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Capitol Records vs. ReDigi PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:22

ReDigi Wins Major Victory in Court Hearing Over Pre-Owned Digital Music, Capitol Records (EMI) vs. ReDigi. Capitol Records (EMI) denied motion request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court in New York today.

ReDigi (www.ReDigi.com), the online marketplace for pre-owned digital music and revolutionary cloud service technology that verifies the legitimacy of a digital music file before it can be uploaded for storage, won a major victory in a court hearing late yesterday when Capitol Records was denied a request for a preliminary injunction in an attempt to shut down ReDigi. This is an exciting step forward for ReDigi's and the purchasing public's fight to keep consumers' intrinsic and lawful ownership rights to their digital property intact at a time when Capitol Records is fighting desperately to confiscate these rights.

In Capitol's filing, the label challenged the legal principles at the foundation of the entire cloud computing industry, worth an estimated 41 billion dollars per year, of which ReDigi is a pioneer and emerging leader. Capitol's disregard for the process of ReDigi's advanced technology, which clearly works within the parameters of the law, has drawn the ire of both consumers and industry leaders such as Google, which petitioned the courts for permission to file its own brief in the case.

"This is a fascinating issue," stated District Judge, Richard J. Sullivan, who turned down Capitol's request for a preliminary injunction. "It raises a lot of technological and statutory issues."

In our increasingly digital world, ReDigi is breaking down the barriers that have kept consumers from enjoying their intrinsic and lawful ownership rights to their digital purchases. Through its Marketplace, ReDigi transposes the familiar process of selling a used CD or LP onto the digital world, enabling consumers to exercise their ownership rights lawfully, observing and preserving the legitimate rights of the artists and labels in their copyrighted music.

ReDigi's Founder and CEO John Ossenmacher said of the decision, "We are grateful for the judge's decision in our favor. Our technology is helping consumers unlock billions of dollars of previously unrealized wealth in their digital media collections. We hope today's ruling will help to expedite the trial so that we can get back to our business and providing consumers with access this incredible technology. And we hope Capitol can get back to their business and find a way to catch up to the times instead of trying to stop the innovation process, denying rights to their paying customers along the way."

"Technology has done a great job of virtualizing physical goods, such as removing the clutter of records and CDs in our living rooms. Technology can now make the virtual goods feel like physical," explains Prof. Larry Rudolph, ReDigi's CTO. "Our advanced technology can distinguish legally acquired online music files from those ripped from a CD or file shared, but more significantly, our use of cloud computing and other modern computer techniques makes transfer of ownership compatible with copyright regulations. ReDigi is the pioneer of the 'cloud as the digital goods marketplace' -- the marketplace of the future -- where people go to buy and sell and where sophisticated technology ensures safety, legality, and convenience."

To review ReDigi's response to Capitol's request for a preliminary injunction which were reviewed by the Judge who ruled at the bench in ReDigi's favor, visit:

recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/2012/01/redigi-files-opposition-to-capitol.html

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Madonna World Tour 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:07

Madonna is having a huge party and everyone's invited. The Madonna 2012 World Tour begins May 29th 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel it was officially announced by Live Nation Entertainment, the tour's international promoter. The shows will include arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sights including the Plains of Abraham in Quebec and a return visit to South America as well as Australia where she has not performed in 20 years. The tour will stop in 26 European cities including London, Paris, Milan and Berlin.

The first of 26 North American shows is scheduled for August 28th in Philadelphia and includes a September 6th show in NY's Yankee Stadium and an October 10th performance at LA's Staples Center. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning February 10th in Tel Aviv and the United Kingdom, with North American tickets going on sale beginning February 13th. Tickets for North America are available at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. A complete itinerary of Madonna 2012 follows this release.

Madonna's previous tour, the phenomenally successful "Sticky & Sweet" Tour reaffirmed her status as one of the most successful touring artists of all time. The historic tour included such incredible touring feats as a 70,000 seat sell-out in Werchter, Belgium, an 85,000 sell-out in Helsinki (the largest show ever in the Nordic countries by a solo artist), a 40,000 ticket sell-out in Oslo, Norway, and 72,000 tickets sold out in one day in Tallinn Estonia. Other record breaking ticket sales around the globe include 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich's Dubendorf Airfield - the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York's Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).

