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  1. Senate Committee Passes CARP Reform Bill

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Sept. 21) passed the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000454388">House-approved</A> Copyright Royalty an The Senate Judiciary Com ...

  2. Backlogged Congress Could Put Induce Bill On Hold

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Senate consideration of the so-called Induce bill may be put off until late November. The reason? There's not enough time left for lawmakers to take care of all their legislative business. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senate consideration of the so-ca ...

  3. DiMA, SoundExchange Seek Stay On Royalty Rate

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Media Assn. and SoundExchange, which collects digital performance royalties for recording companies and artists, have jointly proposed to the U.S. Copyright Office that Internet radio roya WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Digital Media Assn. (D ...

  4. DiMA, SoundExchange Seek Stay On Royalty Rate

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) and SoundExchange, which collects digital performance royalties for recording companies and artists, have jointly proposed to the U.S. Copyright Office that Internet rad The Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) and SoundExchan ...

  5. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and presented it to Senate leaders on Aug. 25. WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Electronics Assn. (CEA) and ...

  6. Opposing Groups Present Changes To Induce Act

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New language would change focus to 'mass infringers.' The Consumer Electronics Assn. and 10 other groups that oppose the pending Induce Act have hammered out alternative language for the legislation and today (Aug. 25) presented it to Se ...

  7. Sponsors Seek To Amend Induce Act

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The four leading Senate co-sponsors of the pending Induce Act have convinced U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters to work out concerns about the legislation that were raised by technology and c WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The four leading Senate co ...

  8. Sponsors Seek To Amend Induce Act

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Senators want more restrictive language. The four leading Senate co-sponsors of the pending Induce Act have convinced U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters to work out concerns about the legislation that were raised by technology and consume ...

  9. House Subcommittee OKs Family Movie Act

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The House Judiciary Subcommittee on July 21 approved the Family Movie Act in an 18-9 vote. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced the bill, H.R. 4586, on June 16. It states that movie filtering softwar LOS ANGELES -- The House Judiciary Subcommitte ...

  10. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. <br clear Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure A ...

  11. Industry Eyes On Induce Act Hearing

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bainwol to testify today in Senate. Bainwol to testify today in Senate. News ...

  12. Industry Eyes On Induce Act Hearing

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today (July 22) on the so-called Induce bill. Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the RIAA, will be the record-industry witness at th ...

  13. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee has planned a hearing for July 22 to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol on July 13 sent a letter of support for the legislation WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee ha ...

  14. Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withholding Royalties

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withhold ...

  15. Hearing Date Decided For Induce Act

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Senate set to examine bill July 22. Senate set to examine bill July 22. News ...

  16. Hearing Date Decided For Induce Act

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee announced late tonight (July 15) that it will hold a hearing to examine the so-called Induce Act on July 22 in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The Senate Judiciary Committee announced late tonight (Ju ...

  17. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT RIAA supports bill in letter to Senate. RIAA supports bill in letter to Senate. News ...

  18. Controversial Induce Act Headed For Hearing

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to announce a hearing to debate the so-called Induce Act. Meanwhile, RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol today (July 13) sent a letter of support for the legislati The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to an ...

  19. Hatch's 'Induce' Bill Spurs Debate Among Industry Groups

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and recording-artist organizations are disputing claims that the proposed "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act" would undermine the Supreme Court's 1984 Sony-Betamax decision on legitimat WASHINGTON, D.C.-The RIAA and r ...

  20. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  21. Beltway Awash With Asinine Acronyms

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Since the New Deal of the '30s, federal policymakers and their staffs have had a thing for legislation acronyms -- from the WPA to the DMCA. These days, this shorthand is often useful and necessary in Since the New Deal of the '30s, fede ...

  22. Royalty Bill Passes California Senate

    July 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A California bill regarding artists' rights to audit royalties passed the state Senate today (July 1) and has gone to the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature. A California bill regarding artists' rights to audit royalt ...

  23. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the ...

  24. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  25. Senate OKs PIRATE, ART Acts

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate today (June 25) passed two important pieces of anti-piracy legislation that will help federal prosecutors bring copyright-infringement lawsuits that carry both civil and criminal penalties. The Senate today (June 25) passed two importan ...

  26. Court Tosses Media Deregulation Package

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Controversial FCC decision reversed. A federal appeals court today (June 24) largely reversed a controversial deregulation package that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed last year, handing a victory to public-interest groups that ...

  27. Court Tosses Media Deregulation Package

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court today (June 24) largely reversed a controversial <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000525510">deregulation package</A> A federal appeals court t ...

  28. UPDATE: Hatch Introduces Induce Act

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill tonight (June 22), nicknamed the Induce Act. The legislation would allow artists and labels Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of th ...

