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Ben Harper signs new deal with EMI

EMI Music Publishing has extended its long-term relationship with Grammy-winning songwriter and performer Ben Harper. He first signed with the publisher in 1993.

Royalty Logic files CRB challenge

The federal Court of Appeals in Washington has granted the motion of Royalty Logic to file its supplemental brief in the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board's webcaster rate decision last year.

Company takes on royalty board

Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law.

Snoop Dogg to produce for Extreme

Extreme Music is going OG with Snoop Dogg.

Suit filed over Beatles bootlegs

Apple Corps and Apple Records have filed a federal lawsuit in Miami in an attempt to stop bootleg recordings from the Star-Club in Germany from being released to the public.

ASCAP slaps 29 establishments with suit

ASCAP has filed 29 copyright infringement lawsuits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have publicly performed the songs of the performing rights organization's songwriter, composer and music publisher members without a license.

Law practice to focus on new media

Loeb & Loeb has launched a new practice group for new-media and technology clients. Media and advertising partner Ken Florin will chair the group.

ASCAP adds artists for Music Expo

ASCAP has added Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Steve Miller to their lineup of songwriters who will be part of the I Create Music Expo in April. They join Jackson Browne for a special series of interviews.

Sony/ATV names Puzio CFO

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Joseph Puzio as CFO for the publisher's worldwide operations. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV, confirmed the appointment Tuesday.

Sony/ATV taps Gerson as co-prez

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed former EMI Music Publishing executive Jody Gerson as co-president, sharing the title with current U.S. president Danny Strick, has learned. Gerson is expected to begin her duties today in Los Angeles.

Sony/ATV stops download licensing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads.

Justice Department: The force is with you

With the confirmation of Michael Mukasey as U.S. attorney general, the Task Force on Intellectual Property has now changed leadership three times since it was first formed in 2004 to beef up enforcement.