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2013-01-16 12:23:57

Fourth Quarter 2012 Distributions Increase to $134.9 Million WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today announced a new record with total year-end royalty payments reaching approximately $462 million (up 58 percent from the prior year). The fourth quarter 2012 distribution also increased with more than 22,000 payments totaling approximately $134.9 million, a nearly 10 percent increase from its Q3 2012 distribution of $122.5 million. The royalties are paid...

2012-10-25 07:29:29

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A wide spectrum of organizations, ranging from Internet radio services to broadcast radio companies and groups concerned about the future of the Internet radio industry, announced today the launch of the Internet Radio Fairness Coalition. The Coalition's mission is to urge Congress to support legislation (The Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, or IRFA), aimed at bringing the royalty system for Internet radio into the 21(st) century -- creating a...

2012-10-23 11:24:21

Coalition of businesses, associations, educators and libraries join together to protect ownership rights and global commerce WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a diverse coalition of retailers, libraries, educators, Internet companies and associations joined together to launch the Owners' Rights Initiative (ORI) to protect ownership rights in the United States. ORI is committed to ensuring the right to resell genuine goods, regardless of where they were...

2012-09-25 02:26:33

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today announced the signing of a new reciprocal agreement to collect performance royalties on behalf of its recording artist and record label members for certain uses of their sound recordings in Canada. The agreement also makes it possible for Canadian recording artists and record labels signed to ACTRA Recording Artists' Collecting Society (RACS); Societe de gestion collective de l`Union des artistes (Artisti); Audio-Video...

2012-08-23 06:23:21

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today announced it has distributed $204.4 million in digital royalty payments to recording artists and record labels in the first two quarters of 2012. In its second quarter, SoundExchange distributed $95.8 million, the second highest quarterly distribution in the organization's history. SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that helps the music and creative community thrive in the...

Online Piracy Conviction Nets SurfTheChannel Owner 4-Year Prison Sentence
2012-08-15 14:51:10

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Anton Vickerman, owner of SurfTheChannel, one of the UK´s most popular sources of pirated video content, has been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud in June for “facilitating” copyright infringement and sentenced to four years in jail by a UK court. The 38-year-old Vickerman had designed the service´s pages, hiring others to source material and carry out other back-end functions, reports BBC News. UK...

2012-08-15 06:25:23

Organization Launches Effort to Encourage Music Industry to Register Online to Receive Digital Royalties They've Earned WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today released a list of more than 50,000 recording artist and record label names owed tens of millions of dollars in unclaimed digital performance royalty payments. This list also includes more than $31 million in royalties that are three or more years old. The artists and labels named on the list...

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2012-08-11 08:24:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Beginning next week, Google's search algorithm will be altered to punish websites which receive multiple valid copyright violation notices from users, the Mountain View, California-based company announced Friday. According to Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica, the policy revision will result in those pages which receive higher rates of removal requests to see their standing in the search-engine results decrease. Farivar notes that...

2012-08-07 10:27:25

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A10 Networks(TM) ("A10") announced that on August 6, 2012 a jury in the United States District Court in San Jose, California returned a mixed verdict finding no liability for most of the copyright claims and certain state-law claims and no willful patent infringement, and finding damages of only $1 for the trade-secret claims and interference-with-contract claims. Although the jury found that A10's AX product infringed four patent claims from...

2012-08-07 10:24:24

BOSTON, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a major copyright win for the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, a Greek Orthodox monastery located in Brookline, MA, in a copyright infringement suit involving the Monastery's copyrighted translations of seven ancient religious Greek texts. The Monastery, which derives income from selling its copyrighted texts, sued its former monk Archbishop Gregory, now a monk in Colorado, in 2007 after he posted...