United States copyright law

  1. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: SESAC GOES SOUTH

    October 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SESAC is heading south for that all-important face-to-face time. The performing rights organization is opening an Atlanta office this month to work more closely with the R&B and hip-hop communitie SESAC is heading south for that all-import ...

  4. Compulsory Licenses Cover Ringtones

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Decision is a victory for record labels. The Copyright Office has decided that compositions used for ringtones may be subject to a compulsory license. The decision is a victory for record labels that want to offer ringtone operators the master rig ...

  5. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: A CAPITOL IDEA

    September 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislative issues and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings now in play—they include rights and royalty rates in everything from ringtones, webcasts and satellite transmissions to "orphaned" works of Legislative issues and Copyright Royal ...

  6. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: A CAPITOL IDEA

    September 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legislative issues and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings now in play—they include rights and royalty rates in everything from ringtones, webcasts and satellite transmissions to "orphaned" works of Legislative issues and Copyright Royal ...

  7. 9,000 Artists, 2,000 Indie Labels Owed Royalties

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange trying to locate them by Dec. 15. SoundExchange trying to locate them by Dec. 15. News ...

  8. 9,000 Artists, 2,000 Indie Labels Owed Royalties

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange trying to locate them by Dec. 15. SoundExchange is trying to locate about 9,000 recording artists and 2,000 independent record companies before Dec. 15 when their claims for performance royalties will no longer be accepted for 1996 t ...

  9. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Whether a publisher must license a composition for ringtones or master ringtones under a compulsory license is now a question for the Copyright Office. The Copyright Royalty Board referred the question to ...

  10. Medress Joins SoundExchange

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work to contact performers owed royalties. Hank Medress has joined the performance rights organization SoundExchange as a special consultant of artist membership. Medress, a songwriter, producer, music industry executive and original member o ...

  11. Harry Fox Appoints Chief Info Officer

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gilchrist moves to role from ProLink Comm. The Harry Fox Agency has appointed Samuel Gilchrist as chief information officer. He will be in charge of the IT Client Solutions department in New York, reporting to president/CEO Gary Churgin. Gilchrist ...

  12. 'Orphan Works' Legislation Introduced In House

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in the House today (May 23) the Orphan Works Act of 2006, which creates new guidelines for use of copyrighted material when the original owner cannot be loca U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, introduced in ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. U.S. Releases Annual IP Rights Report

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT China, Russia featured prominently. The U.S. Trade Representative's office released its annual report today (April 28) on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual-property rights (IPR) protection. China and Russia are among 13 countries ...

  15. Concord Music Group Names East Coast GM

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gillis moves to newly created role. Concord Music Group has appointed Neil Gillis to the newly created position of east coast GM. Gillis will focus on strategic partnerships and international licensing. He will also actively seek opportunities in ...

  16. First Copyright Royalty Judges Sworn In

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Sledge will serve as chief judge. The first copyright royalty judges were sworn in today (Jan. 11) in Washington, D.C., filling roles created by copyright reform legislation that went into effect last May. James Sledge will serve as chief co ...

  17. The Publishers' Place

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST American collecting societies are stepping up to the challenges of a digital world. One day they will no longer be neatly categorized into performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) or a mech American collecting societies are stepping up ...

  18. Behind the Deal: Is It Legal To Sell iPods Loaded With Music?

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST As consumers auction off iPods loaded with music on eBay and sell CD collections after copying tracks to iTunes, a question repeatedly comes up: What's fair and what's infringement? Even copyright exp As consumers auction off iPods loade ...

  19. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing Nov. 16 to debate whether or not the "fair use" section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, researchers and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House Commerce ...

  20. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing today (Nov. 16) to debate whether or not the 'fair use' section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, research A House Commerce Committee panel hel ...

  21. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The debate over royalty rates for non-interactive webcasts is heating up. Two major groups -- one representing webcasters and one representing record labels and recording artists -- filed vastly diffe WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The debate over royalty ra ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. RIAA Calls On Lawmakers For New Regulations

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST House held hearing Nov. 3. The recording industry, which has been pursuing government-mandated copying regulations on upcoming new-generation digital and satellite radio receivers for 18 months, finally got a hearing to present its case before a H ...

  24. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST DiMA, SoundExchange make recommendations to CRB. DiMA, SoundExchange make recommendations to CRB. News ...

  25. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Label/artists vs. webcasters. The debate over webcasting royalty rates is heating up. Two major groups-one representing webcasters, and one representing record labels and recording artists--filed vastly different recommendations with the new Copyr ...

  26. The Publishers' Place

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Complaints over digital music licensing come from many sources, often hitting a sour note with publishers. But when a veteran copyright expert like U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters gives ad Complaints over digital music licensing come f ...

  27. Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access the the plaintiff's work. The following is a summary of the court's op Often the highest hurdle to clear wh ...

  28. Case Summary: Expert Reports In Copyright Infringement Cases

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Often the highest hurdle to clear when an author sues someone for copyright infringement is proving that the defendant had access the the plaintiff's work. The following is a summary of the court's op Often the highest hurdle to clear wh ...

