United States copyright law

  1. Q&A: NMPA's David Israelite

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite sounds refreshed and ready for what could turn out to be a busy autumn. Front and center on his agenda: an October Copyright R ...

  2. Pandora To Shut Down Service?

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Personalized Internet radio service Pandora is, again, threatening to shutter the service in the wake of new licensing fees due SoundExchange, under the recent Copyright Royalty Board licensing system. Founder Tim Westergren tells the Washington P ...

  3. Copyright Office To Debut Online Registration System

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization. The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, ...

  4. House Committee Approves Performance Rights Act

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today approved the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 4789), which will establish that terrestrial radio should compensate recording artist with a perfo ...

  5. Israelite Confirms Royalty Rates Breakthroughs

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The publishers, record labels and digital music providers have hammered out a settlement on two of the five royalty rates currently scheduled to be set this October by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), according to National Music Publishers& ...

  6. Berman Blasts Broadcasters Over Rights Bill

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that record companies "have put a ring through the nose of artists" and are leading them to fight for royalties from radio broadcasters "ain't the world today," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) charged to broadcast ...

  7. Royalty Logic Files CRB Challenge

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., just granted the motion of Royalty Logic to file its supplemental brief in the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board's webcaster rate decision last year, Billboard.biz has learned. The brief a ...

  8. Six Questions With Pandora Founder Tim Westergren

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) issued its new statutory rate structure for Internet radio broadcasters last year, one of the leading voices opposing the new system was Pandora founder Tim Westergren. The issue has faded from the forefront ...

  9. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. International Artists Petition For Performance Right

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than 6,000 international artists who want U.S. copyright law changed delivered a petition today to Congress. They want prompt enactment of legislation to grant artists, musicians and record labels in the United States a right to be compensate ...

  12. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

  13. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  14. Lee Rises At SESAC

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST SESAC VP of licensing Bill Lee rises to senior VP of licensing operations for the Nashville-based performing rights organization. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the licensing department including the administrative, cable, br ...

  15. Chaitovitz Named FMC Executive Director

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ann Chaitovitz has been named executive director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). Chaitovitz, based in Washington, D.C., will report to FMC's board of directors and will assume her new role February 4. Chaitovitz most recently worked a ...

  16. 'Performance Rights Act' Introduced

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) jointly introduced legislation today that would end the exemption of terrestrial radio stations from current copyright law which ...

  17. Copyright Board Sets XM, Sirius Royalty Rates

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board today decided new royalty rates for sound recordings broadcast via satellite radio stations. The rates set the amount that XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio must pay to SoundExchange, the non-profit org ...

  18. Women Execs, EMI's Platt Take Spotlight At R&B Confab

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The SESAC sponsored "Breaking & Entering" Nov. 30 at Billboard's eighth annual R&B/Hip-Hop Conference was hosted by Gail Mitchell and featured an all-female panel, including entertainment lawyers Denise Brown and Omara Harri ...

  19. Sony/ATV Wins Triple Performance Crown

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing achieved a historical place among country music awards this week. After being named BMI's country publisher of the year in Nashville, Sony/ATV officially became the first publisher to sweep the award from BMI, ASCAP ...

  20. Bakshi Rises At BMI

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has elevated Brandon Bakshi to executive director, writer/publisher relations, Europe and Asia. Bakshi, who directs the activities of BMI's London office, continues to take duties for liaising with the performing ri ...

  21. Texas Congressmen Oppose Performance Right

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two Texas Congressmen introduced a House concurrent resolution late yesterday opposing a performance right for artists and record companies to receive royalties for recordings played over terrestrial radio. Fifty-one others co-sponsored the resolu ...

  22. Small Webcasters Signing SoundExchange Deals

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange is reporting that 24 small webcasters have signed agreements accepting settlement terms to pay royalties for streamed recordings at rates lower than those set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) earlier this year. The agreements cov ...

  23. Large Webcasters To Enhance Royalty Reporting

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following the deal reached earlier today over crucial terms covering large webcasters' royalties they must pay to stream recordings over the next few years, the Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) revealed that its member services will begin providing ...

  24. Major Labels, Large Webcasters Reach Agreement

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Major record labels and SoundExchange have just reached a deal with the large webcasting services over crucial terms covering royalty rates that webcasters must pay to stream sound recordings through 2010, Billboard.biz has learned. Under the deal ...

  25. SoundExchange Offers Small Webcasters Deal

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange is offering an olive branch of sorts to smaller Internet radio outlets as part of an ongoing negotiation over royalty rates. Under the new proposal, webcasters who make less than $1.25 million in total yearly revenue can continue pay ...

  26. Will Radio Pay Artists And Labels?

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Folk singer Judy Collins sat before a dozen members of Congress, at times breaking into song as she testified. Performers should be paid for their recordings that radio stations broadcast over the air, she said -- just as songwriters and publisher ...

  27. ASCAP Passes 300,000 Member Mark

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has reached a new milestone, now counting more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members. The performing rights organization, founded in 1914, licenses a repertory of more than 8.5 million songs. It reported record ...

