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Amazon to announce third quarter profits, including MP3 sales

Amazon.com, Inc. (Tickler Symbol: AMZN) will hold a conference call on October 23, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss its 2007 third quarter financial results. This announcement has tremendous relevance for those of us interested in the commercial viability of digital sales and downloads of DRM-free music -- since Amazon launched its online music [...]

By | October 22nd, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on Amazon to announce third quarter profits, including MP3 sales

The Future of the Music Industry – the continuing dialogue

There is a very well written blog entry by McQuinn on the blog MCQESQ entitled The Future of the Music Industry.  You can read the article in its entirety here, and it is well worth the effort.  It attempts with acute perception and finesse to dispel the rampant rumors that the music industry conglomerates are [...]

By | October 19th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on The Future of the Music Industry – the continuing dialogue

Thomas asked judge for new trial for damages

On Monday, Jammie Thomas’ attorney, Brian Toder, filed a motion asking that the judge set a new trial to determine damages or, in the alternative, for a remittitur.  Thomas is the woman who was recently found guilty of copyright infringement as a result of which the Plaintiff was awarded $222,000. The Federal Rules of Civil [...]

By | October 17th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on Thomas asked judge for new trial for damages

What is a work made for hire?

Section 101 of the United States Copyright Act defines work for hire at as follows: (1) a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or   (2) a work specially ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work, as a part of a motion picture [...]

By | October 15th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Music Industry, Music Law|Comments Off on What is a work made for hire?

The Digital Lowdown: What’s a good deal?

The author, Steven Corn is the co-founder of Big Fish Media, a digital music distribution company working with all the major download music services like iTunes, eMusic and Napster.  He is the author of the blog, The Digital Lowdown.  This article appeared in Issue 32 of Royalty Week, dated October 9, 2007 and is reprinted here with [...]

By | October 10th, 2007|Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on The Digital Lowdown: What’s a good deal?

Jammie Thomas to appeal verdict in RIAA Litigation.

Imagine that you have a wireless network router in your home which you set up yourself.  Also imagine that, because you are not computer saavy, you failed to establish a password for that router, or established a “weak” password consisting of only numbers, or your birthdate, or something of that nature.  Consider now the proximity [...]

By | October 9th, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Jammie Thomas to appeal verdict in RIAA Litigation.

Mens Rea & Digital Activity

For a very reasoned commetary on the potential impact of Virgin v. Thomas on other Internet activity, read John Mahoney’s article entitled Forget File Sharing: the Internet is on Trial at his blog, The Digital Edge.  Thanks for the insight John. Mr. Mahoney correctly points out that in this age of wireless technologies and computer [...]

By | October 4th, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Mens Rea & Digital Activity

Virgin v. Thomas: Sherman testimony not allowed; possible verdict today

In a blow to the Recording Industry Association of America, U.S. District Court judge Michael Davis ruled yesterday that the infamous president of the RIAA, Cary Sherman, could not testify in the trial of accused music-sharer Jammie Thomas because "nis testimony would not be relevant," despite the arguments of Plaintiff’s attorney, Richard Gabriel, that Sherman's [...]

By | October 4th, 2007|Music Industry, Music Law|Comments Off on Virgin v. Thomas: Sherman testimony not allowed; possible verdict today

Minnesota Judge moves RIAA case swiftly

Judge Michael Davis is moving the case of Virgin Records, et al. v. Jammie Thomas (Case No. 06–cv-1497) along quickly, as the jury was impaneled at 9:30 and testimony began less than two hours later in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  See my related blog entry True Test of RIAA’S Legal Theories [...]

By | October 2nd, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Minnesota Judge moves RIAA case swiftly

The Eagles release new album and slated to appear on CMT Awards

After almost thirty years, my favorite band of all time, The Eagles, have recorded a new album entitled Long Road out of Eden, which features the single "How Long."  The song is climbing the Billboard country chart and currently resides at No. 26.  The new single was originally written and recorded by J.D. Souther in 1972 on his [...]

By | September 28th, 2007|Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News|Comments Off on The Eagles release new album and slated to appear on CMT Awards