Clear Channel, Fire Victims OK $22M Deal

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The owner of a radio station that promoted a rock concert where pyrotechnics ignited a deadly blaze reached a tentative $22 million settlement with survivors and victims' relatives, according to court papers filed Wednesday. The deal with Cle ...

  17. Dr. Dre Seeking Death Row Documents

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dr. Dre wants to investigate Death Row Records Inc. to determine how much the record company owes him for unpaid royalties from sales of his records. Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, has already tried to sue the record label for royalties ...

  18. WMG Makes $25 Million Bid For Death Row Assets

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Death Row Records wants to sell its music-related assets, including the rights to recordings from rappers Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, for $25 million to Warner Music Group Corp., subject to higher bids at an auction. The court-appointed ...

  19. Baidu, Sohu In Crosshairs Of China Legal Fight

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI is stepping up its campaign against Internet piracy in China. The international labels body said legal proceedings were filed by member labels Feb. 4 against China's biggest internet company, Beijing-based Baidu, as well as Web porta ...

  20. German Court Rules On iPhone Exclusivity

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Hamburg Regional Court today ruled that T-Mobile can continue marketing the iPhone on an exclusive basis, rejecting a petition lodged by rival telecoms giant Vodafone. Vodafone had sought a ruling to prevent the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary fro ...

  21. T-Mobile Offers iPhone Without Contract In Germany

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Deutsche Telekom's mobile unit T-Mobile is now offering Apple's iPhone in Germany without a service plan, after Vodafone raised questions about the exclusive agreement which binds the two companies. The Regional Court of Hamburg ruled th ...

  22. Louis Vuitton Wins Spears Video Lawsuit

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit that alleged a Britney Spears music video violated counterfeiting laws by showcasing a pink Vuitton-upholstered dashboard. A Paris civil court ordered Sony BMG and MTV Online to stop broadcasting ...

  23. Court Injunction Keeps iPhone On Hold In Germany

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vodafone has obtained an interim injunction in German, which prevents rival handset manufacturer T-Mobile from selling the iPhone in the lead-up to Christmas. The district court in Hamburg issued the order on Monday, after Vodafone questioned the ...

  24. Europe's Court Of Justice Hears Sony BMG Case

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Court of Justice has heard Sony and Bertelsmann's appeal against a ruling last year to annul the original 2004 Sony BMG merger. Representatives from Bertelsmann, Sony Corp and Europe's independent music community met yesterd ...

  25. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  26. Former Ramone Sues Over Song Downloads

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A drummer who spent four years in one of the greatest punk bands of all time, the Ramones, filed a federal lawsuit Friday claiming he is owed nearly $1 million in royalties on songs sold over the Internet. Richard "Richie Ramone" Reinhar ...

  27. Belgians Win Jackson Song Dispute

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two Belgian composers, and not singer-songwriter R. Kelly, wrote the Michael Jackson hit "You Are Not Alone", according to a Belgian appeals court ruling today. The 1995 hit, Jackson's last U.S. No. 1, was credited to R. Kelly, who ...

  28. Dr. Dre Sues Death Row Over Album Rights

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper and music producer Dr. Dre filed a lawsuit in bankruptcy court against defunct label Death Row Records over who owns the rights to the 1992 album "The Chronic." Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, alleges in the suit that he ...

  29. Live Earth Show In Rio To Go On After Ban Revoked

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Brazilian judge revoked on Thursday her own injunction blocking the Rio de Janeiro leg of the Live Earth global series of concerts after organizers secured approval from the police and met security concerns. "The show is on again. The prose ...

  30. FTC Wants Burnlounge Shut Down

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court to shut down digital music service provider BurnLounge , saying the company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme. BurnLounge allows music fans to set up their own digital music services, whi ...

  31. Cherry Lane Joins YouTube Suit

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has joined the class action suit filed last month against YouTube and its parent company, Google. Indie publisher Bourne Co. and the Football Assn. Premier League are the lead plaintiffs in the proposed class action su ...

  32. U.K. Court Orders CD Wow Massive Damages Bill

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's High Court has ordered that the operators of CD Wow pay a "substantial" damages sum to the U.K. recording industry after finding the Internet retailer guilty of illegally importing CDs and music DVDs from Asia. As a result ...

