Thomas-Rasset To Pay $1.5 Million

Thomas-Rasset To Pay $1.5 Million

Thomas-Rasset To Pay $1.5 Million
Accused illegal file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered by a federal jury to pay the RIAA $1.5 million in damages after being found guilty last year of willfully violating the copyrights of 24 songs, amounting to $62,500 per song. Thomas-Rasset was initially ordered to pay $1.92 million in June 2009, but appealed, which resulted in a verdict to reduce the damages to $54,000. The RIAA rejected the reduced penalty, setting up the new trial. (11/4)

Jerry Bock Dies
GRAMMY-winning composer Jerry Bock died of heart failure Wednesday at a hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He was 81 years old. Known as one of the most successful theater composers of the '60s, Bock composed the music to several Broadway shows, including "Fiddler On The Roof," which, together with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, earned him a Best Musical Tony Award in 1965 and a GRAMMY nomination. The duo also won Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Fiorello!" in 1960. In 1963 Bock won a GRAMMY Award for Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album for She Loves Me. "A piano prodigy who began writing songs in high school, his career spanned five decades and he continued working until his final days," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "The American musical theater has lost a great composer, and Broadway's lights will appropriately dim in honor of one of its finest." (11/4)

Live Nation Shuffles Leadership
Live Nation
CEO of Global Music Jason Garner has left the company, according to a Billboard.biz report. The report also revealed Live Nation will promote three of its executives, including Mark Campana and Bob Roux, who will oversee booking, operations and venues as presidents for the north and south regions of North America, respectively, and Rick Franks, who has been promoted to president of North America, talent/touring. (11/4)

 

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