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  1. Morning Fix: Billboard.biz's Year in Music; L.A. Reid's 'X Factor' Legacy; 12-12-12 Album Sales

    December 14, 2012 9:25 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2012: It's been another exciting and tumultuous year in the music business. In our year-end package, we take a look b ...

  2. Business Matters: Lessons For Music Biz In Kodak's Chapter 11?

    February 14, 2012 8:25 PM EST Lessons For Music Biz In Kodak's Chapter 11? -- The music industry is often compared to the buggy whip business that was decimated -- but not entirely killed -- by the rise of the automobile. Perhaps the tale of Kodak provides a better warnin ...

  3. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  4. Baidu to Launch Licensed Music Service in May

    April 06, 2011 7:23 AM EDT Baidu Inc, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search that critics say enables music piracy. Baidu will launch Baidu Ting sometime in May, said Kaiser Kuo, a ...

  5. Business Matters: U.S. Gov't Lists Worst Piracy Sites/Helpful Piracy Primer

    March 01, 2011 4:38 PM EST Eminem's "Relapse" on Taobao for as low as 8 Yuan or about $1.20 (Photo: Taobao screen shot) U.S. Gov't Lists Worst Piracy Markets/Helpful Piracy Primer -- The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has weighed ...

  6. Business Briefs: YouTube, Origami Vinyl, TicketsNow and More

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - EMI has launched Your Soundcheck, "an exclusive online research community of people with a passion for music." It appears to be a continuation of the mission to learn about consumer behavior that was started with the consumer-facing EM ...

  7. Taiwan Establishes IPR Court

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's first IPR Court was inaugurated on July 1, marking the latest in a series of moves by the Taiwanese government to improve intellectual-property rights. The court, which is modeled after similar courts in the United States, Japan and ...

  8. South Korean Authorities Beef Up Seizures

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South Korean authorities have dramatically stepped up seizures of illegal DVDs, CDs and videocassettes during a 100-day crackdown on local piracy. In the first week of the crackdown, which started April 7, police confiscated 26,443 units of illega ...

  9. Taiwan Wants Off USTR Watch List

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Office of the United States Trade Representative says it will consider removing Taiwan from an intellectual-property rights watch list pending an out-of-cycle review that will be completed this summer. In its 2008 "Special 301" repor ...

  10. China Tops Special 301 List

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual report released April 28. China has reappeared at the top of the US' list of intellectual property violators while Taiwan has failed in its bid to be dropped from consideration as an IP violator. The United States Trade Representative ...

  11. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Senate leaders on April 26 introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to more for WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate leaders on Apr ...

  12. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Resolution highlights lack of property protection. U.S. Senate leaders today (April 26) introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to ...

  13. U.S. Gov't Unveils IP Initiative

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Four top officials of the Bush administration today (Oct. 4) announced an initiative to crack down on the global theft of U.S. intellectual property. Four top officials of the Bush administration today (Oct. 4) announced an initiative to crack dow ...

  14. MPA: Trade Barriers Hurt Film Biz

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Piracy and other trade barriers is preventing the American film business from reaping the full multibillion-dollar potential of the product it distributes overseas, according to a report by the Motion LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--Piracy and o ...

  15. Producer Says He Was Forced To Inflate Film Budgets

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Film producer Elie Samaha says he was blackmailed into carrying out the budget-padding scheme that ultimately cost Intertainment Licensing more than $100 million. <br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> Harvard, Berkle ...