Council of Ministers

  1. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  2. Spanish Biz Appeals To Govt On Piracy Plan

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's cultural sector has published an open letter to prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, asking him not to change his mind on the so-called anti-downloads law which is part of broader legislation still being drawn up. A full sessi ...

  3. Spanish Govt Confirms Anti-Piracy Strategy

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has used the Future And Music international congress (FAM 09) as an opportunity to confirm its strategy to tackle illegal file-sharing. Music industry representatives from 30 countries are attending the three-day congress in ...

  4. Spanish Govt Moves On P2P

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish government appears at last ready to act against unauthorized P2P file-sharing - although there is no big hurry. In a brief note, the Council of Ministers said it had agreed to set up an inter-ministerial working commission "to adv ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  7. 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. ...

  8. EU Amendment Against 'Three-Strikes' Dropped

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST French independent labels bodies SPPF and UPFI have welcome a move by Europe's Council of Ministers to reject a European Parliament amendment covering Internet rights, that would have been at odds with France's three-strikes legislation ...