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  1. 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. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  7. Warner In The Mix For EMI Group Bid?

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group is understood to have opened its books up to a slew of potential suitors, including Warner Music Group. Warner Music Group has been quiet of late, with regards to its evergreen interest in EMI. WMG had earlier put forward an offer, which ...

  8. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

  9. U.K. Parliament Committee Calls For C'right Term Extension

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended to the U.K. government that the term of copyright on sound recordings be extended beyond its current 50 year term. The copyright term should be "extended to at least 70 y ...

  10. Bono Lobbies Nations For Aid

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock icon Bono Tuesday urged rich nations to take the "smart and strategic" choice of fulfilling their aid promises and debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with European Commi ...

  11. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  12. Sony BMG Not A Publisher Yet

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a Financial Times report that Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to re-enter the music publishing biz, don't expect it to happen anytime soon. When Sony and BMG merged their recorded music divisions in 2004, Sony spun off its publishi ...

  13. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  14. Update: Interest For EMI Heats Up

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Many Londoners know the feeling. You wait an age for a bus, then three come along at once. EMI Group has been waiting some time for that metaphorical bus. And as it so happens, three have come along. As reported here last week, the London based ma ...

  15. EMI Suitors Circle, Stock Soars

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music major EMI Group plc said Friday it has received "a number" of approaches for its business. The company confirmed the situation in a concise statement issued this morning to the London Stock Exchange and posted on EMI's ...

  16. Ames To Head EMI Music North America

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI has named former Warner Music Group chairman/CEO Roger Ames head of EMI Music North America. He will have offices in New York and Los Angeles and report to EMI CEO Eric Nicoli. Ames is familiar with EMI's operations. He has been serving a ...

  17. Report: EU Regulators OK Universal, BMG Pub Deal

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT How close is Universal Music Group to winning regulatory approval to buy BMG Music Publishing? Just weeks away, apparently. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the European Union anti-trust team scrutinizing the giant music publishing ha ...

  18. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  19. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  20. EC Official Says iPod May Avoid Regulation

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's top anti-trust official has indicated that Apple Computer's iPod players might escape regulation. Commission director general for competition Philip Lowe said that his services would only intervene in the case i ...

  21. EC Stops Sony BMG Probe, Awaits Data

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today it has halted its antitrust investigation into the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music divisions as it awaits key data from the two music giants on the European music market. In a press statement ...

  22. IFPI Blasts Euro Parliament Stance On IP

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI today criticized the European Parliament for voting measures to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The proposals, voted by the Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee yesterday, does "no m ...

  23. European Parliament Votes On IP Rights

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted Tuesday on politically sensitive proposals to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The vote means European members of parliament have backed the ...

  24. Euro-MPs To Establish Penalties For Counterfeiting, Intellectual Piracy

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Draft legislation aimed at establishing Europe-wide criminal penalties for counterfeiting and intellectual piracy are scheduled to be agreed on tomorrow (March 20) by Euro-MPs. The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee is expected to ...

  25. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  26. Impala: Indies Need Better Access To Euro Radio

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala has called for European measures to promote independent airplay in the wake of the $12.5 million U.S. payola radio settlement earlier this month. A side deal to the Federal Communications Commission settlement over paid airtime claims gives ...

  27. EU Parliament Votes On Pan-Euro Music Licensing

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament today voted for binding legislation on the online music market, but warned that collective online licensing should be opened-up gradually. The European members of parliament said that a "big bang" opening of onlin ...

  28. EC Rounds On Taiwan Over CD Replicating

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has launched an investigation into Taiwan's alleged copying of compact-disc technology, and could start a World Trade Organization suit to stop what it calls unlicensed abuse of patents. Taiwan makes an estimated 80% o ...

  29. EMI Rejects WMG Bid

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group has rejected Warner Music Group's latest merger flirtation. In a statement issued 4.22pm to the London Stock Exchange on Friday, EMI said its executive board had discussed WMG's 260 pence per share offer, and ultimately decided ...

  30. Impala Reaffirms Opposition To Sony BMG Merger

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST A day after the European Commission announced its in-depth probe into Sony's 2004 recorded music merger with BMG, independents trade group Impala has confirmed its vehement opposition to the deal. At a board meeting in Brussels Friday, Impala ...

  31. MoS Vs AIM War Of Words Continues

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance music empire Ministry of Sound has issued its second "open letter" to AIM within 48 hours, this time lining-up Warner Music Group in its crosshairs and criticising AIM's acceptance of a Non-Disclosure Agreement covering t ...

