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Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Is it time for Congress to draft a replacement for the 1976 Copyright Law? In point of fact, the law was drafted almost half a decade ago now and its last major amendment came in 1998 with the addition of the DMCA. Many argue that the advent of digital technology, driven of course by the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:57+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Copyright Issues, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Technology|Comments Off on Considering a new U.S. copyright act

The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

NBC Universal recently hired a company called Envisional to study counterfeiting activity over the Internet. The results of this study – despite the fact that it is industry funded – are literally astonishing: 24% of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft!  Stated another way, one in every four people surfing the Internet are stealing [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 February 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Featured, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

Jimmy Eugene opens for Gary Allan and performs for a sold out crowd!

My friend and client, Dr. Jimmy Eugene Pollard, performed a sampling of his music in front of a sold-out crowd, performing as the opening act for Gary Allan’s immensely successful Get Off On the Pain tour.  The Pavillion at  the Coushatta Casino Resort welcomed over 4000 people for the February 19th event.  Allan’s tour has [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00 February 21st, 2011|Client Activity, Life on the Row, RIAA|Comments Off on Jimmy Eugene opens for Gary Allan and performs for a sold out crowd!

Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a high-profile hearing  today on the subject of imposing additional performance royalties on so-called "over-the-air" or "terrestrial" radio stations (I'll just call them OTA's in this article).  Investigative hearings such as these are usually precursors to legislation being introduced on the subject.  Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett and Chicago-based singer-songwriter [...]

By | 2007-11-13T14:27:32+00:00 November 13th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

Napster Settlement Impacts Bertlelsmann AG Earnings

Because of its settlements with the four major music publishers involved in the Napster case -estimated at over $400 million- the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG (FRA: BTG4) reported a first-half net loss of shareholder profit of €51 million ($69.4 million), compared to earnings to shareholder of €258 million euros ($351.2 million) in the previous fiscal year.  [...]

By | 2007-09-04T14:48:50+00:00 September 4th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry|Comments Off on Napster Settlement Impacts Bertlelsmann AG Earnings