1. Ask Billboard

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith discusses Expose, Alanis' take on "My Humps," Macy Gray and more! Due to a technical snafu, "Ask Billboard" was not posted to the Web site last week. So, this week, we've got nearly twice the amount of questions a ...

  2. The Publishers' Place

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The auction process for BMG Music Publishing has hit its second phase. The number of bidders narrows as they eye pub's financials. Read Susan Butler's column. The auction process for BMG Music Publishing has hit its second phase. The num ...

  3. Legal Matters

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Immediate reactions to the Court of First Instance annulling the European Commission's 2004 approval of the Sony-BMG merger landed at opposite ends of the spectrum. Read Susan Butler's column. Immediate reactions to the Court of First In ...

  4. Legal Matters

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT See how a suit against James Joyce, the world-renowned Irish author and poet, may change copyright law. Read Susan Butler's column. See how a suit against James Joyce, the world-renowned Irish author and poet, may change copyright law. Read S ...

  5. Legal Matters

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fighting intellectual property theft is still high on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its Task Force on Intellectual Property released its first formal progress report. Read Susan Butler Fighting intellectual property theft is still ...

  6. Legal Matters

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The auction process is under way as Bertelsmann AG spins off its publishing arm. Number crunchers for those bidding on BMG Music Publishing are now digging into the catalog. Read Susan Butler's column The auction process is under way as Berte ...

  7. The Publishers' Place

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With BMG Music Publishing hitting the auction block, conversations about songwriters' rights to terminate publishing deals are heating up. Read Susan Butler's column. With BMG Music Publishing hitting the auction block, conversations abo ...

  8. Legal Matters

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In Ohio, former CBS Records executive Steve Popovich is back in court against Sony BMG over early Meat Loaf recordings. Read Susan Butler's column. In Ohio, former CBS Records executive Steve Popovich is back in court against Sony BMG over ea ...

  9. The Publishers' Place

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters with valuable catalogs may want to delay any sale until next year. A new law is likely to go into effect Jan. 1 that may substantially reduce songwriters' federal tax liability. Read Susan Songwriters with valuable catalogs may wa ...

  10. The Publishers' Place

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/artist Victoria Shaw gave a stellar performance before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee arguing for support of the Perform Act. Read Susan Butler's column. Songwriter/artist Victoria Shaw gave a stellar performance before the U. ...

  11. The Publishers' Place

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Historic changes are afoot for songwriters and publishers worldwide whose music is broadcast via satellite, cable and the Internet from Europe. Read Susan Butler's column. Historic changes are afoot for songwriters and publishers worldwide wh ...

  12. Legal Matters

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The eyes of those who own sound recordings should be focused on New York's federal District Court. Read Susan Butler's column. The eyes of those who own sound recordings should be focused on New York's federal District Court. Read S ...

  13. Legal Matters

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Juror explains the thinking in $4.3 million decision against Diddy, UMG. Read Susan Butler's column. Juror explains the thinking in $4.3 million decision against Diddy, UMG. Read Susan Butler's column. News Susan Butler ...

  14. The Publishers' Place

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency explains the decline in its 2005 collection, a 11.9% decrease from 2004. Read Susan Butler's column. The Harry Fox Agency explains the decline in its 2005 collection, a 11.9% decrease from 2004. Read Susan Butler's c ...

  15. The Publishers' Place

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The lead vocalist for the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. Read Susan Butler's column. The lead vocalist for the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has signed a ...

  16. Legal Matters

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The time is fast approaching when copyright holders may have to let the world know who they are and what they own if they want to keep control over their works. Read Susan Butler's column. The time is fast approaching when copyright holders m ...

  17. The Publishers' Place

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The most notable at MIDEM to many veteran publishers was the presence of so many potential investors from outside the industry. Read Susan Butler's column. The most notable at MIDEM to many veteran publishers was the presence of so many poten ...

  18. Legal Matters

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing is taking the first commercial step toward changing the European licensing model for digital distribution. Read Susan Butler's column. EMI Music Publishing is taking the first commercial step toward changing the European ...

  19. The Publishers' Place

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Global licensing issues such as whether publishers increasingly will license rights directly to digital and mobile services will be at the forefront of industry discussions this year. Read Susan Butle Global licensing issues such as whether publis ...

  20. Legal Matters

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Last October, I had the unusual experience of riding along with an investigator for the RIAA when New York detectives set out to bust a suspected CD pirate at his CD-R burning lab. Read Susan Butler's Last October, I had the unusual experienc ...

  21. The Publishers' Place

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST The presidential baton at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has been passed from 31-year company veteran Donna Hilley to Troy Tomlinson. Read Susan Butler's column. The presidential baton at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has been pass ...

  22. Legal Matters

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST While the terms of the Grokster settlement agreement are confidential, the related consent judgment makes it clear that the owners of the peer-to-peer system will be tied to a short leash for the fore While the terms of the Grokster settlement agr ...

  23. Legal Matters

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST As consumers auction off iPods loaded with music on eBay and sell CD collections after copying tracks to iTunes a question repeatedly comes up: What's fair and what's infringement? Read Susan Butler's As consumers auction off iPods ...

  24. Legal Matters

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Branded entertainment is the catchphrase these days as artists hook up with clothing lines, perfumes and beverages. But let's get back to the basics of branding in the music business. It all starts wi Branded entertainment is the catchphrase ...

  25. The Publishers' Place

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Zomba Music Publishing has a new president. David Mantel has been tapped to preside over the publisher's repertoire in the United States. Read Susan Butler's column. Zomba Music Publishing has a new president. David Mantel has been tappe ...

