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2009-06-19 09:50:00

On Thursday, a 32-year-old woman was found guilty by a U.S jury of illegally downloading 24 songs over the Internet in a high-profile piracy case. She was also ordered to pay nearly two million dollars in damages. The single mother of four from Brainerd Minnesota, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, was found legally responsible for the willful infringement of music copyrights when using the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa to download songs. Taking a mere five hours to reach its verdict, the jury...

2009-06-12 09:53:00

Sony Corporation of America Announces Benefit Auction in Conjunction with Charity Folks and Sony Pictures Entertainment NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Corporation of America, in partnership with charity auction site Charityfolks.com, is auctioning off an autographed Sony VAIO Notebook PC that appears in the upcoming Sony Pictures movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. The computer has been signed by Denzel Washington, who stars in the film. The auction is being held exclusively on...

2009-06-04 15:15:00

Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Joins Universal Music Group (UMG) to Make Professionally-Created Content Available from Broad Array of Musical Artists NEW YORK, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has joined Universal Music Group (UMG) to create VEVO, the new premium music video and entertainment service conceived by UMG and powered by YouTube. The announcement was made today by Doug Morris, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of UMG, and Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Chief...

2009-05-12 23:05:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Destiny Media Technologies (OTC Bulletin Board: DSNY) is pleased to announce that Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has chosen Destiny's Play MPE(R) media distribution system to securely distribute pre-release tracks throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. This new international agreement builds on UMG's successful transition to secure digital distribution of pre-release content to press...

2009-05-04 10:29:00

Deal Builds On Long-term Partnership To Include All Services NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment and Razor & Tie Entertainment have expanded their exclusive distribution agreement to include full digital rights, it was announced today by Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales, and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment, and Craig Balsam and Cliff Chenfeld, Co-owners, Razor & Tie Entertainment. Sony Music has distributed Razor &...

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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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.