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  1. Bruce Springsteen Mocks London Concert Curfew; UK Official Says There Were 'No Safety Issues'

    July 18, 2012 8:09 AM EDT LONDON - Bruce Springsteen Tuesday night poked fun at the London concert organizers who had cut off the power during his Saturday night concert in Hyde Park due to a noise curfew. When he took to the stage in Dublin, "The Boss" flipped a ...

  2. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  3. Danny Boyle Details London Olympics Opening Ceremony Plans With Two New Underworld Songs

    June 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT LONDON - Oscar winning director Danny Boyle plans to transform the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012 into a surreal vista of a "green and pleasant land" at the newly-built host stadium in Eastern London. Boyle, wearing his hat ...

  4. British ISPs BT, TalkTalk Lose Challenge To U.K. Digital Economy Act

    March 06, 2012 9:15 AM EST BT and TalkTalk, two of the United Kingdom's biggest ISPs, have lost their long-running challenge to the U.K. Digital Economy Act, removing one of the main obstacles to the Act finally coming into effect. The court judgment was announced toda ...

  5. EMI Sale Under Scrutiny: AIM Calls For UK Gov't Review; Warner Music Hires Anti-Trust Law Firm

    January 19, 2012 12:34 PM EST AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, has called on the British government to stop the break-up and sale of EMI. The association is asking its 800 member companies to send a pre-written letter to their local co ...

  6. U.K.'s 2011 Digital Growth Fails To Offset Falling Music Sales (Again)

    January 03, 2012 9:15 AM EST Strong growth in digital and a record breaking year for singles was not enough to offset a further annual decline in total U.K. music sales, according to year-end figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body ...

  7. U.K. Retailers Hit Out At Digital Economy Act's Lack of Progress

    September 15, 2011 8:33 AM EDT A lack of progress in implementing the U.K. Digital Economy Act is costing British retailers millions, according to U.K. trade body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Speaking at the organization's annual general meeting, held in ...

  8. U.K. Announces Massive Copyright Reform: Scraps Website Blocking, Allows CD Copying, Music Parodies

    August 03, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Today (August 3), the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by t ...

  9. News Corp's Sky News Deal Clears British Government

    June 30, 2011 7:29 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp secured British government backing for its buyout of BSkyB on Thursday after the minister responsible rejected complaints the move would give Rupert Murdoch too much power and influence. The Department of Media gave it ...

  10. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  11. Business Matters: Why Some Americans Will Lose Interest in Spotify

    March 15, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Spotify Thrown Over For A WIMP ... -- In "I Broke Up With Spotify," Swedish writer Sam Sundberg explains that he has taken up a relationship with WiMP, the music service that launched last month in partnership with telecom company Telnor ...

  12. The Beatles' Abbey Road Pedestrian Crossing Wins Protected Status

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The most famous pedestrian crossing in popular music, outside Abbey Road Studios in north London, was designated a site of national importance by the British government on Wednesday. Beatles fans from around the world flock to the road to pose for ...

  13. U.K. Aims To Foster New Silicon Valley In East London

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The British government will create a new "entrepreneur visa" and reform its intellectual property laws to try to develop a budding cluster of start-ups in East London into a hub of high-tech firms to rival Silicon Valley. Prime Minister ...

  14. Business Matters: Pandora, YouTube, Azoff and more

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Pandora Addresses Privacy Concerns -- Pandora has addressed some privacy concerns. Pandora users can now see their profile and choose to make it either public or private. “We're big ...

  15. Volcanic Dust Threatens U.K. Acts' Coachella Sets

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. acts Gary Numan, the Cribs and Bad Lieutenant could miss their Coachella Festival appearances this weekend because of volcanic ash affecting flights. All flights in and out of Britain have been stopped because of a volcanic eruption in Icelan ...

  16. U.K. Committee Criticizes Digital Radio Switchover

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An influential Lords committee has hit out at the British government's plans to switch the majority of U.K. radio stations from an analog signal to digital transmission within a five-year time frame. Published this week, the House of Lords Co ...

  17. SXSW Pulls Record Numbers To Austin Fest

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For fans that crowded into Austin's streets, clubs and even churches last week, the South by Southwest Festival was about drinking a lot of beer, eating barbecue and hearing some of the world's hottest bands. But for music executives tha ...

  18. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Out Feb. 7

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts," organized by Simon Cowell to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, will be released Feb. 7. The BBC reports that the song features Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Kyli ...

  19. Simon Cowell To Produce Charity Single For Haiti

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV mogul Simon Cowell said Thursday he would produce a charity single within 10 days to benefit victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. The "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" judge said he was asked by Prime Minister Gordon ...

  20. BPI Responds To Rights Agency Proposal

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has submitted its response to the government's consultation ahead of the publication of the "Digital Britain" report in early summer. The BPI agrees with the interim report proposal on a code of practise that ...

  21. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  22. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  23. U.K. Govt Rebuffs EU Copyright Vote

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the U.K. minister of state for intellectual property, has reaffirmed the British government's position on term extension by refusing to accept the European Parliament's legal affairs committee ruling on a 95-year copyright t ...

  24. U.K. Govt Proposes Anti-Piracy 'Rights Agency'

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The British government has delivered a series of proposals aimed at tackling peer-to-peer file-sharing, as part of its Digital Britain interim report. Following the memorandum of understanding last summer between labels, the film industry, six ISP ...

