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Cherry Lane inks Zimmer

Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed film composer Hans Zimmer.

Inside Paraguay’s anti-piracy operation

An e-mail appeared in my inbox around the end of October, advising record executives about a successful anti-piracy operation in Paraguay. Fifty-two retailers at the infamous pirate market of Paseo San Blas in Ciudad del Este were targeted.

Nevil pops in with ‘Teen’

Music supervisors who want a taste of "Hannah Montana" or "High School Musical" for their programs -- but know they aren't going to get it from Disney -- might have a solution.

Sony/ATV promotes Carey to senior vp int’l

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Kathleen Carey to senior vp international, adding responsibilities to her current U.S. A&R role. She was previously senior vp A&R for the publisher.

RIAA’s 10th wave of letters hits colleges

The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to college administrators in connection with illegal music files shared over the university computer networks. The 417 letters went to 16 universities.

Dialogue: Chief Copyright Judge Sledge

Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge met with Billboard for an exclusive interview to explain how the new Copyright Royalty Board works.

BMI posts record revenue of $839 mil

BMI has posted revenue of more than $839 million for its fiscal year that ended June 30, up 7% from the previous year. The performing right organization will be distributing more than $732 million in royalties to the songwriters, composers and publishers it represents

Webcasters ink royalty deal with major labels

Major record labels and SoundExchange have reached a deal with the large webcasting services over crucial terms covering royalty rates that webcasters must pay.

Report: Music piracy has cost $12.5 billion

A new study released Tuesday by the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation estimates that global piracy of recorded music has cost the United States $12.5 billion in economic output and 71,060 jobs annually.

RIAA sends seventh wave of pre-litigation letters

The RIAA has sent a new wave of 503 pre-litigation settlement letters to 58 universities on behalf of its record company members.

ASCAP, BMI launch RapidCue for PROs

ASCAP and BMI have jointly launched RapidCue, a secure Web site that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data to the performing rights organizations for television, cable and film productions.

EMI names vp corporate communications

EMI Music Publishing has appointed Dylan Jones to lead the publisher's worldwide corporate communications and marketing unit.