Consumer protection

  1. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI Approved by Federal Trade Commission

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in, rubber stamping the EU's decision to approve the Universal Music Group 1.2 billion euro acquisition of EMI, as expected. The Commission voted 5-0 to close its investigation without taking any actio ...

  2. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  3. Google at Center of Antitrust Probes

    June 24, 2011 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc found itself at the center of multiple government investigations on Thursday into whether it is using its dominance in search advertising to scotch competition. At least three state attorneys general have started an ...

  4. Bruce Springsteen Fans To Get Ticketmaster Refund

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans will receive refunds for what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission called deceptive sales practices by TicketsNow, a ticket reselling unit of Ticketmaster, the FTC said on Thursday. The FTC said Ticketmaster, which ...

  5. U.K. Govt Won't Regulate Secondary Tickets

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has decided against introducing regulation for the secondary ticket market, following a consultation on ticketing and scalping. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport decided that legislation could add greater burdens for ...

  6. European Commission Acts On Internet Rights

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has launched a new online tool offering practical advice on the digital rights consumers have under EU law, while reiterating the need for pan-European licensing solutions. In Strasbourg, the Commission unveiled the online ...

  7. FTC Wants Burnlounge Shut Down

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court to shut down digital music service provider BurnLounge , saying the company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme. BurnLounge allows music fans to set up their own digital music services, whi ...

  8. Judge Denies Entercom Motion To Dismiss Payola Suit

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Not known if company will appeal. A New York State Supreme Court judge has denied a motion filed by Entercom Communications to dismiss a suit brought against the broadcaster by Eliot Spitzer, clearing the way for the New York State Attorney Genera ...

  9. Entercom's Motion To Dismiss Payola Suit Denied

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Not known if company will appeal the decision. A New York State Supreme Court judge has denied a motion filed by Entercom Communications to dismiss a suit brought against the broadcaster by Eliot Spitzer, clearing the way for the New York State At ...

  10. CIPPIC Files Complaints Against Sony BMG

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group: proposed settlement lacks important protections. The Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) has filed complaints today (Sept. 21) against Sony BMG Canada with various federal and provincial government regulatory agen ...

  11. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition Commission has 24 weeks to probe. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Hamsard, the investment vehicle jo ...

  12. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission ...

  13. German Consumer Group Blasts 'Lawless' Digital World

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Copyright law has crushed consumer rights for digital media such as music downloads, according to German consumer group VZBV, which has launched a major campaign on the issue. Copyright law has crushed consumer rights for digital media such as mus ...

  14. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Commission. HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's will be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to ...

  15. Euro Consumer Body BEUC Blasts EC

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demonizing individuals downloading digital music, European consumer lobby BEUC said Nov. 10. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demo ...

  16. Euro Consumer Body BEUC Blasts EC

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demonizing individuals downloading digital music, European consumer lobby BEUC said Thursday (Nov. 10). The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demon ...

  17. Euro Consumer Body BEUC Blasts EC

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demonizing individuals downloading digital music, European consumer lobby BEUC said Thursday (Nov. 10). The European Commission was branded a pawn of the music industry for demon ...

  18. OFT Clears CCE's Mean Fiddler Buyout

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Office of Fair Trading has approved Clear Channel Entertainment's planned acquisition of rival Mean Fiddler Music Group. LONDON -- The Office of Fair Trading has approved Clear Channel Entertainment's planned acquisition of rival Mea ...

  19. OFT Clears Mean Fiddler Buyout

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Office of Fair Trading has approved Clear Channel Entertainment's planned acquisition of rival Mean Fiddler Music Group. A spokesperson for the regulatory body confirms that the takeover proposal The Office of Fair Trading has approved Cl ...

  20. OFT Clears Mean Fiddler Buyout

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Decision clears path for CCE, MCD deal. The Office of Fair Trading has approved Clear Channel Entertainment's planned acquisition of rival Mean Fiddler Music Group. A spokesperson for the regulatory body confirms that it cleared the takeover ...

  21. Japanese Labels Accused Of Trade Violations

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission today (March 24) accused five local record companies of monopolizing the distribution of ringtunes, otherwise known as master ringtones. The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission toda ...

  22. Japanese Labels Accused Of Trade Violations

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Regulator claims monopolization of ringtunes. The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission today (March 24) accused five local record companies of monopolizing the distribution of ringtunes, otherwise known as master ringtones. The regulat ...

  23. FTC Wants B'buster Deal Frozen

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Blockbuster Inc.'s play for rival Hollywood Entertainment was dealt another blow March 4 as the Federal Trade Commission said the video rental giant has provided "insufficient and inaccurate" informat NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporte ...

  24. Brit Ticketing Biz Told To Improve

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's Office of Fair Trading is recommending the country's ticketing industry shake-up its services in light of new research published on the sector. Britain's Office of Fair Trading is recommending the country's ticketing ...

  25. Brit Ticketing Biz Told To Improve

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's Office of Fair Trading is recommending the country's ticketing industry shake-up its services in light of new research published on the sector. Britain's Office of Fair Trading is recommending the country's ticketing ...

  26. EC To Take On Complaint Over iTunes Pricing

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British Office of Fair Trading said Dec. 3 that it has referred to the European Commission a complaint that Apple's iTunes is overcharging U.K. customers. LONDON -- The British Office of Fair Trading said Dec. 3 that it has referred to th ...

  27. EC To Take On Complaint Over iTunes Pricing

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred to the European Commission a complaint that Apple's iTunes is overcharging U.K. customers. The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred ...

  28. EC To Take On Complaint Over iTunes Pricing

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred to the European Commission a complaint that Apple's iTunes is overcharging U.K. customers. The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred ...

  29. FTC Clears Sony BMG

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The merger of Sony Music and BMG has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today (July 28) announced that it has closed its investigation into the proposed deal. The merger of Sony Music and BMG has cleared its ...

  30. U.K.'s OFT To Probe Ticketing Business

    June 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the independent anti-trust watchdog, is to launch a fact-finding investigation into the alleged exorbitant fees charged by ticket agents for rock concerts and The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OF ...

  31. House Hearing To Discuss Fair-Use Bill

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legislation would broaden consumer rights. Legislation would broaden consumer rights. News ...

  32. Tower Records Settles Hacker Attack Suit

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The company that operates the <A HREF="http://www.towerrecords.com" TARGET="new">Web site</A> for retailer Tower Records has settled complaints by U.S. regulators that it allowed hackers in 2002 to st The company th ...

  33. Tower Records Settles Hacker Attack Suit

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The company that operates the <A HREF="http://www.towerrecords.com" TARGET="new">Web site</A> for retailer Tower Records has settled complaints by U.S. regulators that it allowed hackers in 2002 to st The company th ...

  34. Tower Records Settles Hacker Attack Suit

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The company that operates the <A HREF="http://www.towerrecords.com" TARGET="new">Web site</A> for retailer Tower Records has settled complaints by U.S. regulators that it allowed hackers in 2002 to st The company th ...