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  • Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Leaves Christian Bakery Facing Court Threat

    07/07/2014 6:12:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 7, 2014
    Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Leaves Christian Bakery Facing Court Threat 07 Jul 2014 A Christian-run bakery is facing legal action from a Government agency for refusing to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”. Ashers Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, cancelled an order for a novelty cake with a picture of the puppets arm in arm printed onto the icing saying that it went against the directors’ religious beliefs. They believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace,...
  • U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies (pre-1972 recordings)

    04/23/2014 5:52:00 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Joseph Ax
    ...The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc... ...Federal copyright law does not apply to pre-1972 recordings, but the plaintiffs say New York state law provides copyright protection for such recordings... ..."If we are required to obtain licenses for pre-1972 sound recordings to avoid liability and are unable to secure such licenses, then we may have to remove pre-1972 sound recordings from our service, which could harm our ability to attract and retain users," the company said in a regulatory filing...
  • Woman shocked to find out her Facebook pictures being used in prostitution ads

    03/26/2014 6:17:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3-26-14 | Will Lerner
    21-year-old Dallas Miller received an awkward email from her friend. The White Creek, Tennessee resident was told that her face was showing up in advertisements on Backpage.com for prostitution. As WKRN ABC News 2 reports, there are some problems with this: 1) Dallas isn’t a prostitute. 2) She never gave her permission to have her pictures used in ads for prostitution, because, as I just mentioned, she isn’t a prostitute. Dallas’ pictures show up in an ad that, in part, reads, “best time of your life 100% guaranteed satisfaction [phone number redacted] OUTCALL ONLY – 21.” Ms. Miller told WKRN,...
  • Happy 90th birthday, 'Happy Birthday' - Alice Vincent delves into its surprisingly murky history

    03/05/2014 2:38:57 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Mar 4, 2014 | Alice Vincent
    Ninety years ago today, the song millions of people sing around a candlelit cake was published in a songbook. Although by 1924 the recognisable melody had been sung in American primary schools for nearly three decades, the publication was to trigger almost a century of legal wranglings which would result in Happy Birthday To You being one of the most lucrative songs of all time. Even though nobody knows who actually wrote Happy Birthday's lyrics, Warner Music contentiously owns the copyright to the song in its entirety. The media giant has therefore been earning millions from people celebrating their birthdays...
  • AP serves George Zimmerman with a cease-and-desist order....

    01/24/2014 7:30:49 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 90 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 24, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    after he 'stole' their photographer's image for his latest paintingGeorge Zimmerman's recent foray into the art world hasn't exactly earned him much critical praise. But it's definitely garnered him some attention - so much so that it could potentially get him sued by one of the largest news-wire services on earth. For his latest painting, the man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin has painted a portrait of Florida State Attorney General Angela Corey, who is the woman who decided to charge Zimmerman with murder in Martin's death. The problem for Zimmerman, however,...
  • Biz Break: Google, Facebook and Instagram risk user backlash with privacy changes

    10/11/2013 6:09:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/11/2013 | Jeremy C. Owens
    Google announced Friday that it would begin placing users' activity and photos into advertisements and recommendations seen by the account-holders' Google+ contacts, similar to Facebook's "Sponsored Stories," which led to a class-action lawsuit that cost the Menlo Park company $20 million and forced it to offer members an option to opt out of such uses. "For example, your friends might see that you rated an album 4 stars on the band's Google Play page. And the +1 you gave your favorite local bakery could be included in an ad that the bakery runs through Google," the Mountain View search giant...
  • W3C presses ahead with DRM interface in HTML5

    05/13/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    The H On-line ^ | 11 MaY 2013 | djwm
    On Friday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first public draft of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME enables content providers to integrate digital rights management (DRM) interfaces into HTML5-based media players. Encrypted Media Extensions is being developed jointly by Google, Microsoft and online streaming-service Netflix. No actual encryption algorithm is part of the draft; that element is designed to be contained in a CDM (Content Decryption Module) that works with EME to decode the content. CDMs may be plugins or built into browsers. The publication of the new draft is a blow for critics of the extensions, led...
  • Blonde becomes internet celebrity after posting dress on eBay

