Tag Archives: RIAA

Music Industry Groups Reach Royalty Deal Regarding Digital And Cellular Services

Posted by on April 12, 2012

The battle over digital royalties has been well documented as of late. And while its mainly been between artists and labels, music industry groups have come to an agreement over a new royalty deal regarding digital and cellular services. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and Digital Media Association […]

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Music Revenue Had Its First Increase In Seven Years

Posted by on March 27, 2012

Regular readers of Metal Insider know that last year was a good one for the beleaguered music industry, with the first annual increase in units sold since 2004. Now there’s more good news for the industry, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It turns out that 2011 also had its first increase in actual […]

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How The Battle For Copyright Law Might Affect Metal

Posted by on September 8, 2011

As you may know, record labels and musicians are preparing to battle it out over copyright laws concerning ownership over albums. This all pertains to a U.S. copyright law that was amended in 1976, giving artists the right to regain rights to their work after 35 years. Thus, the first batch of albums created after […]

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How Much Have Labels Lost Since Napster Was Born?

Posted by on May 16, 2011

The labels and RIAA have finally won their five year battle against LimeWire last week when it was announced that the peer-to-peer file-sharing website would pay $105 million for damages they caused the industry. Though it took a while for the case to finally come to a close, the whole ordeal is an eye opening […]

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LimeWire Settles Out Of Court For $105 Million

Posted by on May 13, 2011

The RIAA and labels gained a big victory back in October of 2010 when LimeWire, the onetime king of peer-to-peer file-sharing websites, was forced to shut down. Now, about 8 months after the “permanent injunction” and five years of litigation, LimeWire and the four major labels have settled out of court for the price of […]

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White House Backs Performance Radio Royalties

Posted by on March 17, 2011

This past Tuesday, President Obama’s administration made numerous recommendations to Congress regarding online piracy, counterfeiting, and on-air broadcasting. Among their recommendations was support for the Performance Rights Act, the highly debated legislation that would pay artists and musicians (not just publishers and song writers) when their music is played on FM and AM radio. It […]

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Can’t Sell A Million Albums? Sue For A Million Dollars Then

Posted by on November 4, 2010

That’s pretty much the message the RIAA is sending in a recent court ruling against Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been fighting against court hearings over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago. A jury decided today that Rasset liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capital Records. […]

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Federal Court Forces LimeWire To Shut Down

Posted by on October 28, 2010

After a four year legal battle with the RIAA, a federal court in New York has issued a “permanent injunction” against peer-to-peer file-sharing website LimeWire. In other words, LimeWire is being forced to shut down. Judge Kimba Wood found that LimeWire was liable for enhancing copyright infringement, causing great harm to the record labels. LimeWire […]

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16 Year Old Loses Mustang Over Illegal Dowloading

Posted by on October 19, 2010

This is a story for anyone who actually wants to see Gene Simmons’ proposal of suing every illegal downloader in action. Jalopnik.com reported a story about how one RIAA lawsuit basically forced one illegal downloader to sell his beloved Mustang. Warning: this story will especially pull the heart strings of the obsessed fanatic of music […]

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FM Radio In Cell Phones To Become Mandatory?

Posted by on August 18, 2010

ArsTechnica.com is reporting that music labels and radio broadcasters are in hopes to convince Congress to mandate that FM radio receivers be built into cell phones and other portable devices. While it would provide consumers more music choices, the push is more of a bargaining tool between broadcasters and label, who have been battling over […]

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