World Intellectual Property Organization

  1. New Bill Would Force Canada to Review Copyright Law Every Five Years

    July 09, 2012 4:17 PM EDT A little more than a year since the last copyright reform bill (C-32) died when a general election was called, Canada's Conservative government finally committed to update the country's lagging copyright laws. Bill C-11 was the fourth at ...

  2. Indian Copyright Act Amendments Give Music Artists Ownership Rights

    May 25, 2012 3:56 PM EDT NEW DELHI - In what is seen as a major victory for songwriters, composers and musicians working in the Indian film industry, revised amendments to the Copyright Act now give them better ownership control of their works. Considering India's fi ...

  3. Jasper Donat On Music Matters 2012: Troy Carter, Growing Asian Touring Market, Music Publishing In 53 Countries

    May 21, 2012 10:45 AM EDT (Photo Courtesy: Music Matters) Music Matters 2012, the industry one-stop covering "all that matters" (as their catchphrase declares) in music, entertainment, technology and media in the Asia Pacific region, is back for its second year i ...

  4. Canadian Federation of Musicians Announces Strategic Alliance With ACTRA

    November 03, 2011 9:05 AM EDT Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) have worked together for many years in a various capacities on behalf of its membership and have just entered into a formal strategic alli ...

  5. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  6. Griffin Moving Forward With WIPO on Global Rights Registry

    June 16, 2011 10:48 AM EDT Jim Griffin is moving forward with his plans to create a global rights registry with the World Intellectual Property Organization. A registry would allow for new licensing schemes that Griffin, a former digital music executive and founder of Choru ...

  7. What Will Canada's New Majority Government Mean for Copyright Reform?

    May 05, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Monday's re-election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada to a majority stronghold means that there will be fewer impediments to get its legislation passed. One bill, which died March 26 when the general e ...

  8. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  9. What Ever Happened To Choruss? An Interview with Jim Griffin

    February 24, 2011 2:19 PM EST Jim Griffin Choruss was started by Griffin's consulting firm OneHouse LLC and Warner Music Group as an experiment in innovative business models. The goal was to work with colleges and universities to find new ways for students to legally acqu ...

  10. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  11. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  12. U.S. Trade Report Adds Canada To IP Deadbeat List

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A report today by the U.S. government added Canada to a list of countries that fail to protect intellectual property. Canada joins the likes of Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela as countries with significant violations of c ...

  13. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  14. Celia Cruz Estate Wins Domain Battle

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Celia Cruz may have been known as the Queen of Salsa, but when it came to the Web, she had no domain. For the past decade, a Cayman Island-based corporation has held control over the celiacruz.com Web domain. But now, the name will revert to the l ...

  15. Ticketmaster Wins 'Typosquat' Decision

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The World Intellectual Property Organization has ruled in favor of Ticketmaster in a so-called "typosquatting" Internet domain-name case. Ticketmaster entered a complaint on April 28 with the Geneva-based patents and intellectual propert ...

  16. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  17. EMI Wins WIPO Domain-Name Case

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group has won a "cyber-squatting" case filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization. EMI entered a complaint with the Geneva-based patents and intellectual property authority on Aug. 14, disputing the Web site emi-musicgro ...

  18. WIPO Organizes IP Conference

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) is hosting an international conference on intellectual property and the creative industries Oct. 29 and 30 at its Geneva headquarters. The confab , which is open to the public, will gather ...

  19. Dire Straits Win WIPO Domain-Name Case

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The World Intellectual Property Organization has ruled in favor of Dire Straits in a "cyber-squatting" case. The U.K. rock band filed a complaint with the Geneva-based patents and intellectual property authority May 28 over a disputed do ...

  20. MySpace Wins Cyber-Squatting Case

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The World Intellectual Property Organization has ruled in favor of MySpace in a cyber-squatting case. The social networking service originally filed a complaint with the Geneva-based patents and IP authority last December over a disputed domain na ...

  21. Jamster Owner Wins Domain-Name Case

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has ruled in favor of VeriSign Inc. after the company took legal action against E-Promote for using a similar domain name to host a "link farm." VeriSign, owners of mobile ...

  22. Gov't, Biz Urged To Unite On Piracy Battle

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright has called on governments and businesses to join forces in a rigorous alliance to combat piracy and counterfeiting. Wright appealed to broadband providers, Internet auction sites, financial intermediaries ...

  23. Thailand's King To Receive WIPO Award

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be the recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Global Leaders Award in recognition of his contribution to intellectual property as an inventor and active proponent of int ...

  24. Industry Leaders Gather In Geneva For Piracy Meeting

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal head Bob Wright is among dozens of CEOs and ministers in Geneva Tuesday (Jan. 30) for a major two-day meeting aimed at stamping out piracy and counterfeiting. The gathering, under the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and P ...

  25. G8 Commits To Piracy Crackdown

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The world's leading economic powers yesterday (July 16) pledged to step up collaborative efforts to stamp out piracy. The world's leading economic powers yesterday (July 16) pledged to step up collaborative efforts to stamp out piracy. I ...

  26. G8 Commits To Piracy Crackdown

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The world's leading economic powers yesterday (July 16) pledged to step up collaborative efforts to stamp out piracy. The world's leading economic powers yesterday (July 16) pledged to step up collaborative efforts to stamp out piracy. I ...