    01/15/2013 6:18:55 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 15 January 2013 | Sam Webb
    A woman who listed her dress on eBay has become an instant celebrity after accidentally including a naked view of herself in the website listing. The blonde, identified only by the user ID as 'sugart*t-2' hung the mustard yellow skater dress by ASOS on her wardrobe door to photograph it for listing. But she failed to notice her own reflection in the door mirror, camera in hand, and in just a black bra and no knickers.
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 79 replies
    CNET ^ | |November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
  • Time, CNN reinstate Zakaria after plagiarism review

    08/16/2012 5:11:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 16, 2012
    (Reuters) - Time magazine and CNN said on Thursday they were reinstating journalist Fareed Zakaria after suspending him last week for plagiarism. Time said in a statement that it believed Zakaria made an "unintentional error" in what was an "isolated incident" in a recent column on gun control for the magazine that he took from another writer. "We look forward to having Fareed's thoughtful and important voice back in the magazine with his next column in the issue that comes out on September 7," Time said in a statement. Cable news channel CNN said that after a thorough internal review...
  • Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Supreme Court Rules

    02/18/2012 10:42:16 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2012 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal law that restored copyright protection to works that had entered the public domain. By a 6-to-2 vote, the justices rejected arguments based on the First Amendment and the Constitution’s copyright clause, saying that the public domain was not “a category of constitutional significance” and that copyright protections might be expanded even if they did not create incentives for new works to be created. The case, Golan v. Holder, No. 10-545, considered a 1994 law enacted to carry out an international convention. The law applied mainly to works first published abroad...
  • Feds blitz websites streaming live sports before Super Bowl

    02/02/2012 7:27:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Richard Verrier
    Days before the Super Bowl, federal authorities blitzed more than a dozen websites illegally streaming live sporting events. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies announced Thursday that they had seized 16 websites and brought criminal charges against a Michigan man who operated nine of them. Yonjo Quiroa, 28, of Comstock Park, Mich., was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal copyright infringement. Authorities said he operated websites that streamed pirated telecasts of live sports, including some pay-per-view events. Those included games from the NFL, NBA and NHL as well as World Wrestling Entertainment. Quiroa received $13,000 in profit...
  • Warning Graphic: Judge William Adams beats daughter for using the internet

    11/01/2011 7:42:48 PM PDT · by bad company · 92 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | hillary adams
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl9y3SIPt7o&feature=youtu.be&t=58s This video needs to go viral. It's very tough to watch though.
  • Record Industry Braces for Artists’ Battles Over Song Rights

    08/15/2011 10:46:58 AM PDT · by Borges · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/15/11 | LARRY ROHTER
    Since their release in 1978, hit albums like Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute,” Kenny Rogers’s “Gambler” and Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove” have generated tens of millions of dollars for record companies. But thanks to a little-noted provision in United States copyright law, those artists — and thousands more — now have the right to reclaim ownership of their recordings, potentially leaving the labels out in the cold. When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted...
  • The Use of Excerpts

    05/11/2011 11:46:37 PM PDT · by conservativehawkeye · 45 replies
    Something interesting just happened tonight when I just tried posting an entire article from The Des Moines Register... It isn't allowed to because of a copyright complaint... So now I can't point to articles in the largest newspaper in my state because people don't realize you don't post entire articles here (or anywhere) without permission. But let's just continue to whine about excerpts. Here's a question, if we aren't supposed to do it, why does Free Republic give us that option when we post? When we post entire articles it is not fair to the authors of the original content...
  • Associated Press sues retailers over iconic Obama image

    03/12/2011 4:29:14 AM PST · by csvset · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 March 2011 | BBC
    The Associated Press has sued several retailers including Urban Outfitters for the unauthorised use of the Hope image created by artist Shepard Fairey. Artist Fairey used an AP photo without permission to create the image, and was sued by the news agency for violating copyright. That case was settled. AP argues that using the image on T-shirts is wilful and blatant violation of the copyright of the photo. A spokesman said that using photos for free devalued the work of journalists. The news agency filed lawsuits against Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Zumiez seeking unspecified damages. A Nordstrom spokeswoman said in...
  • FCC will vote on regulating Internet lines in December

