European Commission

  1. Euro Composers, Songwriters Appeal With EC Pres

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A delegation of composers and songwriters today met with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to discuss their concerns on a looming decision which they claim could have a "lasting disaster for all Europeans, culturally." Th ...

  2. SACEM Signs-Up To W/C's Pan-Euro Licensing Project

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) has joined Warner/Chappell Music's pan-European digital licensing (PEDL) initiative. As a result of the accord, unveiled today, the French Collection Rights Society i ...

  3. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  4. Impala Renews Appeal Against Sony BMG Merger OK

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT European independent music companies trade association Impala has launched another appeal with the European Commission contesting regulators' clearance of the Sony BMG merger. Brussels-based Impala said today it had lodged an appeal last Frid ...

  5. EU's McCreevy Calls For Forum On Copyright Levy

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A forum should be set up to resolve a long-running spat over levies on recording equipment to compensate performers for lost royalties, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said on Tuesday. Big electronics companies such as Philips, No ...

  6. Music Biz Backs Internet Child Safety Scheme

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The international music industry is endorsing the latest phase of an Internet safety campaign devised to help educate parents and teachers on supporting children's safe activities in the online world. Child welfare charity Childnet is behind ...

  7. ICMP Names Hatton Secretary General

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has appointed Ger Hatton to the role of secretary general. Hatton assumed the position April 7, and reports to the board of ICMP, which is now based in Brussels. Long-time ICMP general cou ...

  8. Societies Promote Pan-European Licensing

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Over the last three years, the way music publishing rights in Europe are licensed for online uses has been going through a process of change. It's the subject of a feature article in Billboard magazine that hit the street on April 11 (Billboa ...

  9. European Parliament Rejects Plans To Cut File-Sharers

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has narrowly voted against a rule which would cut the Internet connections of people who illegally download copyright infringing music and other digital files. The parliament gathered yesterday to vote on the "Report o ...

  10. EC Fines Microsoft A Record $1.4 Billion

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Commission Wednesday slapped a record 899 million euros ($1.4 billion) fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 ruling ordering the software giant to change its business practices. The fine comes on top of earlier penalties ...

  11. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  12. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  13. Play.com Undercuts iTunes

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Play.com has launched a download store, PlayDigital, offering DRM-free tracks. The company, based in the British island of Jersey, got in ahead of Amazon.co.uk, which also plans to offer a download store with DRM-free tracks. Play.com boasts 1.3 m ...

  14. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  15. IMPALA Unveils New Board at MIDEM

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent labels body IMPALA has unveiled its new management structure at MIDEM, promoting current secretary general Helen Smith to executive chair. The trade body for European independent labels has also elected a triumvirate presi ...

  16. Fratellis, Cranberries Are Border Breakers

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop/rock band the Fratellis and former Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan are among the 10 winners of the fifth European Border Breakers Awards. The winners' names were unveiled today ahead of a ceremony to be held in Cannes on ...

  17. Update: Apple Standardizes European Download Prices

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple has pre-empted any regulatory action by the European Commission by announcing today that it will lower the prices on its U.K. iTunes store to match the standardized pricing across Europe. Apple says the new pricing will take effect within si ...

  18. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  19. Indie Chiefs Talk Shop With Euro Commissioners

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala seized an opportunity to network with European lawmakers this week when the independent music companies trade body held its annual summit in Brussels. Members of the European Commission and Parliament were among the guests involved in the d ...

  20. EU Executive Stays Above Online Music Rights Fray

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said it has no date for reviewing its voluntary guidelines on managing online music rights despite new calls on Thursday for a mandatory shake-up of the system. The guidelines are not legally binding on EU states and music ...

  21. Biz Chiefs Urge EU To Solve China Syndrome

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The cream of the international recorded music industry today called on the European Commission to help solve China's overwhelming music piracy issues. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson met with a heavyweight industry team whic ...

  22. Europe's Court Of Justice Hears Sony BMG Case

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Court of Justice has heard Sony and Bertelsmann's appeal against a ruling last year to annul the original 2004 Sony BMG merger. Representatives from Bertelsmann, Sony Corp and Europe's independent music community met yesterd ...

  23. European MP Questions Sony BMG Merger

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A member of the European Parliament has effectively challenged the European Commission's second approval of the Sony BMG merger. In a written question on Tuesday, French socialist Guy Bono, member of the EP's Culture Committee and curren ...

  24. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  25. Impala Rails Against Sony BMG Decision

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independents group' Impala has issued a detailed reaction to the European Commission’s clearance of the Sony BMG merger. The Commission cleared the merger for the second time on Wednesday (Oct. 3), saying "the transaction would not creat ...

