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-- According to comScore's tracking numbers, new video streaming site Vevo was the top network in the music-entertainment category in December. (Vevo, a partnership between Universal Music Group and Sony Music, launched to great fanfare on December 8. Abu Dhabi Media Fund is also a Vevo investor.) A Vevo spokesperson explained that "network" refers to videos viewed at various places across the Internet. So, the Vevo network includes, YouTube (which shows Vevo-branded videos) and Vevo-hosted videos embedded at third-party sites (such as music blogs). Given the participation of the two largest record labels in the world, Vevo's streams through YouTube, the leading online video site by a wide margin, could reasonably be expected to exceed the traffic of its peers. The other four spots in the top five, according to comscore, were MySpace Music, AOL Music, Warner Music and MTV Networks Music. (Press release)

-- Representative Mike Doyle gave a speech Jan. 12 on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at the First Annual World’s Fair Use Day. The ACTA is a controversial treaty that has many people fearing the U.S. is secretly entering a pact that will usher in anti-piracy laws under the secrecy that tends to accompany this sort of plurilateral trade agreement. "The USTR has communicated to me that ACTA won't cement current provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – provisions that I'd like to see changed, like the anti-circumvention provision. And they've said that ACTA won't require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to become "copyright cops" above current law." (Mike Doyle’s site, Michael Geist's blog)

-- Former Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty has joined EventBrite's board of directors as a "key strategic advisor." EventBrite is a web site that allows businesses and organizers to create web pages for their events, promote their events and sell tickets online. (VentureBeat.)

-- EMI has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the creators of a "Nirgaga," a mashup of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." You can read EMI's letter at the Web siteof its recipient, DJ Lobsterdust. The video is still up at YouTube. (EFF)

-- Vampire Weekend's interactive music video, created by Medialets, is worth checking out. View a demonstration video at YouTube. The video is accessed through a mobile banner ad which launches a fullscreen pop-up of the video. Users can alter the course of the video by shaking the phone. (Business Insider)

-- Dimensional Associates, the private equity division of eMusic owner JDS Capital, has raised its offer for digital distributor the Orchard to $2 per share. The initial offer was $1.48 per share, and that had been raised $1.84 per share in November - a 75% premium over the closing price at the time. In midday trading, Orchard Enterprises is trading at $1.78. (SEC filing)

Closing stock prices as of Thursday (Jan. 14):
Warner Music Group (WMG): $5.06 (-0.27) (-5.07%)
Vivendi (VIV): $29.39 (-0.41) (-1.38%)
Sony Corp. (SNE): $33.73 (+0.57) (+1.72%)
Live Nation (LYV): $9.39 (+0.13) (1.40%)
Ticketmaster (TKTM): $13.67 (+0.18) (+1.33%)
Trans World (TWMC): $1.45 (-0.04) (-2.68%)
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI): $0.6831 (+0.0162) (+2.43%)
Cumulus Media (CMLS): $2.44 (+0.05) (+2.09%)
Citadel Broadcasting Corp. (CTDB): $0.0301 (-0.0019) (-5.94%)
RealNetworks (RNWK): $4.62 (+0.76) (+19.69%)
Apple (AAPL): $209.43 (-1.22) (-0.58%)
Dow Jones Industrial (DJI): $10,710.55 (+29.78) (+0.28%)
NASDAQ Composite (COMPX): $2,316.74 (+8.84) (+0.38%)

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