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  1. California Attorney General's Office Making Inquiries About EMI Music Sale: Report

    March 28, 2012 9:05 AM EDT California Attorney General Kamala Harris is making legal inquiries about the planned sale of EMI, according to two sources cited by Bloomberg . The sale of the company's recorded-music operation to Universal Music and its publishing to a Son ...

  2. Sony/ATV Offers Unspecified Concessions to European Union in EMI Music Publishing Deal

    March 27, 2012 3:49 PM EDT BRUSSELS (AP) - A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday. Sony/ATV, a joint vent ...

  3. Universal to Sell Music-Publishing Catalogs Worth $200 Million as Part of EMI Purchase

    March 26, 2012 10:43 PM EDT Universal Music Group is planning to sell three of its music-publishing catalogs to help finance its acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, a source told Billboard.biz. The news was first reported the Financial Times . Universal has br ...

  4. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  5. European Commission Investigation Into Universal's Purchase of EMI Music Enters Phase Two

    March 23, 2012 4:02 PM EDT As widely anticipated, the European Commission's investigation into Universal's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division is to enter a secondary, more in-depth phase, it has been confirmed. The announcement was made ear ...

  6. BBC, ITV, Sky Accused of Coercing European Composers To Give Up Copyright

    February 29, 2012 8:48 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) -- A group representing composers and songwriters is alleging that some of Europe's most prominent broadcasters are coercing them into giving up the copyrights to their work, sharply diminishing their earnings. The European Comp ...

  7. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  8. EU Suspends ACTA Copyright Treaty Ratification

    February 22, 2012 8:40 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Commission, facing steep opposition, is suspending efforts to ratify an international anti-counterfeiting agreement and instead referring it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates EU rights. EU Trade ...

  9. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  10. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  11. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  12. IMPALA Issues Statement on EMI Sale

    January 26, 2012 10:40 AM EST As the date approaches for regulatory statements on the sale of EMI and MIDEM begins this weekend, IMPALA has issued a statement on the sale. In November, hortly before the sale, IMPALA called for the European Commision to intervene on its behalf. ...

  13. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  14. EMI Sale Under Scrutiny: AIM Calls For UK Gov't Review; Warner Music Hires Anti-Trust Law Firm

    January 19, 2012 12:34 PM EST AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, has called on the British government to stop the break-up and sale of EMI. The association is asking its 800 member companies to send a pre-written letter to their local co ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  17. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  18. EMI Publishing Goes to Sony, Label to Universal

    November 11, 2011 10:34 AM EST In yet another surprise during a week of head-spinning rumors and negotiations , Citigroup this morning announced the completion of the sale of EMI's recorded-music operation to Vivendi/Universal Music Group, ahead of its pending announcement ...

  19. IMPALA Calls For European Commission To Intervene In EMI Sale

    November 09, 2011 6:00 PM EST IMPALA, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, has called on the European Commission to intervene on its behalf should Universal or Sony attempt to buy EMI. The news follows recent reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has ...

  20. Updated: As EMI Auction Hits Home Stretch, Who's in the Lead? Depends Who's Talking ...

    October 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT UPDATE Friday 6 p.m. ET : While it was widely speculated that there would be news about the status of EMI's auction today (October 28), the week is closing with negotiations still ongoing, sources tell Billboard.biz. The biggest hold-up revol ...

  21. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  22. Higher-Than-Expected Bids for EMI Group Could Favor Strategic Buyers--Including the Other Majors

    August 05, 2011 11:42 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group, the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors--including the other major-label groups--may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at lea ...

  23. EMI: High Bids Put Strategic Buyers -- Including Other Majors -- in the Lead

    August 05, 2011 10:53 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group , the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors-including the other major-label groups-may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at least ...

  24. Business Matters: Could Deal Between ISPs and Entertainment Companies Be a Global Model?

    July 07, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The Adam Smith Approach to Piracy: A Global Model? -- The press releases were flying as trade groups and varied associations quickly came out in favor of the graduated response agreement between U.S. Internet service providers and the music, telev ...

  25. Sabiene Heindl, Head of Australia's Music Piracy Investigations, Stepping Down

    June 24, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Sabiene Heindl is leaving Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) unit this September to take duties as senior stakeholder advisor at NBN Co, the firm overseeing construction of the Australian government's proposed $44 bi ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. EMI: Who's Lining up to Buy It?

