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  1. 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 ...

  2. Business Matters: How Adele's Success Undermines Marketing Guru Seth Godin's Predictions

    December 28, 2011 4:54 PM EST How Adele Put Seth Godin on Blast -- Seth Godin is a successful self-help marketing guru, but the success of Adele's "21" helps undermine his predictions for the music and book publishing industries. Godin, an incredibly successful ...

  3. Is Pablo Soto Spain's P2P Robin Hood Or A Music Piracy Enabler?

    December 28, 2011 9:16 AM EST MADRID - Pablo Soto is a hero, a Robin-Hood of sorts, for the global peer-to-peer (P2P) community, a title he rejects even after his recent epic court victory against the American music and movie industries that have targeted him for years. His lu ...

  4. U.K. Music Industry Calls Gov't Copyright Law Reform Plan 'Unrealistic,' 'Overstated'

    December 22, 2011 1:00 PM EST The U.K. music industry has lambasted the government for unrealistic expectations in its copyright reform proposals, published Dec. 14, to boost the national creative businesses in the digital age by relaxing certain provisions in the copyright la ...

  5. Facebook Agrees To Improve Transparency...In Europe

    December 22, 2011 7:59 AM EST BERLIN (AP) - Facebook Inc. has agreed to make several changes to its services to improve transparency and better protect the personal data of its millions of users outside of the U.S., following an in-depth audit of its international headquarters ...

  6. Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Fails To Enact Anti-Piracy Legislation

    December 16, 2011 12:40 PM EST Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced this week he would not enforce the Sinde Law, the country's controversial antipiracy legislation, before he leaves office. (Photo: Kevin Mazor/WireImage) With only days le ...

  7. Turntable.fm, Horn Group to Host Virtual-DJ Fundraiser 'Tech the Halls'

    November 29, 2011 5:15 PM EST Turntable.fm has teamed up with digital communications agency Horn Group, Inc., to host Tech the Halls , an online holiday fundraising campaign that will pit top media influencers against each other on the social music platform in a friendly DJ-of ...

  8. EU Drafting Personal Data Protection Law Reforms

    November 29, 2011 7:58 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union wants to replace a mishmash of national laws on data protection with one bloc-wide reform, updating laws put in place long before Facebook and other social networking sites even existed. EU Justice Commissioner V ...

  9. UK Abolishes Reviled Tax Loophole Undercutting CD, DVD Sales

    November 10, 2011 4:24 PM EST A controversial sales tax loophole that enabled mail-order retailers based in the Channel Islands to sell reduced cost music product to U.K. consumers is to be abolished by the British Treasury. The islands, located near the northern coast of Fran ...

  10. Stories Behind Success of NKOTBSB Tour Revealed at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 10, 2011 12:22 PM EST From left: Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming For Touring and Live Entertainment, Billboard. Peter Katsis, Manager, Backstreet Boys, Prospect Park. Brad Wavra, VP, Live Nation. Jared Paul, Manager, NKOTB, AGPS. (Photo: Mi ...

  11. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Frances Moore

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 33 (tie) Frances Moore CEO, IFPI Website: Ifpi.org Twitter: @IFPI_org This year brought a major victory for Frances Moore as CEO of IFPI, the international trade organization of the recording industry. Moore has been a leading force in the dri ...

  12. Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

    September 13, 2011 8:22 PM EDT Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series -- A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventb ...

  13. Business Matters: Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too

    September 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too -- Artists and performing musicians are feeling the love in the European Union while record labels are being a bit overlooked. If you've read news reports about the EU ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Carlos Lopez Steps Down as President of Sony Music Spain

    September 01, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Carlos Lopez, president of Sony Music Spain, left his post earlier this week, Billboard.biz has learned. A Sony Music spokesperson declined to comment on his departure, and no announcements have been made in regard to a successor or further change ...

  16. Business Matters: Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital

    August 30, 2011 10:41 PM EDT Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital -- Better late than never? Putumayo World Music is finally going digital. The label's two newest compilations -- "African Beat" and "Latin Beat" -- are its first distri ...

  17. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  18. Placido Domingo Named IFPI Chairman

    July 26, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Legendary opera star Placido Domingo might have played a record 134 operatic roles in more than 3,500 career performances during his more than 40-year career. He may also have made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, plus arias, duets and ...

  19. What Apple's Move to Control iCloud Domain and Trademark Signals

    June 02, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Apple earlier this week made the highly unusual move of forecasting the topics of Steve Jobs' keynote at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, causing many to ask… why? The answer, or at least part of it, lies in Apple's desi ...

  20. EU Proposes New Strategy for Intellectual Property Rights

    May 25, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The European Union has outlined plans for a new intellectual property framework to be implemented across its 27 member states, including legislation to tackle digital piracy and simplify pan-European digital licensing. "Ensuring the right lev ...

  21. What Will Canada's New Majority Government Mean for Copyright Reform?

    May 05, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Monday's re-election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada to a majority stronghold means that there will be fewer impediments to get its legislation passed. One bill, which died March 26 when the general e ...

