Musicians To Gain Copyright Extension In Europe

Musicians To Gain Copyright Extension In Europe

Musicians To Gain Copyright Extension In Europe
Musicians are likely to be granted an extension of copyright protection from 50 years to 70 years for their work in Europe, according to a Reuters report. Though a formal vote by the European Council will take place Sept. 12 in Brussels, an anonymous EU official said "it seems likely" the extension will be agreed upon. If granted, the copyright extension would benefit both performers and major record labels owning rights to their recordings. (9/9)

Guy Hands Pursues Lawsuit Against Citigroup
Terra Firma Chairman/CIO Guy Hands has filed legal action against Citigroup requesting information from London's high court regarding the conditions under which the company was approved to take full control of EMI Music earlier this year, according to a report in the Guardian. A procedural hearing reportedly took place earlier this week during which Terra Firma's lawyers applied for information from PricewaterhouseCoopers regarding the acquisition. (9/9)

Layoffs At Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
has cut several employees across the Warner Bros. Records promotion department, including Ron Cerrito, senior vice president of promotion; and Ken Lucek, vice president of pop radio promotion, according to a Billboard.biz report. Additionally, several staff members at Reprise Records have been let go, including Lynn McDonnell, vice president of alternative promotion; Mike Rittberg, senior vice president of promotion; and Bob Weil, vice president of pop promotion. According to the report, Warner and Reprise's promotion staffs will be merged under the leadership of Peter Gray, newly appointed senior vice president of promotion for both labels. (9/9)

Lil Wayne Earns Record 18 BET Hip Hop Nods
Nominations for the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards were announced yesterday with GRAMMY-winning artist Lil Wayne receiving a record 18 nominations, including MVP of the Year, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, and Hustler of the Year, among others. GRAMMY-winning artist Kanye West followed with 10 nominations, including MVP of the Year and CD of the Year for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Additional artists garnering nominations were Chris Brown, Cee Lo Green, Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross, among others. The awards will take place Oct. 1 in Atlanta and will be hosted by comedian/actor Mike Epps. (9/9)

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