    12/01/2010 7:59:31 AM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2010 | Sara Jerome
    In an effort to meet an Obama campaign promise, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski indicated Wednesday that he will propose new regulations for Internet lines. He is expected to give a speech at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday laying out his proposal. Genachowski's attempt to revive the long-delayed net-neutrality proceeding is a delicate balancing act designed to garner some industry and public interest support without completely satisfying anyone. Genachowski has made concessions to AT&T, Verizon, and the cable industry that could forestall an all-out lobbying blitz by the nation's largest telecom providers. But the concessions have done nothing to...
  • The Left Breaks Upon The Rock Of Palin

    11/22/2010 12:57:04 PM PST · by unseen1 · 57 replies · 2+ views
    human events ^ | 11/22/2010 | John Hayward
    The most astonishing thing about Sarah Palin’s career, since the conclusion of the 2008 presidential campaign, is how frequently the Left breaks itself to pieces against the sunny rocks of her good humor. The latest example is the website Gawker, which seems on the verge of being sued out of existence because they rushed to leak photocopied pages from her new book, America By Heart, before it was published. When Palin called them on it, Gawker ran a snotty response, complete with an unflattering photo of the former Governor, suggesting she try reading fair-use copyright laws. Mary Sue at the...
  • Pope troubled by "excessive zeal" over copyright protection

    10/30/2010 4:05:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    Cathnews ^ | October 29, 2010
    While authors have the right to be recognised and rewarded for their work, the purpose of intellectual property protection is the "promotion of literary, scientific or artistic production and ... inventive activity for the sake of the common good", Vatican officials said. A delegation of the Holy See told a gathering of the World Intellectual Property Organisation that Pope Benedict is troubled by the "excessive zeal" with which rich countries have been protecting their intellectual property rights, especially when it comes to health care in developing countries, reports the ZeroPaid website. "On the part of rich countries there is excessive...
  • Political Forum (DemocraticUnderground) Fights Back Against Righthaven Copyright Suit

    09/28/2010 12:24:34 PM PDT · by rface · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Kansas City Infozine ^ | 9.28.10 | Staff infoZine
    Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Winston & Strawn LLP, and attorney Chad Bowers -- was sued by Righthaven on August 10 for a five-sentence excerpt of a Las Vegas Review-Journal news story that a user posted on the forum......... "Democratic Underground is the largest independent discussion forum for liberals on the Internet. (Several) people discuss and debate political issues on our site every day, particularly now during erection season. Online discussion often requires quoting from news sources -- a legal fair use of the material," said Democratic Underground founder David Allen. "By targeting short excerpts...
  • Consumer Rights: Court Rules Against Used Software Sales

    09/13/2010 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 88 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | September 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    The 9th Circuit of Appeals has reaffirmed the right of software companies to circumvent the first-sale doctrine by “licensing” rather then “selling” its products. The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated—it could singlehandedly destroy the used software market. In 2005, one Timothy Vernor bought a sealed copy of AutoCAD Release 14 at a garage sale. In 2007, Vernor purchased four used copies of Release 14 from an authorized dealer, Cardwell/Thomas & Associates (CTA). He subsequently placed all but two copies on eBay, and in each instance, Autodesk appealed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), alleging copyright infringement. In...
  • Facebook wants to control the words “Face” and “Book”

    08/31/2010 10:52:17 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 1+ views
    tech.blorge ^ | August 27, 2010 | Sean P. Aune
    If you have any interest in starting a social network of your own, or pretty much any online venture, you better think twice before you try to use the words “Face” or “Book” in your name unless you want Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers to come calling. News has been spreading around the Web that Facebook’s lawyers have taken up a lawsuit against a yet-to-launch social network for professional teachers called Teachbook.com. The reasoning behind this is explained in the suit: "If others could freely use ‘generic plus BOOK’ marks for online networking services targeted to that particular generic category of individuals,...
  • RIAA: U.S. copyright law 'isn't working'

    08/25/2010 12:03:18 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | August 23, 2010 2:48 PM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    ASPEN, Colo.--The Recording Industry Association of America said on Monday that current U.S. copyright law is so broken that it "isn't working" for content creators any longer. RIAA President Cary Sherman said the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act contains loopholes that allow broadband providers and Web companies to turn a blind eye to customers' unlawful activities without suffering any legal consequences. "The DMCA isn't working for content people at all," he said at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum here. "You cannot monitor all the infringements on the Internet. It's simply not possible. We don't have the ability to search...
  • Museum Acquires Storied Trove of Performances by Jazz Greats

