European Commission

  1. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  2. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  3. Ames Joins EMI As Consultant

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Warner chief becomes EMI senior advisor. EMI Group has confirmed that Roger Ames will join the major in a consultancy role. The former Warner Music Group chairman/CEO has been appointed as a senior advisor, reporting to EMI Recorded Music c ...

  4. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on sound recordings. BERLIN -- The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on ...

  5. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. Ger ...

  6. Germany Joins Call For Longer Euro Copyright Term

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. The German music industry has added its voice to the call for an extension to Europe's copyright term on recordings. Ger ...

  7. British Music Biz Wants More From U.S.

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music sector are urging U.S. authorities to "ensure that creators and performers are given a fair deal." LONDON -- Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of th ...

  8. British United Front Takes On U.S.

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music sector are urging U.S. authorities to "ensure that creators and performers are given a fair deal." Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music se ...

  9. British United Front Takes On U.S.

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music sector are urging U.S. authorities to "ensure that creators and performers are given a fair deal." Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music se ...

  10. EC Reopens Microsoft, Time Warner Inquiry

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said Feb. 11 that it had reopened its investigation into Microsoft and Time Warner's plan to take over anti-piracy software firm ContentGuard Holdings Inc. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The European Commission s ...

  11. EU Piracy Busts Rise In 2004

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Seizures of counterfeit music, movies and software in the Europe Union jumped 172% between 2002 and 2003, the European Commission says in a report issued Feb. 8. BRUSSELS -- Seizures of counterfeit music, movies and software in the Europe Union ju ...

  12. EU Piracy Busts Rise In 2004

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Seizures of counterfeit music, movies and software within the Europe Union jumped 172% between 2002 and 2003, the European Commission said in a report today (Feb. 8). Seizures of counterfeit music, movies and software within the Europe Union jumpe ...

  13. Music Groups Lobby EU

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A coalition of entertainment and media groups is calling on the European Union to foster creativity and innovation as it revamps its 10-year economic plan. BRUSSELS -- A coalition of entertainment and media groups is calling on the European Union ...

  14. Britain To Host Euro IP Conference

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting intellectual property. The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting inte ...

  15. Britain To Host Euro IP Conference

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting intellectual property. The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting inte ...

  16. Music Groups Lobby EU On Economic Plans

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Call for greater IP protection. A coalition of entertainment and media groups is calling on the European Union to focus on fostering creativity and innovation as it revamps its 10-year economic plan. An industry coalition that includes the IFPI ha ...

  17. Behind the Deal: The State of the Music Industry - An Interview with Michael Sukin

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST As 2004 came to a close, <I>Billboard</I> sat down with a dozen lawyers to discuss the state of the music industry. Their work in connection with the industry varies. For example, Attorney General Joh As 2004 came to a close, Billboard ...

  18. Melua, Rice Among Border Breakers Winners

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prize sponsored by the European Commission. Prize sponsored by the European Commission. News ...

  19. Melua, Rice Among Border Breakers Winners

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prize sponsored by the European Commission. Katie Melua and Damien Rice were among the winners of the second annual European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), held Jan. 23 in Cannes during the MIDEM trade show. The organization honors artists from th ...

  20. Melua, Rice Among Border Breakers Winners

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prize sponsored by the European Commission. Katie Melua and Damien Rice were among the winners of the second annual European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), held Jan. 23 in Cannes during the MIDEM trade show. The organization honors artists from th ...

  21. Further Delays For French Copyright Bill

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The French government has announced that the law adapting the European Union's Copyright Directive will be discussed by the parliament at the beginning of 2005, but no specific date has been set. LONDON -- The French government has announced ...

  22. MGM Deal Sails Through Shareholder Vote

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST MGM shareholders on Dec. 17 approved the takeover proposal of $12 per share offered in September by Sony Corp. and its investment partners. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- MGM shareholders on Dec. 17 approved the takeover proposal of $12 per share off ...

  23. EC To Take On Complaint Over iTunes Pricing

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British Office of Fair Trading said Dec. 3 that it has referred to the European Commission a complaint that Apple's iTunes is overcharging U.K. customers. LONDON -- The British Office of Fair Trading said Dec. 3 that it has referred to th ...

  24. Impala Contests Sony BMG Merger

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Europe's independent label community is contesting European regulators' approval of the Sony BMG merger on the grounds that their decision was contradictory to European Union legislation and practices LONDON -- Europe's independent ...

  25. EC To Take On Complaint Over iTunes Pricing

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred to the European Commission a complaint that Apple's iTunes is overcharging U.K. customers. The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred ...

  26. EC To Take On Complaint Over iTunes Pricing

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred to the European Commission a complaint that Apple's iTunes is overcharging U.K. customers. The British Office of Fair Trading said today (Dec. 3) that it has referred ...

