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  1. Digital Retail Focus Of SXSW Talk With MySpace President

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite the announcement this morning (March 15) that online music seller Snocap would make available content from Sub Pop and Dangerbird via MySpace, president of the social networking site Tom Anderson said music retail is not a top priority for ...

  2. Indies Sign On With Snocap

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie labels Sub Pop, New Line and Dangerbird Records have agreed to use SnoCap's MyStores digital download service to begin selling unprotected MP3 tracks through individual artist MySpace pages and other sites. The Alternative Distribution ...

  3. Ten Ways Lawyers Can Develop Unsigned Artists

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT There has never been a more challenging, yet invigorating, time for music attorneys who represent developing artists. On one hand, industry media is constantly abuzz with doomsday scenarios ranging from the projected death of the CD to the latest ...

  4. Viacom Sues Google, YouTube

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV parent Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday that it was suing Google Inc. and its Internet video-sharing site YouTube for more than $1 billion over unauthorized use of its programming online. The lawsuit, the biggest challenge to date to Google's ...

  5. Social Network Taps SnoCap

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Social network Imeem is integrating SnoCap's content identification and music registry to give members the ability to stream and discover music while providing labels a share in advertising revenue. Unlike SnoCap's MySpace service, which ...

  6. MTV Embraces Web Chaos To Regain Viewers

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks, owner of the MTV and Comedy Central channels, is pushing a risky new Web strategy to win back young viewers from the likes of YouTube and MySpace. The network, which already has 150 Web sites in 162 countries, plans to build literall ...

  7. Labels Line-Up To Sue Yahoo China

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Eleven record companies, including the four international majors, are suing Beijing-based Yahoo China operator Alibaba for violating copyrights. The lawsuit, which seeks damages of 5.5 million yuan ($711,288), was filed in Beijing No. 2 Intermedia ...

  8. Google Chief: YouTube Committed To Attracting Licensed Content

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Despite a high-profile revolt by such big-media types as CBS and Viacom, Google chief Eric Schmidt says YouTube remains firm in its commitment to attract licensed content to the popular user generated site. Schmidt stresses such content can be mon ...

  9. Labels File Suit Against Yahoo China

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Record labels in China have filed suit against the operator of Yahoo China for providing access to free music. According to Shanghai China Daily , 11 labels -- including Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group --filed the joint suit against t ...

  10. Pump Audio, Photobucket Pact

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Independent music licensing service Pump Audio has begun providing copyright-cleared music to users of the Photobucket video and photo sharing service. The partnership is designed to let Photobucket users embed music into photo slideshows or origi ...

  11. Yahoo's Taiwanese Biz To Shutter Download Service

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Yahoo-Kimo, Yahoo's Taiwanese subsidiary, says it will shut down its music-download service on March 27. Yahoo-Kimo Music launched on March 15, 2006 on a free trial basis and started to charge users on March 27, 2006. "We're termina ...

  12. Indie Webstore Insound Back With Pitchfork

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Web retailer Insound.com has realigned itself with Pitchforkmedia.com, one of the Web's top destinations for indie-related news and reviews. Pitchfork reviews will once again link to Insound.com. About one year ago, Pitchfork had switched to ...

  13. Euro Societies Call YouTube, MySpace To The Table

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST European copyright societies have asked YouTube and MySpace to bring discussions to a climax on back-payments for unauthorized use of copyright works. Paris-based CISAC and its ally BIEM say they have sent letters to the respective user-generated ...

  14. Wind-up Pacts With YouTube

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wind-up Records has struck a deal to make its music videos available on YouTube, in return for a share of the company's advertising revenue. The label also is making available a list of pre-cleared tracks that YouTube users can embed into the ...

  15. Victory Launches Label-Themed Music Player

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Victory Records has released a label-focused digital music player called VictorStream, which can be accessed via the Chicago label's Web site. Chicago-based rock label Victory Records has released a label-focused digital music player dubbed V ...

  16. Rogers Named Yahoo! Music GM

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ian Rogers has been named GM of Yahoo! Music. He replaces outgoing co-GMs David Goldberg and Robert Roback who announced their resignations earlier in February. Rogers reports to Vince Broady, head of entertainment for Yahoo! Rogers came to Yahoo! ...