    08/20/2010 10:51:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | LARRY ROHTER | LARRY ROHTER
    For decades jazz cognoscenti have talked reverently of “the Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by an audio engineer named William Savory... only a handful of people had ever heard even the smallest fraction of that music, adding to its mystique. After 70 years that wait has now ended. This year the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitizing recordings of inspired performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan,...
  • RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales

    07/14/2010 11:38:18 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 60 replies
    tech dirt ^ | Jul 13th 2010 | Mike Masnick
    from the going-behind-the-veil dept We recently had a fun post about Hollywood accounting, about how the movie industry makes sure even big hit movies "lose money" on paper. So how about the recording industry? Well, they're pretty famous for doing something quite similar. Reader Jay pointed out in the comments an article from The Root that goes through who gets paid what for music sales, and the basic answer is not the musician. That report suggests that for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40. Here's the chart that the article shows, though you should read the whole article...
  • (Music) Labels Try to Catch Porn Industry With Pants Down (copyright pursuit over soundtracks)

    07/13/2010 12:57:14 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Hollywood Reporter via ABC-Disney News ^ | July 13, 2010 | Eriq Gardner
    The struggling music industry may be aroused at the prospect of winning money from the porn industry. Warner Bros. and a number of other record labels filed a lawsuit last week alleging copyright infringement on the part of an adult entertainment company whose porn videos allegedly featured such spectacles as actors lip-synching to Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" while engaging in sexual acts on camera. The defendant in the legal action is a Florida-based company... Damages claimed on the alleged nasty use of copyrighted music could run in the tens of millions of dollars. ...The defendant specializes in a particular brand of...
  • Men at Work to Pay for Borrowed Flute Riff

    07/08/2010 12:36:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | July 6, 2010
    The pop band Men at Work has been ordered to pay a music publishing company 5 percent of the royalties it earned in Australia for its song "Down Under." A judge said Tuesday the group must pay Larrikin Publishing because it borrowed without permission a flute riff from the popular Australian nursery rhyme "Kookaburra," penned by the late Marion Sinclair in 1932, CNN said. Sinclair died in 1988. Larrikin holds the copyright to the "Kookaburra" but did not became aware of the similarities between it and 1981's "Down Under" until they were compared on a game show in 2007, the...
  • [...]Court Says It's Okay To Remove Content From The Public Domain And Put It Back Under Copyright

    06/22/2010 12:14:39 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 12 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | Jun 22 2010 | Mike Masnick
    Warning: this one is depressing if you believe in the public domain. You may recall that last year, a district court made a very important ruling on what appeared to be a minor part of copyright law. The "Golan" case asked a simple question: once something is officially in the public domain, can Congress pull it out and put it back under copyright? The situation came about because of (yet another) trade agreement that pulled certain foreign works out of the public domain. A district court had initially said that this move did not violate the law, but the appeals...
  • Rock band (Rush) claims (Rand) Paul violated music copyright

    06/03/2010 10:33:10 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 34 replies · 872+ views
    AP via google ^ | June 3, 2010 | no byline
    <p>The Canadian rock band Rush has sent a letter to Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, saying his campaign is violating copyright laws by playing their music without permission.</p> <p>The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported that Rush's attorney, Robert Farmer of Toronto, had sent the letter to the Paul campaign. Farmer told the newspaper his objection is not political.</p>
  • David Byrne Sues Florida Gov. Charlie Crist For $1 Million

    05/24/2010 7:04:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies · 887+ views
    billboard.com ^ | May 24, 2010 | Gary Graff
    David Byrne is suing the governor of Florida, alleging that he used the Talking Heads' 1985 single "Road to Nowhere" without permission or proper licenses. Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages from Gov. Charlie Crist, who's also Florida's former Attorney General, and his senatorial campaign for use of the song earlier this year in a website and YouTube ad attacking his then-Republican primary opponent, Marco Rubio. Crist has since changed his campaign and is running as an independent candidate. The suit (Case Number 8:10-CV1187-T26 (MAP)) was filed early Monday afternoon in the United States District Court for the Middle...
  • Leaked documents reveal draft text of top-secret global copyright deal

