European Union

  1. 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 ...

  2. Loud Music Deafens Brit Bar, Club Workers

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Employees of Britain's bars, pubs and clubs are being exposed to music so loud it is damaging their hearing, a new report claims. LONDON -- Employees of Britain's bars, pubs and clubs are being exposed to music so loud it is damaging the ...

  3. Loud Music Deafens Brit Bar, Club Workers

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Employees of Britain's bars, pubs and clubs are being exposed to music so loud it is damaging their hearing, a new report claims. Employees of Britain's bars, pubs and clubs are being exposed to music so loud it is damaging their hearing ...

  4. Loud Music Deafens Brit Bar, Club Workers

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Employees of Britain's bars, pubs and clubs are being exposed to music so loud it is damaging their hearing, a new report claims. Employees of Britain's bars, pubs and clubs are being exposed to music so loud it is damaging their hearing ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. OD2 Opens For Biz In Eastern Europe

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST London-based OD2, the Loudeye Corp.-owned digital music service provider, has expanded its international portfolio with the launch of Zabavaj.se, a new online music store in Slovenia. London-based OD2, the Loudeye Corp.-owned digital music service ...

  7. OD2 Opens For Biz In Eastern Europe

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST London-based OD2, the Loudeye Corp.-owned digital music service provider, has expanded its international portfolio with the launch of Zabavaj.se, a new online music store in Slovenia. London-based OD2, the Loudeye Corp.-owned digital music service ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Sources: MSN Music Set For Euro Expansion

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST MSN Music will later this week unveil plans to expand into the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Austria, Billboard.biz has learned. Pricing and repertoire details are expected to be disclosed Thurs MSN Music later this week will unveil plans to ...

  17. Sources: MSN Music Set For Euro Expansion

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST MSN Music later this week will unveil plans to expand into the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Austria, Billboard.biz has learned. Pricing and repertoire details are expected to be disclosed Thurs MSN Music later this week will unveil plans to ...

  18. Top News From Entertainment Law Weekly

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST <UL> <LI>Six Studios Drop Most-Favored-Nation Clauses in EU</LI> <LI>Sources: Impala Taking EC To Court Over Sony BMG Merger</LI> <LI>AFTRA, Producers Reach Tentative Contract</LI> <LI>Behind the D S ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. FIMI Slams iTunes For Ignoring Italian Indies

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italy's main industry trade body FIMI has criticized Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store for neglecting the country's indie labels in its pan-European offering, which launched yesterday. Italy's main industry trade body FIMI ha ...

  21. FIMI Slams iTunes For Ignoring Italian Indies

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italy's main industry trade body FIMI has criticized Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store for neglecting the country's indie labels in its pan-European offering, which launched yesterday. Italy's main industry trade body FIMI ha ...

  22. Apple Unveils New iPods, Bows EU iTunes

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer today unveiled the two latest updates to its iPod franchise: the iPod Photo, a larger-capacity portable player that holds album art and other digital images as well as music, and the li Apple Computer today unveiled the two latest u ...

  23. EDiMA Names Del Rio President

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the pan-European coalition which represents online music companies. Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the coaliti ...

  24. EDiMA Names Del Rio President

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the pan-European coalition which represents online music companies. Mauro Del Rio has been appointed president of European Digital Media Assn. (EDiMA), the coaliti ...

  25. Sony BMG Appoints Eastern Europe MDs

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment today (Oct. 1) appointed heads of its operations in Eastern Europe. Sony BMG Music Entertainment today (Oct. 1) appointed heads of its operations in Eastern Europe. Prague-based Sony Music Central Europe managing direc ...

  26. Sony BMG Appoints Eastern Europe MDs

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment today (Oct. 1) appointed heads of its operations in Eastern Europe. Sony BMG Music Entertainment today (Oct. 1) appointed heads of its operations in Eastern Europe. Prague-based Sony Music Central Europe managing direc ...

