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November 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sony Music must pay the founder of a small record company $5 million for failing to put his company's logo on reissues of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" album, a federal appeals court ruled. Steve Popovich, 65, who started Cleveland International Records in 1977 and soon afterward signed the singer named Marvin Lee Aday, persuaded Epic Records to release the wildly successful album. Epic was owned at the time by CBS. Sony, which bought out CBS Records, paid $6.
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.
August 21, 2007 | Jake Coyle, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- A side effect to today's fractured, tumultuous music industry is the fluctuating meaning of the greatest-hits album. On one hand, it remains a giant moneymaker for labels, which are urging their artists to make best-of compilations increasingly earlier in their careers. On the other, iTunes has made greatest-hits albums redundant. If you want an act's highlights, you can assemble them yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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