Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

  1. ACCC Conditionally Approves APRA’s Licensing Arrangements for 5 Years

    June 12, 2014 5:43 AM EDT The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reauthorized APRA’s collective arrangements to administer and license performing rights in musical works for a five-year term.  The arrangements, however, are subject to certain conditions. An ...

  2. APRA’s Licensing Arrangements Conditionally Approved by ACCC

    October 15, 2013 2:23 AM EDT APRA won't have to make sweeping structural changes to the way it does its business anytime soon after Australia's competition watchdog conditionally sanctioned the society's powerful music licensing position. Though APRA isn' ...

  3. MTV, Indies Forge New Aus Partnership

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Australia and independent labels association AIR have finally struck a licensing arrangement that will see the broadcaster pay to play indie videos, Billboard.biz can reveal. Through the new deal, MTV will service the Australian trade ...

  4. Aussie Authors Body Amends Licensing Procedures

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted the Australasian Performing Right Assn (APRA) "re-authorization" after the authors' society agreed to simplify its rules for direct dealing between composers and ...

  5. Australian Competition Body Challenges APRA System

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's competition watchdog has proposed some sweeping changes to the way the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) licenses music rights. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants APRA to streamline its ...

  6. AEG Ogden, Arena Management Clash Over Sydney Entertainment Center

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Ogden still harbors ambitions of adding the Sydney Entertainment Center to its portfolio. But a war of words has ignited after the Australian venue management firm openly questioned the venue's financial situation. Sydney-based Arena Mana ...

  7. Australia's AIR CEO To Exit

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Stu Watters, CEO of Australia's independent music companies' trade association AIR, will exit next month after five years in the post, Billboard.biz understands. Watters is believed to be pursing a new career outside the music industry. ...

  8. Collective Licensing Breakthrough For Aussie Indies

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's independent labels are celebrating a decision down under that allows indies to jointly offer licenses to broadcasters who air their artists' music clips. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said earlier ...

  9. Regulatory Path Cleared For Borders Aus Acquisition

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian competition watchdog has cleared the way for a bid for Borders' Australasian operations by the New Zealand publicly-listed company A&R Whitcoulls Group. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Wednesday t ...

  10. Music, DVD Concerns Hinder Aussie Woolworths/Kmart Deal

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian competition watchdog has blocked a bid by Australian retail giant Woolworths to acquire mass merchant Kmart, in part because of concerns about the impact on the home entertainment retail market. The listed retail company was seeking ...

  11. Aussie Regulators Investigate Borders Bids

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian competition regulator is calling for submissions on rival bids for the Borders Group's assets in the region. As previously reported, A & R Whitcoulls (ARW), the Auckland-based company behind some of Australasia's bigge ...

  12. Aus Competition Commission OKs Universal-BMG Pub Merger

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the green light to Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of BMG Music Publishing Group. In a statement published Thursday (Dec. 21) on its Web site , the ACCC said that the t ...

  13. Oz Watchdog Greenlights Sony-BMG Merger

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australia's competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says it "will not interfere" in the merger of BMG Australia and Sony Music Entertainment (Australia). Australia's competition watchdog ...

  14. Oz Watchdog Greenlights Sony-BMG Merger

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australia's competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says it "will not interfere" in the merger of BMG Australia and Sony Music Entertainment (Australia). Australia's competition watchdog ...