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#21  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 23 апр 2016, 04:53

Sony Music Rivals Said to Seek EU Action on Michael Jackson Deal

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Sony Corp.’s planned purchase of the late Michael Jackson’s stake in a heavyweight music-publishing business is drawing opposition from rival music companies asking European regulators to intervene, according to people familiar with the matter.

Warner Music Group and a group of independent record labels have approached the European Commission, saying the $750 million agreement would give Sony too much power over pricing and deal terms, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named discussing private conversations. Bertelsmann’s BMG Rights Management is considering contacting the commission with similar complaints, another person said.

Sony already owns half of the publishing venture, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which controls a catalog of artists from the Beatles and Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. This week it signed a definitive agreement to buy the rest from the Jackson estate, after a preliminary deal in March.

A key concern is that Sony, already the largest music-publishing business, will have more leverage when negotiating licensing deals with the likes of Spotify Ltd. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube in an online music market worth $6.9 billion in revenue last year.

Impala, a lobbying group representing independent labels, wants the regulators to block the deal or to force Sony to divest worldwide rights to some artists and catalogs, in line with previous steps they took when Sony and Universal bought EMI Group in 2012.

“It’s difficult to imagine how the Sony/ATV deal could get any kind of green light from the European Commission,” said Helen Smith, Impala’s executive chair. “Just three years ago the EC effectively set a limit when it already said Sony was too big and had to divest assets.”

Lawyers for Warner Music met with European regulators this month to discuss the deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Spokesmen for Warner Music, BMG and Sony declined to comment. The European Commission declined to comment.

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The growth of digital streaming services has lifted the value of publishing rights because it gives music fans one-click access to millions of songs. Songwriters and other rights holders receive publishing royalties when the tunes are played back.

Sony/ATV controls almost 30 percent of the music-publishing market, according to Music & Copyright, a trade publication. Sony is also the second-largest music recording company, after Universal Music Group. Universal isn’t planning to lobby against the Sony purchase, according to another person familiar with the matter.

While the EU can clear a deal within six weeks of filing, it can open a more extensive, four-month investigation if it has concerns the deal could reduce consumer choice or increase prices. Analysts say regulators are likely to examine music charts in a number of European countries to see how much share each music publisher holds.

Universal, which bought the recorded-music rights of EMI for 1.2 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) four years ago, was forced to sell the record labels of artists including Black Sabbath, Coldplay and Depeche Mode. Sony had to offload worldwide rights to artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Lenny Kravitz and Robbie Williams to get approval for its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI’s music-publishing business.

Simon Dyson, a music industry analyst at Ovum in London, said it was unlikely opponents would succeed in persuading regulators to block the deal outright.

“There’s no case where the EU has stopped consolidation in the music industry and they seem to be more keen to get the deal through,’’ he said. It is more likely that regulators would require Sony to divest assets, he said.

Any divestitures required by European regulators would likely extend to the worldwide rights of artists and song catalogs.

Selling the stake in Sony/ATV would let the Jackson estate clear a mountain of debt accumulated by the late King of Pop before his death in 2009 at age 50. The deal calls for a lump-sum payment of $733 million as well as future distributions.

The Jackson family will retain Michael Jackson’s master recordings as well as the Mijac music catalog, which includes songs from Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Sly and the Family Stone.

Michael Jackson bought music-rights catalog ATV in 1985 for $41.5 million, which included most songs of The Beatles. Sony later bought half of ATV and last September began talks with the Jackson estate to buy the rest.

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#22  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 28 июн 2016, 01:05

EU regulators to decide on Sony's Michael Jackson deal by Aug. 1

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BRUSSELS - EU antitrust authorities will rule by Aug. 1 whether to allow Sony Corp (6758.T) to buy out the Michael Jackson estate's stake in its music publishing joint venture, a move which rivals such as Warner Music Group say gives Sony too much power.

Sony requested approval on June 24, according to a filing on the European Commission website. The EU competition enforcer can clear the deal unconditionally or demand concessions.

It can also open a five-month long investigation if it has serious concerns the deal may harm consumers and rivals.

Sony signed a deal in March to acquire the stake that the deceased pop star held in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the world's largest music publisher, which owns copyrights to most of the Beatles' songs and songs by the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West.

Warner Music Group has conveyed its concerns to the Commission, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, while lobbying group Impala which represents independent labels and national trade associations, has also done the same.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Louise Heavens)

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#23  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 02 июл 2016, 17:54

Sony Music Tricked Michael Jackson Fans Into Buying Fake CDs

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California Judge rejects Sony Music’s attempt to wriggle out of the ongoing lawsuit over fake Michael Jackson recordings…

In 2014, a Michael Jackson fan – Vera Serova, accused Jackson’s long time friend Eddie Cascio, James Porte, and Cascio’s production company Angelikson Productions LLC of creating and selling fake songs via Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment. The fake songs were allegedly released on the 2010 Michael Album, and include ‘Monster’, ‘Keep Your Head Up’, and ‘Breaking News’.

