European Commission

  1. Aus Competition Commission OKs Universal-BMG Pub Merger

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the green light to Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of BMG Music Publishing Group. In a statement published Thursday (Dec. 21) on its Web site , the ACCC said that the t ...

  2. Trade Groups Applaud Brussels' Copyright Levy Decision

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST European authors, songwriters and artist groups have welcomed the decision by the European Commission to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics. It comes after Commission President José Manuel Barroso said mo ...

  3. EC Shies Away From Copyright Levy Changes

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics after concluding that the political fallout from such an initiative would be too high. Despite pledging to propose reforms before the end o ...

  4. EC To Probe Universal Takeover Of BMG

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission confirmed Friday (Dec. 8) that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "The Commission's initial market investigation indicates that the p ...

  5. Gowers Review: 'Don't Change Copyright Term'

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a verdict which was widely anticipated in the British recorded music industry, Andrew Gowers' review on intellectual property has called on decision-makers to preserve the U.K.'s current term of copyright on sound recordings. The long ...

  6. EC Pres Barroso To Launch European Culture Project

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Commission president José Manuel Barroso will launch a Europe-wide consultation on the role of culture in society Monday (Dec. 4) at a Brussels conference gathering artists and policy-makers. Barroso will invite Europe's "cultur ...

  7. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  8. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  9. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. Ahead of the publication of the Gowers review -- due around the chancellor's Dec. ...

  10. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  11. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  12. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: PREPPING FOR MIDEM

    November 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST As year's end nears, many publishers are thinking about whom they want to meet at MIDEM in January and what they need to talk about. Since licensing rights for digital distribution is an inevitable to As year's end nears, many publishers ...

  13. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The rules are contained in the EU's 2002's e ...

  14. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The European Commission has called for a two-year exte ...

  15. EC Report Lauds Economic Impact Of Music

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on Wednesday (Nov. 15) published a report on the impact of culture in which it reveals the huge contribution of music to the European Union's economy, and its likely growth ove The European Commission on Wednesday (Nov ...

  16. Impala Gathers Findings On UMG/BMG Pub Merger

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent music companies' trade association Impala is calling on its membership to respond with any grievances in light of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of BMG Music Publ Pan-European independent music compa ...

  17. EC Report Illustrates Swing Toward Online Piracy

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said in a report Friday (Nov. 10) that seizures of counterfeit movies, music and software plummeted by 50% last year. But the Commission -- the European Union's executive body The European Commission said in a report F ...

  18. Sony BMG Drags Bertelsmann's Bottom Line

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Sony BMG joint venture "continues to face challenges" in light of a "sharp decrease" in the volume of the recorded music market, parent company Bertelsmann reported today (Nov. 8). The Sony BMG joint venture "continues ...

  19. VU Awaits Dec. 8 Ruling On BMG Pub Buy

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC sets provisional deadline. Vivendi's Universal Music Group should learn whether the European Commission approves its purchase of BMG Music Publishing by Dec. 8, the provisional deadline set by the EC to issue its ruling. UMG successfully b ...

  20. EC To Shelve Copyright Levies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists fear revenues will be stemmed. A European Commission document has called for the copyright levies imposed on consumer electronics in Europe to be reduced to a minimum, saying they are often redundant in today's technological environme ...

  21. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  22. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  23. EC Dumps Probe In DVD Import Levies

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Investigation into China, HK, Taiwan closed. The European Commission today (Oct. 24) dropped plans to slap import levies on imports of blank DVDs from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, after deciding that any such duties would provide little succour fo ...

  24. EU Throws Out Anti-Dumping Measures For Blank CDs

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Investigation closed on Chinese, Malaysian CDS. The European Union today (Oct. 23) dropped its threat to slap import tariffs on blank compact discs from China and Malaysia. EU countries gave their backing to a proposal to close the investigation i ...

  25. 'Culture First' Launches To Protect Levies

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Campaign put forth by authors, songwriters, artists. European authors, songwriters and artists launched a high profile campaign in Brussels Wednesday (Oct. 18) to protect copyright levies on consumer electronics. The “Culture First” campaign inclu ...

  26. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not be accep European independents lobby organization ...

  27. Impala Casts Doubts Over Sony BMG Appeal

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade body says appeal 'inadmissible.' European independents lobby organization Impala defiantly claimed Friday (Oct. 6) that Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann's appeal against the court annulment of their Sony BMG music merger would not b ...

