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  1. U.S. Faults U.N. Diversity Treaty

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Negotiators from around the globe are taking tentative steps toward an unprecedented international treaty on cultural diversity that is facing some strong criticism from the United States. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Negotiators from arou ...

  2. Bono Addresses EU Pres On Africa

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Bru ...

  3. Bono Addresses EU Pres On Africa

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Bru ...

  4. PPL Chief Blasts Music Licensees

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.K. right society asks for fair practices. Fran Nevrkla, chairman/CEO of British record industry collecting society Public Performance Limited, lashed out at its music licensees, citing their "sheer deceit" and asking for fair and decen ...

  5. PPL Chief Blasts Music Licensees

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fran Nevrkla, chairman/CEO of British record industry collecting society Public Performance Limited, lashed out at its music licensees, citing their "sheer deceit" and asking for fair and decent busin Fran Nevrkla, chairman/CEO of Britis ...

  6. EU Looks Ahead To Tech's Future With i2010 Plan

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Union is poised to develop a regulatory framework to govern future developments in media capacity and delivery, EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said June 1. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Europea ...

  7. EC Tests Microsoft System Compliance

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on June 6 announced market testing of Microsoft's new version of its Windows operating system to see if the software giant complied with last year's antitrust ruling. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Europ ...

  8. EU Court Upholds Quota Order

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pay-per-view broadcasters must comply with the European Union's controversial rules on broadcasting quotas in the overall choice of films they offer, the EU's highest court said June 2. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Pay-per-view b ...

  9. EU: Aim For '12 In Switchover To Digital

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European Union governments that have yet to name a date for the switchover from analog to digital broadcasting should aim for 2012, the EU's executive commission said May 24. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- European Union governments tha ...

  10. EU Directive Hikes Euro Broadcasts

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Europe's controversial Television Without Frontiers directive has had little impact on the viewing patterns of audiences there who still prefer to see American imports rather than programming from oth BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Euro ...

  11. EU Ignores CD VAT Issue

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ignored May 12 by European Union government representatives gathering in Brussels. BRUSSELS -- Calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ig ...

  12. EU Overlooks CD VAT Issue

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ignored today (May 12) by European Union government representatives gathering in Brussels. As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-ta ...

  13. EU Overlooks CD VAT Issue

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ignored today (May 12) by European Union government representatives gathering in Brussels. As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-ta ...

  14. Keating To Host IFPI Platinum Awards

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Irish pop singer Ronan Keating will host the 5th IFPI Platinum Europe Awards, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said today (May 10). Irish pop singer Ronan Keating will host the 5th IFPI Platinum Europe Awards, the Internat ...

  15. Keating To Host IFPI Platinum Awards

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Irish pop singer Ronan Keating will host the 5th IFPI Platinum Europe Awards, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said today (May 10). Irish pop singer Ronan Keating will host the 5th IFPI Platinum Europe Awards, the Internat ...

  16. Westlife Loses EU Trademark Battle

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Irish boyband Westlife on May 4 lost their five-year legal battle against the cigarette manufacturer that challenged the use of their name as a trademark. BRUSSELS -- Irish boyband Westlife on May 4 lost their five-year legal battle against the ci ...

  17. EU Says Raided VNU, ACNielsen In Antitrust Probe

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission raided Dutch media group VNU and its market research unit ACNielsen in March in an antitrust probe, a spokesman for an EC executive said April 22. BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- The European Commission raided Dutch media gr ...

  18. EC Launches Copyright, Piracy Survey

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said April 22 that it has launched a major survey on copyright and piracy among the European Union's trading partners in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European Commiss ...

  19. Microsoft Names New Windows Software

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft on March 29 finally complied with the European Commission's demands regarding the naming of the new version of its Windows XP software, accepting the name Windows XP Home Edition N. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Microsoft on ...

  20. EC Gets Tough On Copyright Directive

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, F ...

  21. EU To Set Up Media Task Force

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announced March 24. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announce ...

  22. EC Drops Antitrust Inquiry Over ContentGuard

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said March 15 that it had dropped its antitrust investigation into Microsoft and Time Warner's purchase of ContentGuard, the U.S. producer of anti-piracy software for Internet (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European C ...

  23. EU Regulators Eye Bans On Hate Broadcasts

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Europe's public broadcasting regulators agreed during a March 17 meeting in Brussels to coordinate procedures to combat hate broadcasts, organizers said. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Europe's public broadcasting regulators agreed ...

  24. EU Broadcaster Licensing Plan Fails

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST New proposals to simplify the licensing process for broadcasters across the European Union were rejected March 15 by members of the European Parliament and broadcast representatives at a special heari BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- New propo ...

  25. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on sound recordings. BERLIN -- The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on ...

  26. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. Ger ...

  27. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. Ger ...

  28. EMI Signs Belgium's Novastar

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Belgian act Novastar, fronted by Joost Zweegers, has signed a recording deal with EMI Music. Belgian act Novastar, fronted by Joost Zweegers, has signed a recording deal with EMI Music. Novastar was previously with Warner Music but was released fr ...

  29. EMI Signs Belgium's Novastar

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Belgian act Novastar, fronted by Joost Zweegers, has signed a recording deal with EMI Music. Belgian act Novastar, fronted by Joost Zweegers, has signed a recording deal with EMI Music. Novastar was previously with Warner Music but was released fr ...

  30. IFPI Targets European Politicians

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The IFPI is stepping up its European lobbying efforts with a high-profile event targeting members of the European Parliament. The IFPI is stepping up its European lobbying efforts with a high-profile event targeting members of the European Parliam ...