  22. British High Court Dismisses Digital Economy Act Appeal by ISPs

    April 21, 2011 9:12 AM EDT The British High Court has rejected an appeal from Internet service providers (ISPs) BT and TalkTalk, which challenged the legality of the U.K.'s Digital Economy Act (DEA ). BT and TalkTalk were granted a judicial review in November last year ...

  23. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  24. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  27. EU Launches Google Investigation After Complaints

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators opened on Tuesday (Nov. 30) a formal investigation into Google after rival services complained that the world's No. 1 Internet search engine abused its dominant position. The move came more than nine months ...

  28. EU Demands Italy Repay Elton John Concert Costs

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union said Friday (Nov. 19) it has ordered Italy to repay almost $1 million in EU money that was used to pay Elton John for a concert in Naples last year. Italy used €720,000 ($983,000) in EU money - typically used for investment proj ...

  29. EU Probes Elton John concert It Funded

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union wants to know why some of its development funds were used last year for an Elton John concert in Italy at a time when the financial crisis was forcing member nations into austerity. EU spokesman Tom van Lierop said Friday (Nov. ...

  30. European Collection Societies Welcome Anti-Piracy Ruling

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European collection societies have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling that upholds the principle of an anti-piracy "digital copying tax" on consumer media and equipment used for reproduction, as applied in Spain and most other E ...

  31. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  32. French Subsidy For Music Downloads Gets EU Nod

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT France's strategy to combat illegal music downloads by contributing to the amount young people pay for them won European Union approval and praise for promoting cultural diversity. Under the scheme, French residents who purchase a card - the ...

  33. Irish Court Ruling Hits Anti-Piracy Hopes

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointed Irish record labels are contemplating a court ruling's possible impact upon their attempts to force Internet Service Providers to tackle unauthorised downloading/file-sharing. In a ruling today in the Commercial division of the H ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. J.Lo Cancels Controversial North Cyprus Show

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez called off a controversial birthday show in the breakaway north of Cyprus, provoking celebrations Friday by Greek Cypriots while Turkish Cypriots denounced the move. The furor over a luxury hotel inauguration showed how easily bitte ...

  36. Business Matters: Guvera, Google, EMI, Pitchfork and more

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GUVERA, THE ORCHARD INK DEAL -- Ad-supported download site Guvera has inked a licensing deal with The Orchard , giving the startup a much-needed boost in its catalog. Currently, the Guvera website has a note about its catalog: “What you can't ...

  37. ISPs' Legal Challenge to U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telcos BT and Talk Talk are seeking a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which was voted through parliament in April. The BBC reports that the two Internet Service Providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the new law. ...

  38. MCPS Outlines Northern European Alliance Strategy

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation is key to growing rights revenue generated by U.K. collecting societies PRS For Music (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That was the central message from Robert Ashcroft , PRS CEO and executive director, M ...

  39. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  40. Sales Tax Hike In U.K. Emergency Budget

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is to be hit with an increase in V.A.T. (value added tax) from 17.5% to 20%, as the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government begins to tackle the country's budget deficit. The general increase in the ...

  41. German Govt Won't Adopt Three Strikes

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German federal government has called for Internet Service Providers to take more responsibility for illegal content on their networks, but it has resisted any measures to block copyright infringers' access to the Internet. "This is n ...

  42. Italian Radio Lifts Boycott Of Int'l Acts

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now in its fifth week, the Italian record industry's showdown with RNA, a group representing 10 leading commercial radio networks, has taken a new turn. On May 7, the stations stopped playing new releases, both Italian and international, sent ...

  43. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  44. SGAE's Copying Levy Income Outstrips Record Sales

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a miserable year for Spanish sales, for the first time ever Spanish authors body SGAE collected more money from a home-copying levy on consumer electronics/blank media than it did in mechanical royalties from records. The collecting society ...

  45. PPL Strikes New Deal For Germany

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s neighboring rights society PPL has joined with other international societies in a new partnership with GVL in Germany. ADAMI (France), AIE (Spain), RAAP (Ireland) and SENA (Holland) have also reached an agreement with the German so ...

  46. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Facebook, iTunes, We7 and More

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- A few side notes to Sirius XM's Q1 earnings release on Tuesday, which was reported at Billboard.biz. First, the company lost 306,000 retail subscribers during the quarter - slightly better than the loss in the prior year period. But it gai ...

  47. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  48. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  49. ACTA Not Urging Adoption Of Three-Strikes

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital rights advocates and a computer industry trade group criticized the newly released draft text of an international agreement to toughen penalties for copyright theft. The European Union's executive branch and the U.S. Trade Repres ...

  50. Spanish Culture Industry Hit By Piracy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's culture industry lost 13,200 jobs in 2008, of which 10,600 were in the audio-visual sector, according to a report on how digital piracy is affecting the European Union. The bright side is that the sector covering recorded music, cinem ...

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