  28. EC Slams China Over Rampant Piracy

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization if it failed to staunch the flow of counterfeit goods into Europe. The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World T ...

  29. EC Slams China Over Rampant Piracy

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization if it failed to staunch the flow of counterfeit goods into Europe. The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World T ...

  30. Sony BMG Appeals Joint Venture Annulment

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Appeal lodged with European Court of Justice. Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann today (Oct. 5) appealed against the European Union court decision last July that annulled the merger of their recorded music divisions in 2004. The appeal was lodged at the E ...

  31. Euro Societies May Compete With Publishers

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has ensured that collecting societies may enter the music publishing or record production business and may continue giving rebates to attract record company licensees. The European Commission has ensured that collecting soc ...

  32. EC: Music Licensing Reforms Are Working

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, with a growing demand for European Union-wide licensing replacing national applications, the European Commission said Tuesday (Oct. 3). Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, wit ...

  33. EC: Music Licensing Reforms Are Working

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, with a growing demand for European Union-wide licensing replacing national applications, the European Commission said Tuesday (Oct. 3). Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, wit ...

  34. EU Warns Romania, Bulgaria To Improve IP Protection

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission told Romania and Bulgaria Tuesday (Sept. 26) that they can become full members of the European Union from Jan. 1, 2007, but warned of unprecedented sanctions if a series of goa The European Commission told Romania and Bulga ...

  35. MEP Criticizes EU Online Royalty Initiative

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Plan called inadequate. Plans for a one-stop-shop for licenses for online music services in the European Union have been slammed by Members of the European Parliament (MEP) as inadequate from a legal as well as a cultural and political view. Durin ...

  36. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  37. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  38. Impala Warns It Will Fight BMG Publishing Sale

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 billion sale of its music publishing wing to Vivendi. Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 b ...

  39. EU Warns It Will Act Tough On BMG Pub Bidders

    September 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With Viacom joining Warner Music and Universal Music Group among those bidding for the music publishing arm of Germany's Bertelsmann, European regulators have warned that any successful takeover would With Viacom joining Warner Music and Univ ...

  40. EU Warns It Will Act Tough On BMG Pub Bidders

    September 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Acquisition must meet anti-trust requirements. With Viacom joining Warner Music and Universal Music Group among those bidding for the music publishing arm of Germany's Bertelsmann, European regulators have warned that any successful takeover ...

  41. EU Unveils Consultation to Boost Online Entertainment

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry, consumers asked to suggest solutions. The European Commission (EC) has launched a three-month public consultation exercise to examine potential obstacles to the development in Europe's online entertainment content, such as music, fi ...

  42. EMI Drops Merger Plans With Warner Music

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board of directors to review position in the future. EMI Group has dropped its ambitions to acquire and merge with Warner Music Group (WMG), following the recent decision by a European Union court to overturn the original approval for the Sony BMG ...

  43. Legal Matters

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Immediate reactions to the Court of First Instance annulling the European Commission's 2004 approval of the Sony-BMG merger landed at opposite ends of the spectrum. Read Susan Butler's column. Immediate reactions to the Court of First In ...

  44. Impala Turns Attention To BMG Publishing

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of publishing catalog would be 'foolhardy.' European independents labels group Impala warned Thursday (July 20) that if BMG Publishing is sold to another music major, the move would merely tighten the effective cartel in the global ...

  45. Impala Turns Attention To BMG Publishing

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of publishing catalog would be 'foolhardy.' European independents labels group Impala warned Thursday (July 20) that if BMG Publishing is sold to another music major, the move would merely tighten the effective cartel in the global ...

  46. EU Online Licensing Rules Set For Overhaul

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Key committee gives OK. A key European Parliament committee confirmed plans today (July 13) to overhaul the European Union's complex rules on collective licensing for online music. Members of the European Parliament in the Committee on Cultur ...

  47. EU Online Licensing Rules Set For Overhaul

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Key committee gives OK. A key European Parliament committee confirmed plans today (July 13) to overhaul the European Union's complex rules on collective licensing for online music. Members of the European Parliament in the Committee on Cultur ...

  48. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  49. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  50. Faulder To Joins MCPS-PRS

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IP expert take new role with Alliance. Sarah Faulder is returning to the British music industry. With effect from Sept. 4, Faulder will assume the newly-created role as public affairs director for the MCPS-PRS Alliance in London. She will relocate ...

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