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  1. EU Says Microsoft Antitrust Case Remains Intact

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union insisted Nov. 24 that its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. remains intact despite a surprise meeting called by the judge following the desertion of two of the EU's biggest all BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union insis ...

  2. Thomson Joins Microsoft/Warner Anti-Piracy Venture

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST French technology company Thomson SA said Nov. 22 that it was joining Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s proposed venture to make anti-piracy software, a move that could relieve European Union con BRUSSELS (AP) -- French technology compan ...

  3. EU Clears U.K. On-Demand Venture by Disney, Sony

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST European regulators have approved a movies-on-demand joint venture between Sony's Columbia Pictures and Walt Disney Co. that could help U.K. cable companies fight off Britain's dominant pay-TV firm, B BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters)-European r ...

  4. Impala Move Could Affect Future Mergers

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the Sony BMG merger could raise questions for future deals. LONDON -- The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the ...

  5. Impala To File Sony BMG Appeal Next Month

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg in early December. European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the c ...

  6. Impala To File Sony BMG Appeal Next Month

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg in early December. European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the c ...

  7. Six Studios Drop Most-Favored-Nation Clauses in EU

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Commission closed antitrust cases Oct. 26 against six major Hollywood studios after they agreed to drop clauses in contracts with pay television operators that the EU claimed artificially (The Hollywood Reporter, AP) -- The European C ...

  8. Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG Merger

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST LONDON -- European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. ELW has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Nov. 3. LONDON -- European independent labels' body Impa ...

  9. Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Wednesday (Nov. 3). European independent labels' body Im ...

  10. Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Wednesday (Nov. 3). European independent labels' body Im ...

  11. FIMI Slams iTunes For Ignoring Italian Indies

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italy's main industry trade body FIMI has criticized Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store for neglecting the country's indie labels in its pan-European offering, which launched yesterday. Italy's main industry trade body FIMI ha ...

  12. FIMI Slams iTunes For Ignoring Italian Indies

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italy's main industry trade body FIMI has criticized Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store for neglecting the country's indie labels in its pan-European offering, which launched yesterday. Italy's main industry trade body FIMI ha ...

  13. Impala Holds On Sony BMG Stance

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala has delayed making a final decision on whether to initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger. European independent labels' body Impala has delayed making a final decision on whether to init ...

  14. Impala Holds On Sony BMG Stance

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala has delayed making a final decision on whether to initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger. Sources suggest an announcement is likely in the week begi European independent labels' body Im ...

  15. Euro Indies Eye Legal Challenge To Sony BMG

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala will make a final decision in early October as to whether it will initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, <i>Billboard </i>has learned. LONDON -- European independent labels' ...

  16. Impala To Launch Euro Indie Sales Certs

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels organization Impala is launching its own pan-European sales certifications. European independent labels organization Impala is launching its own pan-European sales certifications. The new initiative is intended to celeb ...

  17. Euro Indies Eye Legal Challenge To Sony BMG

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala will make a final decision within 10 days as to whether it will initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, Billboard.biz has learned. European independent labels' body Impala will make a f ...

  18. Euro Indies Eye Legal Challenge To Sony BMG

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala will make a final decision within 10 days as to whether it will initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, Billboard.biz has learned. European independent labels' body Impala will make a f ...

  19. Impala Seeks Details Of Sony BMG Approval

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Opponents of the Sony BMG merger have accused the European Commission of unfairly delaying the disclosure of its justification for clearing the deal. Opponents of the Sony BMG merger have accused the European Commission of unfairly delaying the di ...

  20. Fnac Eyeing 2nd Brussels Outlet

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based retailer Fnac is planning to open a second store in Brussels, Belgium, by the end of 2006. Paris-based retailer Fnac is planning to open a second store in Brussels, Belgium, by the end of 2006. The chain's Belgian division current ...

  21. Fnac Eyeing 2nd Brussels Outlet

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based retailer Fnac is planning to open a second store in Brussels, Belgium, by the end of 2006. Paris-based retailer Fnac is planning to open a second store in Brussels, Belgium, by the end of 2006. The chain's Belgian division current ...

  22. DRM Concerns Prompt EU To Examine Microsoft-Time Warner Deal

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Software giant Microsoft Corp. and media and entertainment powerhouse Time Warner Inc. ran into fresh trouble with the European Union on Aug. 25, as antitrust regulators ordered an in-depth probe of t BRUSSELS (AP) -- Software giant Microsoft Corp ...

  23. European Biz Hopeful Of Change At EC

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jos&#233; Manuel Barroso of Portugal, the EC's president designate, on Aug. 12 unveiled the names of the 24 nominated commissioners. Barroso has said that reform will be a central focus of his five-ye LONDON -- The music industry has high ...

