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  1. Universal Music's Concessions Grow in EMI Deal; Sale of Virgin U.K. Looks Likely

    July 17, 2012 11:01 PM EDT The Universal Music Group will take some extra time to prepare and submit its remedies package to the EU Commission, as part of its gambit to win regulatory approval to acquire EMI's recorded-music division. Depending on who you listen to, th ...

  2. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  3. Universal Music to Submit Divestment Package Within 24 Hours; May Offer to Sell Virgin, EMI Classics in Certain Territories

    July 16, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Within the next 24 hours, the Universal Music Group will submit a package of assets it expects to sell beyond the publishing assets (including the Koch and Brentwood Benson Christian catalogs) already announced earlier this year. According to mult ...

  4. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  5. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  6. Business Matters: Paper on Post-Napster Industry Just Another Summer Rerun

    July 11, 2012 6:30 PM EDT New Paper On Napster Unveils Little 'New' Material An academic article by a Rutgers School of Law professor, titled " Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story ," claims to have "uncovered" what was lost from lawsuit ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Japanese Regulators

    July 11, 2012 8:16 AM EDT Japanese regulators have approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Music without having to make concessions, according to a Music Week report. A statement from a Universal Music rep said that, "We can confirm that the ...

  9. Universal Music Group to File Response to European Commission's Statement of Objections Today

    July 05, 2012 12:04 PM EDT Universal is today expected to submit its written response to the European Commission's 194-page statement of objections over its proposed acquisition of EMI. The music major has until midnight (Central European Time) today (July 5) to reply ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Universal-EMI Merger: European Commision's Statement of Objections Leak (Report)

    July 03, 2012 12:15 PM EDT As the music industry anxiously awaits whether or not Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI Music will be approved by European and U.S. regulators, the media is in overdrive reporting every twist and turn of the labyrinth process as if it w ...

  12. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  13. Universal Accused of Delaying IFPI Market Share Report

    June 27, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Universal Music Group is alleged to have caused a delay to the publication of an IFPI report into market-share by attempting "to put its own spin" on its findings, according to the New York Post . In a story published today (June 27), Th ...

  14. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  17. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  18. Exclusive: Beggars Group's Martin Mills On Testifying at Senate Universal-EMI Hearing

    June 20, 2012 8:05 AM EDT In the back stairwell of a crowded Webster Hall amidst the bustling relaunched New Music Seminar, Billboard.biz caught up with Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills three days before he is due to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust C ...

  19. Universal Music Group Receives Statement of Objections From European Commission Over EMI Deal

    June 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Universal Music Group has formally received the European Competition Commission's Statement of Objections regarding its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded music department, a step that the company had long expected part of the normal EU ...

  20. 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- ...

  21. Lucian Grainge, Roger Faxon, Irving Azoff to Testify at EMI/Universal Deal's Congressional Hearing

    June 15, 2012 2:04 PM EDT The heads of both Universal Music Group and EMI are expected to appear before a U.S. Congressional hearing June 21 to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal, Reuters reports . Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will ...

  22. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

  23. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI To Face EU Commission's Statement of Objections

    June 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The approval process of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's music division is entering another chapter as European Union regulators are preparing a list of concerns about the merger, according to EC Competition Commissioner Joaquin Al ...

  24. Dutch Lawmakers Reject ACTA Online Piracy Treaty

    May 30, 2012 6:20 AM EDT THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday urging the government not to sign a controversial international treaty aimed at reining in online piracy. The motion was another setback for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agre ...

  25. Chuck Brown, The Godfather of Go-Go, Dead at 75

    May 16, 2012 5:22 PM EDT Chuck Brown, leader of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, who was widely known as "The Godfather of Go-Go," has died at the age of 75. The gravelly voiced Go-Go music legend may be best remembered for his biggest hit "Bustin Loose ...

  26. Deezer Signs Worldwide Licensing Deal With Merlin

    May 11, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas spoke both on his organization's new agreement with Deezer and his disagreenment with the Universal merger. Streaming subscription service Deezer has signed a global licensing deal with independent rights agency Merl ...

  27. Queen Manager Jim Beach on EMI-Universal Deal: EMI Shouldn't Be Owned by a Private Equity Firm

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Jim Beach, manager of U.K. rock band Queen, has spoken out in support of the proposed Universal-EMI merger. In a letter published in the British newspaper The Times on May 5, Beach said that: "Today's music business is very different to ...

