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  1. Final Major On Board With MUZU

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has signed a licensing deal with Irish-based MUZU.TV, a music TV Web site and distribution platform available to consumers in the U.K. and Ireland. MUZU now has all four majors on board for the service. The deal gives MUZU users ...

  2. Sony, Lionsgate Included In YouTube Deal

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a move intended to strike back at the encroaching Hulu, YouTube announced a series of partnerships that will enable it to stream a range of full-length movies and television shows. The pics and episodes, which will be streamed on a separate sec ...

  3. German Composer Sues Google/YouTube

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German composer Frank Peterson has filed a lawsuit at the Higher District Court in Hamburg against Google/YouTube, claiming that his music videos and other audiovisual repertoire were used illegally. Peterson produces British soprano Sarah Brightm ...

  4. UMG, Google In Deal For Video Service

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Google finalized their long-awaited deal to create a new music video service called Vevo, expected to launch before the end of the year. Vevo is designed as a central repository for all UMG video content initially—includi ...

  5. Songwriters' Online Response To Google

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. songwriters and composers have launched a new Web site to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, fairplayforcreators.com, went live today (March 25) and has the backing of Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Robbie ...

  6. 'Unafraid' China Apparently Fears YouTube

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the ...

  7. YouTube, Performing Right Society Dispute To Nix Music Videos

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music videos on YouTube in the UK will be silenced after negotiations between the Google-owned service and the countries' Performing Right Society failed to agree on new rates. Both YouTube and the PRS issued statements outlining their respec ...

  8. Free Streaming Service Muziic Hits The Web

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Another free online music streaming service has hit the Web, with some questionable legal cover. Muziic is simply an iTunes-like interface that draws on YouTube for music content rather than licensing from the labels and publishers. But unlike mos ...

  9. UMG, YouTube Move Closer To Premium Video Partnership

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Hulu-like music video service that Universal Music Group has been developing may be close to finding a partner. Sources confirm the label and YouTube are in discussions on an agreement to offer the site together . The exact details of the pote ...

  10. Warner, MyVideo Launch Content Partnership

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Central Europe has partnered with European video platform MyVideo to offer Warner Music content in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Effective immediately, the site MyVideo.de gives users access to videos by domestic and international ...

  11. Digital Briefs: UMG vs. Veoh, Spotify, CD Baby

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The judge overseeing Universal Music Group's lawsuit against Veoh ruled that the company's investors could not be included in the labels' copyright infringement claims. - On-demand music discovery service Lp33.tv added A&R exe ...

  12. Muxtape Re-emerges

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online playlisting service Muxtape has re-emerged, re-designed as a platform for bands to promote their music. After failing to reach a licensing agreement with record labels, the site shut down for a few months with plans to re-launch. The new ve ...

  13. Beggars Group Joins Muzu.tv Community

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beggars Group, one of the largest independent label collectives in Europe, is the latest to join new music television Web site and distribution platform Muzu.tv. The new deal will give Muzu.tv users full access to the entire video library of Begga ...

  14. Digital Briefs: Veoh, YouLicense, ID Interactive

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Online video service Veoh won a slight reprieve when the judge presiding over Universal Music Group's copyright infringement lawsuit against the company refused to grant the label's request for a summary judgment. - Music licensing pla ...

  15. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Imeem, Lisa Loeb

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Buzznet confirms it is laying off around 10 employees, about an 11% cut. Universal Music Group is an investor in the social media site, which recently acquired music blogs Idolator and Stereogum. - Imeem added a mobile advertising service for it ...

  16. Incorporated Indie Band Gets $100K

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Normative Music Company announced a $100,000 investment in incorporated independent band Francis and the Lights, LLC. Jakob Lodwick, the president of Normative and previously a founder of Vimeo, said he modeled the deal on that of a start-up w ...

  17. MTV Overhauls Video Site

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has revamped its online music video streaming site under the banner MTVmusic.com , aggregating music videos, interviews and live footage into a Hulu-like portal aimed at reclaiming its title of king of the music video market. It's also ai ...