Both Cascio and Porte claim that these songs were recorded in Cascio’s New Jersey basement in 2007. However, Serova and the entire Jackson family contest these claims. They say that despite the recordings bearing a similar sound to that of the pop legend, Michael Jackson never recorded those songs, and it is evident as the recordings in question have too many inconsistencies.

Consequently, Serova filed a lawsuit against Cascio and Porte. But, also included Sony Music Entertainment, as Serova claims that they mislead consumers by falsely representing the songs as Michael Jackson recordings.


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Sony Music tried to get the Judge on the case to rule out consumer protection claims from the putative class action which alleged that Sony tricked fans into buying Michael Jackson’s posthumous albums containing songs recorded by other vocalists. But, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones rejected Sony’s attempts, stating that the dismissal bid was ”improper procedurally and wouldn’t have prevailed anyway”.

The case continues…


https://ru.scribd.com/document/22947163 ... scio-Porte

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#24  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 03 июл 2016, 12:22

Unexpected Developments at Cascio Songs Lawsuit

On June 30, 2016 there was a hearing about the anti-SLAPP motion. (Lawsuits brought to scare, harass and intimidate defendants or restraint of business is called SLAPP. The motions filed by the defendants against such cases are called anti-SLAPP.) In order to succeed in their anti-SLAPP motion defendants will need to prove that the statements they made (and mentioned in the complaint) are protected under the right of free speech in connection with an issue of public interest.

Unexpectedly the newly assigned judge to the case refused to issue a formal ruling on the anti-SLAPP motions. As a first step parties have agreed to determine whether the statements in question (Sony Statement, Weitzman statement, album back cover, album video statement, Cascio’s at Oprah) were commercial speech or not. Judge refused to do such determination. Judge also mentioned that even she considered the anti-SLAPP motion, she would be inclined to deny it as the statements could be potentially misleading for reasonable consumers.

At this time, this is a huge win for the plaintiff MJ Fan. The judge told the parties to move on and start the class certification. This means the case survived the first dismissal attempt and the case will move forward with class discovery.

However most probably defendants (Sony, MJ Estate, Cascio, Porte) aren’t happy with judge’s refusal to issue a formal ruling on the anti-SLAPP motions. Zia Modabber said during the hearing “Whether or not these are Michael Jackson’s vocals is irrelevant. If it is noncommercial speech, we win, it’s over.” If statements in question are noncommercial speech, they would be protected by constitutional right under freedom of speech. Defendants also mentioned that a class discovery and certification before determining if the statements are commercial or not would be wasteful.

So what’s next? It would depend on the actions of the defendants. Will they do what the judge said and continue to the next step in a class action lawsuit? Or given they didn’t get a formal ruling in their anti-SLAPP motions would they pursue to get a ruling on that matter? Given a favorable ruling can end this case for the defendants, it’s quite likely that they may appeal this decision. In a few months’ time we will have a better idea about how this case will proceed.

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#25  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 02 авг 2016, 03:42

Sony wins unconditional EU approval for Michael Jackson deal

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The Jackson estate holds 50% interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing that owns more than 200 Beatles classics such as "Yesterday", "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude."

BRUSSELS: EU antitrust regulators on Monday cleared Sony Corp’s bid to buy out Michael Jackson’s stake in its music publishing joint venture, the world’s largest with copyrights to the Beatles’ songs and songs by Taylor Swift.

The European Commission said deal would not hurt competition in the recorded music and music publishing industries.

“The transaction will not materially increase Sony’s market power vis-a-vis digital music providers compared to the situation prior to the merger,” the EU competition enforcer said in a statement.

Rival Warner Music Group and independent labels had called the Commission to take a tough line with the deal because they feared it would give Sony too much power. - Reuters

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#26  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 01 окт 2016, 01:42

Sony Corporation and Jackson Estate Announce Closing of Sony's Purchase of Remaining 50% Interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Corporation ("Sony") and the Estate of Michael Jackson ("the Estate"), today announced that following the satisfaction of applicable closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals, Sony Corporation of America ("SCA"), Sony's wholly owned subsidiary, has closed on the purchase of the remaining 50% interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC ("Sony/ATV") from the Estate. The agreement for this purchase was first announced on March 14, 2016.

As previously announced, the purchase calls for total payments of 750 million U.S. dollars, which includes a lump sum payment by SCA of approximately 733 million U.S. dollars, as well as distributions previously committed to by Sony/ATV to be paid to the Estate. The payment also reflects certain contractual and accounting adjustments related to the Sony/ATV joint venture and other commercial opportunities involving Sony and the Estate.

The purchase is not expected to have a material impact on Sony's forecast for its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

The Estate noted that the transaction will not affect its continuing substantial interests in other music assets, including all of Michael Jackson's master recordings as well as Mijac Music, the publishing company that owns all of the songs written by Michael Jackson as well as songs by some of his favorite songwriters and artists that were acquired by Michael during his life. In addition, the Estate will also retain its ownership interest in EMI Music Publishing.