    June 22, 2011 4:01 PM EDT While EMI announced earlier this week that it is exploring strategic alternatives that will see the company either sold, go public or be recapitalized, the betting is that the major will be put up on the auction block as the first option. Citigrou ...

  28. Business Matters: If iTunes Is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run

    June 14, 2011 8:09 PM EDT If iTunes is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run -- iTunes could cost Apple $1.3 billion per year beyond royalties to publishers, according to an estimate by market intelligence firm Asymco. The estimate was based on nu ...

  29. Business Matters: Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does

    June 01, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does --With relatively little fanfare, German music streaming service Simfy has launched a music player for Facebook. This comes just a week after news broke that Spotify is working on some kind ...

  30. Pub Briefs: Bug Lands Sugar Hill Catalog; Harry Fox Offers Discount; Plus, Danzig!

    May 25, 2011 4:23 PM EDT --Bug Music has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer the rights to Sugar Hill Records' music publishing catalog, which is comprised of 600 songs in the country, bluegrass and Americana genres. The rosters at Sugar Hill Records� ...

  31. EU Proposes New Strategy for Intellectual Property Rights

    May 25, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The European Union has outlined plans for a new intellectual property framework to be implemented across its 27 member states, including legislation to tackle digital piracy and simplify pan-European digital licensing. "Ensuring the right lev ...

  32. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  33. IMPALA Warns Access Industries, WMG's New Owners, Against EMI Purchase

    May 06, 2011 3:05 PM EDT IMPALA , the Brussells-based Independent Music Companies Association, has warned new Warner Music Group owner Access Industries that any attempt by the company to purchase EMI and merge it with Warner -- a scenario many have speculated about in re ...

  34. Google Could Be Target of FTC Antitrust Probe: Report

    April 05, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc's dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an i ...

  35. Robin Gibb, Roger Faxon To Give Keynotes At 2011 World Copyright Summit

    February 23, 2011 3:30 PM EST The World Copyright Summit, to be held June 7-8 in Brussels, has announced its schedule. The event will feature a slate of keynote speakers, including the WIPO director general Francis Gurry, two European Commission officials, CISAC president Robi ...

  36. U.S. and EU Regulators Eye Apple's New Subscription Plan

    February 20, 2011 11:28 AM EST U.S. and European regulators are keeping tabs on Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of the revenue generated by the sale of online subscriptions through its App Store following concerns voiced by publishers. Some app makers are unhappy with Appl ...

  37. Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. [As mentioned in Billboard.biz's MIDEM preview .] The industry estimates that 100 million euros ...

  38. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  39. EU Launches Google Investigation After Complaints

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators opened on Tuesday (Nov. 30) a formal investigation into Google after rival services complained that the world's No. 1 Internet search engine abused its dominant position. The move came more than nine months ...

  40. EU Demands Italy Repay Elton John Concert Costs

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union said Friday (Nov. 19) it has ordered Italy to repay almost $1 million in EU money that was used to pay Elton John for a concert in Naples last year. Italy used €720,000 ($983,000) in EU money - typically used for investment proj ...

  41. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  42. French Subsidy For Music Downloads Gets EU Nod

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT France's strategy to combat illegal music downloads by contributing to the amount young people pay for them won European Union approval and praise for promoting cultural diversity. Under the scheme, French residents who purchase a card - the ...

  43. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  44. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  45. Copyright Debates Fire Up Popkomm

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams' manager Tim Clark did his best to spark the panel program, organized by all2gethernow, into life as the congress concentrated on legal matters during its second day. While the policy of holding multiple panels at the same tim ...

  46. German Govt Won't Adopt Three Strikes

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German federal government has called for Internet Service Providers to take more responsibility for illegal content on their networks, but it has resisted any measures to block copyright infringers' access to the Internet. "This is n ...

  47. SGAE's Copying Levy Income Outstrips Record Sales

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a miserable year for Spanish sales, for the first time ever Spanish authors body SGAE collected more money from a home-copying levy on consumer electronics/blank media than it did in mechanical royalties from records. The collecting society ...

  48. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  49. ACTA Not Urging Adoption Of Three-Strikes

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital rights advocates and a computer industry trade group criticized the newly released draft text of an international agreement to toughen penalties for copyright theft. The European Union's executive branch and the U.S. Trade Repres ...

  50. EU To Seek Publication of Anti-Piracy Deal

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The European Union said it wants the United States and others to publish a draft global anti-piracy deal to end rumors that it advocates cutting off Internet access for illegal downloaders. European Internet service providers said last month that ...

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