European Union

  1. France Stepping Up Battle Against International Piracy

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT French trade minister Francois Loos will visit the Netherlands June 29 to discuss with Rotterdam port authorities measures to curb physical piracy and the introduction of counterfeit goods into the Eu PARIS -- French trade minister Francois Loos w ...

  2. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups BRUSSELS -- Following word June 17 that Europea ...

  3. French Industry Reacts To Minister's VAT Stance

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Patrick Devedjian, the French minister for industry, has controversially suggested that the music industry’s ongoing fight to reduce VAT on CDs is a waste of time. Patrick Devedjian, the French minister for industry, has controversially suggested ...

  4. Euro Biz Seeks Easier Digital Licensing, Collection

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Retailers, digital media companies and consumer electronics manufacturers are urging the European Commission to cut the bureaucracy on collective rights management in Europe's emerging digital media m Retailers, digital media companies and co ...

  5. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  6. Indies Slam Monti's Sony/BMG Nod

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels trade body Impala today "expressed outrage" at reports that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend giving the green light to the proposed merger of Sony Independent labels trade body Impala ...

  7. Indies Slam Monti's Sony/BMG Nod

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels trade body Impala today "expressed outrage" at reports that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend giving the green light to the proposed merger of Sony Independent labels trade body Impala ...

  8. EU's Monti Approves Sony BMG Merger

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Music and BMG be granted regulatory approval for their merger, officials said late today (June 17). European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Mus ...

  9. EU's Monti Approves Sony BMG Merger

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Music and BMG be granted regulatory approval for their merger, officials said late today (June 17). European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend that Sony Mus ...

  10. Bolkestein To Attend Dublin Copyright Seminar

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EU internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein and Irish trade minister Mary Harney will take part in a conference in Dublin Sunday and Monday (June 20-21) aimed at finding ways to protect music and EU internal market commissioner Frits Bolkeste ...

  11. Sony, BMG To Meet EU Commissioner Monti Today

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music and BMG's top executives are due to meet today with Mario Monti, the European Commissioner in charge of competition issues, Billboard.biz has learned. The meeting is expected to begin at th Sony Music and BMG's top executives ...

  12. Sony, BMG To Meet EU Commissioner Monti Today

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music and BMG's top executives are due to meet today with Mario Monti, the European Commissioner in charge of competition issues, Billboard.biz has learned. The meeting is expected to begin at th Sony Music and BMG's top executives ...

  13. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. BRUSSELS -- Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage ...

  14. Sony, BMG Defend Merger Plans

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Majors claim deal would help revive industry. Sony Music and BMG made a robust defense of their proposed merger today (June 14) at a special hearing in Brussels, the start of a two-day gathering organized by the competition department of the Europ ...

  15. Sony, BMG Defend Merger Plans

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music and BMG made a robust defense of their proposed merger today (June 14) at a special hearing in Brussels, the start of a two-day gathering organized by the competition department of the Euro Sony Music and BMG made a robust defense of th ...

  16. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  17. Impala Backs EC's Objections To Sony-BMG Merger

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels association Impala today welcomed the European Commission's initial objections to the planned merger between Sony and BMG. In a statement, the Brussels-based trade group sa European independent labels association I ...

  18. Impala Backs EC's Objections To Sony-BMG Merger

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels association Impala today welcomed the European Commission's initial objections to the planned merger between Sony and BMG. In a statement, the Brussels-based trade group sa European independent labels association I ...

  19. Euro Courts Showing Support For Copy-Protection Measures

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In the controversial issue of copy protection, a series of court cases in Europe have been decided in favor of the music industry. A few weeks after a French court dismissed legal action against label BRUSSELS -- In the controversial issue of copy ...

  20. UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against three subsidiaries of New York-based American International Group Inc. (AIG): American Home Assurance Co., National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pitts UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case NIP ...

  21. EC Postpones Hearing On Sony/BMG Merger

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has postponed its hearing into the proposed Sony-BMG merger until June 14-15. The Commission had <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/global/article_display.jsp? The European Commission has postponed it ...

  22. EC Postpones Hearing On Sony/BMG Merger

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has postponed its hearing into the proposed Sony-BMG merger until June 14-15. The Commission had <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/global/article_display.jsp?vn The European Commission has postponed ...

  23. Bono Dismisses Live Aid II Reports

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono today dismissed reports in the British tabloid press which claim he was planning a second Live Aid concert. Speaking as he met with the European Union's development ministers at Dubli U2 frontman Bono today dismissed reports ...

  24. Italy Enacts Tough New Copyright Laws

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The enactment of Italy's "Decreto Urbani" (Urbani decree) on copyright was greeted by a hackers' revolt on May 24. The decree, named after its sponsor, culture minister Giuliano Urbani, imposes stiff MILAN -- The enactment of I ...

  25. Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The second session of the 108th Congress will be a short one. Congress has only about three weeks left to wrap up its entire legislative calendar. This includes top priorities such as deliberations on Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills Hea ...

  26. Bono To Address European Leaders On 3rd World

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono will try to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin on Tuesday (June 1). U2 frontman Bono will try to persuade European ...