    04/08/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by day21221 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    montrealgazette.com ^ | April 7, 2010Comments | Vito Pilieci
    Leaked documents reveal draft text of secret global copyright deal ) OTTAWA — As negotiators from 37 countries prepare to meet in New Zealand on Monday to discuss a top-secret trade agreement, a draft text of the document has found its way onto the Internet. While bits and pieces of the agreement, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked in the past, this is the first time a full draft is available to the public. The agreement, negotiated privately for the better part of two years, aims to create a global organization to oversee worldwide copyright and intellectual...
  • Men At Work lose plagiarism case in Australia (plagiarised a Girl Guides' song)

    02/05/2010 10:10:37 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 38 replies · 715+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 4 February 2010 | no byline
    The Australian band Men at Work are facing a big legal bill after a court ruled it had plagiarised a Girl Guides' song in its 1983 hit, Down Under. Larrikin Music had claimed the flute riff was stolen from Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, written by Marion Sinclair in 1934. The federal court in Sydney ordered compensation to be paid. That amount has yet to be determined but Larrikin's lawyer said it could reach 60% of income from the song. "It's a big win for the underdog," said Larrikin's lawyer Adam Simpson after the judgment. Sinclair, who died...
  • Who really benefits from intellectual property law? And who should?

    02/04/2010 2:27:17 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies · 320+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 3, 2010 | August Brown
    ...Matt Yglesias... proposed that in a perfect marketplace for music,"The price of a song ought to be equal to the marginal cost of distributing a new copy of a song. Which is to say that the marginal cost ought to be $0." In a followup post... He argues that the entire infrastructure of intellectual property law is designed to bring the cost of all creative products down, eventually to zero, where it's best able to serve the most possible consumers; he cites the expiration date on the copyright of creative work as clear legal intent for all intellectual property to...
  • NFL putting the kibosh on mass [Super Bowl] screenings

    02/02/2010 6:18:17 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 117 replies · 2,513+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 2, 2010 | Chris Kirkham
    After a packed screening of the Saints' NFC Championship victory at Uptown's Prytania Theatre [in New Orleans], co-owner Robert Brunet has had hundreds of requests for tickets to view the Super Bowl at the historic theater this Sunday. But instead of preparing for the game, Brunet has been haggling with NFL lawyers for more than a week after he received a cease-and-desist letter telling him that the free screening had violated copyright laws. A similar story played out at the Sheraton New Orleans hotel, whose managers had planned a massive projection of the game on the side of the Canal...
  • Analysis: 5 Reasons Why 2010 Will Be Revolutionary For The Music Biz (Big Media gets bigger)

    01/13/2010 11:08:33 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies · 344+ views
    Billboard ^ | January 12, 2010 | Glenn Peoples, L.A
    This year will host numerous events that could well change the course of the music industry. From the future of music giant EMI to the impact of the Performance Rights Act, many events that will occur in 2010 could have deep, long-term consequences. In no particular order, they are: 1. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger If the Department of Justice gives the merger a greenlight it would instantly create less competition in ticketing in the near term as Live Nation’s fledgling ticketing division ceases to be a competitor to Ticketmaster. In the long term, a combined Ticketmaster-Live Nation will be able...
  • Radio Royalties Fight Heats Up In Washington

    01/09/2010 1:07:08 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies · 611+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/8/2010 | Brian Wingfield
    Should stations pay artists to play their tunes? Get ready for one of the year's biggest battles. One of the biggest lobbying fights in the nation's capital this year could involve a traditionally non-Washington subject: rock and roll. At issue: whether AM and FM radio stations should pay royalties to performers on recorded music played over the airwaves, and if so, what those rates should be. Right now only composers and their affiliated publishers reap these payments. In one corner is the MusicFIRST Coalition, which includes the Recording Industry Association of America, several artist groups and SoundExchange, the folks who...
  • Big Media Meets Law Enforcement at White House; Biden Announces Focus on Intellectual Property Theft