  27. Report: Warner Music Planning IPO

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is eyeing a public stock issue as early as next spring, according to a report published in the British trade press today (Sept. 23). Warner Music Group is eyeing a public stock issue as early as next spring, according to a repor ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Dutch Retailer Beats Apple to Local Download Market

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dutch music retail chain Free Record Shop (FRS) beat Apple Computer Inc. to the local market with the Tuesday launch of a new download service in Europe's latest battleground for digital song services Dutch music retail chain Free Record Shop ...

  31. Dutch Retailer Beats Apple to Local Download Market

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dutch music retail chain Free Record Shop (FRS) beat Apple Computer Inc. to the local market with the Tuesday launch of a new download service in Europe's latest battleground for digital song services Dutch music retail chain Free Record Shop ...

  32. EU To Select New Competition Czar

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Discussions are under way to nominate the next European Commissioner in charge of competition issues, replacing Mario Monti, who has been recalled from the post. LONDON -- Discussions are under way to nominate the next European Commissioner in cha ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Top Stories From Entertainment Law Weekly

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <UL> <LI>New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venues</LI> <LI>EU To Select New Competition Czar</LI> <LI>Apple, RealNetworks At Odds Over Harmony</LI> <LI>Judge Puts Halt On DVD Descrambling Chi ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Update: EC Vows To Monitor Music Market

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission pledged today (July 20) to remain vigilant and monitor the music market. The announcement came the day after the body gave the green light to the planned merger between Sony Mu The European Commission pledged today (July 20 ...

  37. Update: EC Vows To Monitor Music Market

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission pledged today (July 20) to remain vigilant and monitor the music market. The announcement came the day after the body gave the green light to the planned merger between Sony Mu The European Commission pledged today (July 20 ...

  38. EC To Assess Copyright Extension

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans to review its copyright laws, including the issue of raising protection for recorded music from the current European level of 50 years. The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans ...

  39. Reports: Sony, BMG To Cut 2,000 Staffers

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT About 2,000 staffers worldwide will be let go as a result of the Sony Music-BMG merger, sources said. The combined company is expected to reap cost savings of $300 million-$360 million a year, accordi About 2,000 staffers worldwide will be let go ...

  40. EC To Clear Sony/BMG Merger July 20: Sources

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will be formally confirmed by the European Commission on July 20, sources say. The 30 Commissioners, meeting in Strasbourg, France, are expected to nod the de The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will ...

  41. EC To Clear Sony/BMG Merger July 20: Sources

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will be formally confirmed by the European Commission on July 20, sources say. The 30 Commissioners, meeting in Strasbourg, France, are expected to nod the de The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will ...

  42. Industry Presses EC To Review Recordings' Term Of Protection

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI officially requested the European Commission for an extension of Term of Protection for producers and artists, with the goal of ending the discrepancy between the Uni LONDON -- The music industry's main prior ...

  43. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  44. Canadian ISPs Win Court Ruling Over Royalties

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers may not have to pay royalties to the music industry for files downloaded by their customers, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled June 30. TORONTO -- Internet service providers may not have to pay royalties to the music ind ...

  45. Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 Trillion In 2008

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The global entertainment and media industries generated revenues of $1.23 trillion in 2003, and that figure is expected to grow to $1.67 trillion by 2008, according to a new study issued by PriceWater Study: Global Entertainment Biz To Hit $1.67 T ...

  46. Impala Could Face Tough Legal Battle Over Sony BMG

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A legal challenge by opponents to the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG is unlikely to succeed, according to some legal experts here. On June 17, sources at the European Commission said Competitio BRUSSELS -- A legal challenge by opponents to ...

  47. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  48. IFPI Calls For Tighter Rights Protection

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soaring piracy. The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soari ...

  49. New MEPs Face Tough IP Agenda

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The new European Parliament has a busy agenda ahead of it in the intellectual-property (IP) sector. The new Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have the task of reviewing and amending the existin LONDON -- The new European Parliament has a bu ...

  50. French Parliament To Discuss Copyright Legislation

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France is in the final stage of adapting the European Union's E-Commerce Directive into local law, but another crucial piece of EU legislation for the music and film industries is way behind schedule. PARIS -- France is in the final stage of ...

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