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $71 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

About the Estate
Following in Michael's footsteps, the Estate of Michael Jackson continues to produce artistically exceptional and enormously successful ventures. "Michael Jackson's This is It" became the highest grossing music documentary of all time. A history making touring show produced in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, played 4 continents, 157 cities, was seen by 3.7 million fans and became the #8 top grossing tour of all time. The second venture between the Estate and Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed Michael Jackson ONE, a permanent show at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, gave Cirque its biggest opening ever in Las Vegas and continues to be one of the top shows in the city. In 2014, The Estate astounded the world with the technical wizardry of a 'virtual Michael Jackson' performance during the Billboard Music Awards, which gave the show its biggest ratings in years and became the topic of conversation worldwide. That same year, Xscape, the second posthumous release of previously unreleased music by Michael Jackson, was released and became one of the top selling albums of 2014. Late last year, Thriller became the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop's reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall. Earlier this year, the Estate released the documentary MICHAEL JACKSON's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, directed by Spike Lee. The documentary made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016, and its subsequent broadcast on SHOWTIME® became the channel's highest rated music documentary of all time and its second highest rated documentary ever.

About Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world's leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights including those from such iconic music catalogs like Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. Sony/ATV also controls many of the best known songs ever written like "New York, New York", "Hallelujah", "All You Need Is Love", "You've Got a Friend", "Moon River", "Jailhouse Rock", "The Mission Impossible Theme", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Over the Rainbow", "Stand By Me", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Singin' in the Rain." In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, The Supremes, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Akon, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, P!nk, RedOne, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stargate, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

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#27  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 03 окт 2016, 00:27

Sony и Эстейт официально завершили сделку купли-продажи доли Эстейт в каталоге Sony/ATV, так же известном как каталог The Beatles.

Новости о решении Эстейта продать свою часть Sony взорвала мир шоу-бизнеса и интернет в марте 2016 года. На тот момент сообщалось о сумме, которую получит Эстейт за свою долю - 750 миллионов долларов за равную долю (50%). Сейчас же, авторитетное издание Billboard пересчитал оценочную стоимость каталога и вывел ошеломительную сумму в 2 миллиарда 200 миллионов долларов, и сумма, уплаченная Эстейту, кажется заниженной. Однако, как выяснил Billboard, сумма сделки выводилась с учетом погашения всех долгов Майкла (Эстейта) перед каталогом. Так же учитывались совместные интересы проектов Эстейт и Sony.

Эстейт и Sony по-прежнему владеют равными долями в каталоге EMI, куда входят права на произведения Робби Уильямса, Black Eyed Peas, Ленни Кравитц, Оззи Осборн. Правами на всю музыку Майкла (MiJack) владеет Эстейт монопольно.
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#28  Сообщение Admin » 19 янв 2017, 16:54

Сэр Пол Маккартни подал судебный иск против Sony/ATV Music Publishing, требуя вернуть ему права на 250 песен The Beatles.


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Сэр Пол Маккартни (Paul McCartney) подал судебный иск против Sony/ATV Music Publishing, дочерней компании Sony Music. Экс-битл и соавтор большинства песен "ливерпульской четверки" требует вернуть ему права на 250 песен The Beatles. В иске упоминаются как его собственные композиции, так и написанные вместе с Джоном Ленноном (John Lennon ).

Это уже не первая попытка Маккартни вернуть себе авторские права на песни The Beatles: первую такую попытку Маккартни предпринял в 1969 году, однако потерпел неудачу. Вопрос авторских прав на The Beatles стоил Маккартни отношений с Майклом Джексоном ( Michael Jackson), выкупившим их в 1984 году за $53 млн вместе с ATV. Дело в том, что они с Джексоном дружили и даже вместе продюсировали песн - до того момента, как права на The Beatles были выставлены на аукцион. Маквартира был страшно воодушевлен возможностью вернуть себе правана песни и сделал максимальную ставку. Но Джексон, у которого денег было гораздо больше, перебил ее. Позже он выручил от перепродажи правто лейблу почти втрое большую сумму.

Заявление о том. что Маккартни намерен вернуть себе права на 32 песни, написанные в соавторстве с Ленноном, представители музыканта сообщили в марте 2016 года.

Лейбл, разумеется, категорически не хочет отдавать никакие права и апеллирует к американскому авторскому праву, согласно которому истребовать свои права Маккартни сможет спустя 56 лет - то есть, в 2018 году.

Sony/ATV испытывает высочайшее уважение и к сэру Полу Маккартни, с которым нас связывают долгие и взаимовыгодные отношения, и к каталогу песен Леннона и Маккартни. Мы разочарованы, что они (Маккартни и его представители.- прим. Звуков) подали иск, который мы считаем ненужным и преждевременным", — заявил представитель Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

В настоящее время права на песни The Beatles принадлежат компании Sony/ATV Music Publishing. 15 марта прошлого года Sony Music официально объявили, что выкупили у наследников Майкла Джексона его долю в мейджоре за $733 млн. Помимо песен The Beatles, в портфеле ATV - права на хиты ряда культовых исполнителей 1960–1990 гг., в частности, Элвиса Пресли Rolling Stones, Queen, Боба Дилана, а также Тэйлор Свифт, Эда Ширана, Джеймса Брауна, Эминема, Oasis и многих других.
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