  31. Zamu Awards Celebrate Belgian Talent

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 12th edition of Belgium's Zamu Music Awards held in Brussels Feb. 15 celebrated alternative rock band Stash and Flemish singer Raymond van het Groenewoud. The 12th edition of Belgium's Zamu Music Awards, held Feb. 15 in Brussels, cel ...

  32. EC Reopens Microsoft, Time Warner Inquiry

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said Feb. 11 that it had reopened its investigation into Microsoft and Time Warner's plan to take over anti-piracy software firm ContentGuard Holdings Inc. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European Commission s ...

  33. EU Piracy Busts Rise In 2004

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Seizures of counterfeit music, movies and software in the Europe Union jumped 172% between 2002 and 2003, the European Commission says in a report issued Feb. 8. BRUSSELS -- Seizures of counterfeit music, movies and software in the Europe Union ju ...

  34. Indies Appeal To UNESCO On Culture Draft

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST European independent labels lobby group Impala is calling for global measures to ensure that subsidies and quotas can continue for music. BRUSSELS -- European independent labels lobby group Impala is calling for global measures to ensure that subs ...

  35. U2's U.S., Euro Tix Sales At $141M

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The dust is starting to settle on one of the more impressive on-sales in concert history. U2 has now sold out -- quickly -- 28 North American shows for a total gross of $47 million and 470,000 tickets The dust is starting to settle on one of the m ...

  36. Indies Appeal To UNESCO On Culture Draft

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST European independent labels lobby group Impala is calling for global measures to ensure that subsidies and quotas can continue for music. The trade body has appealed to UNESCO to guarantee that gover European independent labels lobby group Impala ...

  37. Music Groups Lobby EU

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A coalition of entertainment and media groups is calling on the European Union to foster creativity and innovation as it revamps its 10-year economic plan. BRUSSELS -- A coalition of entertainment and media groups is calling on the European Union ...

  38. Music Groups Lobby EU On Economic Plans

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Call for greater IP protection. A coalition of entertainment and media groups is calling on the European Union to focus on fostering creativity and innovation as it revamps its 10-year economic plan. An industry coalition that includes the IFPI ha ...

  39. Courts

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Student liable for links to music sites; Experience Hendrix sues over live record; Microsoft foregoes EU appeal This Week's Stories: Norway Student Ordered To Pay For Linking To Music Sites OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norwa ...

  40. U2 Pre-Sale Plagued By Problems

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST The huge demand and system glitches that marked Tuesday's ticket pre-sale for U2's Vertigo tour left hundreds of fans with less than desirable seats or no seats at all. But tour organizers say their g The huge demand and system glitches ...

  41. U2 Pre-Sale Plagued By Problems

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST The huge demand and system glitches that marked Tuesday's ticket pre-sale for U2's Vertigo tour left hundreds of fans with less than desirable seats or no seats at all. But tour organizers say their g The huge demand and system glitches ...

  42. EU Broadcast Quotas Come Under Fire

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Union's rules on broadcasting quotas were challenged in the EU's highest court Jan. 19 as outdated relics that are ill-suited to cope with the needs of pay-per-view technology. BRUSSELS -- The European Union's rules on ...

  43. U2 Unveils World Tour Plans

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vertigo tour kicks off March 28 in San Diego. U2 will kick off its 2005 world tour March 28 at the San Diego Sports Arena, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Kings Of Leon will open the first leg of the trek, tickets for which will begin going on s ...

  44. Cyprus Authorities Get Tough On Piracy

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Police in Cyprus have begun a long-overdue campaign against many of the Mediterranean island's CD and DVD pirates, the Motion Picture Assn. confirmed today (Jan. 17). Police in Cyprus have begun a long-overdue campaign against many of the Med ...

  45. Cyprus Authorities Get Tough On Piracy

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Police in Cyprus have begun a long-overdue campaign against many of the Mediterranean island's CD and DVD pirates, the Motion Picture Assn. confirmed today (Jan. 17). Police in Cyprus have begun a long-overdue campaign against many of the Med ...

  46. Belgian Indie Distributors Merge

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Belgian independent distributors Bang! Distribution and Distrisound have merged. As of Jan. 1, they will operate as Bang! Distribution. The companies will combine their distributed labels, distributio BRUSSELS -- Belgian independent distributors B ...

  47. 2005 IFPI Awards Gala Set For Brussels

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The hotel La Plaza in Brussels will host the fifth IFPI Platinum Europe Awards on July 12, 2005. The hotel La Plaza in Brussels will host the fifth IFPI Platinum Europe Awards on July 12, 2005. A biennial event, the gala recognizes artists whose s ...

  48. 2005 IFPI Awards Gala Set For Brussels

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The hotel La Plaza in Brussels will host the fifth IFPI Platinum Europe Awards on July 12, 2005. The hotel La Plaza in Brussels will host the fifth IFPI Platinum Europe Awards on July 12, 2005. A biennial event, the gala recognizes artists whose s ...

  49. Impala Contests Sony BMG Merger

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Europe's independent label community is contesting European regulators' approval of the Sony BMG merger on the grounds that their decision was contradictory to European Union legislation and practices LONDON -- Europe's independent ...

  50. Update: Impala Contests Sony BMG

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Europe's independent label community is contesting European regulators' approval of the Sony BMG merger on the grounds that their decision was contradictory to EU legislation and practices. Europe's independent label community is co ...

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