  33. Hawthorne Heights Not Bound To Victory

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Chicago yesterday reaffirmed that Hawthorne Heights doesn't have to record albums exclusively for Victory Records. In the ongoing legal battle between band members and Victory, Judge James Moran in March ruled that the band ...

  34. No Performance Fees For Music Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A senior federal court judge, who has often sided with copyright holders, ruled against ASCAP today (April 25). Digital music services AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! won a summary judgment declaring that downloading music files is not a public perfo ...

  35. Judge: No Performance Right In Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several sources tell Billboard.biz that a federal court has ruled that there is no performance right for publishers and songwriters in a download. The decision came during a proceeding to determine royalty rates between ASCAP and digital services ...

  36. Court Orders Yahoo China To Pay "Deep Link" Damages

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese court has found Yahoo China guilty of copyright violation, the state-run New China News Agency (Xinhua) reported April 24. Eleven record companies, including the four international majors, in January sued Beijing-based Yahoo China operat ...

  37. Country Singer Henson Cargill Dies

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Singer Henson Cargill, whose 1968 hit "Skip a Rope" topped the country charts with its understated take on social problems, has died. He was 66. Cargill died Saturday following complications from surgery, Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond ...

  38. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Mobile Entertainment Renaissance The next issue of Billboard (dated March 31) will feature the first-ever top 10 list of artists who are doing the most innovative things in mobile entertainment. It's fascinating to see the broad ways ...

  39. Hawthorne Heights Wins Partial Victory

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge in Chicago handed Hawthorne Heights a partial victory over Victory Records March 1. Judge James Moran held that Victory Records does not hold exclusive rights for the band's recording services. Simply put, it means the band co ...

  40. ASCAP, Digital Services Kick Off Rate Proceedings

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what promises to be one of the most hotly contested copyright issues this year, the question of whether downloading a song means that there is a "public performance" of a composition is now officially for a federal court judge in New ...

  41. EC Set To Confirm In-Depth Sony BMG Probe

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is due to formally announce on Thursday a four-month in-depth investigation into the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, a European Union source has confirmed. The second stage investigation into Sony BM ...

  42. Microsoft Ordered To Pay $1.5 Billion In MP3 Lawsuit

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. must pay $1.52 billion in damages to telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for violating two patents related to digital music, a federal jury ruled Thursday (Feb. 22). The Redmond, Wash.-based software company said t ...

  43. Impala Reacts To EC's Sony BMG Probe

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala has welcomed the European Commission's re-examination of Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music merger as an opportunity to resolve the issue once and for all. The European independent labels trade association, by way of a statement is ...

  44. IFPI: P2P Still A Crime In Italy

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The issue of downloading in Italy has been at the center of a recent media storm, following the publication of a decision by an court judgment in Rome. The sentence handed down in Italy's foremost criminal court -- Corte di Cassazione -- prom ...

  45. EC Starts Sony BMG Review

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has opened its re-examination of the merger between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music units, seven months after an EU court threw out their approval. The Commission -- the EU's anti-trust authority -- said it woul ...

  46. Mario's Management Dispute Settled

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST The litigation over multiplatinum recording artist Mario's former management relationship with Troy Patterson is over. All of the parties have settled their disputes or have been dismissed from the case, including managers Matthew Knowles, Ju ...

  47. Apple Faces Suit Over iPod-iTunes Link

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday (Dec. 29) it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market ...

  48. French Court Dismisses Hallyday Masters Fight

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST France's Cour de Cassation, the final court of appeal, today (Dec. 20) dismissed veteran pop star Johnny Hallyday's claim for ownership of all the masters he recorded for Universal Music France. The artist had embarked on a bitter legal ...

  49. McKennitt Wins U.K. Privacy Test Case

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian folk singer Loreena McKennitt has succeeded in her U.K. court battle to protect her privacy. London's Appeal Court today (Dec. 14) upheld a High Court ruling last December in which judge Mr Justice Eady issued an order preventing dis ...

  50. EC To Probe Universal Takeover Of BMG

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission confirmed Friday (Dec. 8) that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "The Commission's initial market investigation indicates that the p ...

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