  26. The Publishers' Place

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The score is 15 all, with Wind-up Entertainment's publishing interests teetering between two major players. Read Susan Butler's column. The score is 15 all, with Wind-up Entertainment's publishing interests teetering between two maj ...

  27. The Publishers' Place

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Print publisher Hal Leonard Corp. may be a songwriter's best friend as it aims to keep classic works of jazz alive. Read Susan Butler's column. Print publisher Hal Leonard Corp. may be a songwriter's best friend as it aims to keep c ...

  28. Legal Matters

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Donald Verrilli Jr. was the lone attorney standing before the U.S. Supreme Court March 29 arguing the entertainment industry's position in the MGM v. Grokster case. Read Susan Butler's column. Donald Verrilli Jr. was the lone attorney st ...

  29. FULL GROKSTER COVERAGE

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT See links to all stories. Access all the stories covering the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous opinion in favor of the entertainment industry In the Grokster case. Read reactions from the tech community, indie labels and the international music ...

  30. The Publisher's Place

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. on June 13 emphasized its goals of protecting the rights of music publishers and songwriters, while warning of expected sweeping legislative changes in music licen The National Music Publishers' Assn. ...

  31. Legal Matters

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales promises federal action against piracy in an exclusive Billboard interview. Read Susan Butler's column. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales promises federal action against piracy in an exclusive Billb ...

  32. The Publisher's Place

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following the publishing tradition of developing new talent, Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing in Nashville has snagged 15-year-old songwriter/artist Taylor Swift. Read Susan Butler's column. Following the publishing tradition of developing new ...

  33. The Publisher's Place

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Will artists ever receive letter from labels abandoning the so-called controlled composition clause? The arguments are heating up, however, thanks to new formats and new methods of distribution. Read Will artists ever receive letter from labels ab ...

  34. Notable News

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Publishers wonder why every label is not paying full statutory rates for downloads. Read Susan Butler's column. Publishers wonder why every label is not paying full statutory rates for downloads. Read Susan Butler's column. News Susan Bu ...

  35. Legal Matters

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT JamSports' case against Clear Channel Entertainment highlights the fine line between fair competition and unlawful interference. Read Susan Butler's column. JamSports' case against Clear Channel Entertainment highlights the fine lin ...

  36. Notable News

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Now that the music landscape appears relatively stable, what should people who want to break into the publishing world consider before closing a deal for a music catalog? A financial expert with a lea Now that the music landscape appears relativel ...

  37. Legal Matters

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST An Apple Computer lawsuit triggers questions about trade secrets and confidentiality. Read Susan Butler's column. An Apple Computer lawsuit triggers questions about trade secrets and confidentiality. Read Susan Butler's column. News Susa ...

  38. Notable News

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Digital music services urge Congress to make changes in the Copyright Act's compulsory mechanical license provision. Read Susan Butler's column. Digital music services urge Congress to make changes in the Copyright Act's compulsory ...

  39. Legal Matters

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST London's High Court of Justice finds Purple Haze Records and Lawrence Miller liable for infringing the rights of Experience Hendrix. Read Susan Butler's column. London's High Court of Justice finds Purple Haze Records and Lawrence M ...

  40. Notable News

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST When an artist or songwriter dies, dividing royalties among survivors can be difficult. Read Susan Butler's column. When an artist or songwriter dies, dividing royalties among survivors can be difficult. Read Susan Butler's column. News ...

  41. Legal Matters

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx wins his suit against Vans for falsely implying that he endorses the company's TNT skate shoes. Read Susan Butler's column. Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx wins his suit against Vans for fals ...

  42. Legal Matters

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Defendants prevail in recent Appeals Court cases involving copyrights and business contracts. Read Susan Butler's column. Defendants prevail in recent Appeals Court cases involving copyrights and business contracts. Read Susan Butler's c ...

  43. Notable News

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP hopes to educate the public about the price songwriters pay for unlicensed music by having some well-known names appear in commercials. Read Susan Butler's column. ASCAP hopes to educate the public about the price songwriters pay for un ...

  44. Litigation

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Amicis file briefs in Grokster case; Ticketmaster sued over trade secrets; No end to Napster litigation; Court throws out ACNielsen suit; ASCAP sues businesses; FCC won't seek Sup This Week's Stories: Amicis Bri ...

  45. Legal Matters

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG remains mired in lawsuits regarding the original Napster service. Read Susan Butler's column. Bertelsmann AG remains mired in lawsuits regarding the original Napster service. Read Susan Butler's column. News Susan Butler ...

  46. Legal Matters

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Indie labels can avoid complications by keeping distribution agreements in sync with their artists' contracts. Read Susan Butler's column. Indie labels can avoid complications by keeping distribution agreements in sync with their artists ...

  47. Legal Matters

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Although copyright issues remain top of mind, industry lawyers are optimistic about business in 2005. Read Susan Butler's column. Although copyright issues remain top of mind, industry lawyers are optimistic about business in 2005. Read Susan ...

  48. Legal Matters

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Before artists and songwriters contribute to a charity CD, they should determine if someone other than a charity will benefit from their donation. Read Susan Butler's column. Before artists and songwriters contribute to a charity CD, they sho ...

  49. Legal Matters

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST How much of a fudiciary obligation exists between co-songwriters? Read Susan Butler's column. How much of a fudiciary obligation exists between co-songwriters? Read Susan Butler's column. News Susan Butler ...

  50. Legal Matters

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Labels can boost their master-license income by streamlining the clearance process. Read Susan Butler's column. Labels can boost their master-license income by streamlining the clearance process. Read Susan Butler's column. News Susan Bu ...

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