Solutions for the Orphaned Works of Copyright: Google Books Decision Highlights Need for Action

The recent decision presented by the honorable Judge Chin on the matter of copyright infringement in the case The Authors Guild v. Google Inc. raised numerous issues in the arena of Intellectual Property. In addition to opposing the “opt-out” stipulation written into the settlement, Judge Chin also contested the way Google Inc. approached and viewed [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:04-05:00March 29th, 2011|Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA|Comments Off on Solutions for the Orphaned Works of Copyright: Google Books Decision Highlights Need for Action

Judge Chin rejects settlement agreement in Authors Guild v. Google

Under Rule 23(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a settlement of a class action requires approval of the court. Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(e). The court may approve a settlement that is binding on the class only if it determines that the settlement is "fair, adequate, and reasonable, and not a product of [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:05-05:00March 25th, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on Judge Chin rejects settlement agreement in Authors Guild v. Google

Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.  -Bono (New York Times, January 2010) The passage of the Digital Economy [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:05-05:00March 24th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Music Publishing, RIAA|Comments Off on Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

The Utilitarian Idea of a Monopolistic Right in Intangible Property

By Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire and Nathan Drake The classical libertarian, Frédéric Bastiat, is quoted as saying: In the full sense of the word, man is born a proprietor. . . . Faculties are only an extension of the person; and property is nothing but an extension of the faculties. To separate a man from [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:05-05:00March 22nd, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on The Utilitarian Idea of a Monopolistic Right in Intangible Property

French Court Finds Google Liable and Refused to Apply Safe Harbor Provisions of The Law of Confidence in the Digital Economy

The search engine giant Google, known for its colorful name and creative endeavors, has been convicted in French Court of infringing the copyrights of four artistic works and now faces fines upwards of $600,000, not including legal costs and attorneys fees. The plaintiffs in the case was made up of four entities who owned the [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:06-05:00March 18th, 2011|Copyright Issues, RIAA|Comments Off on French Court Finds Google Liable and Refused to Apply Safe Harbor Provisions of The Law of Confidence in the Digital Economy

Belmont University To Honor Peebles and International Entertainment Buyers Association

Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business will honor the International Entertainment Buyers Association and one of its founders Harry “Hap” Peebles with the 2011 Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence. Established in memory of program founder Bob Mulloy,the annual Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or organization that has achieved a [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:06-05:00March 14th, 2011|Life on the Row, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on Belmont University To Honor Peebles and International Entertainment Buyers Association

New Country Radio Survey Data Released by Coleman Insights

CRS 2011 Research Study Finds State of Country Music Healthy, New Media Engagement Growing Country Radio still king for consumers, new music discovery     The results of the CRB Country radio research study presented recently at Country Radio Seminar 2011 in Nashville.  The comprehensive study was sponsored through a partnership between Country Radio Broadcasters, [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:06-05:00March 9th, 2011|Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on New Country Radio Survey Data Released by Coleman Insights

Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement Agency Brings Criminal Charges against Owner of ChannelSurfing.Net

By Barry Neil Shrum & Nathan Drake In November 2010, the Federal Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement agency ("ICE") recently seized 82 websites and shut them down on the grounds that they were committing criminal copyright infringement. One of these websites has recently become the spotlight of attention:. Brain McCarthy, the owner and operator of channelsurfing.net, [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:06-05:00March 8th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement Agency Brings Criminal Charges against Owner of ChannelSurfing.Net

98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

Mark Twain had a lot to say about statistics, ranking them as the highest of all lies:  “There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies, and statistics.  Twain is also attributed with the more insinuated saying that “statistics are like ladies of the evening, once you get them down, you do anything with them!”   [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:07-05:00March 2nd, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA|Comments Off on 98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

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 |2017-07-20T17:44:07-05:00February 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