May 30, 2001 |
Under mounting pressure from critics, German music conglomerate Bertelsmann said Tuesday that it would share an estimated $20 million in proceeds from an online copyright-infringement lawsuit with the artists on its record labels. The move makes Bertelsmann the fifth of the five major record corporations to make public overtures about its plans to account for the tens of millions of dollars obtained from suing controversial Internet firm MP3.com Inc.
April 10, 2001 |
Oops. Jurors who ordered online music provider MP3.com Inc. to pay about $300,000 to an independent record label for violating copyrights have told the trial judge that they checked their math and discovered they made a mistake: What they really meant was an amount closer to $3 million, the judge said Monday. After seeing news reports about the award they handed down Friday to Tee Vee Toons, jurors on the eight-woman panel alerted U.S.
February 28, 2001 |
Just as actress Olivia de Havilland brought down the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s and outfielder Curt Flood fought for free agency in baseball in the 1970s, rock star Courtney Love is determined to radically redefine the nature of the music recording business for the next century. Love is seeking to break her contract with Vivendi Universal, the world's largest record conglomerate, and expose what she calls the "unconscionable and unlawful" business tactics of the major record labels.
February 21, 2001 |
Attempting to settle a potentially crippling copyright-infringement suit, Napster Inc. offered Tuesday to pay record companies $1 billion over five years for the right to include their music in a new fee-based Internet song-swapping service. Company executives and Thomas Middelhoff, chief of media conglomerate Bertelsmann, implored the labels to suspend their legal assault while all the parties work out a deal.
January 25, 2001 |
A San Luis Obispo judge ruled late Tuesday that the parents of a slain teenage girl have failed to prove that violent music by the heavy metal band Slayer incited her murder. Still, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Burke did not dismiss a lawsuit by David and Lisanne Pahler against Slayer, but gave them 60 days to file an amended complaint citing new evidence to support their argument that the marketing of Slayer's music to minors triggered the 1995 slaying of their daughter, Elyse Pahler.
January 21, 2001 |
They stalked her. They choked her. They stabbed her. And after she was dead, they raped her. The 1995 murder of 15-year-old Elyse Pahler was inspired in part, one of her killers told police, by the heavy-metal music of Slayer--a popular band that specializes in misogynistic songs depicting torture and satanic sacrifice. The teenage murderers confessed to the killing years ago and are serving long prison terms. But for the victim's family, the case is not closed.