  26. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  27. French Market Fizzles In H1

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the first six months, the wholesale value of the French market decreased to €317.8 million ($438.37 million), down 17% from the corresponding period last year, according labels new figures issued by trade body SNEP. It follows a 14% year-on-yea ...

  28. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  29. UMPG Integrates BMG Publishing Execs

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group's integration of BMG Music Publishing, purchased last September, with Universal Music Publishing continues. The company has revealed some key staff appointments as well as a few departures. "UMPG already ...

  30. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  31. U.K. Gov't Backs Gowers Review

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a development which will stun British music industry lobbyists, the U.K. government has backed the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Britain's department for culture, media and sport today confirmed its stance when it issued its form ...

  32. CISAC Responds To Royalty Reform Critics

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella organization for the world's collection societies, today (July 19) responded to severe objections to its planned reforms. It accused its critics of cynically seeking any means possible to drive down the fees required for t ...

  33. Societies Challenge CISAC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC's planned reforms on the way royalties are collected has been met with opposition from a collection of European societies. A group representing 21 small and medium-sized royalty collecting organizations has called for global repertoires ...

  34. Terra Firma Extends EMI Offer Deadline

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma has re-extended its deadline to buy-out EMI Group Plc after the private equity firm failed again to achieve total shareholder approval. By 1pm ET yesterday, Terra Firma had collected only 3.82% of EMI's existing issued ordinary sh ...

  35. EC OKs Terra Firma, EMI Deal

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on Thursday approved private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners' £2.4 billion ($4.8 billion) takeover bid for EMI Group. The clearance for the planned buyout comes despite attempts by many EMI shareholders to en ...

  36. Feedback Mixed Over CISAC, EC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Composer and performer groups have backed the provisional deal CISAC agreed with the European Commission to reform the way royalties are collected. However, the plans are being vigorously opposed by media and telecom giants, who say the changes wi ...

  37. Smith Named Impala Secretary General

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Helen Smith, co-manager of Brussels-based creative-industry consultancy KEA European Affairs, has been appointed as the new "stand-alone" secretary general for Impala, the pan-European trade association for independent music companies. T ...

  38. Sacem Posts Collections Decline

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of 755.9 million euros ($1.02 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2006, a decrease of 0.2% on 2005. "This is the first time since 1992 that collected revenue decreases fr ...

  39. Indies Call For IFPI Embrace

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The major labels' apparent refusal to start dialog with representatives of the international independent labels body was slammed yesterday at the 8th annual general meeting of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in London. In May, AIM ...

  40. EU Reopens Review Of Sony BMG Venture

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has reopened its antitrust investigation into the merger of the Sony and Bertelsmann music divisions, more than three months after it stopped the clock on its probe. The Commission - the European Union's antitrust auth ...

  41. Apple Meets iTunes EU Deadline, Universal Wins Extension

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple met last night's deadline to respond to the European Commission's antitrust concerns over the pricing of its iTunes online music store, officials have confirmed. However, Vivendi's Universal Music Group has since been granted ...

  42. EU Probes Personal Music Player Health Risks

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Union has launched a research study into the health risks of personal music players. The study, by the EU's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) will aim to identify the acceptable level of ...

  43. EC, CISAC Make Progress On Royalties Issue

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has appealed to the music sector to say whether the planned reforms in the way royalties are collected are enough to ensure that collecting societies are not operating a de facto monopoly. The market testing call comes afte ...

  44. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  45. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  46. Gibb Outlines CISAC Ambitions

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music business needs to rebrand and reposition itself to counter its image as a corporate leviathan, Robin Gibb, the newly-elected president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), tells Billboard.biz. ...

  47. Brussels Copyright Summit Kicks Off

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has started in Brussels with some lively initial sessions. The two-day summit, attended by over 500 delegates, goes under the banner "Creators First" and is focused on the protection of copyright in t ...

  48. BMG Music Publishing Buy Complete

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has now completed the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing following clearance by the European Commission earlier this week. The combined company, which will operate under the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) banner, wi ...

  49. MCPS-PRS General Counsel Evans Exits

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crispin Evans will exit as general counsel of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, with immediate effect, after his post was made redundant. In a statement issued today, the Alliance paid respect to Evans for having dealt with "a number of significant issu ...

  50. WMG Likely To Raise Bid For EMI

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is likely to counter a $4.7 billion private equity buyout for long-sought rival EMI Group and turn what looked like a closed deal for the recording company into a new takeover battle, analysts said on Monday (May 21). EMI said o ...

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