  29. Behind the Deal: Music Licensing Reform & Proposed Bills

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For more than a year, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has been holding hearings on music licensing needs in the digital age. It has For more than a year, the U.S. House Judic ...

  30. SoundExchange Extends Digital Audio Royalty Deadline

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Record companies and recording artists now have six more months to claim undistributed digital audio transmission royalties from SoundExchange for the years 1996-2000. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Record companies and recording artists now have six more mo ...

  31. SoundExchange Extends Digital Audio Royalty Deadline

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Labels, artists have until Dec. 31. Record companies and recording artists now have six more months to claim undistributed digital audio transmission royalties from SoundExchange for the years 1996-2000. The artist/label collection group's bo ...

  32. Cable Royalty Distribution Affirmed

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed on May 31 the Librarian of Congress' royalty distribution to cable television system operators. NEW YORK -- The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed on May 31 the Librarian of Congr ...

  33. Case Summary: Fair Use of Concert Posters

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill Graham Archives sued book publishers that used images of concert posters in a Grateful Dead biographical book for copyright infringement. The U.S. District Court in New York granted the publisher Bill Graham Archives sued book publishers that ...

  34. SESAC Under Fire At Oversight Hearing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT SESAC was in the cross hairs of a Congressional oversight hearing panel May 11, as lawmakers responded to complaints from broadcasters that when dealing with performing right organizations (PROs), it' WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SESAC was in the cros ...

  35. SESAC Under Fire

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers respond to broadcasters' complaints. SESAC was in the cross hairs of a Congressional oversight hearing panel today (May 11), as lawmakers responded to complaints from broadcasters that when dealing with performing right organization ...

  36. USTR Places 14 Countries On Piracy Priority Watch List

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The nation's top trade negotiator pushed China to do more to prevent copyright piracy and sent a warning to Russia that its behavior toward pirates needs to change, but his efforts fell far short of t WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  37. Case Summary: Right to Sue for Infringement & Fair Use of Film Clips

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company that licenses films and film clips, the U.S. District Court in New York wrote an opinion April 5, exploring issues involving assignments of copyright infr In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company ...

  38. Case Summary: Assignments of Right to Sue for Copyright Infringement

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For nearly 70 years, U.S. law viewed copyright owners as having an indivisible bundle of property rights that could not be assigned piecemeal. This changed with the Copyright Act of 1976, when Congres For nearly 70 years, U.S. law viewed copyright ...

  39. Copyright Office Seeks Comments On DAS Reporting

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the way certain digital audio services report their use of sound recordings to copyright owners is April 14. NEW YORK -- The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright O ...

  40. New Copyright Royalty Judge Invites Rate Input

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Librarian of Congress has appointed veteran attorney Bruce Forrest as the Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. Forrest will serve until May 31, when the Librarian will have appointed three Copyr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Librarian of Congress ...

  41. SoundExchange Names General Counsel

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gary R. Greenstein has been named general counsel of digital performing rights body SoundExchange in Washington, D.C. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs for the Recording Industry A Gary R. Greenstein has been named general coun ...

  42. SoundExchange Names General Counsel

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gary R. Greenstein has been named general counsel of digital performing rights body SoundExchange in Washington, D.C. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs for the RIAA, where he handl Gary R. Greenstein has been named general coun ...

  43. Higher Ground

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pete Kipley is named SESAC Christian songwriter of the year for the second straight year. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Pete Kipley is named SESAC Christian songwriter of the year for the second straight year. Read Deborah Evans Price� ...

  44. USTR Removes Taiwan's Priority Watch Status

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Trade Representative has downgraded Taiwan's Special 301 status citing improvements in the country's intellectual property rights legislation and enforcement. The USTR has moved Taiwan from P TAIPEI -- The U.S. Trade Representat ...

  45. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court of Appe WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SoundExchange, the label/a ...

  46. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Court rejects appeals by broadcasters, content owners. SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court ...

  47. SoundExchange To Distribute Webcast Royalties

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Court rejects appeals by broadcasters, content owners. SoundExchange, the label/artist collection and distribution group, can now distribute $11 million in initial Webcast royalties from Oct. 28, 1998 through Dec. 31, 2004, now that the U.S. Court ...

  48. USTR Removes Taiwan's Priority Watch Status

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Trade Representative has downgraded Taiwan's Special 301 status citing improvements in the country's intellectual property rights legislation and enforcement. The USTR has moved Taiwan from P The U.S. Trade Representative has do ...

  49. USTR Removes Taiwan's Priority Watch Status

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Trade Representative has downgraded Taiwan's Special 301 status citing improvements in the country's intellectual property rights legislation and enforcement. The USTR has moved Taiwan from P The U.S. Trade Representative has do ...

  50. Copyright Law Needs Update For Digital Era

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Last month, at <i>Billboard</i>'s inaugural Digital Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles, senior executives of several online music services answered one critical question with surprising unanimity Jonathan Potter is executive ...

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