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  1. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  2. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  3. European Union to Reject ACTA Treaty

    June 22, 2012 10:59 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - European lawmakers put another nail in ACTA's coffin Thursday, insuring that the controversial anti-counterfeiting treaty will most likely be fail to pass the European Parliament. The Parliament's powerful Internationa ...

  4. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  5. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  6. File Sharing Group In Sweden Says It Is Recognized As A Religion

    January 05, 2012 3:56 PM EST STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A file-sharing group that considers itself a spiritual organization said Thursday that Sweden has recognized it as a religious community. According to documents provided by spiritual leader Isak Gerson, 20, his Church of Kopimism ...

  7. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  8. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  9. U.S. and EU Regulators Eye Apple's New Subscription Plan

    February 20, 2011 11:28 AM EST U.S. and European regulators are keeping tabs on Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of the revenue generated by the sale of online subscriptions through its App Store following concerns voiced by publishers. Some app makers are unhappy with Appl ...

  10. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  11. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  12. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  13. Pirate Bay Appeal In September

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The appeal by four defendants convicted April 2009 for their involvement with the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay has been scheduled for Sept. 28. The appeal in Stockholm has been allocated nine days of court time. One defendant, Peter Sunde, ha ...

  14. Spanish Confusion Over EU Warning On Internet Access

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's telecommunications industry is perplexed by public comments from the European commissioner for the society of information, Viviane Reding, who warned that Spain faced conflict with the European Union over its plans to approve disconne ...

  15. EU Says Internet Access Can Be Restricted

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The EU has agreed that a user's Internet access may be restricted, if necessary and proportionate, only after a fair and impartial procedure including the right to be heard. It replaces an amendment that had been voted through the European Pa ...

  16. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Three-Strikes Pledge

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A combination of fierce criticism and welcome support was the mixed response from the U.K. music and digital industry following proposals outlined today (Oct.28) by U.K. cabinet minister Lord Mandelson to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Mandelso ...

  17. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  18. In The City Day 1: Pirate Party Chairman Provokes Delegates

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of Manchester's In The City conference - the U.K.'s biggest music confab - began in dramatic fashion with a heated debate on the issue of illegal file-sharing. Chaired by Jon Webster, chairman of the Music Manager's Forum (M ...

  19. U.K. Committee Opposes Cutting Off File-Sharers

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the U.K. government has been consulting on technical measures including suspension of Internet accounts for file-sharers, a parliamentary committee has issued a report that blames the music industry for much of the file-sharing problem and o ...

  20. Pirate Party Founder To Open In The City 2009

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Falkvinge, founder and chairman of controversial Swedish political organization the Pirate Party, has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for this year's In the City (ITC) conference and festival. Held in Manchester, Oct. 18 to ...

  21. ISPs Welcome Digital Britain's P2P Strategy

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. biz may not have been impressed with the lack of a "three-strikes" strategy in the government's Digital Britain report, but ISPs have welcomed the proposals. In its response to the June 16 report, the Internet Service Provi ...

  22. Czechs Urged To Act On EU Term Extension

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European organizations representing performers and the music industry have joined together to call on the Czech government to use the final weeks of its EU presidency to help deliver the European directive to increase copyright in sound recordings ...

  23. Sweden's Free-Web Pirate Party Has Euro Seat

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sweden's Pirate Party, which wants to abolish copyright laws and protect Internet privacy, has won a seat in the European Parliament. The Pirate Party captured 7.1% of the Swedish vote Sunday, enough to secure it one of Sweden's 18 seats ...

  24. Govt Minister Backs 'Regulation' To Tackle Piracy

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is a need for further regulation to help tackle piracy, a U.K. government cabinet member told the annual general meeting for PPL, the record labels' and performers' royalties collecting society. Member of parliament Alan Johnson, t ...

  25. French Biz Welcomes Three-Strikes Vote

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry has voiced its approval after the French Senate adopted the "Creation and Internet" law by 189 votes in favor and 14 against. In the vote today (May 13), the Senate did not amend the draft voted by the National Assembl ...