The announcement of Madonna's 2012 World Tour follows an extraordinary week which included a monumental extravaganza of a performance at the Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime which was seen in over 200 countries by over a billion people. Last week also saw the release of Madonna's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin" from her highly anticipated new album MDNA on Live Nation Entertainment/Interscope Records - scheduled to be released on March 26th. Pre orders have already catapulted MDNA to No. 1 on iTunes in 51 countries including the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands. The single's video directed by Megaforce which also stars Nicki Minaj and MIA previewed on American Idol. Additionally, the Madonna directed Golden Globe Award winning film "W.E." opened in NY and LA with other markets to follow later in the month.

Madonna's recent Golden Globe winning song "Masterpiece" from The Weinstein Company film "W.E." as well as "W.E. Music From The Soundtrack "W.E." film have both been released digitally on Interscope Records. A physical release will be in stores in the UK on February 6th and on February 14th in the US.

US residents ordering tickets online to a US performance will receive their choice of a digital or physical copy of Madonna's new MDNA album with every ticket purchased.

 
Bow Wow to be Arrested on Site Due to Tour Bus Snafu, Orders Georgia Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 February 2012 05:43

Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper making headlines lately for allegedly not paying his bills; Bow Wow has been ordered by a judge in Georgia to be arrested and held in custody until he produces documents for the tour bus company that is suing him.

Back in 2009, a Tennessee court ordered Bow to pay almost $100,000 to a tour bus company that alleged he didn’t pay his bill. When that order wasn’t met, the company took the case to Georgia to try and get the matter settled where Bow Wow lives. He was ordered to produced documents regarding the lawsuit, which he didn’t do.

As a result, the tour company filed a motion to have the rapper held in contempt, and that’s exactly what’s happening now. In October, the judge asked Bow-Weezy to be arrested and held until he produces the necessary documents the tour bus company asked for.

XXLmag.com reached out to Bow Wow’s publicist for a statement, but emails have not been replied to as of press time. —Gina Montana AT XXIMAG

 
Beyonce Announces "End Of Time" Remix Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 10:52

Beyonce is giving music fans from around the world an opportunity to remix "End Of Time," the #1 UK Urban and Pop Club single from her critically acclaimed album, "4."

Described as "rapturous," "apocalyptic" and "percussion-driven" by music critics, "End Of Time" is an enormous fan favorite that incites spontaneous choreography and top-of-voice song belting in clubs from Los Angeles to London.

Beginning today, February 8, 2012, music lovers can create their own version of the song and upload it to SoundCloud, the leading social sound platform with over 10 million registered users. The contest ends on March 9, 2012 and is opened to entrants in 25 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada and Australia.

To enter the competition, visit www.beyonceonline.com and download the audio stems of "End Of Time." Then, using the stems, entrants can create a remix of the song and follow the instructions for uploading.

Entries will be voted on by SoundCloud community and the top 50 ranked eligible remixes will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including Beyonce and a team of music industry experts made up of DJs, performers and producers. All eligible entries will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and musicality. The entrant with the highest overall score will be the grand prize winner.

In honor of Beyonce's album, "4," the grand prize winner will receive $4,000 USD and the opportunity to have his/her remix appear on an upcoming Beyonce release. The winner will be announced two weeks after the close of the competition.

Here is a list of the 25 countries participating in the "End Of Time" Remix Competition:

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

 
Madonna Served a Cease and Desist Letter PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 February 2012 06:20

This morning, a cease and desist letter was sent to Madonna, her management, NBC Sports and the NFL from Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis' attorney. In the letter, attorney David Houston asserts that Madonna is infringing on his client's long-time trademark, Girls Gone Wild, without his permission. While shopping on Apple iTunes this morning, Francis discovered that "Girls Gone Wild" is the title of the first song on Madonna's new album, "M.D.N.A." Francis was quoted as saying, "I was blown away when I saw our name being used without our consent. I had to do a double take when I saw that it was the number one song on the album."

It was rumored in a number of published news articles today that as part of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show, she would be performing her song, "Girls Gone Wild." "Not so fast," says Francis. The cease and desist letter also stated, "Madonna shall not perform or market the song at the Super Bowl this Sunday without a proper licensing agreement from Girls Gone Wild." Francis ended with, "Don't get me wrong, I'm a Madonna fan, but business is business. Maybe the Material Girl and I can work this out over drinks."

According to Madonna’s publicist “The song will not be performed at Super Bowl halftime show, it was never a possibility. She has confirmed she will be performing her new single and three of her gems from the past."

Her new single is "Give Me All Your Luvin'," which was released yesterday on Itunes.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2012 07:42
 
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