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  1. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  2. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  3. Spanish Judge Angers Industry With P2P Acquittal

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rules action were not illegal as no money changed hands. A Spanish judge has outraged the music industry by acquitting an Internet user who offered and downloaded digital music on the Internet. Paz Aldecoa, the judge at the No. 3 penal court in th ...

  4. EMI, UMG Win Sanctions Against Hummer Winblad

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Universal Music Group won court sanctions yesterday (Oct. 25) against venture capital firm Hummer Winblad for deleting e-mails related to the original Napster. EMI Music and Universal Music Group won court sanctions yesterday (Oct. 2 ...

  5. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not be accep European independents lobby organization ...

  6. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade body says appeal 'inadmissible.' European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not b ...

  7. Sony BMG Appeals Joint Venture Annulment

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Appeal lodged with European Court of Justice. Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann today (Oct. 5) appealed against the European Union court decision last July that annulled the merger of their recorded music divisions in 2004. The appeal was lodged at the E ...

  8. Source: Bandier To Resign EMI Music Pub Post

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Executive may play into WMG plans. Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairman/co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. The move follows discussions between Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Bandier over WMG ...

  9. Source: Bandier To Resign EMI Music Pub Post

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairman/co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. The move follows discussions between Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Band Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairm ...

  10. Supernova Suit Settled

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reality show winners to be called Rock Star Supernova. The new band formed by Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke will not be promoting itself as Supernova. In a settlement reached in a trademark dispute over the name, the new band fronted b ...

  11. eDonkey Settles With Majors To Tune Of $30m

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT eDonkey owners are the latest peer-to-peer operators to settle copyright infringement claims with the major labels. In a consent judgment filed today (Sept. 12), MetaMachine, Sam Yagan and Jed McCaleb eDonkey owners are the latest peer-to-peer ope ...

  12. Tower Bidding Procedures Set

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Guidelines to be revealed Sept. 7. The Tower Records asset auction is expected to heat up with the advertising of the bidding procedures in high profile business news publications tomorrow Tower Records filed for Chapter 11 protection on Aug. 20. ...

  13. Sony BMG Settles Canadian DRM Suits

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Terms similar to ones reached in U.S. last Dec. Sony BMG has entered a preliminary settlement of Canadian class action lawsuits over the digital rights management used in some of the company's CDs. Consumers claimed that the DRM may have crea ...

  14. Sony BMG Settles Canadian DRM Suits

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has entered a preliminary settlement of Canadian class action lawsuits over the digital rights management used in some of the company's CDs. Consumers claimed that the DRM may have created se Sony BMG has entered a preliminary settle ...

  15. Tower Records Files For Bankruptcy

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records filed a Chapter 11 petition in federal bankruptcy court yesterday (Aug. 20). The owners want the court to facilitate a prompt sale of their business "as a going concern" so that a buyer MTS Inc. and all of its subsidiaries, ...

  16. Tower On Shaky Ground, Again

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Retailer on verge of another Chapter 11. Tower Records is facing an imminent Chapter 11. That’s a certainty, according to top major-label distribution and financial executives, all speaking on condition of anonymity. But what kind of filing will i ...

  17. Impala Turns Attention To BMG Publishing

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of publishing catalog would be 'foolhardy.' European independents labels group Impala warned Thursday (July 20) that if BMG Publishing is sold to another music major, the move would merely tighten the effective cartel in the global ...

  18. Impala Turns Attention To BMG Publishing

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of publishing catalog would be 'foolhardy.' European independents labels group Impala warned Thursday (July 20) that if BMG Publishing is sold to another music major, the move would merely tighten the effective cartel in the global ...

  19. FCC Opts To Re-Think Indecency Rulings

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeals court for the chance to re-examine its own recent indecency decisions. The commission has also asked the court to suspend any judgments concerning sever The FCC yesterday (July 5) asked a U.S. appeal ...

  20. France's VirginMega Loses 'Madonna' Court Battle

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The commercial court of Paris has ruled against French online retailer VirginMega for selling downloads of Madonna's "Hung Up" last fall, despite not having the license from Warner Music France. The commercial court of Paris has rul ...

  21. France's VirginMega Loses 'Madonna' Court Battle

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exclusives issue set to rage on in France. The commercial court of Paris has ruled against French online retailer VirginMega for selling downloads of Madonna's "Hung Up" last fall, despite not having the license from Warner Music Fr ...

  22. China Web Portal Guilty Of C'right Charges

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com guilty of copyright violation is being hailed as a landmark ruling that sets an important precedent for labels and publishers. A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com gu ...

  23. China Web Portal Guilty Of C'right Charges

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry 'encouraged' as site pays penalties. A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com guilty of copyright violation is being hailed as a landmark ruling that sets an important precedent for labels and publishers. After ...

  24. CBS, Howard Stern Close To Settlement

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers on both sides confirm. Lawyers on both sides of the CBS Corp. and Howard Stern breach of contract lawsuit said Wednesday they are close to a settlement. CBS lawyer Irvin Nathan told Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman, "We have an ...

  25. MC Solaar Loses Copyright Row

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rapper French MC Solaar has until the end of May to pull stock of 2002 album "Cinquième As" from the French market after he was found guilty of copyright infringement. Veteran rapper French MC Solaar has until the end of ...

  26. Entercom Pushes Back At Spitzer

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company moves for dismissal of suit. While lawyers may simply be employing a frequently used legal tactic, Entercom Communications appears to be pushing back against a suit filed by New York’s attorney general. According to a Wall Street Journal r ...

  27. 'Suge' Knight, Death Row File For Bankruptcy

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Debts total more than $120 million. Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. and Death Row Records filed petitions for bankruptcy today (April 4) avoiding more than $120 million in debts and the threat of a California judge ordering a court officer to t ...