    12/17/2009 8:10:06 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies · 407+ views
    BroadbandandBreakfast ^ | December 16th, 2009 | Andrew Feinberg and Eli Evans
    WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – The U.S. is committed to an inter-agency process for combating piracy of American intellectual property, Vice President Joseph Biden said Tuesday during a press availability with top law enforcement officials. Appearing at the White House complex with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, the directors of the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and the United States Secret Service, as well as the chief executives of the nation’s largest entertainment companies.The meeting was followed by a closed-door, roundtable discussion on international intellectual property theft.That second meeting...
  • Geist: (Canada's) Record industry faces liability over `infringement'

    12/10/2009 10:53:36 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 565+ views
    The Star ^ | Mon Dec 7 2009 | Michael Geist
    Chet Baker was a leading jazz musician in the 1950s, playing trumpet and providing vocals. Baker died in 1988, yet he is about to add a new claim to fame as the lead plaintiff in possibly the largest copyright infringement case in Canadian history. His estate, which still owns the copyright in more than 50 of his works, is part of a massive class-action lawsuit that has been underway for the past year. The infringer has effectively already admitted owing at least $50 million and the full claim could exceed $6 billion. If the dollars don't shock, the target of...
  • Music industry bows to point-and-shoot cameras

    11/10/2009 12:49:57 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 75 replies · 1,357+ views
    Cnet ^ | November 10, 2009 4:00 AM PST | Daniel Terdiman
    At last month's huge U2 show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., how could you tell the difference between the professional photographers and your average amateurs? Answer: the professionals were the ones whisked away after Bono and friends finished their third song, and the amateurs were still there, happily shooting to their heart's content. Nearly every person at any show these days is going to have some form of camera with them, be it a point-and-shoot, an iPhone or some other camera phone, and it seems that there is almost no way to imagine keeping all those devices out....
  • A Christmas Carol opens today

    11/06/2009 9:10:38 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies · 866+ views
    Cartoon Brew ^ | 11/06/09 | Amid Amidi
    Robert Zemeckis’s A Christmas Carol opens today to a chorus of negative reviews and a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A particularly harsh assessment comes from Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal: To put it bluntly, if Scroogely, Disney’s 3-D animated version of “A Christmas Carol” is a calamity. The pace is predominantly glacial—that alone would be enough to cook the goose of this premature holiday turkey—and the tone is joyless, despite an extended passage of bizarre laughter, several dazzling flights of digital fancy, a succession of striking images and Jim Carrey’s voicing of Scrooge plus half a dozen...
  • Watusi Twists Under the Wheels of the White House Bus

    11/05/2009 2:03:42 PM PST · by Ruby Slippers · 324+ views
    Ruby Slippers ^ | 11/5/09 | Mary Sue
    Ben Shapiro at Big Hollywood has an interesting report on the Alma Thomas painting "Watusi (Hard Edge). For those who may not recall, the Thomas painting closely resembled the Matisse painting "L'escargot," causing some to say it was copied. Of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the decision to remove the painting from the White House: According to Semonti Stephens, Michelle Obama’s deputy press secretary, the painting was moved “because it didn’t fit the space right.”
  • Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.

    11/04/2009 9:35:36 AM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 79 replies · 2,335+ views
    boingboing ^ | November 3, 2009 | Cory Doctorow
    The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked. It's bad. It says: * That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn't infringing will exceed any hope of profitability. * That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that...
  • Monty Python Threatens Lawsuit Against Rep. Chris Christie

    11/02/2009 1:01:59 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 27 replies · 1,947+ views
    Comedy Central ^ | November 2, 2009 | Dennis DiClaudio
    Say what you want about Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, but he knows a little something about the good people of New Jersey. In Texas, they may like candidates who strongly defend the right to bear arms. And in Wisconsin, a fine knowledge of dairy issues might secure you votes. But in New Jersey, it's all about referencing vintage British comedy. Why else would Christie's campaign have produced a spot lifting old Monty Python footage wholesale while attacking Senator Corzine's alleged plans to hike tolls? It's all about giving the people what they want. And in a rough and tumble...
  • Senate Panel Approves Radio Royalties for Performers (new legislation against radio)

    10/16/2009 1:53:18 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies · 474+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2009 | FAWN JOHNSON
    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill to require radio stations to pay royalties to performers when their music is aired, a top priority for the recording industry. The Senate committee vote marks the furthest congressional progress yet for the measure, although it is still far from becoming law. Broadcast radio stations now pay song royalties to songwriters and producers, but they don't pay performance fees for playing the artists' music. In contrast, cable, satellite and Internet radio pay performance royalties. Under the bill, large radio companies such as Clear Channel Communications Inc. and Cox Radio Inc. would...
  • Entertainment Industry Looks To Force Massive Copyright Changes Int'l (who WRITE the Treaties?)