  25. Sharkey Attacks U.K. Government

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music CEO Feargal Sharkey has launched an attack on the British government over its lack of support for rights holders. Speaking at a reception for the British music business umbrella group at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, former Un ...

  26. Sharkey Cautions U.K. Govt On Web Piracy Regulation

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella industry organization U.K. Music, warned the British government to tread carefully on any regulation to control illegal file-sharing. It follows a Jan. 16 ...

  27. British Govt Minister Backs Term Extension

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. culture secretary Andy Burnham is recommending a 20-year increase in copyright term to 70 years. His comments at the U.K. Music Creators' Conference, held at London’s ICA, represent a new position for the British government on copyright. ...

  28. HMV Passes On Sales Tax Cut

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K market leading entertainment retailer HMV has pledged to pass on the new 15% rate of VAT sales tax, which the British government announced in its pre-budget report. The VAT (Value Added Tax) rate will be cut from 17.5% to 15% from Dec. 1 for a ...

  29. Brit Gov't Launches C'right Exemption Consultation

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government is launching a new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions applied to not-for-profit organizations and charitable group for the performance of recorded music in public. The Government says it is aware that ce ...

  30. Burnham Keeps 'Open Mind' On 50-Year C'right Term

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andy Burnham, Britain's culture secretary, has reached out to the U.K. music industry with a show of support, while promising to keep an "open mind" on the rumbling debate that is the 50-year term of copyright issue. Speaking at col ...

  31. Digital Music Piracy Accelerating, Spanish Biz Warns

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels' body Promusicae president Antonio Guisasola has accused the new socialist government of not including the problem of digital piracy in its agenda, despite the fact that Spain is "again on the blacklist" of countries ...

  32. U.K. Gov't Urges Industry To Tackle Touts

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government will not enforce strict new rules to regulate the secondary ticketing sector, but instead has called upon the live music industry to collectively clean its own act up. In its response to a Parliamentary select committee repo ...

  33. ISP Talks Up Challenge With BPI

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has challenged Talk Talk to get with the times after the ISP rejected the trade body's attempts to foster dialog between both parties. "In claiming that the music industry is asking any ISP to become the 'Internet police ...

  34. Sharkey Circles ISPs To Collaborate With Music Biz

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Internet service providers have been urged to solve their differences with the music industry, instead of waiting for the full force of government legislation. Speaking at the annual industry awards for U.K. ISPs, Feargal Sharkey, c ...

  35. Aus Gov't Eyes 'Three Strikes' Download Law

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian government has signalled it is looking at a "three strikes" legislation that would see constant illegal files downloaders lose their Internet access. Under the proposal -- similar to a plan being considered by the British ...

  36. Brit Gov't Supports Action On File-Sharing

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British government has vowed to take up the fight on illegal file-sharing as part of a multi-stage action plan intended to ensure the prosperity of the country's creative industries. Should the recording industry fail to break its impasse ...

  37. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  38. U.K. Secondary Venues Pulling Live Music; Gov't Pledges Cash

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST A considerable number of Britain's grass-roots venues are turning away from staging live performances, a new government-commissioned report has found. The "Survey of live music in England in Wales in 2007," published today by the De ...

  39. Brit Gov't Calls For Co-operation To Beat IP Theft

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST A British government-commissioned report has recommended law-enforcement agencies and industry bodies share intelligence via a secure Web site, as part of a broader crackdown on copyright theft. It is one of nine proposals spelled-out in the Depar ...

  40. U.K.'s DCMS Prepares For A Digital Radio Future

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport has established a taskforce to assist in the nationwide transition from analog to digital radio. The Digital Radio Working Group will comprise key stakeholders including Ofcom, Brit ...

  41. Cliff Richard Backs Price-Cut Download Approach

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cliff Richard, the British pop music icon who has had more hits than any other U.K. singer, is hoping to break some new records. The veteran singer's company the Cliff Richard Organisation is teaming with EMI Music to launch a novel pre-relea ...

  42. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  43. Whittingdale Opens-Up On Term Of C'right Decision

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The term of copyright issue reached a climax last Tuesday when the British government announced it would ignore the music industry's campaign for an extension, and sided instead with the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Gowers' Tr ...

  44. Copyright Alliance Criticizes Gowers Review

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Alliance has entered into the boisterous British debate on term of copyright. The Washington-based copyright body has openly criticized the government-backed Gowers Review on intellectual property, which recommended that the governme ...

  45. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  46. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  47. U.K. Gets New Anti-Piracy Powers

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New powers giving U.K. trade officials the right to seize physical copies of pirated music come into effect for the first time tomorrow. The move had been recommended by the 2006 Gowers Review, an independent report that re-examined U.K. copyright ...

  48. Snoop In Doghouse With U.K. Gov't

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg has cancelled the U.K. leg of his European One Love Peace Tour after the British government refused the rapper a visa. "With the late notice of Snoop being denied a visa, time has run out and it is too late reconfigure the show,&qu ...

  49. Snoop Seeks To Overturn UK Visa Denial

    March 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg, who has been denied a visa to enter Britain on a European tour, is seeking to have the decision overturned, a spokeswoman said on Saturday. The 35-year old, arrested during a disturbance at London's Heathrow airport last year, had ...

  50. Live Biz Should Brace For Change, ILMC Confab Told

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The fast-growing and prosperous international live-music industry must avoid complacency, attendees at this year's International Live Music Conference were told. During his keynote speech on the opening day of the March 9-11 event in London, ...

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