  29. Senate Passes Bill To Raise Indecency Fines

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation increases penalties tenfold. The Senate voted 99-1 today to include an amendment in a massive Pentagon funding bill that would raise the fines for indecent broadcasting tenfold to $275,000 per incident. The Senate also unanimously appr ...

  30. Royalty Bill Moving Ahead In California

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The quest of California State Sen. Kevin Murray (D.-Los Angeles) to help recording artists collect unpaid royalties took a big step toward becoming reality June 15 in Sacramento. However, some observe SAN FRANCISCO -- The quest of California State ...

  31. French Parliament To Discuss Copyright Legislation

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France is in the final stage of adapting the European Union's E-Commerce Directive into local law, but another crucial piece of EU legislation for the music and film industries is way behind schedule. PARIS -- France is in the final stage of ...

  32. New Hatch Bill To Target P2P Services

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation goes after 'inducers' of infringement. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is poised to introduce a late-session bill, the Induce Act, that would designate peer-to-peer servic ...

  33. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  34. Calif. Royalty Bill Passes Committee

    June 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation headed to Assembly floor. California State Sen. Kevin Murray's quest to help recording artists collect unpaid royalties took a huge step toward becoming reality today in Sacramento. The bill received unanimous support in the Calif ...

  35. Murray Anti-Piracy Bill Advances

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A spokeswoman for California Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, says a committee in the Assembly may hold a hearing on his anti-piracy bill, SB 1506, in June. The Senate passed the bill in a 33-0 vote WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A spokeswoman for Californi ...

  36. Italy Enacts Tough New Copyright Laws

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The enactment of Italy's "Decreto Urbani" (Urbani decree) on copyright was greeted by a hackers' revolt on May 24. The decree, named after its sponsor, culture minister Giuliano Urbani, imposes stiff MILAN -- The enactment of I ...

  37. RIAA Appoints Ballantyne SVP Of Federal Government And Industry Relations

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has hired a senior counsel in the office of Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., as part of its lobbying team. The RIAA has hired a senior counsel in the office of Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., as part of its lobbying ...

  38. Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The second session of the 108th Congress will be a short one. The political imperatives of lawmakers require them to be back home much of the time during a presidential campaign year, and attendance a WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The second session of the ...

  39. Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The second session of the 108th Congress will be a short one. Congress has only about three weeks left to wrap up its entire legislative calendar. This includes top priorities such as deliberations on Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills Hea ...

  40. French Music Pirate Gets Six Months

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Paris' appeals court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for selling CD-R compilations of pirated MP3s via the Internet. Paris' appeals court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for selling CD-R compilations of pirated MP ...

  41. French Music Pirate Gets Six Months

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Paris' appeals court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for selling CD-R compilations of pirated MP3s via the Internet. Paris' appeals court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for selling CD-R compilations of pirated MP ...

  42. Lamar Alexander Jumps On PIRATE Act

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., declared yesterday (May 26) that he will co-sponsor the pending "Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act of 2004" (PIRATE Act). Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., declared yesterday ( ...

  43. RIAA Names New Lobbyist

    May 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has hired a senior counsel in the office of Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., as part of its lobbying team. The RIAA has hired a senior counsel in the office of Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., as part of its lobbying ...

  44. Calif. Senate OKs Web-Piracy Legislation

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The California Senate has unanimously passed an anti-piracy bill that would impose fines and possible jail time on anyone who knowlingly distributes a digital film or music file online without disclos The California Senate has unanimously passed a ...

  45. Italian Senate Passes Urbani Decree

    May 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Italian Senate yesterday approved the Decreto Urbani (Urbani Decree) on illegal file-sharing. In the Senate vote, the decree was supported by the parties in Silvio Berlusconi's government coalitio The Italian Senate yesterday approved the ...

  46. DMCA Adjustment Fuels Capitol Hill Debate

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT There's a lot of buzz on Capitol Hill about a pending bill that seeks to enlarge the "fair use" sections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The main provision, The Digital Media Consumers WASHINGTON--There's a lot ...

  47. Film Studios Mull Piracy Lawsuits

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated. Ex-Exec Sues Label For Slander Ex-Fox Workers ...

  48. French Senate OKs E-commerce Bill

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Senate gave final approval today (May 13) to the nation's new e-commerce bill. The move will provide a legislative framework for the digital economy and incorporate into French law the Europe France's Senate gave final appr ...

  49. French Senate OKs E-commerce Bill

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Senate gave final approval today (May 13) to the nation's new e-commerce bill. The move will provide a legislative framework for the digital economy and incorporate into French law the Europe France's Senate gave final appr ...

  50. Senators Seek Probe Of Peer-To-Peer Networks

    May 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Five senators have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting that the panel investigate whether peer-to-peer file-sharing software companies are in violation of trade laws because they Five senators have sent a letter to the Federal ...

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