European Commission

  1. EC Confab Eyes Broadcasting Sector Reforms

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Top European Union policy makers and broadcasting executives gather in the northern England city of Liverpool Sept. 20 for a three-day conference on how to regulate Europe's fast-changing audiovisual BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Top E ...

  2. VOD Could Override EU's Broadcast Quota

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European policymakers said Sept. 13 that new technologies such as video-on-demand could make the European Union's broadcasting quota system redundant. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- European policymakers said Sept. 13 that new technolog ...

  3. Euro MPs Endorse Filmmaking Aid Boost

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European members of Parliament on Sept. 12 endorsed plans to double the European Union's aid to filmmakers. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- European members of Parliament on Sept. 12 endorsed plans to double the European Union's aid ...

  4. Indies Gather For Berlin Meeting

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG court hearing set for Sept. 22. In an environment dominated by the court case against the Sony BMG merger, the international coalition of independent music companies will gather this week in Berlin for its third meeting since its creation ...

  5. EC Opens Consultation With BUMA, SABAM

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said Aug. 17 it has launched a public consultation on the plans by Dutch royalty collecting society BUMA and its Belgian counterpart SABAM to scrap online music licensing restr BRUSSELS -- The European Commission said Aug. ...

  6. EC Opens Consultation With BUMA, SABAM

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) it has launched a public consultation on the plans by Dutch royalty collecting society BUMA and its Belgian counterpart SABAM to scrap online music licensi The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) i ...

  7. EC Opens Consultation With BUMA, SABAM

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) it has launched a public consultation on the plans by Dutch royalty collecting society BUMA and its Belgian counterpart SABAM to scrap online music licensi The European Commission said today (Aug. 17) i ...

  8. European Court To Hear Sony BMG Merger Complaint

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Luxembourg court sets date for Sept. 22. The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg has set Sept. 22 as the date for its hearing on the Sony BMG merger. The case, filed as "T-464/04 Impala/Commission," was brought by European ind ...

  9. European Court To Hear Sony BMG Merger Complaint

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg has set Sept. 22 as the date for its hearing on the Sony BMG merger. The case, filed as "T-464/04 Impala/Commission," was brought by European indepen The European Court of First Instance ...

  10. European Court To Hear Sony BMG Merger Complaint

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg has set Sept. 22 as the date for its hearing on the Sony BMG merger. The case, filed as "T-464/04 Impala/Commission," was brought by European indepen The European Court of First Instance ...

  11. EC Hears Complaints From DVD Makers

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Independent makers of pre-recorded DVDs have told the European Commission that a coterie of big companies use patents to choke their income, violating European Union law. BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Independent makers of pre-recorded DVDs have told the ...

  12. EU Launches Probe Into CD-R 'Dumping'

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European Union authorities opened an investigation yesterday (Aug. 8) into whether cheap recordable CD imports from China, Malaysia and Hong Kong are being unfairly “dumped” on the European market European Union authorities opened an investigation ...

  13. EU Launches Probe Into CD-R 'Dumping'

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European Union authorities opened an investigation yesterday (Aug. 8) into whether cheap recordable CD imports from China, Malaysia and Hong Kong are being unfairly “dumped” on the European market European Union authorities opened an investigation ...

  14. EU Probes Sale Of Cheap DVDs From Taiwan

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European Union authorities Aug. 5 opened an investigation into whether cheap Chinese recordable DVD imports are being unfairly dumped on the European market. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- European Union authorities Aug. 5 opened an investig ...

  15. The Publisher's Place

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lobbying European lawmakers is not a typical role for the American music industry. This could change after publishers discover a hidden gem in a European Commission proposal offered to promote online Lobbying European lawmakers is not a typical ro ...

  16. EC Proposes Content Rules For Internet

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An update of European broadcasting law could extend content rules to the Internet, the European Commission revealed July 12. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- An update of European broadcasting law could extend content rules to the Internet, th ...

  17. Top European Media Chiefs Back New Technologies

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The heads of 10 of Europe's top media companies have agreed to back plans for a new generation of media and communications technologies, the European Commission said July 11. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The heads of 10 of Europe' ...

  18. EC Wants More Prison Time For Pirates

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under proposals unveiled July 12 by the European Commission. BRUSSELS -- Copyright pirates linked to criminal ...

  19. 4 Nations Face EC Fines Over Copyright

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT France, Finland, Spain and the Czech Republic could face hefty fines for failing to implement a 2001 law offering copyright protection for music, movies and software, the European Commission revealed BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- France, Fi ...

  20. EC Begins Proceedings Over C'right Directive

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (July 13) it had launched infringement proceedings against four countries for failing to implement a 2001 copyright legislation protecting music, movies and software The European Commission said today (July 13) i ...

  21. EC Begins Proceedings Over C'right Directive

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (July 13) it had launched infringement proceedings against four countries for failing to implement a 2001 copyright legislation protecting music, movies and software The European Commission said today (July 13) i ...

  22. EU Plans Severe Penalties For Copyright Pirates

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under new proposals unveiled today (July 12) by the European Commi Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs ...