  27. Court Orders MP3 Site To Shut Down

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Case brought against Techno Design. The Dutch Court of Appeal ruled yesterday (June 15) against Web site operators who offer deep links to unlicensed mp3 files. The decision against Techno Design Internet Programming BV, which operates zoekmp3.nl, ...

  28. Court Orders MP3 Site To Shut Down

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Case brought against Techno Design. The Dutch Court of Appeal ruled yesterday (June 15) against Web site operators who offer deep links to unlicensed mp3 files. The decision against Techno Design Internet Programming BV, which operates zoekmp3.nl, ...

  29. Canada Music Sales Hit By P2P Swapping

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20.3 million), or 4%, to $608.7 ($553.4 million) million, the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. reported today (March 2). Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20. ...

  30. Election Outcome Impact On Canadian Reform

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Biz ponders if Conservatives will overhaul law. While Canadian voters put an end to 12 years of Liberal government rule in that country Jan. 23, it's music industry has been left pondering if the newly-elected minority Conservative party will ...

  31. Goldberg Appointed ASCAP Ombudsman

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP has named as its East Coast ombudsman intellectual property attorney Morton David Goldberg with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman in New York. ASCAP has named as its East Coast ombudsman intellectual property attorney Morton David Goldberg w ...

  32. Goldberg Appointed ASCAP Ombudsman

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Attorney Succeeds Tyler for East Coast. ASCAP has named as its East Coast ombudsman intellectual property attorney Morton David Goldberg with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman in New York. Goldberg was selected to succeed the late former judge Harold ...

  33. Cosby Wins Right To Fat Albert Domain

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An Internet domain name based on the 1960s Fat Albert cartoon character created by Bill Cosby was awarded to the comedian Sept. 12. GENEVA (AP) -- An Internet domain name based on the 1960s Fat Albert cartoon character created by Bill Cosby was aw ...

  34. Canadian Copyright Act Revisions Introduced

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and Industry Minister David Emerson introduced long-awaited revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in the House of Commons June 20 before parliament broke for summe TORONTO -- Canadian Heritage Minister Liz ...

  35. Revisions Introduced To Canada's Copyright Act

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and Industry Minister David Emerson introduced long-awaited revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in the House of Commons today (June 20) before parliament breaks Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and ...

  36. Glastonbury Fest Wins Domain-Name Dispute

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Britain's annual Glastonbury Festival have won a Web site domain name infringement case at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Organizers of Britain's annual Glastonbury Festival have won a Web site domain name in ...

  37. Glastonbury Fest Wins Domain-Name Dispute

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cybersquatters registered site in 'bad faith.' Organizers of Britain's annual Glastonbury Festival have won a Web site domain name infringement case at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Geneva-based WIPO has ruled that t ...

  38. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Policy Chief

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She rep The International Federation of the Phonograph ...

  39. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Perlmutter joins from Time Warner. The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the L ...

  40. IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Perlmutter joins from Time Warner. The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the L ...

  41. Canadian Gov't Eyes Changes To Copyright Act

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a move welcomed by music labels, the Canadian government on March 24 proposed amendments to the federal Copyright Act designed to strengthen copyright protection in the digital age and clarify the TORONTO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In a move w ...

  42. Canada Closer To Updating Copyright Act

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST WIPO treaty ratification expected. The Canadian government is moving forward with plans to introduce legislation to modernize the country's Copyright Act. A bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament this spring. A statement from Industr ...

  43. Czech Amendment Threatens Performance Royalties From Hotels

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST A proposed amendment to the Czech Republic's Copyright Act concerning music performances in hotels has angered collecting societies, which fear substantial revenue losses. PRAGUE -- A proposed amendment to the Czech Republic's Copyright ...

  44. Dimensional Names Schoenfeld As Pub Chief

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Dimensional Music Publishing, the division of JDS Capital Management that recently acquired the assets of DreamWorks Music Publishing, named a chief. Dimensional Music Publishing, the division of JDS Capital Management that recently acquired the a ...

  45. Dimensional Names Schoenfeld As Pub Chief

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Dimensional Music Publishing, the division of JDS Capital Management that <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/business_finance/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000717982">recently acq Dimensional Music Publishing, ...

  46. Canada's Billion-Dollar Culture Deficit Requires New Policy Approach

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canadian artists have enjoyed unprecedented international critical and commercial success in recent years. From Avril Lavigne to Yann Martel to Denys Arcand, Canadians have won Grammys, Bookers and Os Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair in ...

  47. Sharman Wins Kazaa Domain-Name Dispute

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sharman Networks has won a domain-name dispute over its controversial Kazaa P2P file-sharing service. Sharman Networks has won a domain-name dispute over its controversial Kazaa P2P file-sharing service. The Geneva-based World Intellectual Propert ...

  48. Canadian ISPs Win Court Ruling Over Royalties

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers may not have to pay royalties to the music industry for files downloaded by their customers, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled June 30. TORONTO -- Internet service providers may not have to pay royalties to the music ind ...

  49. Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 Trillion In 2008

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The global entertainment and media industries generated revenues of $1.23 trillion in 2003, and that figure is expected to grow to $1.67 trillion by 2008, according to a new study issued by PriceWater Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 T ...

  50. Denmark's Roskilde Fest Wins Domain-Name Dispute

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Denmark's annual Roskilde Festival have won a Web site domain-name infringement case at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). LONDON -- Organizers of Denmark's annual Roskilde Festival have won a Web site dom ...

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