  17. IBM Report: Companies Should Loosen Content Control

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST IBM's media consulting division has issued a report suggesting that media companies loosen their control over content in order to best take advantage of today's new media distribution platforms. The report, "Navigating the Media Div ...

  18. Vivendi CEO Talks YouTube, MySpace Lawsuit

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy sat for a Q&A session with USA Today this week. Among the topics of conversation -- its YouTube deal, the MySpace lawsuit, and old media in the digital age. Read the full transcript here . News Jean-Bernard Levy ...

  19. Viacom Gives Boost To Joost

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Media giant Viacom is turning it's back on Internet video superstar YouTube for upstart Joost . Shortly after demanding all Viacom content be removed from YouTube, Viacom has partnered with Joost ( formerly known as the Venice Project ) to li ...

  20. Atlantic Taps ShoZu For Mobile Marketing

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Atlantic Records has tapped mobile video social network provide ShoZu as part of its artist street marketing team. As part of the agreement, certain Atlantic artists will received ShoZu-enabled mobile phones that will allow them to upload both pho ...

  21. Handlin Back In ARIA Chair

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Denis Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, was re-elected today as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) for a record ninth year. The elections took place at ARIA's offices ...

  22. Researcher: Podcasting Ad Revs To Skyrocket

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Research aggregator eMarketer expects advertising spending on podcasting to skyrocket to $400 million by 2011, from $80 million last year. Fanning this fire is the pending addition of Google to the podcasting space, as well as more sophisticated a ...

  23. Top Yahoo! Music Execs Exit

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST David Goldberg and Robert Roback, the duo leading Yahoo's music efforts, are leaving the company. The two executives announced their resignations Monday for "personal reasons" expressing a desire to "go back to our entrepreneur ...

  24. YouTube Inks Deals, Expands Reach

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST User-generated video sharing service YouTube has struck two deals to expand both the reach and breadth of its content. The company is working with wireless operator Vodafone to create a mobile version of the YouTube service -- providing daily sele ...

  25. MySpace Tests Video Filtering Technology

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace.com is testing technology from Audible Magic that blocks distribution of user generated videos containing unauthorized copyrighted content. Audible Magic's digital finger printing solution screens video uploaded by users and blocks an ...

  26. Japan's Mixi Starts Video Sharing Service

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mixi, Japan's biggest social network service, has launched a video file-sharing operation that it says will "revitalize" communication between the company's eight million users. Videos shared through the service cannot be longe ...

  27. MySpace Goes Mobile In Europe With Vodafone

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace has forged an exclusive European partnership with Vodafone in a development which will enable the wireless carrier's customers to remotely view and edit their MySpace profiles. The deal, unveiled Wednesday (Feb. 7), heralds Fox Intera ...

  28. MySpace Gets Rolling With Film Project

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace is making movies. Executives from the online community Web site today (Feb. 7) presented an innovative film project which will encourage creative input from its millions of users. One million pounds ($1.97 million) has been set aside to fu ...

  29. JASRAC, YouTube Fracas Rumbles On

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC said today (Feb. 6) that YouTube has agreed to put up a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users that it is illegal to post or upload audio-visual works whose copyrights are neither owned by YouTube no ...

  30. Sellaband Download Portal To Bow In June

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST SellaBand, the Amsterdam-based "virtual" home for emerging, unsigned bands, is scheduled to launch its downloadable music portal this June. The venture invites unsigned acts to upload their recordings to its Web site , while consumers vi ...

  31. Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in the independent label community are preparing for a legal skirmish with YouTube over content being used on the video-sharing site. Sources tell Billboard.biz that the independents are aggrieved with terms proposed by the giant socia ...

  32. JASRAC, YouTube Execs To Meet

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC says key YouTube executives will visit Japan to discuss the ongoing problem of Japanese copyrighted content being uploaded to the popular video-sharing website without rights-holders' permission. According to J ...

  33. MySpace To Launch Local Mexico Site

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace will soft-launch a local Web site for Mexico in Spanish, according to a company e-mail leaked to Billboard.biz. The local site's home page will feature two music artists every week. Those artists will also receive large placement on t ...

  34. Google Tests Music Video Syndication Via AdSense

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Google said it kicked off another test of its video syndication product via its AdSense network with music content partners Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. The search giant said it has begun distributing music videos featuring ...