  26. BPI Clashes With ISPs

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. record industry trade body the BPI and the organization that represents British Internet Service Providers have clashed over the best approach to tackle illegal file-sharing, as both sides attempt to influence a new government strategy on the ...

  27. European Parliament Votes For Web Freedom

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has again voted in favor of the freedom of Internet users, stating that telco subscribers' access cannot be restricted without a legal court ruling. The vote in Strasbourg appears to challenge measures such as France&# ...

  28. European Commission Acts On Internet Rights

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has launched a new online tool offering practical advice on the digital rights consumers have under EU law, while reiterating the need for pan-European licensing solutions. In Strasbourg, the Commission unveiled the online ...

  29. Lord Carter Delivers PRS For Music AGM Keynote

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Carter, the U.K. government minister preparing the country's copyright law for the digital age, has promised to meet the complex needs of content creators within new legislation. Speaking during a keynote today (April 30) at the annual g ...

  30. French Govt Revives Three-Strikes Law

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debate on the French "Creation and Internet" law has resumed at the National Assembly in Paris, after the bill was surprisingly rejected by deputies on April 9. The draft law, which features a three-strike scheme to tackle illegal do ...

  31. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  32. British Singer Bragg Blasts EU Copyright Extension

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British singer Billy Bragg blasted Wednesday a proposed European Union law to nearly double music copyright to 95 years, saying it would give a huge windfall to major recording labels. The European Parliament will vote Thursday on extending royalt ...

  33. Musicians Lobby EU On Term Extension

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing body PPL organized a reception in Brussels to help artists press their case for a fair copyright term deal at the EU level. The current term for copyright in sound recordings is 50 years and the European Commission proposed extendin ...

  34. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  35. U.K. Govt Rebuffs EU Copyright Vote

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the U.K. minister of state for intellectual property, has reaffirmed the British government's position on term extension by refusing to accept the European Parliament's legal affairs committee ruling on a 95-year copyright t ...

  36. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  37. Sony BMG Merger Still Under Scrutiny

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament continues to seek further scrutiny of the Sony BMG merger, although the major has since demerged and will officially be renamed Sony Music Entertainment in 2009. EC Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes has six weeks to ...

  38. British Govt Minister Backs Term Extension

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. culture secretary Andy Burnham is recommending a 20-year increase in copyright term to 70 years. His comments at the U.K. Music Creators' Conference, held at London’s ICA, represent a new position for the British government on copyright. ...

  39. EU Amendment Against 'Three-Strikes' Dropped

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST French independent labels bodies SPPF and UPFI have welcome a move by Europe's Council of Ministers to reject a European Parliament amendment covering Internet rights, that would have been at odds with France's three-strikes legislation ...

  40. Term Extension Message Sent To PM

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST A group of U.K. musicians has delivered a video message to prime minister Gordon Brown, urging the government to support proposals to extend the copyright term for performers and record companies. The video was filmed at Abbey Road Studios in Lond ...

  41. French Senate Validates Three-Strike Scheme

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The French Senate has adopted the "Creation and Internet" law, only 24 hours after the debates began. While intense debates were anticipated, the draft gathered 297 votes in favor and only 15 against. The draft law, which now has to be v ...

  42. France Begins Debating Anti-Piracy Law

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT First debates on the long awaited "Creation and Internet" draft law have kicked off at the French Senate. The draft law was inspired by a mission led at the end of 2007 by Denis Olivennes, former CEO of leading French entertainment retai ...

  43. German Govt. Restates Copyright Commitment

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bernd Neumann, the German federal government's minister for culture and the media, says he's committed to ensuring European countries receive the best possible legal basis for protecting copyrights. Speaking at the Popkomm music conferen ...

  44. French Biz Defends 'Three-Strike' Scheme After Euro Vote

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government and music industry is insisting that the "Internet and Creation" law, which was initiated last year by President Sarkozy and includes provisions against online piracy, can go ahead despite a European Parliament vote ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Euro Parliament Approves New Support For Artists

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament voted Thursday for new measures providing job support for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. At its plenary session in Brussels, the Parliament voted to introduce a special electronic social security card for ...

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