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  1. UGC Debates Rumble On As CISAC Draws To Close

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT User-generated content was brought into focus today during the closing session of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. The final panel, "Can Creators and Technology/Service Providers Find a Common Ground," showcased an interesting con ...

  2. Digital Talk Takes Over Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of copyright in the digital age was top of the agenda during the morning session of Day 2 of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. In a keynote address, Nikesh Aroha, Google's newly-appointed president for Europe, the Middle East a ...

  3. Numbers In For Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels attracted 582 delegates, according to figures issued by the confederation of authors‚ societies today. Delegates were drawn from 263 different companies and 53 countries. CISAC director general Eric ...

  4. Spiralfrog 'To Launch Summer 2007'

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spiralfrog, the much-touted ad-supported online music service, will finally launch in the United States by the end of summer 2007, chairman and founder Joe Mohen told the CISAC Copyright Summit today. Speaking on the "New Revenue Streams... W ...

  5. Gibb, Cuaron To Take CISAC Role

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Robin Gibb will become CISAC's president, subject to a vote at the confederation's General Assembly tomorrow (June 1). The Bee Gees singer/songwriter, who is speaking today at CISAC's Copyright Summit in Brussels, will be joined by ...

  6. Copyright Row Dominates Summit

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has wrapped, after an afternoon session dominated by a stand-off between delegates and controversial Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons issues copyright licenses that al ...

  7. Brussels Copyright Summit Kicks Off

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has started in Brussels with some lively initial sessions. The two-day summit, attended by over 500 delegates, goes under the banner "Creators First" and is focused on the protection of copyright in t ...

  8. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  9. Bono Lobbies Nations For Aid

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock icon Bono Tuesday urged rich nations to take the "smart and strategic" choice of fulfilling their aid promises and debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with European Commi ...

  10. Strictly Confidential Sets Up In Britain

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brussels-based Strictly Confidential Music Publishing is expanding into the United Kingdom. The independent music publisher has appointed Jo Hillier to oversee Strictly Confidential U.K. as GM, with effect from today. Hillier will be based at the ...

  11. PIAS Heads Down Under

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brussels-based label and distributor Play It Again Sam is setting up an Australian and New Zealand base. It has signed a 50:50 joint-venture deal with Liberator Music, part of Michael Gudinski's Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of companies, to ...

  12. EU Takes Aim At Apple Over iTunes

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has hit out at Apple Inc.'s bundling of its popular iPod music players and its iTunes online music store, according to German weekly magazine Focus. "Do you think it's fine that a CD play ...

  13. V2 Weighs In On MoS Vs AIM Saga

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST V2 has called for a truce between its fellow independent label Ministry of Sound and Europe's trade bodies. In a statement issued this afternoon, the London-based indie today urged the independent community to show a united front, and describ ...

  14. MoS Calls For Impala Heads

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ministry of Sound has started round three in its public campaign against AIM, in protest at Impala's agreement with Warner Music Group. The dance music company has issued its third, barbed open letter to the U.K. independent music companies&# ...

  15. AIM Meet On Impala/WMG; Euro Bodies Welcome Pact

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST AIM's monthly board meeting concluded last night without the U.K. trade body agreeing ratification of Impala's recent deal to back a Warner Music Group approach for EMI Group. A spokesman for the independent music companies' trade b ...

  16. Impala Reaffirms Opposition To Sony BMG Merger

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST A day after the European Commission announced its in-depth probe into Sony's 2004 recorded music merger with BMG, independents trade group Impala has confirmed its vehement opposition to the deal. At a board meeting in Brussels Friday, Impala ...

  17. MoS Vs AIM War Of Words Continues

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance music empire Ministry of Sound has issued its second "open letter" to AIM within 48 hours, this time lining-up Warner Music Group in its crosshairs and criticising AIM's acceptance of a Non-Disclosure Agreement covering t ...

  18. Int'l Leaders Assemble For Piracy Meeting

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Officials from the European Commission and U.S. government met with business representatives in Geneva Thursday (Feb. 1) to develop new methods to deal with counterfeiting and piracy. The meeting was set in the context of a new wave of European an ...

  19. CISAC Organzies 'Copyright Summit'

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST French crooner Charles Aznavour, English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, film-maker Michael Apted, British Telecom CEO Ben Verwaayen, and EMI Music Publishing president Roger Faxon will take part in a two-day 'Copyright Summit' in Brussel ...

  20. Indies Cast Collective Digital Spell With Merlin

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST A slew of top independent labels and trade groups have joined forces to launch Merlin, described at the MidemNet event in Cannes today (Jan. 20) as "the world's first global new-media rights licensing agency." Accounting for almost ...

