The National Association of Broadcasters has proposed a plan to pay at least $100 million per year in performance fees for music playing on the radio.
A US Court is set to make what could be a landmark decision in relation to the reselling of digital music.
A UK court sided on Monday with Sony Music, EMI and several other major record companies in a case against six major Internet service providers which could push The Pirate Bay further onto the fringes of the Internet. The London High Court's Justice Arnold stated that he believes the infamous Swedish torrent site actively engages in wide-scale copyright infringement.
Microsoft's painstakingly-detailed and fascinating Building Windows 8 tell-all blog has covered USB 3.0 support, a new Explorer interface and an app store. In a new entry, the company explained its decision to revamp ISO access and management. Citing past customer requests, Stephen Sinofsky, Windows Live president, confirmed Windows 8 will offer native Explorer support for both ISO and VHD files.
As record labels look for new revenue from the Internet, Warner Music Group is betting, at least partly, on Hulu.
It wasn't long ago that a Swedish file-sharing collective called "The Missionary Church of Kopimism" failed in an attempt to garner official recognition as an actual religion. A recently filed second plea received the same dismissal this week. Will the group go for a holy trinity?
Legendary musician Pete Townshend leveled some harsh criticism at Apple over its successful iTunes store this week, his dignified accent cushioning the blows. Contrasting iTunes with radio, the artist explained that the digital music download service is cash flow-driven but lacks more traditional revenue streams such as advertising and subscriptions. Townshend proposed that Apple should become more hands-on with the musicians who use its online shop instead of just sitting back and collecting an "enormous" 30 percent commission.
A new piracy case in Sweden this week is a big deal said Rick Falkvinge, a Pirate Party founder. According to Falkvinge, who live-blogged the trial on Monday, the public agreed: not a seat was available in the Sollentuna courtroom. The unnamed female defendant was accused of sharing some 45,000 music tracks online - a record for local trials, he noted. She pleaded not guilty.
Not one to let Netflix be the only company to launch its product in Latin American this year, Apple has finally brought its iTunes store to millions of customers in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and 13 other countries. Free access to the service's cloud-based storage and subscription-based iTunes Match are included, said the Cupertino company.
Record label EMI confirmed it is suing a U.S.-based online music service, Bluebeat.com, of copyright infringement related to music from The Beatles offered online.
Pressuring lawmakers to swiftly pass strict anti-piracy laws in the United Kingdom, the music industry is arguing that while peer-to-peer file sharing stagnates, other ways of downloading music illegally are blooming.
A federal court judge ruled on Monday that cloud music service MP3tunes does not violate copyright laws when it stored only a single copy of a song on its servers, instead of one copy per user. With all of the cloud music options out there right now including Google and Amazon, there are a lot of people very happy about this decision.
Prince may be a musical visionary, but a technological visionary he's not.
Don Henley, known for his soulful crooning with "The Eagles," is auditioning for a new gig: PROTECT IP supporter. So far, he's nailed it. In an editorial published by USA Today titled "Internet theft is a job-killer, too," the singer/songwriter argued that the controversial bill is indeed a powerful weapon against piracy and that authorities should be allowed to wield it. "Theft of American products and ideas is no longer the hobby of teenagers with laptops; it's big business," wrote Henley.
In a move seemingly inspired by Hollywood films that urge characters to get things done quickly, Dutch authorities are now looking into speeding up the oft-timely process of fining pirate radio operators. They're aiming to levy fines in 30 minutes or less. Can they do it?
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) stated on Monday that United States copyright law is broken and that it "isn't working" any more.

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