1. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  2. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  3. Morning Fix: WMG Realignment; Elections' Impact on Music Biz; Tim Schaaf Leaving Sony; Azoff Speaks Out

    November 08, 2012 8:20 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business news letters WARNER MUSIC REALIGNS STRUCTURE; CAMERON STRANG GETS BIG BOOST: Warner Music is restructuring and dividing itself into 3 divisions: frontline recorde ...

  4. Business Matters: How Tuesday's Elections Impact the Music Business

    November 07, 2012 5:00 PM EST The music business lost one of its biggest supporters and a long-time friend in Tuesday's elections. Howard Berman lost his seat in the House after 30 years in office while Mary Bono Mack, widow of the late musician Sony Bono, lost her seat i ...

  5. Grammys on the Hill Honor John Mayer, Rep. Howard Berman; Rep. Jerrold Nadler Talks Performance Rights

    April 26, 2012 1:44 PM EDT (L-R): SESAC president Pat Collins, honoree John Mayer, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, honoree Rep. Howard Berman, and Recording Academy chief advocacy officer Daryl Friedman. (Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy(r)/Wireimage.co ...

  6. Recording Academy To Present 'Grammys On The Hill' Awards To John Mayer, Howard Berman

    March 19, 2012 8:27 AM EDT John Mayer The Recording Academy has announced that it will be presenting its 2012 "GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards" to singer/songwriter John Mayer and congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).The ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on We ...

  7. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  8. Berman Blasts Broadcasters Over Rights Bill

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that record companies "have put a ring through the nose of artists" and are leading them to fight for royalties from radio broadcasters "ain't the world today," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) charged to broadcast ...

  9. Orphan Works Hits Congress

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees today introduced legislation that would make more copyrighted works available for licensing even if the copyright owners cannot be found. Under the bills, potential users of these so-cal ...

  10. 'Performance Rights Act' Introduced

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) jointly introduced legislation today that would end the exemption of terrestrial radio stations from current copyright law which ...

  11. NMPA Salutes Sedaka, Berman

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Neil Sedaka will be the recipient of the National Music Publishers' Assn. Songwriter Icon Award to be presented at the trade group's annual meeting on June 6 in New York City. Congressman Howard Berman, D-Calif., will be receiving the Pr ...

  12. Congress Cranks Up Campus Piracy Inquiry

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Five Congressional leaders yesterday sent letters and surveys to the 20 universities with the highest number of copyright infringement notices for illegal downloading. If the responses show that the universities are not doing enough to prevent pir ...

  13. House Bill Aims To Harmonize Digital Rates

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mary Bono (R-Calif.) introduced last night (May 11) a bill to harmonize rate-setting standards for licensing digital rights in sound recordings. It would requir U.S. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mary B ...

  14. ClearPlay-Inspired Law Looms

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to end the dispute between moviemakers and a company that makes a DVD player that edits movies for sexual content, foul language and violence could come in two weeks unless the parties mak WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--Legislation t ...

  15. 'Millionaire' Creator Sues Disney

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. creators of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" franchise are suing the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly licensing the hit television series to ABC at below-market prices and inflating productio Study: Teens Knowingly Download Musi ...

  16. Howard Berman Eyes New U.K. Indie

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Former Mercury U.K. managing director Howard Berman is returning to the U.K. industry at the helm of his self-owned indie label, Mesmerizing. With distribution by Vital, Mesmerizing's debut release wi Former Mercury U.K. managing director How ...

  17. Lawmakers Defend Uploader Bill

    July 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two Democratic lawmakers yesterday (July 21) said opponents are misinterpreting a provision in their Author, Consumer, and Computer Owner Protection and Security Act, Billboard Bulletin reports. The b Two Democratic lawmakers yesterday (July 21) sai ...

  18. Bill Would Put Internet Song Swappers In Jail

    July 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time under legislation introduced by two Democratic lawmakers yesterday (July 16). The House bill is the stronges Internet users who allow others to copy songs fr ...

  19. U.S. Government Mulls Radio Probe

    January 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Testifying yesterday (Jan. 30) before the Senate Commerce Committee, two federal lawmakers said they believe Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Communications Commission should inves Testifying yesterday (Jan. 30) before the Senate ...

  20. RIAA Probes Web Site Hacking

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), together with federal law-enforcement officials, is investigating the hacking of its Web site over the weekend. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), together with federal law-enf ...

  21. FMC Issues Damning Report On Radio-Biz Consolidation

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A new report from the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) concludes that consolidation of the U.S. radio industry in the last decade has led to decreased competition, less diversity of programming, and un A new report from the Future of Music Coalition ...

  22. Industry To Debate 'Future Of Music' At Summit

    November 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has set its third annual policy summit for Jan. 5-7, 2003, at Gaston Hall on the campus of Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown University. The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has set its third annual policy summit ...

  23. Hackers Insert Pro-Piracy Slant On RIAA Web Site

    August 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hackers attacked the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Web site yesterday (Aug. 28) for the second time in a month, dramatically altering several pages of content in what appeared to Hackers attacked the Recording Industry Asso ...

  24. RIAA Hacked In Apparent Response To New Bill

    July 31, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is downplaying a denial-of-service hacking of its Web site over the weekend, Billboard Bulletin reports. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is downplaying a denial-of-service hac ...

  25. File-Sharing 'Self-Help' Bill Decried As 'Anti-Consumer'

    July 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Civil-liberties groups and some copyright lawyers cried foul yesterday (July 25) as Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would remove liability from copyright holders that employ Civil-liberties groups and some copyright lawyers ...

  26. Proposal Would Give Acts Access To Older Titles

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two bills being drafted on Capitol Hill could have a significant impact on the U.S. music industry, Billboard Bulletin reports. A Senate measure, sponsored by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) would give n Two bills being drafted on Capitol Hill could ha ...

  27. Clinton Cleared Way For Cooder's Sessions In CubaO

    February 05, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Artist and producer Ry Cooder was headed back to the U.S. Saturday after a trip to Havana, Cuba, that he was able to make only with President Clinton's assistance. Clinton stepped in during the last d Artist and producer Ry Cooder was headed ba ...