  24. IFPI Revamps Legal Team In London

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has unveiled a new legal structure at its secretariat in London. LONDON -- The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has unveiled a new legal structure at its ...

  25. Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The founding members of popular '80s metal band Megadeth are banging their heads in court. Two separate actions hinge on a purported settlement ending the bandmates' corporate partnership, and whether Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits ...

  26. Update: EC Vows To Monitor Music Market

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission pledged today (July 20) to remain vigilant and monitor the music market. The announcement came the day after the body gave the green light to the planned merger between Sony Mu The European Commission pledged today (July 20 ...

  27. Update: EC Vows To Monitor Music Market

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission pledged today (July 20) to remain vigilant and monitor the music market. The announcement came the day after the body gave the green light to the planned merger between Sony Mu The European Commission pledged today (July 20 ...

  28. French Gov't Takes Lead In Fight Against Online Piracy

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The French government is pushing the music industry and Internet service providers to adopt a charter that will regulate the relationship between the two parties in matters of online piracy. PARIS -- The French government is pushing the music indu ...

  29. Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withholding Royalties

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withhold ...

  30. EC To Clear Sony/BMG Merger July 20: Sources

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will be formally confirmed by the European Commission on July 20, sources say. The 30 Commissioners, meeting in Strasbourg, France, are expected to nod the de The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will ...

  31. EC To Clear Sony/BMG Merger July 20: Sources

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will be formally confirmed by the European Commission on July 20, sources say. The 30 Commissioners, meeting in Strasbourg, France, are expected to nod the de The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will ...

  32. Industry Presses EC To Review Recordings' Term Of Protection

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI officially requested the European Commission for an extension of Term of Protection for producers and artists, with the goal of ending the discrepancy between the Uni LONDON -- The music industry's main prior ...

  33. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  34. Hartley Named PIAS U.K. CEO

    June 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brussels-based independent PIAS has promoted Nick Hartley as CEO of its U.K. group. He was COO of the London-based PIAS U.K. division, which comprises Vital Distribution, PIAS Recordings (U.K.) and Fa Brussels-based independent PIAS has promoted N ...

  35. Impala Could Face Tough Legal Battle Over Sony BMG

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A legal challenge by opponents to the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG is unlikely to succeed, according to some legal experts here. On June 17, sources at the European Commission said Competitio BRUSSELS -- A legal challenge by opponents to ...

  36. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  37. IFPI Calls For Tighter Rights Protection

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soaring piracy. The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soari ...

  38. Impala Threatens Sony/BMG Legal Action

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger ...

  39. Impala Threatens Litigation If Sony/BMG Is Cleared

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade group issues protest to Monti. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. The threat was made in a letter sent yesterday ...

  40. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups BRUSSELS -- Following word June 17 that Europea ...

  41. Euro Biz Seeks Easier Digital Licensing, Collection

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Retailers, digital media companies and consumer electronics manufacturers are urging the European Commission to cut the bureaucracy on collective rights management in Europe's emerging digital media m Retailers, digital media companies and co ...

  42. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  43. Indies Slam Monti's Sony/BMG Nod

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels trade body Impala today "expressed outrage" at reports that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend giving the green light to the proposed merger of Sony Independent labels trade body Impala ...

  44. Indies Slam Monti's Sony/BMG Nod

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels trade body Impala today "expressed outrage" at reports that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend giving the green light to the proposed merger of Sony Independent labels trade body Impala ...

  45. EU's Monti Approves Sony BMG Merger

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Music and BMG be granted regulatory approval for their merger, officials said late today (June 17). European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Mus ...

  46. EU's Monti Approves Sony BMG Merger

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Music and BMG be granted regulatory approval for their merger, officials said late today (June 17). European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Mus ...

  47. Sony, BMG To Meet EU Commissioner Monti Today

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music and BMG's top executives are due to meet today with Mario Monti, the European Commissioner in charge of competition issues, Billboard.biz has learned. The meeting is expected to begin at th Sony Music and BMG's top executives ...

  48. Sony, BMG To Meet EU Commissioner Monti Today

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music and BMG's top executives are due to meet today with Mario Monti, the European Commissioner in charge of competition issues, Billboard.biz has learned. The meeting is expected to begin at th Sony Music and BMG's top executives ...

  49. Merger Opponents Testify In Sony-BMG Hearing

    June 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music, Internet and consumer groups attacked Sony Music and BMG today (June 15), claiming the planned merger of the two majors would choke an already restricted music market. Music, Internet and consumer groups attacked Sony Music and BMG today (J ...

  50. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. BRUSSELS -- Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage ...

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