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October 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A woman facing a $222,000 music-sharing verdict asked a judge Monday to overturn it. Jurors in a case that six record companies brought against Jammie Thomas found that she violated the companies' copyrights by offering 24 songs over the Kazaa file-sharing network. They ordered Thomas, a mother of two who makes $36,000 a year, to pay the companies $222,000. In a motion filed Monday, Thomas' attorney, Brian Toder, did not argue that she hadn't violated the copyrights.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Kelly Clarkson has done a lot of talking about reports of a feud with Clive Davis over the direction of her new album, "My December." Now, she's apologizing. "I want to set the record straight on this by saying that I want my band, my advisors, those close to me and my record label to be one big, tightly knit family," the 25-year-old singer said Monday in a statement posted on her website.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2007 | Joseph Menn and Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writers
Universal Music Group declined to renew its yearlong deal to license songs to Apple Inc. in the most public clash to date between a record label and the top retailer of digital music. The largest of the four major labels informed Apple last week, people familiar with the matter said Monday. Universal has no plans to stop selling music over Apple's iTunes music store, which sells a majority of digitized tracks in the U.S., the people said.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A coalition of recording artists, music companies and industry groups said Thursday that it would push for compensation of performers whose music is played on the radio. The MusicFirst Coalition, which counts recording artists Don Henley, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Wyclef Jean among its members, intends to lobby Congress for new laws requiring the payments by broadcasters. The group said U.S.
OPINION
May 18, 2007
IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE a consumer-goods company refusing to sell the most popular version of its product, but that's just what the world's largest record companies have been doing. While consumers and independent artists made the MP3 format the lingua franca of the Digital Age, the major music labels offered downloadable songs only in formats that were scrambled to deter copying. At least until this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2007 | Randy Lewis
A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love's 2005 lawsuit against his cousin and former band mate Brian Wilson. Love argued in the lawsuit that he and the group had been harmed financially by the 2004 distribution in the United Kingdom of a free CD featuring Beach Boys songs rerecorded by Wilson in conjunction with the release of Wilson's "Smile" album. The suit claimed that the free CD also hurt potential sales of future Beach Boys releases.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
After the Beatles arrived on the scene, Frankie Avalon, whose hit "Venus" was the last No. 1 song of the 1950s, watched sadly as fans ditched syrupy pop for rock 'n' roll. "I figured that was over," the 66-year-old crooner said about his recording career. Avalon went on to star in movies of the beach party genre. His music was relegated to discount bins in record stores and the playlists of oldies stations.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Warner Music Group Corp. agreed to use technology from Napster founder Shawn Fanning to sell song downloads on websites including MySpace.com. Warner is the first major recording company to sign such an agreement with Snocap Inc., Fanning's San Francisco-based digital-rights technology firm, the companies said in a statement.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
China, Russia and 10 other nations were targeted by the Bush administration Monday for failing to sufficiently protect U.S. producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material from widespread piracy. The Bush administration placed the 12 countries on a "priority watch list," which will subject them to extra scrutiny and could eventually lead to economic sanctions if the administration decides to bring trade cases before the World Trade Organization.
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