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  1. Google Faces EU Scrutiny After Complaints

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators are looking into complaints filed by three online companies against Google that may lead to a formal investigation into the search-engine giant's business practices. The European Commission, tasked with ens ...

  2. Microsoft/Yahoo partnership cleared by EU and U.S

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc said on Thursday (Feb. 18) they have won unconditional approval from regulators in the United States and Europe for a planned search deal that would challenge market leader Google Inc. Under the terms of the partnershi ...

  3. Consumer Watchdog Weighs In On Orange/T-Mobile Merger

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the U.K. consumer watchdog, has requested a say in the proposed merger of the British divisions of mobile telecoms companies Orange and T-Mobile. France Telecom owns Orange and Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile. The ...

  4. @MIDEM: Impala Unveils Financial Action Plan For Biz

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala has launched a radical 10-point financial action plan for the music industry. "This is a call for action to national governments, the EC and the music industry," Helen Smith, exe ...

  5. @MIDEM: Collection Societies Bemoan Contradictory Mandate

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a MIDEM panel examining the progress of the multi-territorial licensing initiative that the European Commission mandated by directive and decisions over the last five years, copyright society executives agreed on one thing: confusion still reig ...

  6. @MIDEM: New PRS Euro Licensing Scheme; Kobalt Unveils Portal 3 Digital

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- With the major music companies about a year into their respective pan-European licensing initiative, PRS for Music has launched the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. IMPEL will directly license Anglo-Amer ...

  7. @MIDEM: Sacem Revenues Stable, Zelnick Disappoints

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sacem, the French licensing and collection society, estimates that royalty collections last year remained stable despite a challenging economic environment and the lack of the appropriate remuneration from music activity on the Internet. At a pres ...

  8. @MIDEM: French Minister Confirms Collective Licensing Plan

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand unveiled a set of measures aimed at helping the music industry, during a press conference at the MIDEM trade fair and conference in Cannes. These measures are based on a controversial report submitted ...

  9. Business Matters: EMI, Citigroup, VC Funding, Stock Wrap and More

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- EMI passed the year-end test required by Citigroup , the bank behind Terra Firma's acquisition of the music company, according to a report ...

  10. U.K. Consumer Group Urges EU Licensing Reform

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, the independent watchdog for U.K. consumers, has called for an online database to make information on licensing freely available. The recommendation is part of Consumer Focus's response to the consultation document issued by t ...

  11. U.K. Regulator Challenges Orange/T-Mobile Deal

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger of the British operations of telecoms carriers Orange and T-Mobile might curb competition in ways that hurt consumers, regulator Ofcom said. In a report on the state of the mobile market, Ofcom said it was satisfied that consum ...

  12. EU Says Internet Access Can Be Restricted

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The EU has agreed that a user's Internet access may be restricted, if necessary and proportionate, only after a fair and impartial procedure including the right to be heard. It replaces an amendment that had been voted through the European Pa ...

  13. EC Secures Digital Licensing Agreement

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's (EC) Online Roundtable on Music has resulted in a joint statement between the EC and music publishers, collecting societies and digital retailers pledging to improve online music opportunities for European consumers. ...

  14. Imagem Music U.K. Ups Minch To CEO

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT John Minch has been promoted to CEO of Imagem Music U.K. Based in London, he will report to André de Raaff, co-founder and CEO of the Imagem Music Group. Minch's new role will incorporate his position as CEO of classical publisher Boosey & ...

  15. LN/Ticketmaster Facing U.K. Competition Hurdle

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the provisional report from the U.K. Competition Commission has dealt a blow to the Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment merger, it appears to be a uniquely British problem according to a competition lawyer. On Oct. 8, the U.K.'s ...

  16. EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says new European Commission measures on intellectual property rights are "good news for Europe's music sector," but rights-holders still want stronger anti-piracy legislation across Europe. The Commis ...

  17. Apple Looking Into Reports Of Exploding iPhones

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is investigating media reports that one or more of the company's iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman for the EU executive, which oversees the safety of consumer products sold in the 2 ...

  18. Moby, MTV Join EU Climate Change Battle

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Moby will kick off a series of concerts across Europe next month aimed at raising climate change awareness among young people, the European Union's executive arm said. The concerts are part of the European Commission's "Play to stop ...

  19. EU Commissioner Welcomes Pan-European Progress

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, has welcomed progress towards pan-European digital licensing solutions, including agreement by French collecting society SACEM that it will cooperate on such arrangements. The antitrust issue wa ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Billboard Q&A: Lawyers Analyze Pirate Bay Case

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after the court ruling in Stockholm against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, the case is still making headlines and generating huge coverage online, which looks set to continue as the four defendants plan to appeal the verdict of a one-ye ...