  18. YouTube To Sell Music, Games In Revenue Push

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT YouTube, the world's most popular video-sharing site, will start to sell music and video games and experiment with new advertising formats to grow revenue, executives said on Tuesday. The Google-owned business is taking the first steps toward ...

  19. UMG Plans Online Music Video Portal

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is in the planning stages of establishing its own online music video portal—similar to NBC’s Hulu video streaming site, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources with knowledge of UMG’s plans, the service would host not ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. JASRAC Sues Video-posting Web Site

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) filed a lawsuit on Aug. 6 against Pandora TV, operator of the video-posting Web site "TV Break" seeking damages of 128 million yen ($1.2 million) for copyright ...

  22. Social.fm No More

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Self-styled "P2P radio" network Social.fm has gone out of business. A visit to it's Web page merely states "The Company is unfortunately no longer in business and therefore cannot continue its service to you." It closed Ju ...

  23. Atlantic Rolls Out Content Aggregator

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records unveiled a desktop computer application that will aggregate various types of online content related to its artists in one location. Called Fanbase, the desktop widget includes a music player for streaming tracks, chat feature to c ...

  24. EMusic To Add New Features In Site Redesign

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital music retailer eMusic will add content from social networking sites including YouTube and Flickr, as well as Wikipedia, in its six-month-long Web site redesign that began today. The first of the site's new elements-a redesigned eMusic ...

  25. Sony BMG Teams With Muzu TV

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG U.K. has become the first major music company to strike a video content agreement with Muzu TV, an ad-funded online multimedia music service launching in Beta format today. Muzu TV, a privately-owned venture belonging to the Ireland-regis ...

  26. EMI Files Suit Against Social Networking Site

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group on Friday filed a lawsuit against social networking site Hi5, alleging copyright infringement over user-uploaded videos that include music from the label's artists. Also included in the suit is Hi5 video service provider Video ...

  27. E-License Strikes YouTube Content Deal

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based music-copyright agency e-License Inc. said May 20 it has concluded a comprehensive licensing contract with Google for the use of e-License-managed music on Google's YouTube video-sharing site. Under the new agreement, users can le ...

  28. YouTube India Launches

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT YouTube India has launched with a localized home page (youtube.co.in) featuring user-generated videos alongside licensed content from film and TV production companies, but little authorized music content from labels. "We are very excited to b ...

  29. PluggedIn Set For Launch

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PluggedIn, a Web site focused on music videos and other music offerings, is expected to launch Wednesday in public beta with partnerships with Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and EMI and an investment from Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment ...

  30. MoS, Brightcove Team For Web Content

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. multi-media and dance-music group Ministry of Sound (MoS) is to overhaul its online-video service to boost ad revenue after forming a partnership with Internet-TV company Brightcove, Billboard.biz has learned. U.S.-based Brightcove has alread ...

  31. JRC Strikes Content Deal With YouTube

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based copyright-management agency Japan Rights Clearance (JRC) says it has reached a comprehensive copyright agreement with Google on the use of JRC-managed content on Google-owned YouTube. The agreement enables YouTube users to upload video ...

  32. Radiohead Launches Video Contest

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead is inviting fans to create animated music videos for any song on the band's "In Rainbows" album as part of a contest run by online animation network Aniboom. The band will select the winning animated videos, wit the grand ...

  33. Video Sites Struggle

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's certainly no shortage of online video sharing sites, but other than YouTube, few are finding much success and many are expected to exit the space before the end of the year. That's the conclusion of an Investors Business Daily ar ...

  34. UMG Hits Billion Mark On YouTube

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has streamed 1 billion music videos on YouTube, making it one of the site's most popular video channels, the two companies announced today. More than 8 million UMG videos are streamed each day on YouTube, keeping it on t ...