  28. Will Placido Domingo Sing At Madrid's Royal Theater? How Spain's Economic Crisis Is Hurting Opera

    April 27, 2012 12:28 PM EDT The Show May Not Go On: The Madrid Royal Theater website's promotion for its production of Cyrano de Bergerac is threatened by a financial dispute stemming from government cutbacks. (Screenshot) The pain spares no one in Spain. A salary dispu ...

  29. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  30. Sony's Acquisition of EMI to Be Approved Today, Sources Say

    April 19, 2012 12:05 AM EDT According to multiple sources, the European Commission is expected to announce Thursday its approval of the purchase of EMI Music Publishing by the Sony Corp. of America-led consortium. The news was first reported in the Financial Times. That acqu ...

  31. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  32. California Attorney General's Office Making Inquiries About EMI Music Sale: Report

    March 28, 2012 9:05 AM EDT California Attorney General Kamala Harris is making legal inquiries about the planned sale of EMI, according to two sources cited by Bloomberg . The sale of the company's recorded-music operation to Universal Music and its publishing to a Son ...

  33. Sony/ATV Offers Unspecified Concessions to European Union in EMI Music Publishing Deal

    March 27, 2012 3:49 PM EDT BRUSSELS (AP) - A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday. Sony/ATV, a joint vent ...

  34. Universal to Sell Music-Publishing Catalogs Worth $200 Million as Part of EMI Purchase

    March 26, 2012 10:43 PM EDT Universal Music Group is planning to sell three of its music-publishing catalogs to help finance its acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, a source told Billboard.biz. The news was first reported the Financial Times . Universal has br ...

  35. European Commission Investigation Into Universal's Purchase of EMI Music Enters Phase Two

    March 23, 2012 4:02 PM EDT As widely anticipated, the European Commission's investigation into Universal's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division is to enter a secondary, more in-depth phase, it has been confirmed. The announcement was made ear ...

  36. BBC, ITV, Sky Accused of Coercing European Composers To Give Up Copyright

    February 29, 2012 8:48 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) -- A group representing composers and songwriters is alleging that some of Europe's most prominent broadcasters are coercing them into giving up the copyrights to their work, sharply diminishing their earnings. The European Comp ...

  37. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  38. Business Matters: 850,000 Androids Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You?

    February 27, 2012 8:12 PM EST ,000 Android Devices are Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You? -- More than 850,000 Android phones are now activated each day, according to a tweet on Monday by Google senior VP Andy Rubin, who heads the company's mobile divis ...

  39. EU Suspends ACTA Copyright Treaty Ratification

    February 22, 2012 8:40 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Commission, facing steep opposition, is suspending efforts to ratify an international anti-counterfeiting agreement and instead referring it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates EU rights. EU Trade ...

  40. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  41. Google Wins U.S., EU Approval For $12.5 Billion Motorola Bid

    February 14, 2012 11:27 AM EST Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history. Monday's blessing ...

  42. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  43. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  44. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  45. German Politicians @MIDEM Weigh in on Music Biz; GEMA Signs With Deezer

    January 31, 2012 7:45 AM EST "The German delegations are a mainstay of MIDEM and thus form part of its core," said MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk at the opening ceremony of the German joint stand on Sunday afternoon at MIDEM in Cannes. Numerous politicians flew from Germany in ...

  46. U2 Manager Paul McGuiness Calls Google a 'Monopoly,' Spotify 'Ultimately a Good Thing' @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:17 PM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness picked up the copyright cudgel once again at MIDEM, this time directing his energies at Google. It was the Irishman who in 2008 used the platform of MIDEM to demand ISPs counter illegal file movements on their networks, ...

  47. Copyright Extension, Reversion Are Focus of Legal Panel at MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST Entertainment attorney Bernard Resnick discusses changes to U.S. copyright law affecting works assigned to publishers in 1978 and thereafter. At right is Lommen Abdo's Kenneth Abdo. (Photo: Louis Hau) Recent changes in U.S. and European copyr ...

  48. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  49. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  50. New Spanish Gov't Enacts Sinde Anti-Piracy Laws, Opponents Promise A Fight

    January 03, 2012 1:30 PM EST Spain will finally implement its controversial antipiracy act starting in March now that the new conservative government rushed the enactment of the pending codes. Its success though is sure to be tested in courts and on the streets. Jose Ignacio ...

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