    10/16/2009 12:17:30 PM PDT · by Americaneedsyou · 31 replies · 1,213+ views
    techdirt.com ^ | 10/01/09 | Mike Masnick
    . . Once Again, Entertainment Industry Looks To Force Massive Copyright Changes Via Int'l Treaties from the how-the-game-is-played dept By now you should know that one of the entertainment industry's favorite tools for forcing ever more draconian copyright laws around the world is to use international treaties. Such treaties are not put together by elected officials, but appointed diplomats, often with tremendous input (to the point of allowing them to write the details) from industries that are protected. Then, once those treaties are in place, copyright maximalists just get to sit back and say "but we must make our copyright...
  • How music became an industry: on 'Selling Sounds'(Book Review)

    09/15/2009 2:19:48 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies · 311+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 15, 2009 | Franklin Bruno
    ...Subtitled "The Commercial Revolution in American Music," Suisman's book (Harvard University Press) focuses on the 1880s through the mid-1920, a period that saw the growth of sheet-music publishing from a printer's sideline to a wildly profitable New York-based industry... These innovations made professionally composed and performed music available to a wider range of Americans than ever before. At the same time, music increasingly became something to be passively appreciated rather than actively made. (This story could have been different, if Edison's wax cylinders, which allowed convenient home recording as well as playback, had won out over Emile Berliner’s disc technology.)...
  • Rift over royalties - A bill to make radio stations pay singers divides black artists, leaders

    08/28/2009 12:14:04 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 920+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 26, 2009 | Dahleen Glanton
    "...The artists deserve it, ...With things the way they are today, everybody needs every little penny they can get." ...Radio personalities such as Tom Joyner, whose "Tom Joyner Morning Show" is owned by Radio One Inc., a black-owned conglomerate, oppose the bill, generating support from their vast listening audiences.... There is also a division within the civil rights community. The NAACP recently passed a resolution supporting the bill, while activists Al Sharpton, whose radio show is syndicated by Radio One, and Jesse Jackson, whose show is syndicated by a subsidiary of Clear Channel Corp., oppose it... The bill's sponsor, Rep....
  • Jackson Browne, Republicans settle lawsuit

    07/21/2009 10:23:52 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies · 1,659+ views
    AP via Reuters ^ | July 21, 2009 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY
    Jackson Browne has settled a lawsuit and received an apology from Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over use of his song "Running on Empty" during last year's presidential campaign. The settlement announced Tuesday includes a pledge by the GOP not to use any musicians' work without proper permission in future campaigns, a statement that Browne said he hoped would benefit other artists. Browne sued McCain and the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party last year over use of "Running on Empty" in a Web ad mocking Democrat Barack Obama's proposed energy policies. McCain's loss in November...
  • NAB: House majority opposes new performers royalty

    06/04/2009 11:58:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 344+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 6-4-2009 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    <p>The National Association of Broadcasters said Wednesday that a majority of U.S. House members are now opposed to imposing new fees on radio stations to pay performance artists.</p> <p>Such a bill passed the House Judiciary Committee last month, but the NAB hopes the show of opposition will prevent it from being brought to the House floor for a debate and vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office is monitoring support for the issue but officials there said the speaker has no immediate plan to take action.</p>
  • Broadcasters Fight House Bill Requiring Song Royalty Payments

    05/14/2009 2:15:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies · 1,158+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 13, 2009, 5:10 P.M. ET | no byline in excerpt
    Broadcasters are vowing to fight legislation requiring radio stations to pay royalties to performers, even as the recording industry and artist coalitions say the effort is gathering steam. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed a modified version of a performance royalty bill that gives some exemptions to small broadcast stations. Broadcast radio stations now pay song royalties to songwriters and ...