Yesterday the House Judicial Committee held a hearing on music licensing related to the proposed Internet Radio Fairness Act. A good summary of the bill is that internet radio giant Pandora (and others that are similar) are arguing against the royalty rate disparity for internet radio versus satellite and cable. Internet radio pays higher statutory rates to performers than satellite and cable. Evenmore so, traditional terrestrial radio does not pay any royalty rates to performers on sound recordings (they only pay royalties to the song writers). The main focus of the hearings was supposed to be on the disparity between peformer royalty rates, yet according to this article the conversation quickly turned to questions about why traditional radio still does not pay any royalties to performers.
A 2003 Nebraska law will be tested for the first time this month in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cheyenne County's District Court. The law, which extends the legal rights of an unborn fetus, will be applied in the case of a fatal automobile wreck which killed a pregnant mother and her family of four.
Orange County pop legend No Doubt finally settled an ongoing misappropriation lawsuit with the videogame powerhouse Activision this past October. The band claimed Activision breached an agreement to feature the group's members in the game Band Hero, as singer Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal were allegedly portrayed as a "virtual karaoke circus act" in one of the games scenarios.