La-la-lawsuits: A Look at April’s Finest Litigious Moments

April 30th, 2012

Merlin has just settled a long-running copyright claim against Sirius XM Radio related to the portable Stiletto; the $1.6 million settlement technically involves the pre-acquisition Sirius.  The Stiletto allowed users to record satellite streams, which is just the type of non-standard use Sirius hopes to envelope into its direct licensing deal structures.

The British High Court has ruled that ISPs including Sky, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must block access to The Pirate Bay.

The New York Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against the Recording Academy brought by Latin jazz musician Bobby Sanabria and other artists over the removal of certain Grammy categories, including Best Latin Jazz.

April’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

April 29th, 2012

You may notice a change in the title to this monthly post – Mergers!  I’m now including info on what companies are forming partnerships, being acquired, etc.  I hope you find the added info useful!

Yahoo laid off more than 2,000 employees, or about 14 percent of the broader workforce, including a bunch of folks form the music side such as John Lenac (Head of Programming & Artist/Label Relations) and Gina Juliano (Director of Programming).

Live Nation-owned Front Line Management Group has hired recording industry execs Ron Fair and Richard Palmese into high-powered consulting gigs.

The SAG and AFTRA merger is finally official.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing named Rob Wiesenthal President of International.  Michael Lynton has officially been named CEO of Sony Corp. of America, with Nicole Seligman appointed President.

Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 BILLION.  Not too shabby considering Instagram is a two year old, profitless company.

The New York Times has predicted that 60% of the staff at EMI Music Publishing will be laid off upon the company’s acquisition.

An estimated 36 people have been laid off from Roadrunner Records, with offices in UK, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands closing completely.

Panel April 12: Hit the Road – How to Navigate the World of Touring

April 9th, 2012