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  1. Australia’s Live Music Biz Gets Gov’t Funding Boost

    July 30, 2013 1:36 AM EDT The Australian government has pledged A$560,000 ($508,000) for the creation of an office dedicated to supporting the country’s live music scene. The Federal government has allocated the funding over three years for the National Live Music Office ...

  2. Owner of Jenni Rivera Plane Denies Drug Connections

    December 15, 2012 5:45 PM EST The man who runs the business that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera says he has never been involved in drug trafficking and that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has dogged him for more than two decad ...

  3. How iTunes Launch in 56 Countries Compares To The Coalition of the Willing

    December 04, 2012 5:06 PM EST It is interesting to note that in an announcement today from Apple on its iTunes Store launching in 56 new international territories, the tech company named only four countries -- Russia, Turkey, India and South Africa. Nowhere in the news release ...

  4. Full Text: Obama Intellectual Property Czar Victoria Espinel's A2IM Keynote Address

    June 25, 2012 3:08 PM EDT Victoria Espinel, the Obama administration's "IP Czar," who was A2IM's keynote speaker at this year's Indie Week event with A2IM President Rich Bengloff (Photo: Andy Gensler) At last week's A2IM Indie Week, Victoria E ...

  5. Business Matters: Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Fight Piracy at Google Search

    May 25, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Tackle Piracy at Google Search -- Google has lifted the veil on its anti-piracy efforts by launching an online Transparency Report that offers details on the issuers and targets of removal requests for Googl ...

  6. U.S. Gov't IDs More Airwaves for Commercial Wireless Networks

    March 28, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations ...

  7. How Sabu, a 'Legendary' Anonymous Hacker Member, Turned Into an FBI Informant

    March 07, 2012 6:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five p ...

  8. German Music Industry Plots SXSW Events

    March 06, 2012 11:44 AM EST A boat-trip, a lunch with German cuisine under the motto "Wunderbar," and performances by ten German bands are part of the campaign of the German delegation at SXSW to attract attention to the German music market. The German ministry for ...

  9. Backbeat: Howard Shore, Siedah Garrett, Ludovic Bource, Other Oscar Nominated Composers, Songwriters Gather Before Big Day

    February 26, 2012 8:41 AM EST Oscar nominees, from left, Brett McKenzie, Ludovic Bource, Sergio Mednes, Siedah Garrett and Alberto Iglesias chat before offical photograohs are taken as the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists pre-Oscar party. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Most of t ...

  10. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  11. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  12. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  13. Business Matters: Copyright Office Proposes Federalization of Protections for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

    December 30, 2011 5:30 PM EST We'll Take 'Em: U.S. Copyright's Office's Plan For Pre-1972 Recordings -- The U.S. Copyright Office has recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be under the auspices of the federal government. The report ...

  14. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  15. Sugarland Stage Collapse: What Are the Next Steps?

    August 16, 2011 3:00 PM EDT When tragedy struck at Sugarland's Indiana State Fair appearance Aug. 13 - in which five people were killed and at least 40 injured when a 70-mile-per-hour gust of wind ripped at the stage's roof and collapsed the entire structure in a m ...

  16. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  17. Internet Privacy Controls Challenges Tech Industry, Marketers

    July 27, 2011 5:43 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way to prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web - or face regulation. Yet for all its inno ...

  18. Hulu Considering Putting Itself Up For Sale

    June 22, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Online video service Hulu is exploring putting itself up for sale after receiving an unsolicited takeover offer, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The offer was large enough to make Hulu's board review the deal and c ...

  19. White House Set to Unveil Cyber Security Plan Today

    May 12, 2011 7:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, finan ...

  20. Mississippi River Is Rising in Memphis, but Graceland, Music Landmarks Are Dry

    May 09, 2011 3:00 PM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi rose toward the highest level ever in the river city, flooding pockets of low-lying neighborhoods and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, though the water was not threatening the music heartland's ...

  21. House Votes to Cut Funding to Public Radio

    March 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT The House of Representatives voted Thursday to end federal funding for National Public Radio, following recent controversies that entangled some of the organization's senior executives. Republicans said the move, which passed by a vote of 228 ...

  22. Canada Reconsiders Usage-Based Billing For Internet Users

    February 04, 2011 6:55 AM EST Canada's Netflix debate is over, and so too is mandatory usage-based billing of Internet users. Well, nearly. The CRTC, the country's broadcast regulator, late Thursday bowed to pressure from Ottawa and signaled a retreat on plans to end ...

  23. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  24. Comcast Wins Government Approval To Take Over NBC

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The federal government on Tuesday gave Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, the green light to take over NBC Universal, home of the NBC television network. Comcast is buying a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Elec ...

  25. Court Gives Google Another Shot At Microsoft Deal

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has sided with Google Inc. in a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Department of Interior improperly favored Microsoft Corp. in a deal that could have had ripple effects on future software contracts with other federal government agencies. T ...

  26. Universal Music Group spent $790K lobbying in 3Q

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group, the major recording company that belongs to Vivendi SA of France, spent $790,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on a bill that would pay performers and labels for songs played over the radio, among othe ...