  22. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  23. Copyright Term Extension Stalls

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. biz is facing up to a lengthy delay before making any progress on the issue of term extension for copyright in sound recordings. Following an earlier setback in March, when the term directive was initially rejected in a vote of the Counci ...

  24. Musicians Lobby EU On Term Extension

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing body PPL organized a reception in Brussels to help artists press their case for a fair copyright term deal at the EU level. The current term for copyright in sound recordings is 50 years and the European Commission proposed extendin ...

  25. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  26. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  27. Universal, 19 Sign Publishing Deal

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment has sealed a new long-term agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. UMPG will administer the London-based company's music publishing interests on a worldwide basis for all future publishing signings. All previous publ ...

  28. EU Receives Vivendi Complaint Over France Telecom

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said on Tuesday it had received a complaint from French media group Vivendi accusing France Telecom of abusing a dominant market position. The Commission, executive arm of the 27-nation European Union, said in an email that ...

  29. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Latest News: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger Complaints March 11, 2009 The CEO of secondary ticket site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Canada To Investigat ...

  33. UMPG, SACEM Unveil Digital Deals

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Universal Music Publishing Group and Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers Of Music (SACEM) celebrated their one-year old Pan-European licensing agreement by christening it: "D.E.A.L" (Direct European Administration and Licens ...

  34. Sony BMG Merger Still Under Scrutiny

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament continues to seek further scrutiny of the Sony BMG merger, although the major has since demerged and will officially be renamed Sony Music Entertainment in 2009. EC Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes has six weeks to ...

  35. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-Euro Latin & Spanish License

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has partnered with Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE on a pan-European digital and online license. It will cover the rights to Spanish and Latin repertoire owned, controlled or administered by Sony/A ...

  36. 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. ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Term Extension Message Sent To PM

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST A group of U.K. musicians has delivered a video message to prime minister Gordon Brown, urging the government to support proposals to extend the copyright term for performers and record companies. The video was filmed at Abbey Road Studios in Lond ...

  39. U.K. Musicians Appeal To PM On Term Extension

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST PPL, the licensing body for U.K. performers and record labels, has taken the next step in its fight to extend the copyright term for musicians by signing a letter to British prime minister Gordon Brown. The letter, which includes the signatures of ...

  40. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  41. French Culture Minister Wins Backing For Three-Strikes Plan

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French culture minister Christine Albanel has received backing from the independent music community for her government's anti-piracy measures, which would see the authorities regulating internet service providers with a three-strike scheme un ...

  42. French Culture Minister Launches Cultural Independents Conference

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French minister of culture Christine Albanel has launched the "Arenes europeennes de l'independence" (European Arena Of Independence), a two-day conference session gathering European independent companies from the cultural field - m ...

  43. GEMA Appeals EC Competition Ruling

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has submitted an appeal to the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to have a prohibition order issued by the European Commission overturned. GEMA has also applied for suspension of the execution of the Com ...

  44. Popkomm Day 1: Delegates Debate Rights

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rights issues were at the top of the agenda at the first day of Popkomm in Berlin. A total of 15,000 exhibitors and trade visitors are expected, according to managing director Ralf Kleinhenz, although the opening day was a fairly relaxed start to ...

  45. Gibb Raps EC In Popkomm Keynote

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb has opened Popkomm 2008 in Berlin with a keynote speech in his role as president of CISAC, the umbrella group which represents 222 authors' societies in 118 countries. He accused the European Commission of behaving i ...

  46. Five Buzz Topics At Popkomm 2008

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Popkomm, the younger of Europe's two big music biz confabs, are kicking off the 2008 edition of the conference with a commitment to explore the "three C's" of the music business: creativity, communication and comm ...

  47. PRS To Appeal EC Decision On Pan-European Licences

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Performing Right Society (PRS) has confirmed that it will appeal a decision by the European Commission in July on representation agreements between collecting societies in Europe. The U.K. collecting society says it will challenge the EC rulin ...

  48. Impala Attacks EC's Sony BMG Ruling

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body Impala has blasted the European Commission's decision to allow Sony Corporation's acquisition of the Sony BMG joint venture as "incredible." In a statement, Impala railed against the ruling. ...

  49. PRS Wins Legal Battle To Halt Pan-Euro Licence

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society the Performing Right Society (PRS) has a won a court case to prevent its Dutch equivalent, Buma, from issuing an unauthorised pan-European licence for online rights. Buma announced on July 19 that it had issued such a licen ...

  50. EC Hands Down CISAC Decision

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella trade groups for performing right societies, must reform its royalty collection practises and has been told to remove all obstacles impeding the pan-European licensing system after losing its long-running battle with European r ...

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