  27. Update: Impala Contests Sony BMG

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Europe's independent label community is contesting European regulators' approval of the Sony BMG merger on the grounds that their decision was contradictory to EU legislation and practices. Europe's independent label community is co ...

  28. Sources: Impala To Lodge Sony BMG Appeal Friday

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge its appeal to the Sony BMG merger tomorrow (Dec. 3) before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg, Billboard.biz has learned. European independent labels body Impala will lodge its appeal to the ...

  29. Sources: Impala To Lodge Sony BMG Appeal Friday

    December 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge its appeal to the Sony BMG merger tomorrow (Dec. 3) before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg, Billboard.biz has learned. European independent labels body Impala will lodge its appeal to the ...

  30. EU Says Microsoft Antitrust Case Remains Intact

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union insisted Nov. 24 that its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. remains intact despite a surprise meeting called by the judge following the desertion of two of the EU's biggest all BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union insis ...

  31. Thomson Joins Microsoft/Warner Anti-Piracy Venture

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST French technology company Thomson SA said Nov. 22 that it was joining Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s proposed venture to make anti-piracy software, a move that could relieve European Union con BRUSSELS (AP) -- French technology compan ...

  32. Impala Move Could Affect Future Mergers

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the Sony BMG merger could raise questions for future deals. LONDON -- The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the ...

  33. Impala To File Sony BMG Appeal Next Month

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg in early December. European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the c ...

  34. Impala To File Sony BMG Appeal Next Month

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg in early December. European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the c ...

  35. Six Studios Drop Most-Favored-Nation Clauses in EU

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Commission closed antitrust cases Oct. 26 against six major Hollywood studios after they agreed to drop clauses in contracts with pay television operators that the EU claimed artificially (The Hollywood Reporter, AP) -- The European C ...

  36. Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG Merger

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST LONDON -- European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. ELW has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Nov. 3. LONDON -- European independent labels' body Impa ...

  37. Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Wednesday (Nov. 3). European independent labels' body Im ...

  38. Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Wednesday (Nov. 3). European independent labels' body Im ...

  39. Euro Indies Eye Legal Challenge To Sony BMG

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala will make a final decision in early October as to whether it will initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, <i>Billboard </i>has learned. LONDON -- European independent labels' ...

  40. Euro Indies Eye Legal Challenge To Sony BMG

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala will make a final decision within 10 days as to whether it will initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, Billboard.biz has learned. European independent labels' body Impala will make a f ...

  41. Euro Indies Eye Legal Challenge To Sony BMG

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala will make a final decision within 10 days as to whether it will initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, Billboard.biz has learned. European independent labels' body Impala will make a f ...

  42. Impala Seeks Details Of Sony BMG Approval

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Opponents of the Sony BMG merger have accused the European Commission of unfairly delaying the disclosure of its justification for clearing the deal. Opponents of the Sony BMG merger have accused the European Commission of unfairly delaying the di ...

  43. DRM Concerns Prompt EU To Examine Microsoft-Time Warner Deal

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Software giant Microsoft Corp. and media and entertainment powerhouse Time Warner Inc. ran into fresh trouble with the European Union on Aug. 25, as antitrust regulators ordered an in-depth probe of t BRUSSELS (AP) -- Software giant Microsoft Corp ...

  44. European Biz Hopeful Of Change At EC

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jos&#233; Manuel Barroso of Portugal, the EC's president designate, on Aug. 12 unveiled the names of the 24 nominated commissioners. Barroso has said that reform will be a central focus of his five-ye LONDON -- The music industry has high ...

  45. EU Extends Review Of Microsoft, Time Warner

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said Monday that it had extended until August 25 a deadline for its review of a planned joint venture between U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp and Time Warner Inc. The European Commission said Monday that it had extended ...

  46. EU Extends Review Of Microsoft, Time Warner Venture

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said Monday that it had extended until August 25 a deadline for its review of a planned joint venture between U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp and Time Warner Inc. The European Commission said Monday that it had extended ...

  47. Standoff Continues In German Mechanicals Dispute

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Despite a seven-hour hearing July 28, the arbitration committee of the German Patents and Brands office failed to reach a ruling on a dispute over the country's mechanical royalty rate between the Ger MUNICH -- Despite a seven-hour hearing Ju ...

  48. New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venues

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Developing technologies are beginning to raise new legal issues for performance venues, as the rights of patrons and artists potentially collide. That was the warning delivered by Denis Clive Braham d New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venu ...

  49. FTC Clears Sony BMG

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The merger of Sony Music and BMG has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today (July 28) announced that it has closed its investigation into the proposed deal. The merger of Sony Music and BMG has cleared its ...

  50. EC Approval Of Sony BMG: A Textbook Merger Review

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In 2000, the European Commission voiced serious objections to a proposed merger between EMI and Warner Music. Yet a few weeks ago, stories began circulating that the Commission was prepared to approve In 2000, the European Commission voiced seriou ...

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