  27. Bono To Address European Leaders On 3rd World

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT U2 frontman Bono will try to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin on Tuesday (June 1). U2 frontman Bono will try to persuade European ...

  28. Danish TV Group Owes Money To EC

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission last Wednesday ordered Danish public television broadcaster TV2 to repay $101.4 million, plus interest, in government subsidies. BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Wednesday ordered Danish public television broadcaster ...

  29. 'Millionaire' Creator Sues Disney

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. creators of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" franchise are suing the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly licensing the hit television series to ABC at below-market prices and inflating productio Study: Teens Knowingly Download Musi ...

  30. French E-Commerce Bill Opens Door For P2P Suits

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France will soon have in place the legislation necessary to enable the music industry to sue cyber-criminals. The French Senate on May 13 approved the nation's new e-commerce bill, which provides a le PARIS--France will soon have in place the ...

  31. EU Prepares Statement Of Objections For Sony-BMG

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission is poised to tell Sony and Bertelsmann within days that their plans to merge music divisions must be revised to take account of anti-trust and consumer concerns, Billboard.biz The European Commission is poised to tell Sony ...

  32. EU Prepares Statement Of Objections For Sony-BMG

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission is poised to tell Sony and Bertelsmann within days that their plans to merge music divisions must be revised to take account of anti-trust and consumer concerns, Billboard.biz The European Commission is poised to tell Sony ...

  33. Film Studios Mull Piracy Lawsuits

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated. Ex-Exec Sues Label For Slander Ex-Fox Workers ...

  34. French Senate OKs E-commerce Bill

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Senate gave final approval today (May 13) to the nation's new e-commerce bill. The move will provide a legislative framework for the digital economy and incorporate into French law the Europe France's Senate gave final appr ...

  35. French Senate OKs E-commerce Bill

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Senate gave final approval today (May 13) to the nation's new e-commerce bill. The move will provide a legislative framework for the digital economy and incorporate into French law the Europe France's Senate gave final appr ...

  36. Taiwan Wants Off USTR's Priority Watch List

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country could get wish with out-of-cycle review. Government officials in Taiwan are upset that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has not taken the country off its Priority Watch List, which identifies nations with major copyright-infringement i ...

  37. Dopp Takes Reins At Warner Music GSA

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) is creating a new European structure, which regroups the major's operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA). Warner Music International (WMI) is creating a new European structure, which regroups the ...

  38. French Senate Votes This Week On E-Commerce Law

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate will vote May 13 on a digital-economy bill that was adopted by the French chamber of deputies on May 5. The bill transposes into French law the European Union directive on e-commerce PARIS--The French Senate will vote May 13 on a ...

  39. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann. The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the planned merger between the mus ...

  40. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has resumed its investigation into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann, naming a new deadline for its decision. The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the p ...

  41. Producer Says He Was Forced To Inflate Film Budgets

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Film producer Elie Samaha says he was blackmailed into carrying out the budget-padding scheme that ultimately cost Intertainment Licensing more than $100 million. <br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> Harvard, Berkle ...

  42. EU Piracy Directive Clears Hurdle

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European U ...

  43. Internet Music Copyright Rules Worry EU

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has warned societies which collect royalties on behalf of musicians that they may be breaking competition rules by extending their national monopolies into the world of the Int The European Commission has warned societies w ...

  44. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  45. Top News From Entertainment Law Weekly

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <UL> <LI>Olsen twins sue videogame maker for royalties.</LI> <LI>Commentary: Casino owner bets big on music.</LI> <LI>Columbia Pictures loses 'flowery' trademark case.</LI> <LI>EU bullish o ...

  46. Spain Supports Lower VAT Rate On Music

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Spain has pledged to reduce its value added tax (VAT) on record music to 4% from 16%, new culture minister Carmen Calvo said during a media gathering Friday in Madrid. Spain has pledged to reduce its value added tax (VAT) on record music to 4% fro ...

  47. Italian Govt Modifies Urbani Decree

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Italian government has modified its "Decreto Urbani" (Urbani Decree), which would have lifted most legal impediments to illegal file-sharing of copyrighted music content. The Italian government has modified its "Decreto Urbani&q ...

  48. EU Urged To Pressure Russia On IP

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI is urging European Commission president Romano Prodi to press the Russian government to take action on intellectual property issues. LONDON--International trade body the IFPI is urging European Commission presiden ...

  49. Crow Flies for United Air, Sony

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect, Sony Corp. of America's online music service, will launch May 4 with a promo event featuring Sheryl Crow performing live on a United Airlines aircraft traveling from Chicago to Los Angel Rep. Seeks To Curb Outsourcing In Film Mi ...

  50. Top News From Entertainment Law Weekly

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <UL> <LI>Japan launches entertainment-lawyer network.</LI> <LI>Commentary: Majors up on film, TV licensing.</LI> <LI>Microsoft digs in its heels to appeal EU ruling.</LI> <LI>Nielsen eyes sports-spon ...

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