European Union

  1. 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 ...

  2. Music Biz Backs Internet Child Safety Scheme

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The international music industry is endorsing the latest phase of an Internet safety campaign devised to help educate parents and teachers on supporting children's safe activities in the online world. Child welfare charity Childnet is behind ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Traveler Mag Gets Going With Live Concerts

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT National Geographic Society is lending the brand name of its Traveler glossy magazine to a series of live-music concerts aimed at U.S. geo-tourists. As part of the value-added service National Geographic Traveler offers the tourism boards that adv ...

  6. German Biz Contracts Slightly In 2007

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German recorded music market is showing signs of bottoming out. Total sales of CDs, music videos, downloads and mobile music shrank by 3.2% in 2007, for a value of €1.652 billion ($2.57 billion). The corresponding result in 2006 was €1.706 bil ...

  7. EC Fines Microsoft A Record $1.4 Billion

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Commission Wednesday slapped a record 899 million euros ($1.4 billion) fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 ruling ordering the software giant to change its business practices. The fine comes on top of earlier penalties ...

  8. Industry Bodies Back Wishart Bill On C'right Term

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST British neighboring rights collecting society PPL, the Musicians Union and labels body the BPI have thrown their support behind Peter Wishart's ambition to change the current legislation on the U.K.'s term of copyright. Scottish National ...

  9. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  10. Microsoft Offers $44.6B For Yahoo

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets. The surpr ...

  11. Legal Storm Brews For Pirate Bay Four

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The team behind file-sharing engine the Pirate Bay have been charged by a public prosecutor in Sweden. The four men -- Carl Lundstrom, Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg -- face up to two years in prison if convicted on charges ...

  12. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  13. IFPI Welcomes Euro Court File-sharing Ruling

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has welcomed a judgement on intellectual property rights by the European Court of Justice, even though it ruled in favour of a Spanish telecom company's right not to disclose information about illegal file-sharing. The London-based g ...

  14. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  15. Healthy Digital Biz Needs Gov't, ISP Help, IFPI Says

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led by single-track downloads, worldwide digital music sales reached $2.9 billion in 2007, up almost 40% from the previous year, according to a new publication issued by the IFPI. Digital formats now account for roughly 15% of the global music mar ...

  16. Update: Apple Standardizes European Download Prices

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple has pre-empted any regulatory action by the European Commission by announcing today that it will lower the prices on its U.K. iTunes store to match the standardized pricing across Europe. Apple says the new pricing will take effect within si ...

  17. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  18. Indie Chiefs Talk Shop With Euro Commissioners

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala seized an opportunity to network with European lawmakers this week when the independent music companies trade body held its annual summit in Brussels. Members of the European Commission and Parliament were among the guests involved in the d ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Biz Chiefs Urge EU To Solve China Syndrome

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The cream of the international recorded music industry today called on the European Commission to help solve China's overwhelming music piracy issues. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson met with a heavyweight industry team whic ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. IFPI Lauds Anti-Piracy Trade Agreement

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has welcomed an agreement between the likes of the European Union, the United States and Japan to enter talks on strengthening the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Some of the world's leading markets on Tuesday committed ...

  23. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Pact Unveiled On Capitol Hill

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today unveiled an initiative for the United States and some of its key trading partners to negotiate what is being called an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). During a press conference held on Capit ...

  24. Impala Rails Against Sony BMG Decision

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independents group' Impala has issued a detailed reaction to the European Commission’s clearance of the Sony BMG merger. The Commission cleared the merger for the second time on Wednesday (Oct. 3), saying "the transaction would not creat ...

  25. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  26. McCartney Gets Back To Liverpool

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney is to play a homecoming concert for 35,000 fans in Liverpool as part of the city's program of events for its year as European Capital of Culture. The former Beatle will headline the Liverpool Sound Concert at Liverpool Foot ...

  27. Popkomm Panelists: Music, Auto Industries Must Align

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vehicles will drive a viable revenue stream for record labels in the coming years, panelists said at the "Auto Mobile Music: The Dashboard Jukebox" session today, on day one of Popkomm , the international music and entertainment conferen ...

