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  1. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  2. Euro Parliament Shows Support For Artists

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has called for better job protection for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. The Parliament's Culture Committee voted Monday for the introduction of a special electronic social security card for artists, ...

  3. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

  4. Source: Japan To File IPR Complaint Against China

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government will soon file a complaint with the World Trade Organization concerning China's allegedly insufficient protection of copyright and intellectual-property rights, a well-placed Japanese entertainment-industry source tell ...

  5. Report: EU Regulators OK Universal, BMG Pub Deal

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT How close is Universal Music Group to winning regulatory approval to buy BMG Music Publishing? Just weeks away, apparently. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the European Union anti-trust team scrutinizing the giant music publishing ha ...

  6. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  7. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  8. EC Official Says iPod May Avoid Regulation

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's top anti-trust official has indicated that Apple Computer's iPod players might escape regulation. Commission director general for competition Philip Lowe said that his services would only intervene in the case i ...

  9. EC Stops Sony BMG Probe, Awaits Data

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today it has halted its antitrust investigation into the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music divisions as it awaits key data from the two music giants on the European music market. In a press statement ...

  10. IFPI Blasts Euro Parliament Stance On IP

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI today criticized the European Parliament for voting measures to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The proposals, voted by the Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee yesterday, does "no m ...

  11. European Parliament Votes On IP Rights

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted Tuesday on politically sensitive proposals to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The vote means European members of parliament have backed the ...

  12. Euro-MPs To Establish Penalties For Counterfeiting, Intellectual Piracy

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Draft legislation aimed at establishing Europe-wide criminal penalties for counterfeiting and intellectual piracy are scheduled to be agreed on tomorrow (March 20) by Euro-MPs. The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee is expected to ...

  13. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  14. Liverpool Arena Embraces 'Green' Ethos

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The new Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre looks set to feature the U.K.'s most environmentally-friendly entertainment venue when it opens in 2008. The publicly-funded venture will be located in the Beatles' native city in northern En ...

  15. EU Parliament Votes On Pan-Euro Music Licensing

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament today voted for binding legislation on the online music market, but warned that collective online licensing should be opened-up gradually. The European members of parliament said that a "big bang" opening of onlin ...

  16. EU Takes Aim At Apple Over iTunes

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has hit out at Apple Inc.'s bundling of its popular iPod music players and its iTunes online music store, according to German weekly magazine Focus. "Do you think it's fine that a CD play ...

  17. Impala Reaffirms Opposition To Sony BMG Merger

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST A day after the European Commission announced its in-depth probe into Sony's 2004 recorded music merger with BMG, independents trade group Impala has confirmed its vehement opposition to the deal. At a board meeting in Brussels Friday, Impala ...

  18. EC Confirm Sony BMG Investigation

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission formally revealed Thursday (March 1) a four-month indepth investigation into the 2004 merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, as revealed yesterday on Billboard.biz . The Commission, the European Union' ...

  19. EC Set To Confirm In-Depth Sony BMG Probe

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is due to formally announce on Thursday a four-month in-depth investigation into the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, a European Union source has confirmed. The second stage investigation into Sony BM ...

  20. EC Report Warns Of Online Licensing 'Big Bang'

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European members of parliament warned Tuesday that a "big-bang" opening-up of collective online licensing could damage music in Europe, as the market would fall into the hands of just a handful of major rights holders. The Euro-MPs calle ...

  21. Report: Strong Measures Required To Restrict China Piracy

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European businesses lose billions of euros in China every year because of lax intellectual property rights protection, according to a European Commission report published Tuesday. The report said around 95% of audiovisual materials sold in China a ...

  22. IMPALA To Meet With EC Commissioner

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST IMPALA leaders plan to meet with the European Commissioner in charge of competition on Friday (Feb. 23), Billboard.biz has learned. They intend to discuss a proposed framework to resolve objections that the independent music trade group has -- or ...

  23. EC Clears Lite-On Buyout Of APM

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on Friday cleared Lite-On's takeover of Philips' CD and DVD vehicle entertainment system Automotive Playback Modules (APM). APM develops, manufactures and supplies CD and DVD playback modules. The Commission -- th ...

  24. Electronics Execs Seek Reform On EU Copyright Tax

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Top electronics firms have asked the European Commission to discuss why the European Union executive body abruptly delayed reform of an "excessive and unjustified" copyright tax after lobbying by France. In December the commission delaye ...