  21. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  22. EU Ratifies UNESCO Cultural Treaty

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST A UNESCO convention that allows countries to protect their music, movies and other cultural activities will formally come into force next March after European Union nations ratified the treaty today (Dec. 19) in Brussels. The convention on cultura ...

  23. Dave Matthews Band Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band will kick-off their 2007 tour two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. The band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, fo ...

  24. Germany's GEMA To Launch Political Office

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Maren Ruhfus will take the helm of the newly-created political information offices for German collection society GEMA, with effect from Feb. 1, 2007. Since 1998, Ruhfus has served as chief of the Berlin office of the German Boersenverein, the asso ...

  25. EC Pres Barroso To Launch European Culture Project

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Commission president José Manuel Barroso will launch a Europe-wide consultation on the role of culture in society Monday (Dec. 4) at a Brussels conference gathering artists and policy-makers. Barroso will invite Europe's "cultur ...

  26. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in Europe. The commissioner -- who is due next mont ...

  27. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  28. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in E European Union internal market commissioner Ch ...

  29. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  30. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The rules are contained in the EU's 2002's e ...

  31. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The European Commission has called for a two-year exte ...

  32. EU Delves Into Digital Music Archives

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ministers OK European digital library plans. European Union culture ministers have backed plans to transform Europe's massive music archives into digital form and make them available on the Internet. The ministers, who meeting in Brussels Mon ...

  33. EU Delves Into Digital Music Archives

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union culture ministers have backed plans to transform Europe's massive music archives into digital form and make them available on the Internet. European Union culture ministers have backed plans to transform Europe's massive m ...

  34. Impala Gathers Findings On UMG/BMG Pub Merger

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent music companies' trade association Impala is calling on its membership to respond with any grievances in light of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of BMG Music Publ Pan-European independent music compa ...

  35. 'Culture First' Launches To Protect Levies

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Campaign put forth by authors, songwriters, artists. European authors, songwriters and artists launched a high profile campaign in Brussels Wednesday (Oct. 18) to protect copyright levies on consumer electronics. The “Culture First” campaign inclu ...

  36. Belgian 0110 Concerts Look To 2006

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Free gigs gather 100,000 on Oct. 1. Belgium's groundbreaking "0110" concerts for "solidarity" last Sunday (Oct. 6) exceeded expectations and will more than likely return next year, organizers tell Billboard.biz. "The ...

  37. Belgian 0110 Concerts Look To 2006

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Free gigs gather 100,000 on Oct. 1. Belgium's groundbreaking "0110" concerts for "solidarity" last Sunday (Oct. 6) exceeded expectations and will more than likely return next year, organizers tell Billboard.biz. "The ...

  38. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not be accep European independents lobby organization ...

  39. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade body says appeal 'inadmissible.' European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not b ...

  40. Sony BMG Appeals Joint Venture Annulment

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Appeal lodged with European Court of Justice. Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann today (Oct. 5) appealed against the European Union court decision last July that annulled the merger of their recorded music divisions in 2004. The appeal was lodged at the E ...

  41. Euro Societies May Compete With Publishers

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has ensured that collecting societies may enter the music publishing or record production business and may continue giving rebates to attract record company licensees. The European Commission has ensured that collecting soc ...

  42. EU Warns Romania, Bulgaria To Improve IP Protection

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission told Romania and Bulgaria Tuesday (Sept. 26) that they can become full members of the European Union from Jan. 1, 2007, but warned of unprecedented sanctions if a series of goa The European Commission told Romania and Bulga ...

  43. Tax Credit Scheme Talk Heats Up

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has entered the debate on tax breaks for labels. In a statement issued today (Sept. 25), the London-based industry organization called on its government to extend a tax credit U.K. trade body the BPI has entered the debate ...

  44. EU, China Boost Anti-Piracy Efforts

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New pilot program launched to monitor sea ports. The European Union and China have revealed plans to introduce "smart and safe" trade lanes on the seas in a bid to counter rampant piracy, including the shipment of illegal CDs and music D ...

  45. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  46. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  47. Impala Warns It Will Fight BMG Publishing Sale

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 billion sale of its music publishing wing to Vivendi. Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 b ...

  48. More Finalists Unveiled For Diesel-U-Music Awards

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More Finalists Unveiled For Diesel-U-Music Awards Organizers of the international music contest Diesel-U-Music have unveiled the nominees for its five other participating regions following the recent announcement of the U.K. finalists . Each terri ...

  49. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  50. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

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