2011 – Artists who had hits in 1978 maybe able to claim Copyrights back on This Day in Rock! Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Tom Waits, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan are just a few of the artists who may have rights to their own work from record Companies. A change in the copyright law in […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2006 – Kazaa settles a lawsuit with the major record companies for $100 million. EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group had sued the downloading service for copyright infringement.
2005 – The Supreme Court rules that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling comes in the case of MGM vs. file-sharing company Grokster.
2005 – in most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and ‘Only You’ by The Platters.
2003 – The recording industry announces it has settled 52 of the 261 suits filed against Internet users accused of trafficking in MP3s of copyrighted music.
2002 – David Lee Roth sues Van Halen, alleging his old band didn’t include him in a 1996 renegotiation of their contract with Warner Bros. Abuse, Abuse and abuse! Can’t we all just get along!
2001 – Napster executives are told by a federal judge that as soon as the recording industry provides them with a list of copyrighted songs to be removed from their file-swapping Web site, they will have 72 hours to comply. Furthermore, Napster is sued by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for Copyright […]
2001 – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that MP3-swapping Web site Napster must stop its users from trading tunes without the permission of their copyright owners. “The court’s decision … confirms that Napster was wrong in exploiting music by artists who do not want to be a part of the Napster system,” […]
2000 – The Secure Digital Music Initiative announces that two of its proposed technologies did not survive being attacked as part of the “Hack SDMI” challenge. The competition invited all comers to attempt removal of copyright protection from particular files, based on a specific set of criteria.