  28. RIAA Wins Suit Against Flea Market

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Owners and operators of one of the largest flea markets on the East Coast have been found liable for copyright infringement for their vendors selling illegal copies of CDs and cassettes. Owners and operators of one of the largest flea markets on t ...

  29. Bush Closes Loopholes In Counterfeiting Law

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feds estimate counterfeiting costs U.S. $200B annually. President Bush signed legislation today (March 16) that closes loopholes in current law that makes the trafficking in counterfeit trademarks a crime. The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured G ...

  30. Entercom: Court Will Fairly Resolve Claims

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'We have firm policies prohibiting payola...' Entercom said in a statement this morning it is confident a court will "fully and fairly" resolve the claims of payola leveled against the radio group by New York State attorney gen ...

  31. Rod Stewart Ordered to Pay $3 Million

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Stems from a canceled Vegas show in 2000. A federal judge has ordered Rod Stewart to pay a Las Vegas casino more than $3 million for a canceled show in December 2000. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks ordered the British rocker's lawyers to pay ...

  32. Brit Gov't Steps Up Fight Against Scalpers

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Trade and Industry has declared online ticket-sales operation Get Me Tickets Limited as illegitimate and called for it to be shut down. The DTI is also pressing for The U.K. government's Department of ...

  33. Brit Gov't Steps Up Fight Against Scalpers

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Trade and Industry has declared online ticket-sales operation Get Me Tickets Limited as illegitimate and called for it to be shut down. The DTI is also pressing for The U.K. government's Department of ...

  34. Musicland Group Files For Chapter 11

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Chain in process of liquidating 61 Media Play stores. As expected, the Musicland Group filed for Chapter 11 protection late Thursday afternoon in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York. The chain has been experiencing financial di ...

  35. Burst.com To File Suit Against Apple

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Action to counter the lawsuit on Jan. 4 by Apple. Burst.com will be filing patent infringement claims to counter the lawsuit brought on Jan. 4 by Apple Computer over methods of handling audio and audiovisual information. Apple asked the court to d ...

  36. Sharman Network's Hemming To Testify Feb. 3

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Legal representatives for 30 Australian and international record companies will get the chance on Feb. 3 to grill Sharman Networks CEO Nikki Hemming on her personal assets, as well as those of the com Legal representatives for 30 Australian and in ...

  37. Sharman Network's Hemming To Testify Feb. 3

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Legal representatives for 30 Australian and international record companies will get the chance on Feb. 3 to grill Sharman Networks CEO Nikki Hemming on her personal assets, as well as those of the com Legal representatives for 30 Australian and in ...

  38. Johnny Hallyday Quits Universal For Warner

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has left Universal Music France to sign a multi-album deal with Warner Music France. The deal was announced today (Jan. 4) by the company's president/CEO Thierry French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has ...

  39. Johnny Hallyday Quits Universal For Warner

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has left Universal Music France to sign a multi-album deal with Warner Music France. The deal was announced today (Jan. 4) by the company's president/CEO Thierry French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has ...

  40. Sony BMG Agrees To DRM Settlement

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG has entered a preliminary agreement to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company in New York for its use of copy-protection software that allegedly behaves like spyware. The m Sony BMG has entered a preliminary agreement t ...

  41. Sony BMG Agrees To DRM Settlement

    December 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Move signals a setback to major-label efforts. Sony BMG has entered a preliminary agreement to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company here for its use of copy-protection software that allegedly behaves like spyware. The move sig ...

  42. Kazaa Blocks Aussie P2P Access

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sharman Networks has blocked access to its Kazaa peer-to-peer software in Australia. The shutdown took place late Monday (Dec. 5) in Australia to comply with orders from the country's Federal Court. Sharman Networks has blocked access to its ...

  43. Behind the Deal: Grokster Shackled By Consent Judgment

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the structure of the settlement reached with the motion picture studios, record labels, publishers and songwriters (Billboard, Nov. 19). While the terms of Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the ...

  44. French Ruling Favors Canal Plus

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Upholding a decision by France's competition watchdog in March, a French court of appeal is allowing the Canal Plus group to link its premium channel along with its multichannel CanalSat satellite pla PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Upholdi ...

  45. Madonna's 'Frozen' On Ice In Belgium

    November 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Belgian songwriter has won a plagiarism case against Madonna over her 1998 hit single "Frozen." A Belgian songwriter has won a plagiarism case against Madonna over her 1998 hit single "Frozen." In summary proceedings, Mons lo ...

  46. Behind the Deal: A summary of the proposed Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2005

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a legislative package to fight copyright crimes. The following is a summary of the section-by-section analysis provided by the DOJ. The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a legislative package to fi ...

  47. Bertelsmann Pulls Injunction In Napster Case

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST German media giant Bertelsmann has withdrawn an injunction order that has been holding up a $17 billion class-action lawsuit related to the company's participation in illegal file-sharing service Naps COLOGNE, Germany (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  48. Labels Face Minor Setback In Launch Media Suit

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Record labels had a minor setback Nov. 4 when the federal District Court in New York refused to say definitively that Launch Media's LAUNCHcast with its "consumer influenced" playlists are interactive NEW YORK -- Record labels had a ...

  49. Labels Face Minor Setback In Launch Media Suit

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Record labels had a minor setback Nov. 4 when the federal District Court in New York refused to say definitively that Launch Media's LAUNCHcast with its "consumer influenced" playlists are interactive Record labels had a minor setba ...

  50. Hammer Pub Catalog Up For Sale

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The music publishing and other copyright assets of M.C. Hammer, whose legal name is Stanley Burrell, have been put up for sale nine years after the multi-platinum rapper first filed for bankruptcy in NEW YORK -- The music publishing and other copy ...

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