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2008-12-11 12:59:30

On Wednesday, Sony BMG was sued by the U.S. government after being accused of violating federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan showed that the music company, which is changing its name to Sony Music Entertainment, improperly accepted registrations on its music websites from users who were under 13, without obtaining consent from their parents. The civil suit claims Sony Music was in violation of the Children's...

2008-12-04 12:10:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Qtrax, the ad-supported digital music service, today announced a global agreement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT that will make SONY BMG's premier digital music catalogue available to music fans worldwide on the Qtrax platform. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081111/CLTU129LOGO ) "We are always exploring new and exciting ways of bringing our music to fans in the digital space and are very happy to support Qtrax and their...

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2008-11-17 08:00:00

A Harvard Law School Professor has started a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at center stage of the music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online. The music industry has gotten payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003. The professor, Charles Nesson, has come to the defense of a Boston University graduate student targeted in one of the music industry's lawsuits. By taking on the case, Nesson wants to challenge the basis for the...

2008-11-04 00:00:10

SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shooting Star Picture Company and Universal Music Australia are pleased to announce the migration of all Universal Music digital servicing to PLAY MPE(R), Australia's new industry standard for the delivery of promotional content to radio and other media. Universal Music is Australia's largest record label featuring talent including, The Presets, Fall Out Boy, Rihanna, Powderfinger, Vanessa Amorosi, Sam Sparro, U2, Snow Patrol, Guns n Roses and 50...

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2008-10-12 17:05:00

Sony Corp. is moving to synchronize its consumer electronics and music business following the collapse of its troubled partnership with Bertelsmann AG. Known as Sony BMG, the collaboration had become the world's No. 2 record label since its establishment four years ago, and had generated substantial cost savings while pre-empting other consolidation within the industry. However, the cost cutting initiatives could not keep pace with declining CD sales, and the digital strategies of the two...

2008-10-08 09:00:21

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, and Kiwibox (http://kiwibox.com/), the first social networking destination and online magazine where teens produce, discover, and share content while connecting with friends, today announced that they have entered into an agreement that will provide the Kiwibox network of users access to thousands of videos from the world's most popular artists. This is a natural partnership for Kiwibox as the...

2008-10-07 09:00:33

STOCKHOLM, October 7 /PRNewswire/ -- - Innovative Subscription and Ad-Supported Music Streaming Service Unveiled - All Four Music Majors and Leading Independents on Board Spotify announces a series of licensing deals with music companies including Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music, Warner Music Group, Merlin and The Orchard for their content to be included in the new digital music service. Spotify offers instant access to a world of music via a service that enables on-demand...

2008-10-06 12:00:23

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, and Dada Entertainment (http://www.dada.net/), one of the foremost innovators in digital and mobile entertainment services, have completed an agreement that will now allow Dada.net users access to music from such chart-topping superstars as Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls and Lil Wayne, among many others. Starting today, tracks from Universal Music Group's catalogue will be available for Dada.net...

2008-10-02 18:00:18

Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Sony Corp. said Thursday it has taken full control of its fifty-fifty recorded music joint venture with Bertelsmann AG. The Japanese firm acquired the German media giant's stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Sony plans to rename the U.S. music label Sony Music Entertainment Inc.END (c) 2008 Jiji Press English News Service. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-29 12:00:26

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has appointed Jeffrey Harleston to Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs. The appointment, effective immediately, was made today by Michael Ostroff, UMG's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs Worldwide, and to whom Mr. Harleston reports. "We're thrilled that Jeff has decided to join our team," stated Mr. Ostroff. "Over the years, he...