  28. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  29. Belgian ISP To Appeal File-Block Ruling

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Belgian Internet Service Provider (ISP) Scarlet is appealing against a court ruling that said it must block illegal downloads from peer-to-peer networks and must begin doing so within six months. Scarlet, formerly a wing of Italy's Tiscali, w ...

  30. CISAC Responds To Royalty Reform Critics

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella organization for the world's collection societies, today (July 19) responded to severe objections to its planned reforms. It accused its critics of cynically seeking any means possible to drive down the fees required for t ...

  31. Telcos Not Obliged To ID Downloaders, Says EU Expert

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT European telecoms and Internet companies are not obliged to reveal the identity of clients who may have illegally-downloaded music recordings, an advisor to the European Union's Court of Justice said Wednesday. The Advocate General of the Lux ...

  32. Terra Firma Extends EMI Offer Deadline

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma has re-extended its deadline to buy-out EMI Group Plc after the private equity firm failed again to achieve total shareholder approval. By 1pm ET yesterday, Terra Firma had collected only 3.82% of EMI's existing issued ordinary sh ...

  33. EC OKs Terra Firma, EMI Deal

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on Thursday approved private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners' £2.4 billion ($4.8 billion) takeover bid for EMI Group. The clearance for the planned buyout comes despite attempts by many EMI shareholders to en ...

  34. Feedback Mixed Over CISAC, EC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Composer and performer groups have backed the provisional deal CISAC agreed with the European Commission to reform the way royalties are collected. However, the plans are being vigorously opposed by media and telecom giants, who say the changes wi ...

  35. ISPs Held Responsible In Belgian P2P Case

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Belgian court has made the unprecedented ruling of declaring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) responsible for illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing via their networks. The June 28 ruling, in a case originally brought by Belgian collection soc ...

  36. EU Reopens Review Of Sony BMG Venture

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has reopened its antitrust investigation into the merger of the Sony and Bertelsmann music divisions, more than three months after it stopped the clock on its probe. The Commission - the European Union's antitrust auth ...

  37. Apple Meets iTunes EU Deadline, Universal Wins Extension

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple met last night's deadline to respond to the European Commission's antitrust concerns over the pricing of its iTunes online music store, officials have confirmed. However, Vivendi's Universal Music Group has since been granted ...

  38. EU Probes Personal Music Player Health Risks

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Union has launched a research study into the health risks of personal music players. The study, by the EU's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) will aim to identify the acceptable level of ...

  39. Geldof, Bono Fight On For Africa Aid

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Geldof, U2 frontman Bono and German rock singer Herbert Groenemeyer fronted a rock concert in Rostock, North Germany yesterday as part of an appeal for world leaders to ramp-up support for the people of Africa. More than 70,000 people attended ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  42. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  43. Gibb Outlines CISAC Ambitions

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music business needs to rebrand and reposition itself to counter its image as a corporate leviathan, Robin Gibb, the newly-elected president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), tells Billboard.biz. ...

  44. Copyright Row Dominates Summit

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has wrapped, after an afternoon session dominated by a stand-off between delegates and controversial Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons issues copyright licenses that al ...

  45. Brussels Copyright Summit Kicks Off

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has started in Brussels with some lively initial sessions. The two-day summit, attended by over 500 delegates, goes under the banner "Creators First" and is focused on the protection of copyright in t ...

  46. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  47. New European Song Contest Mooted

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of European Parliament members, singers and journalists are bidding to set up a European song contest restricted to the 27 members of the European Union. They have already contacted various broadcasters, sponsors and the EU institutions fo ...

  48. Bailiff's court raids CD Wow office in Denmark

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Officials from the bailiff's court in Aarhus, Denmark have raided CD Wow's offices serving the Danish market, according to the national arm of the IFPI. Officials on May 14 confiscated accounting material, correspondence and other eviden ...

  49. Bono Lobbies Nations For Aid

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock icon Bono Tuesday urged rich nations to take the "smart and strategic" choice of fulfilling their aid promises and debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with European Commi ...

  50. Eurovision Win Boosts Serbia Mood After Tough Year

    May 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The victory of Marija Serifovic at the 2007 Eurovision song contest caused an outpouring of national pride in Serbia, a country more used to rebuffs from Europe over its wartime past than to accolades. Serbs took to the streets with flags, tooting ...

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