  27. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  28. U.S. Gov't To Target Music, Movie Pirates

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The United States will go after foreign websites that pirate American music and movie as part of a new national strategy to reduce intellectual property theft, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. "This is theft, clear and simple," ...

  29. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  30. 'Commissioner' Gordon Unveils 360-Degree South African Label

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning producer and engineer 'Commissioner' Gordon Williams used the 2009 Moshito music conference at Museum Africa, Johannesburg to announce the formation of a South African-based label, studio and other elements. "The musi ...

  31. German Publishers Demand Govt Action On Piracy

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers have called upon the federal government to implement a warning system to clamp down on the illegal use of music on the Internet. At the German Music Publishers Association's (DMV) annual conference in Dresden, DMV pres ...

  32. FCC Launches PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioners will hold a public inquiry into the commercial use of the PPM technology and "its potential impact on audience ratings of stations that air programming targeted to minority audiences, and consequently, on the financial viabi ...

  33. MTV Australia Awards Show Goes Global

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Australia's flagship awards night will score a global audience after it was selected to premiere on the music TV network's new World Stage platform. The March 27 Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 will be fed into the international W ...

  34. Canada Extends Online Royalties

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada has extended music royalties to broadcasters on the Internet in a move that will encompass commercial TV and radio station Web sites, as well as electronic gaming sites and online radio stations. But the Copyright Board of Canada stopped sh ...

  35. Promotional Value Of Music On Radio: $2.4 Billion

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One day after the contentious Performance Rights Act sailed through the House Subcommittee on Courts , the Internet and Intellectual Property, NAB president and CEO David Rehr pegged the promotional value of music broadcast on terrestrial radio at ...

  36. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  37. Universal Music Lobbied On Royalties

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group spent $350,000 in the second half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form. The firm lobbied on intellectual property protection and theft, copyright royalties, various appropriations bills and ...

  38. Canadian Tariffs Drop

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Board of Canada May 11 revealed the Private Copying Tariffs for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that lessens interim tariffs for music rights holders. The figures were published in the federal government's Canada Gazette. The Canadian Priva ...

  39. Theberge Appointed To Copyright Board Of Canada

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jacinthe Théberge was appointed a member of the Copyright Board of Canada today, effective immediately. The Board is the federal government's regulatory body that establishes the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works in Canada ...

  40. Canadian Biz Suffers Dramatic Q1 Drop

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) reports today that shipments of CDs, music DVDs and other physical music formats fell an unprecedented 35% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006. This follows the larg ...

  41. Karmazin Reiterates Sirius/XM Merger Benefits

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Making another appearance in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning (April 17) regarding the proposed merger of his company, Sirius Satellite Radio and competitor XM Satellite Radio, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin this time appeared before the Senate Commi ...

  42. U.S. Releases IP Enforcement Report

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Doc reveals strategies against counterfeiting and piracy. The U.S. government has developed a five-pillar intellectual-property rights strategy to combat piracy in China, according to a report released by the Bush Administration today (Sept. 28). ...

  43. Child-Porn Bill Might Get Rewrite

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chief author of legislation that would treat steamy Hollywood films the same as hard-core pornography said Oct. 18 that he is willing to alter his bill in an effort to get at child pornographers b WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- T ...

  44. Malcolm Visits Piracy Centers In Mexico City

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT John Malcolm, the Motion Picture Assn.'s worldwide anti-piracy director, toured the Mexico City black market of Tepito on Oct. 3, where he bought a copy of recent Lions Gate release "Lord of War" for MEXICO CITY (The Hollywood Repor ...

  45. Sat Services Bow To Canadian Content Requirements

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two U.S. satellite radio services on Sept. 6 told Canada's broadcast regulator they can live with Canadian-content obligations imposed on their upcoming rollouts of Canadianized services. TORONTO (The Hollywood Report) -- Two U.S. satellite r ...

  46. Bush Nominates Roberts To Succeed Rehnquist

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT President George W. Bush nominated conservative appeals court judge John Roberts on Sept. 5 to replace the late William Rehnquist as Supreme Court chief justice, the top judicial position in the Unite WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- President George ...

  47. Canadian Music Industry Wants Sat-Radio Review

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The future of satellite radio in Canada remains unclear as a coalition of Canadian music industry organizations on Aug. 31 called on the federal government to proceed with a review of the June 16 deci TORONTO -- The future of satellite radio in Ca ...

  48. N.O. Mayor: 'Get Off Your Asses'

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gov't disaster response coming 'too late.' WWL radio and the United Radio Broadcasters of New Orleans network of stations broadcast an interview Thursday night (Sept. 1) with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin who said, in no uncertain ter ...

  49. Canadian Music Industry Wants Sat-Radio Review

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Feds previously granted three licenses. The future of satellite radio in Canada remains unclear as a coalition of Canadian music industry organizations called today (Aug. 31) on the federal government to proceed with a review of the June 16 decisi ...

  50. Movie Studios Target P2P Users In Texas

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major motion picture studios filed four lawsuits in Texas Aug. 2 against individuals sharing unauthorized copies of movies through peer-to-peer services, the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced. Major motion picture studios filed four lawsui ...

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