Category: Financial/Legal

UMG Pulls Videos Off MTV Over Licensing Flap

Billboard.com is reporting today (8/6) that licensing talks have broken down between MTV and Universal Music Group (UMG), resulting in the removal of videos of “most” of UMG’s artists from MTV’s online outlets, including CMT.com. UMG had been licensing music directly to MTV for years, but is now directing all licensing negotiations to the Vevo […]

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Baker To Lead Ent. Law For Bone McAllester Norton

Longtime Music Row attorney Robert L. Baker has joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and will lead the firm’s new Entertainment Law Group, Chairman Charles W. Bone announced today (8/3). As a previous founding member of Baker & Kelley, Robert Baker has experience in entertainment and intellectual property, where he represented artists, songwriters, producers (music, film […]

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Hotel Tax Revenue To Help Repair Opry House

From the City Paper: An ordinance drafted by Mayor Karl Dean and his administration would redirect a portion of revenue collected from the city’s hotel taxes to repair the $20 million worth of flood-related damages to the Grand Ole Opry House. “The operation of this Opry House has a very real and tangible impact on […]

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RIAA Criticized Over Executive Salaries

The RIAA is under fire for paying top boss Mitch Bainwol over $2 million in 2008. A report published yesterday (7/12) in Digital Music News broke the story, questioning whether such an extravagant salary was justifiable for someone leading the trade group of a suffering industry. Now the RIAA has responded, saying that it is […]

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Can Country’s 2nd Six Months Rescue Sales Slide?

It’s possible that country could sell the additional 28-30 million albums necessary to end 2010 flat. But even if unit sales do match last year, it seems highly likely that revenue will not.

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U.S. To Target Music, Movie Piracy

Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday (6/22) that the United States will target foreign websites that pirate American music and movies. It’s all part of a new national strategy to reduce intellectual property theft. “This is theft, clear and simple,” Biden said at a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano […]

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NMPA Sues Limewire

Eight members of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) today (6/16) filed a lawsuit against LimeWire for copyright infringement of their musical works on a massive scale. NMPA President and CEO David Israelite announced the action today at the NMPA’s Annual Meeting in New York City. The plaintiffs – EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal […]

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Forbes Ranks Top Earning Country Stars

Forbes has released its annual listing of Country Music’s Top Earning Stars. The article notes that country fans are often loyal to their favorite artists for a long time, “Fame in Nashville seems to come with an irrevocable ticket into the hearts and wallets of country fans who, like the heroes of a sad song, […]

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CMA Sues Fest Shirt Sellers

[Nashville Post] The Country Music Association has asked a court’s help to stop trademark infringement on the sale of CMA Music Festival merchandise. The CMA filed suit in U.S. District Court Wednesday, the day before the start of its headline event, claiming that various vendors have at past CMA Music Festivals have sold counterfeit T-shirts and […]

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Bug Music Reportedly On The Block

The New York Post is reporting today (6/2) that Bug Music, one of the world’s biggest independent music publishers, is being shopped by JPMorgan Chase, with an asking price of $300 million. In the chase for the firm are several big record companies including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music and a joint […]

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Asset Mgt. Firm Eyes EMI Music Publishing

The New York Post is reporting today (5/27) that asset management firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) is in talks to buy a stake in EMI Music Publishing and combine those operations into a separate entity that would be 51 percent controlled by EMI, with the rest being controlled by KKR-owned BMG Rights Management. Post sources […]

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