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January 29, 2008
Qtrax deal: In some papers Monday, a Business section article about an online music service called Qtrax said the four major record companies had agreed to license their digital catalogs to the service. Executives from Warner Music Group, EMI Group, Universal Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment say they have been in negotiations with Qtrax but thus far have not signed a deal. For an update on the situation, see Page C6.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2008 | associated press
So you fancy yourself a singer, eh? . . . Alone, in your car, with the windows up, when no one's looking. Well, now you can test your pipes against Martina McBride and Elvis Presley in private, and if you like what you hear, you can share them with your friends via e-mail. As a promotion for the "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets" album, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has created a website that allows you to record "Blue Christmas" as a duet with Presley, singing McBride's part from the album.
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BUSINESS
September 17, 2005
* Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp., EMI Group and Universal Music Group are suing Baidu.com Inc., saying China's most-used Internet search engine allowed free downloads of their music. * Johnson & Johnson said it won U.S. approval to sell its Remicade rheumatoid arthritis drug for treating an inflammation of the bowels. * Five former executives of defunct grocery wholesaler Fleming Cos.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2008 | bloomberg news
Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents. The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sony BMG Music Entertainment and three other major record companies sued Russian music website Allofmp3.com for copyright infringement, asking a judge to order the site to stop distributing songs online. Allofmp3.com's business "amounts to nothing more than a massive infringement," the labels said in a complaint in New York. The Recording Industry Assn. of America sued on behalf of labels owned by companies including Warner Music Group Corp., Vivendi and EMI Group.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2006 | From Reuters
The recording industry is coming out of the closet. Sony Music said it was launching the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. The label, Music With a Twist, is a joint venture with Wilderness Media & Entertainment, a company led by Matt Farber, who founded MTV Networks' new gay and lesbian channel Logo, which is available in an estimated 20 million homes.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2008 | bloomberg news
Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents. The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2006 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Sony BMG Music Entertainment fired 61 people Friday, completing a downsizing that began with the 2004 deal that created the second-largest U.S. music company. The joint venture of Sony Corp. of Japan and Bertelsmann of Germany has more than 6,000 employees. Sony BMG confirmed that 42 employees would leave the company as a final element of its restructuring.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers. Not only did the program itself open up a security hole on computers, but the method Sony BMG originally recommended for removing the software also damaged computers.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2008 | Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press
Now that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann have broken off their troubled relationship, known as Sony BMG, the Japanese company hopes to harmonize its consumer electronics and its music, a duo that has been badly out of sync. The music business combination four years ago made Sony BMG the world's No. 2 record label, generating savings and preempting other industry consolidation. But the venture's cost-cutting didn't keep pace with falling CD sales, and the two companies' digital strategies didn't mesh.
NEWS
January 29, 2008
Qtrax deal: In some papers Monday, a Business section article about an online music service called Qtrax said the four major record companies had agreed to license their digital catalogs to the service. Executives from Warner Music Group, EMI Group, Universal Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment say they have been in negotiations with Qtrax but thus far have not signed a deal. For an update on the situation, see Page C6.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Sony BMG Music Entertainment plans to sell digital music without copyright protection through Amazon.com Inc., stepping up competition between the Internet retailer and Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Sony BMG is the last of the four major record companies to sell music without piracy protection through Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sony BMG Music Entertainment is suing a company that developed anti-piracy software for CDs, claiming the technology was defective and cost the record company millions of dollars to settle consumer complaints and government investigations. Sony BMG filed a summons in a New York state court against Amergence Group Inc., formerly SunnComm International, which developed the MediaMax CD copy-protection technology.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sony BMG Music Entertainment and three other major record companies sued Russian music website Allofmp3.com for copyright infringement, asking a judge to order the site to stop distributing songs online. Allofmp3.com's business "amounts to nothing more than a massive infringement," the labels said in a complaint in New York. The Recording Industry Assn. of America sued on behalf of labels owned by companies including Warner Music Group Corp., Vivendi and EMI Group.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers. Not only did the program itself open up a security hole on computers, but the method Sony BMG originally recommended for removing the software also damaged computers.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2006
* Japan's economy grew less than economists expected in the third quarter after capital spending cooled, signaling the central bank may not be able to raise interest rates this month. The world's second-largest economy expanded at an annual 0.8% pace in the three months ended Sept. 30, slower than a preliminary estimate of 2%. * Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has dropped its newly hired ad agency, Interpublic Group of Cos.'
OPINION
July 20, 2006
EUROPEAN REGULATORS ARE reconsidering their unconditional approval of the 2004 merger of Sony Music Entertainment and Bertelsmann Music Group. But opponents of the deal have a weaker case now than they did two years ago, and that's not just because Sony BMG Music Entertainment has proved to be something less than the sum of its parts.
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