Recording Industry

Sony’s Lack Taken out of CEO Position

[b]Sony spyware boss ‘promoted’ [/b] p2p news / p2pnet: Following Sony BMG’s SunnComm/First 4r Internet spyware DRM disaster, ex-Sony BMG ceo Andy Lack has been moved to a position where he can’t do any more damage. He’s been ‘promoted’ [read fired]. He’s now the new chairman of the BMG board with the ex-chairman, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, […]

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FCC Launches Payola Investigation Against Sony/BMG

[b]FCC Plans Payola Investigation[/b] Settlement May Reflect Broad Violation, Commissioner Says By Arshad Mohammed Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, August 9, 2005; Page D02 The Federal Communications Commission said yesterday it would investigate Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s payola settlement with New York state to see whether anyone involved broke the FCC’s pay-for-play rules, which can bring civil fines of up to $32,500 per violation. Sony BMG last month agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations by New York Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer that some of its workers lavished cash, trips and other bribes on radio stations to get its music on the air. FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he was “very concerned” about the activities that gave rise to Spitzer’s investigation and ordered the commission’s enforcement bureau to study the Sony BMG agreement for “evidence of payola violations.”

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Sony BMG near settlement over radio tactics – NYT

[b]Sony BMG near settlement over radio tactics – NYT[/b] Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:15 PM ET NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state’s attorney general and Sony BMG Music Entertainment are close to a settlement over accusations that the record company giant used improper tactics to influence radio programmers to play its music, The New […]

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Tommy Mottola Faces The Music – March 3 2003

Feature [b]Tommy Mottola Faces The Music[/b] From the March 3, 2003 issue of New York Magazine. Why was Tommy Mottola—the industry’s most flamboyant mogul, and one of its most powerful—pushed out of Sony’s beleaguered music division and replaced with NBC head Andy Lack? The real story behind Sony’s musical chairs. By Phoebe Eaton Buried under […]

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Sony Music Mogul Dragged into HealthSouth Scandal – UPDATE

[b]Sony Music Mogul Dragged into HealthSouth Scandal[/b] It came to light this week (August 7, 5:37 a.m.) that HealthSouth directors approved stock options for then-Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola in 2002. Then about five months later the record company signed a pop act managed by HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Sony signed the music group, Third […]

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Sony Music Mogul Dragged into HealthSouth Scandal

[b]Sony Music Mogul Dragged into HealthSouth Scandal[/b] It came to light this week (August 7, 5:37 a.m.) that HealthSouth directors approved stock options for then-Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola in 2002. Then about five months later the record company signed a pop act managed by HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Sony signed the music group, Third […]

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Legal downloads will not make up for drop in CD sales, record labels told

Guardian Unlimited reports that record companies shouldn’t rely on the stamping out of file sharing to plug their financial gaps. [quote]Despite the success of Apple’s iTunes, with 6.5m songs sold in just over three months, and a new crackdown on illegal file sharing, Jupiter estimates that digital sales will account for only 7% of the […]

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RIAA will fail in its goals and slow down progress, says Sonia Arrison of TCS

Here’s the latest from TCS: [quote]The Author, Consumer, and Computer Owner Protection and Security Act (ACCOPS) is the latest congressional proposal that attempts to solve a marketplace problem with social regulation — a strategy that will not only fail in its goals, but will slow down progress and innovation as well. The battle over how […]

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