  32. EC Confirm Sony BMG Investigation

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission formally revealed Thursday (March 1) a four-month indepth investigation into the 2004 merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, as revealed yesterday on Billboard.biz . The Commission, the European Union' ...

  33. EC Set To Confirm In-Depth Sony BMG Probe

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is due to formally announce on Thursday a four-month in-depth investigation into the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, a European Union source has confirmed. The second stage investigation into Sony BM ...

  34. EC Report Warns Of Online Licensing 'Big Bang'

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European members of parliament warned Tuesday that a "big-bang" opening-up of collective online licensing could damage music in Europe, as the market would fall into the hands of just a handful of major rights holders. The Euro-MPs calle ...

  35. Report: Strong Measures Required To Restrict China Piracy

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European businesses lose billions of euros in China every year because of lax intellectual property rights protection, according to a European Commission report published Tuesday. The report said around 95% of audiovisual materials sold in China a ...

  36. 'Shocked' MoS Quits AIM Over Impala, WMG Pact

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leading London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound today (Feb. 23) confirmed that it has resigned from U.K. trade body the Association of Independent Music over its support of the Impala decision to back Warner Music Group's approa ...

  37. WMG-IMPALA Strike Pre-Merger Deal

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group struck a deal with European indie group IMPALA to overcome any objections the group may have to a WMG acquisition of EMI. Last year, IMPALA successfully challenged the European Commission's approval of the Sony and BMG Musi ...

  38. EC Clears Lite-On Buyout Of APM

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on Friday cleared Lite-On's takeover of Philips' CD and DVD vehicle entertainment system Automotive Playback Modules (APM). APM develops, manufactures and supplies CD and DVD playback modules. The Commission -- th ...

  39. Electronics Execs Seek Reform On EU Copyright Tax

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Top electronics firms have asked the European Commission to discuss why the European Union executive body abruptly delayed reform of an "excessive and unjustified" copyright tax after lobbying by France. In December the commission delaye ...

  40. EC Pres Asked To Explain Copyright Tax U-Turn

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ten chief executives from top IT and electronics firms including Philips, Nokia and Sony today appealed to the European Commission to revive plans to reform the copyright levy system that compensates artists. The executives wrote the Commission pr ...

  41. Famous On The Block?

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST As thousands of industry members are flocking to Los Angeles this week for the Grammy Awards, Viacom lit a spark in the music publishing community. The global entertainment company announced that it "has decided to explore strategic alternati ...

  42. Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon and Clark Miller

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST During MIDEMNet in Cannes, France, industry newcomers and veterans had the rare opportunity to hear points of view from very experienced executives running the world's largest music publisher. EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon, presiden ...

  43. Impala Reacts To EC's Sony BMG Probe

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala has welcomed the European Commission's re-examination of Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music merger as an opportunity to resolve the issue once and for all. The European independent labels trade association, by way of a statement is ...

  44. Int'l Leaders Assemble For Piracy Meeting

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Officials from the European Commission and U.S. government met with business representatives in Geneva Thursday (Feb. 1) to develop new methods to deal with counterfeiting and piracy. The meeting was set in the context of a new wave of European an ...

  45. EC Starts Sony BMG Review

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has opened its re-examination of the merger between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music units, seven months after an EU court threw out their approval. The Commission -- the EU's anti-trust authority -- said it woul ...

  46. EC Report Optimistic On Digital Future

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST European revenues from online creative content will leap fourfold over the next four years to €8.3 billion ($10.7 billion), according to a European Commission study. The report found that online content will represent a significant share of total ...

  47. Euro Border Breakers Feted At Midem

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Grammy and Brit Award-nominated newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae, Swedish folk artist José Gonzalez and German pop-rockers Tokio Hotel were among the artists honored today at the fourth annual European Border Breakers Awards. The EBBAs presentation, he ...

  48. MPA, MCPS-PRS Launch Pan-European Digital License

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a significant development which could help shape licensing in the online age, Britain's Music Publisher's Assn. and MCPS-PRS Alliance have launched a one-stop pan-European digital licensing template. The MPA and Alliance used the plat ...

  49. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  50. Impala, IFPI Welcome Italy's Music Tax Breaks

    January 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Italian government's newly adopted law providing tax breaks for small music companies has been welcomed by the music industry. Patrick Zelnik, president of independents' trade group Impala, said the legislation -- coming on the heels ...

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