  35. Report: Video Site Revver Up For Sale

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Revver, one of a number of YouTube competitors, is rumored to be up for sale after it failed to secure additional funding. The site, which in the past raised $13 million in two rounds of venture funding, is reportedly close to being out of money a ...

  36. Imeem Acquires Anywhere.fm

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported free streaming music service Imeem has acquired the Web music player and Internet radio station Anywhere.fm. The company says it bought the company for its music uploading capabilities, music player interface, and recommendation featu ...

  37. Google, Kadokawa Group To Launch YouTube Site

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Google and Tokyo-based media conglomerate Kadokawa Group Holdings announced a "new content partnership" today (Jan. 25) based on Google-developed video identification technology the two companies have been jointly testing. "As the t ...

  38. Grayzone Admits Role In Zep Footage Takedown

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A third-party vendor hired to issue takedown notices on sites like YouTube has taken responsibility for the removal of Led Zeppelin concert footage taken during the band's historic reunion. Sources involved in the situation earlier in the day ...

  39. UMG Forges Deal With Imeem

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has struck a content pact with music-based social networking site Imeem Inc. to provide free, ad-supported on-demand streaming of its music and videos. The deal, forged on Friday and announced today, sees Imeem sign-up the &q ...

  40. YouTube Served India Court Order

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mumbai-based Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. (SCIL), one of India's biggest record and video labels, said yesterday it has obtained a court order that prohibits YouTube's Indian Web site from disseminating SCIL copyrighted content. The D ...

  41. MTV Kicks Off Virtual Video Contest

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks struck a deal with streaming video entertainment site Metacafe for a "Virtual Worlds Virtual Music Video Contest." Contestants will have access to audio tracks from various emerging artists as well as video clips and online ...

  42. YouTube Launches Filtering Beta

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following a test of the system earlier this year, YouTube has finally launched a beta version of a copyright identification and filtering system. The company, on its blog , says the system will allow copyright holders to identify when their work i ...

  43. Video Service DivX Sues UMG

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Video hosting service DivX has filed suit against Universal Music Group (UMG) in response to the major label's claim that DivX’s Stage6 service is infringing copyrighted materials, according to published reports. The move is similar to that o ...

  44. UMG Hits Veoh With Suit

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group filed suit against online video site Veoh, claiming copyright infringement. The company first threatened the suit last month, to which Veoh responded with a preemptive suit, asking a federal court to block any potential legal ...

  45. 'Girl' Talk With Will.I.Am

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine suggested the idea of a solo album earlier this year, Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am was caught off guard. "I'm thinking, 'Why would I do a solo project?' " he recalls ...

  46. YouTube Ads Bring 'Ughs,' Others Praise

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube's new video advertising strategy has provoked a mixed reaction from the blogosphere and the site's community. The semi-transparent "overlay" ads, unveiled Tuesday , fill the lower fifth of the screen, last for 10 second ...

  47. Veoh Issues Pre-emptive UMG Lawsuit

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Web video sharing service Veoh Networks has filed what it calls a pre-emptive lawsuit against Universal Music Group in the hope of blocking any potential copyright infringement claims by the major label. Veoh, which syndicates video content from B ...

  48. Christian Video Site GodTube Launches

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT GodTube.com, a Christian-themed site with a layout and concept similar to that of popular Web innovator YouTube.com, officially launches today. Now in its beta form, GodTube features content ranging from sermons to music videos, including "Ba ...

  49. GoFish Drops Bolt Media Acquisition

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bolt Media's inability to reach music licensing deals with major record labels has pushed online video company GoFish to cancel its pending acquisition of the company. Universal Music Group had sued Bolt Media for copyright infringement, sayi ...

  50. YouTube Seeks Unsigned Hip Hop Artists

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has revealed a new music contest dubbed YouTube OntheRise Rap Edition, which aims to identify the best unsigned hip-hop artists in the United States. YouTube has tapped hip-hop artists 50 Cent, Common and Polow da Don to judge the videos. ...

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