  28. Bill Tries To Delay Webcasters' Due Date

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two U.S. representatives introduced a bill last night as a final attempt to postpone the July 15 due date for Internet radio webcasters and simulcasters to begin paying new royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for sound recording ...

  29. Court Denies Webcasters Petition

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal court has denied a petition to delay the July 15 due date of 2006 royalty payments Internet Radio outlets must pay SoundExchange under the new rates, set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) May 1. However, the decision does not affect t ...

  30. Execs, Artists Testify On Webcaster Rates

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The debate over the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board for Internet radio continued on Capitol Hill today as business executives and artists testified before the House Small Business Committee. But as the July 15 deadline fast approa ...

  31. Radio's 'Day Of Silence'

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Don't expect to tune into your favorite Web radio station today. Odds are they're off the air. That's because the Webcaster radio community is conducting a "National Day of Silence" to protest the Collective Royalty Board& ...

  32. KCRW Protests New Internet Royalties

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KCRW 89.9, a Los Angeles radio station, will shut down its 3 internet radio webstreams on June 26 in protest of new internet royalty rates. The elevated rates were determined by the Copyright Royalty Board in March. Barring any changes, the new ra ...

  33. Update: Small Webcasters Get A Break In Royalties

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has offered a deal to small webcasters to lower the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board's decision in March. The offer would make the rates for streaming sound recordings roughly the same as those set by the Small W ...

  34. Aftermath, Interscope Sued Over Eminem Royalties

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bass Brothers' FBT Productions and Joel Martin's Em2M filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) against Aftermath Records, Interscope Records and others over the split of digital royalties due for Eminem's recordings. The suit claims that ...

  35. Groups Increase Efforts For Performance Right

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artist and label groups amped up their efforts on Capitol Hill to gain a performance right for over-the-air broadcasts of their recordings. A letter signed by seven groups went to 535 Congressional offices on Friday (May 11), urging support for pe ...

  36. Warner/Chappell, Cox, Hills Top SESAC Winners

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's WBM Music was named publisher of the year at SESAC's annual music awards last night in New York City. For the first time, two songwriters shared the songwriter of the year award, songwriters/producers Bryan-Michae ...

  37. Senators Introduce Webcaster Bill

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, a Senate version of the Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced today as a companion to the House bill of the same name . The bills would vacate the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision setting webcaster rates for sound recording ...

  38. SaveNetRadio Enlists Jazz Artists

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SaveNetRadio, a coalition formed after the Copyright Royalty Board set new webcaster royalty rates in March, has enlisted jazz legends, artists and educators to urge Congress to knock out the new rates . In a letter to House Judiciary chairman Joh ...

  39. Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Rec ...

  40. Jones Rises At SESAC

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SESAC senior director of corporate relations Ellen Bligh Jones rises to associate VP for the department. Jones, who has been with SESAC for 11 years, will continue to oversee the performing rights organization's advertising, promotion, sponso ...

  41. China, Russia Top USTR Piracy List

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Trade Representative's office released its annual Special 301 report today, which targets countries that are failing to meet certain standards for intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. Joining China and Russia on the priorit ...

  42. Bill Would Throw Out New Webcaster Rates

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A bill introduced in the House today (April 26) would change the recent webcaster royalty rates set for sound recordings by the Copyright Royalty Board. The stated purpose of the Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. ...

  43. Internet Broadcasters Plan 'Day Of Silence'

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio supporters are planning a "day of silence" in protest over the new royalty rate structure recently upheld by the Copyright Royalty board. On May 8, all participating Webcasters will not air any content for the day. The ini ...

  44. Judges Reject Webcasters' Requests

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday (April 16) when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists. A broad group of public and priva ...

  45. CRB To Reconsider Webcaster Rates

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be reviewing objections to its recent decision over webcasting rates. "The Copyright Royalty Judges desire to hear the positions of each party on each of the issues raised in these motions," the judges wr ...

  46. Copyright Board To Rehear Positions On Webcaster Fees

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Webcasters are getting a second chance to make their case against the decision to raise royalty fees of Internet radio services. Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Scott Sledge issued a one-paragraph order Tuesday (March 20), granting a rehearing ...

  47. DiMA Joins Webcaster Rate Challenge

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Add the Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) to the parties challenging the Copyright Royalty Board's (CRB) decision setting webcaster rates for streaming sound recordings. The trade group today (March 19) filed a motion for a re-hearing with the CRB. ...

  48. NPR Challenges Webcaster Rates

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT National Public Radio is challenging the Copyright Royalty Board's (CRB) decision setting webcasting rates, which the group says is damaging NPR's commitment to music discovery and education. NPR filed a motion late today (March 19) with ...

  49. CRB Sets Webcaster Rates

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) released its 115-page decision earlier this week (March 6) setting performance royalty rates for streaming sound recordings over the Internet. The rates apply to non-interactive webcasts and simulcasts by services ...

  50. CRB Appoints SoundExchange Sole 'Collective'

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) formally made SoundExchange the sole "collective" to handle compulsory performance royalties for sound recording owners and performers. The CRB officially adopted a single-collective system to collect an ...

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