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2009-05-04 10:45:07

A new bill being presented to Congress aims to allow more compensation for performers whose songs play on the radio. The bill is backed by the record industry during a transitional time when cd sales are falling and digital song sales aren't great enough to compensate. A coalition of artists and record labels are calling on Congress to pass the bill that would allow performers to receive payments each time their songs are played over the air. The bill could also reward artists with an...

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2009-04-17 14:05:00

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that oral arguments in a music-downloading lawsuit filed by the recording industry against a Boston University student can't be streamed online, The Associated Press reported. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that it was "bound to enforce" rules that close federal courtrooms in Massachusetts to webcasting and other forms of broadcast, after overturning the previous decision that allowed online streaming. The student, Joel Tenenbaum, and his...

2009-04-01 09:19:00

New Agreement Focuses on Acquisition, Production and Distribution Rights for Theatrical Exhibition LAS VEGAS, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- (ShoWest Booth #1905) Sony Electronics' Digital Cinema Solutions and Services Group is collaborating with Media Push Entertainment LLC to secure and develop music and entertainment content for digital cinema events in movie theaters, as well as for distribution across multiple platforms such as the Internet, television and others. Media Push is a full-service...

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2009-03-28 07:25:00

AT&T confirmed this week that it will begin sending warnings to subscribers accused by music labels and movie studios of trafficking in pirated material, according to an Associated Press report citing an AT&T executive familiar with the matter. The nation's top Internet service provider is the latest among a growing number of ISPs who are extending their duties beyond the legal requirements for notifying subscribers. AT&T's lead executive in Washington D.C., Jim Cicconi, said this...

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2009-01-20 12:45:00

As record sales continue to slump, music industry executives are being forced to make alliances with digital file-sharing services. Music industry executives have met in Cannes for the Midem conference to discuss the future of music in the digital age. With 95 percent of all digital music coming from unlicensed sources in 2008, according to IFPI, it is apparent that peer-to-peer downloading is here to stay. As a result of the increase of downloaded music, the music industry faced a downturn...

2009-01-13 10:56:00

Digital Deal Expands Long-term Partnership NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment and Wind-up Records have expanded their exclusive distribution agreement to include digital rights, it was announced today by Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales, and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment and Ed Vetri, President, Wind-up Records. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Sony Music Entertainment will deliver digital content from...

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2008-12-21 13:40:00

All across America, teenagers are discussing and praising the complexity of Aerosmith's "Train Kept a Rolling." They are mentioning how difficult The Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter" is to play on the guitar. Confused? Don't be! These are songs on the "Rock Band 2," and "Guitar Hero" games that are being played across the country. And happily for the original artists, these songs' sales have increased twice as much after they were made available on the games. Well-known bands have begun...

2008-12-19 17:01:00

Proceeds From the Event to Benefit the Growing Number of Hungry Americans CHICAGO, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that Def Jam artist and Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning global superstar Rihanna will perform at an inauguration charity ball on January 20, 2008 in Washington, D.C. All of the proceeds from the RIAA inauguration after party will go directly to Feeding...

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2008-12-19 14:11:36

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has decided to stop suing individuals who download music and instead attempt a new strategy through partnership with Internet service providers. The RIAA sent a form letter to ISP's stating that if the music industry finds out users are swapping music files online, it will send an e-mail to the ISP, which will in turn forward the message to its customers asking them to stop. And should those customers continue to download illegally,...

2008-12-15 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has surpassed its competition to become one of the country's Top 10 online music destinations, according to new data just released by comScore, a recognized leader in measuring the digital world. For the month of November, UMG ranked Top 10 within the comScore Entertainment Music category, edging out the next nearest recording company in unique visitors by almost double, according to...