  35. WMG Signs Ad-Share Deal With Video Site

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has formed an advertising revenue sharing agreement with a French user-generated video site called DailyMotion.com. Similar to YouTube, Dailymotion.com allows users to upload and browse video clips. Unlike YouTube, the site does ...

  36. McPhee To Guest Star On Pop Culture Blog

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST American Idol graduate Katharine McPhee, who is gearing up for the release of her self-titled debut album Jan. 30, will guest star on pop culture video blog Lonelygirl15. The blog is a video serial centering on the life of a fictional teenage girl ...

  37. Ebay To Buy StubHub For $310 Million

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ebay has agreed to acquire privately held StubHub, a leading online secondary ticketing site, for an estimated aggregate value of about $310 million. The acquisition will enable eBay to expand its presence in the online ticketing world, while allo ...

  38. Ezpeer Revives Kuro In Taiwan

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kuro, previously Taiwan's largest peer-to-peer network, launched on Jan. 1 a new Web site featuring a music-download service provided by Ezpeer, another local download service. Kuro Web manager Patrick Cheng says the two companies are now tal ...

  39. Reports: YouTube Content ID Filters Delayed

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST YouTube is finding out first hand how difficult content identification and filtering technology can be. The company fell short of its promise to implement the technology by the end of 2006. According to a Financial Times article (subscription requ ...

  40. Australian Court Issues Copyright Ruling

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Providing Web links to copyright-protected music is enough to make a site legally liable, an Australian court ruled in a case that created legal uncertainty for search engines around the world. The full bench of the Federal Court, the country' ...

  41. Ticketmaster Buys Stake In ILike.com

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster has bought a 25 percent stake in music-oriented networking Web site iLike.com in a deal that seeks to generate exposure for the ticket-selling giant among independent music fans. Ticketmaster invested $13.3 million in iLike.com and si ...

  42. YouTube Replies To JASRAC Demands

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST YouTube has pledged to launch a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users not to post or upload copyrighted works without permission, according to local authors' society JASRAC. On Dec. 4 , JASRAC sent a letter to YouTube on beha ...

  43. Habbo Hotel Checks In With RealAmplify

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST International virtual online community Habbo Hotel has installed a branded Internet radio station operated via RealAmplify, a plug-in technology supplied by digital-entertainment service provider RealNetworks Inc. Subscribers to Habbo Hotel are kn ...

  44. EMI, Yahoo! Strike Video Content Deal

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has inked a pan-European video agreement allowing consumers to watch its promos on Yahoo! Music. As a result of the deal, announced today (Dec. 11), Yahoo! Music will enable European computer users free access to videos from EMI Music ar ...

  45. Yahoo! Reorganizes, Top Exec Exits

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Yahoo! on Tuesday (Dec. 5) conducted a much-anticipated reorganization that structures the business into three groups and marks the departure of the company's media group leader Lloyd Braun. Also leaving the company is chief operating officer ...

  46. YouTube Taken To Task In Japan

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Japanese rights holders are demanding that YouTube take steps to prevent their copyrighted content from being uploaded to the popular video-sharing Web site without their permission. In a letter sent to YouTube on Dec. 4 and released on Dec. 5, a ...

  47. Victory Launches Revamped Web Site

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Label destination offers downloads, ringtones. Chicago rock label Victory Records, the label home to Hawthorne Heights, launched a redesigned Web site last week. The reworked site boasts access to nearly every video ever recorded by a Victory band ...

  48. Yahoo Acquires Bix.com

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc. on Thursday (Nov. 16) said it had acquired Bix.com, a site that helps users arrange contests to rate others' photos, video or singing, in a move to promote more popular participation across Yahoo sites. Bix is a 16-person company h ...

  49. Yahoo Acquires Bix.com

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Yahoo Inc. on Thursday (Nov. 16) said it had acquired Bix.com, a site that helps users arrange contests to rate others' photos, video or singing, in a move to promote more popular participation ...

  50. Report: Kuro Sheds Users After P2P Block

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Taiwan service loses 70%-plus users. Kuro, previously Taiwan's biggest P2P network, has lost more than 70% of its subscribers since it shut down its illegal peer-to-peer service, according to a survey by Taipei-based online market research fi ...

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