  23. EU Plans Severe Penalties For Copyright Pirates

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Four-year jail term mooted for pirates. Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under new proposals unveiled today (July 12) by the European Commission in Bruss ...

  24. Mixed Reactions For EC Collective Licensing Plan

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study into cross-border collective licensing. BRUSSELS -- Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's im ...

  25. European Parliament Sets Jurisdiction For Libel Cases

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Publishers accused of libel should only be sued in the country where their outlet's main audience is, according to new rules approved by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on July 6. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Publishers accused ...

  26. Mixed Reactions For EC Collective Licensing Plan

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study into cross-border collective licensing. Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study i ...

  27. Mixed Reactions For EC Collective Licensing Plan

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study into cross-border collective licensing. Authors' rights groups have given mixed receptions to the European Commission's impact study i ...

  28. EC Puts Collecting Societies Under Microscope

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission will unveil controversial plans the week of July 4 to boost the online music sector by opening up licensing and royalty collecting systems. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission will unveil controversial plans the week of Jul ...

  29. EC Puts Collecting Societies Under Microscope

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Report says collecting societies hamper online biz. The European Commission will unveil controversial plans next week to boost the online music sector by opening up licensing and royalty collecting systems. The Commission -- the European Union ...

  30. EC Puts Collecting Societies Under Microscope

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission will unveil controversial plans next week to boost the online music sector by opening up licensing and royalty collecting systems. The European Commission will unveil controversial plans next week to boost the online music ...

  31. Impala Re-Ups Lambot As Chairman

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year. LONDON -- Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year. Impala's chairma ...

  32. Impala Re-Ups Lambot As Chairman

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year. Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year. Impala's chairmanship was ...

  33. IFPI Postpones July 12 Platinum Awards

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has postponed the 5th IFPI Platinum Europe Award to avoid a conflict in schedules with Bob Geldof's July 2 Live 8 concerts. The IFPI event was The International Federation of the Phono ...

  34. U.S., EU Bond For Program Fighting Piracy

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. government officials announced plans June 8 to join forces with their counterparts from the 25-nation European Union to fight piracy and counterfeiting in DVDs, CDs and other audiovisual products BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U.S. gove ...

  35. Bono Addresses EU Pres On Africa

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Bru ...

  36. Bono Addresses EU Pres On Africa

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. U2 frontman Bono urged the European Union today (June 9) to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Bru ...

  37. EU Looks Ahead To Tech's Future With i2010 Plan

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Union is poised to develop a regulatory framework to govern future developments in media capacity and delivery, EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said June 1. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Europea ...

  38. EC Tests Microsoft System Compliance

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on June 6 announced market testing of Microsoft's new version of its Windows operating system to see if the software giant complied with last year's antitrust ruling. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Europ ...

  39. EU Directive Hikes Euro Broadcasts

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Europe's controversial Television Without Frontiers directive has had little impact on the viewing patterns of audiences there who still prefer to see American imports rather than programming from oth BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Euro ...

  40. IFPI To Hold Meeting With French Officials

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT International trade body IFPI will try to gain the support of the French government on the issue of the extension of copyright duration for recorded music in Europe during a meeting today (May 18) in International trade body IFPI will try to gain ...

  41. EU Says Raided VNU, ACNielsen In Antitrust Probe

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission raided Dutch media group VNU and its market research unit ACNielsen in March in an antitrust probe, a spokesman for an EC executive said April 22. BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- The European Commission raided Dutch media gr ...

  42. EC Launches Copyright, Piracy Survey

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said April 22 that it has launched a major survey on copyright and piracy among the European Union's trading partners in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European Commiss ...

  43. Deal Done: The Lion Sleeps

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which once was the reigning studio in Hollywood, has officially been sold to a consortium headed by Sony Corp. of America. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which once was the reignin ...

  44. Microsoft Names New Windows Software

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft on March 29 finally complied with the European Commission's demands regarding the naming of the new version of its Windows XP software, accepting the name Windows XP Home Edition N. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Microsoft on ...

  45. Sony Gets EC OK For MGM Buy

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European antitrust regulators on March 30 blessed the proposed acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by Sony Corp. of America and its partners, all but assuring that the $4.8 billion sale of the famed st (The Hollywood Reporter) -- European antitrust ...

  46. EC Gets Tough On Copyright Directive

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, F ...

  47. EU To Set Up Media Task Force

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announced March 24. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A task force will be set up within the European Commission to examine media issues, it was announce ...

  48. EC Drops Antitrust Inquiry Over ContentGuard

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said March 15 that it had dropped its antitrust investigation into Microsoft and Time Warner's purchase of ContentGuard, the U.S. producer of anti-piracy software for Internet (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European C ...

  49. EU Regulators Eye Bans On Hate Broadcasts

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Europe's public broadcasting regulators agreed during a March 17 meeting in Brussels to coordinate procedures to combat hate broadcasts, organizers said. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Europe's public broadcasting regulators agreed ...

  50. EU Broadcaster Licensing Plan Fails

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST New proposals to simplify the licensing process for broadcasters across the European Union were rejected March 15 by members of the European Parliament and broadcast representatives at a special heari BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- New propo ...

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