  25. EC Pres Asked To Explain Copyright Tax U-Turn

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ten chief executives from top IT and electronics firms including Philips, Nokia and Sony today appealed to the European Commission to revive plans to reform the copyright levy system that compensates artists. The executives wrote the Commission pr ...

  26. IFPI: P2P Still A Crime In Italy

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The issue of downloading in Italy has been at the center of a recent media storm, following the publication of a decision by an court judgment in Rome. The sentence handed down in Italy's foremost criminal court -- Corte di Cassazione -- prom ...

  27. Int'l Leaders Assemble For Piracy Meeting

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Officials from the European Commission and U.S. government met with business representatives in Geneva Thursday (Feb. 1) to develop new methods to deal with counterfeiting and piracy. The meeting was set in the context of a new wave of European an ...

  28. EC Starts Sony BMG Review

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has opened its re-examination of the merger between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music units, seven months after an EU court threw out their approval. The Commission -- the EU's anti-trust authority -- said it woul ...

  29. Stars Come Out For Brussels Concert

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST A Brussels concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome -- the founding treaty of the European Union -- will be broadcast across Europe on March 24, featuring performances from The Corrs, Simply Red, Julio Iglesias and Lordi. Th ...

  30. eMusic Passes 250K Subs

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST eMusic says it now has over 250,000 subscribers worldwide. The company reported it passed the 200,000-subscriber mark four months ago. eMusic has since expanded into Europe in September 2006, making its service available throughout the European Un ...

  31. EU Sets Aside China Piracy Funds

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Union has unveiled a €37.2 million ($48 million) grant to help China stamp out piracy, as the two sides kicked off negotiations on a trade agreement that is intended to boost copyright protection. The EU grant -- confirmed today (Jan. ...

  32. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  33. Impala, IFPI Welcome Italy's Music Tax Breaks

    January 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Italian government's newly adopted law providing tax breaks for small music companies has been welcomed by the music industry. Patrick Zelnik, president of independents' trade group Impala, said the legislation -- coming on the heels ...

  34. EU Ratifies UNESCO Cultural Treaty

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST A UNESCO convention that allows countries to protect their music, movies and other cultural activities will formally come into force next March after European Union nations ratified the treaty today (Dec. 19) in Brussels. The convention on cultura ...

  35. EMI Calls Quits With Buyout Bidder

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group's brief flirtation with a potential new private equity owner has finished, at least for now. In a brief statement issued this morning (Dec. 14) to the London Stock Exchange, the music major confirmed that discussions on a potential ...

  36. EC Shies Away From Copyright Levy Changes

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics after concluding that the political fallout from such an initiative would be too high. Despite pledging to propose reforms before the end o ...

  37. EU Sets Out Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST A €324 million ($428 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at the European Union's borders was confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 12) by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The EU scheme is expected to tighten procedure ...

  38. EC To Probe Universal Takeover Of BMG

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission confirmed Friday (Dec. 8) that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "The Commission's initial market investigation indicates that the p ...

  39. European Hotels Told To Check In On Royalties

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST European hotels must pay royalties for the music and television programs they offer in their rooms, according to a ruling Thursday (Dec. 7) by the European Union's Court of Justice. The Luxembourg-based court -- the highest in the EU -- uphel ...

  40. EC Pres Barroso To Launch European Culture Project

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Commission president José Manuel Barroso will launch a Europe-wide consultation on the role of culture in society Monday (Dec. 4) at a Brussels conference gathering artists and policy-makers. Barroso will invite Europe's "cultur ...

  41. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in Europe. The commissioner -- who is due next mont ...

  42. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  43. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in E European Union internal market commissioner Ch ...

  44. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  45. EU Extend Rules On Download VAT

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digital downloads until the end of 2008. The rules require sellers to collect the tax on goods delivered via the Internet to individual consumers. ...

  46. EMI Confirms Approach

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover. The British music major confirmed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange today (Nov. 28) that it has "received a preliminary approach for the company which may or may not lead to an offer being ...

  47. EU Extend Rules On Download VAT

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digital downloads until the end of 2008. The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digita ...

  48. EMI Confirms Approach

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Stock soars more than 10%. EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover. The British music major confirmed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange today (Nov. 28) that it has "received a preliminary approach for the company which may or may ...

  49. EMI Confirms Approach

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover. The British music major confirmed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange today (Nov. 28) that it has "received a preliminary approach for the company wh EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover ...

  50. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. Ahead of the publication of the Gowers review -- due around the chancellor's Dec. ...

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