European Union

  1. French Council: Individuals Can't Bypass DRM

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Removes key points from copyright bill. The French Constitutional Council has raised concerns and removed some key measures from the long awaited copyright bill, which was adopted by France’s two houses of Parliament June 30. The Council, which is ...

  2. EMI Drops Merger Plans With Warner Music

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board of directors to review position in the future. EMI Group has dropped its ambitions to acquire and merge with Warner Music Group (WMG), following the recent decision by a European Union court to overturn the original approval for the Sony BMG ...

  3. Impala Turns Attention To BMG Publishing

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of publishing catalog would be 'foolhardy.' European independents labels group Impala warned Thursday (July 20) that if BMG Publishing is sold to another music major, the move would merely tighten the effective cartel in the global ...

  4. Impala Turns Attention To BMG Publishing

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of publishing catalog would be 'foolhardy.' European independents labels group Impala warned Thursday (July 20) that if BMG Publishing is sold to another music major, the move would merely tighten the effective cartel in the global ...

  5. EU Taps Into Coffers To Fight Piracy

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European Union officials will meet today (July 18) and tomorrow in the Finnish town of Turku to decide how best to spend a €324 million ($405 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counte European Union officials will meet today ( ...

  6. EU Taps Into Coffers To Fight Piracy

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $405M ploughed into customs program. European Union officials will meet today (July 18) and tomorrow in the Finnish town of Turku to decide how best to spend a €324 million ($405 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at Euro ...

  7. EU Online Licensing Rules Set For Overhaul

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Key committee gives OK. A key European Parliament committee confirmed plans today (July 13) to overhaul the European Union's complex rules on collective licensing for online music. Members of the European Parliament in the Committee on Cultur ...

  8. EU Online Licensing Rules Set For Overhaul

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Key committee gives OK. A key European Parliament committee confirmed plans today (July 13) to overhaul the European Union's complex rules on collective licensing for online music. Members of the European Parliament in the Committee on Cultur ...

  9. Danish Anti-Piracy Group Seeks AllofMP3 Injunction

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Danish Anti-Piracy Group applied to the courts today (July 13) for an injunction, which would force telecom company Tele2 to prohibit close connections to the rogue Russian music download service The Danish Anti-Piracy Group applied to the cou ...

  10. Danish Anti-Piracy Group Seeks AllofMP3 Injunction

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Danish Anti-Piracy Group applied to the courts today (July 13) for an injunction, which would force telecom company Tele2 to prohibit close connections to the rogue Russian music download service The Danish Anti-Piracy Group applied to the cou ...

  11. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  12. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  13. Faulder To Joins MCPS-PRS

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IP expert take new role with Alliance. Sarah Faulder is returning to the British music industry. With effect from Sept. 4, Faulder will assume the newly-created role as public affairs director for the MCPS-PRS Alliance in London. She will relocate ...

  14. Faulder To Joins MCPS-PRS

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IP expert take new role with Alliance. Sarah Faulder is returning to the British music industry. With effect from Sept. 4, Faulder will assume the newly-created role as public affairs director for the MCPS-PRS Alliance in London. She will relocate ...

  15. U.K. Music Biz Demands Copyright Law Overhaul

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (July 12) to unveil a proposal for a new digital-age copyright framework, which they hope the government will incorporate into a revised intellectual property U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (Jul ...

  16. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Faces new penalties July 31. The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical details of it ...

  17. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical The European Union levied a second massive ...

  18. ICMP/CIEM Collaborate On Copyright System

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music publishers body ICMP/CIEM and authors and composers' group GESAC have joined forces to develop a new system to manage music copyrights online. Music publishers body ICMP/CIEM and authors and composers' group GESAC have joined force ...

  19. ICMP/CIEM Collaborate On Copyright System

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music publishers body ICMP/CIEM and authors and composers' group GESAC have joined forces to develop a new system to manage music copyrights online. Music publishers body ICMP/CIEM and authors and composers' group GESAC have joined force ...

  20. EU Pulls Plug On ETEP Funding

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Talent Exchange Program, an initiative designed to give cross-border exposure to emerging local talent on the pan-European live-music circuit, is about to lose the current financial assis The European Talent Exchange Program, an initi ...

  21. EU Court To Decide Sony BMG Merger Challenge

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could be annulled Thursday (July 13) when the European Union's second highest court rules on a challenge to the controversial joint-venture. Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could ...

  22. EU Court To Decide Sony BMG Merger Challenge

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could be annulled Thursday (July 13) when the European Union's second highest court rules on a challenge to the controversial joint-venture. Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could ...

  23. Portugal In Hot Water Over Library Royalties

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday (July 6) that Portugal broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of goods such as C The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday ( ...

  24. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  25. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  26. France Adopts Copyright Bill

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. After seven months of debate and controversy, French lawmakers today (June 30) approved the copyright bill. The final text of the copyright ...

  27. EC To Slap Hefty Fines On Cartels

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on Wednesday (June 28) agreed new measures that pave the way for heavier fines for companies found guilty of operating price-fixing cartels or breaking other parts of EU compet The European Commission on Wednesday (June 28) ...

  28. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a ne ...

  29. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Strategy, task force to be endorsed June 21. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandels ...

  30. GESAC Slams Digital One-Stop-Shop Appeal

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A joint-appeal by European music, media and associated businesses for a one-stop-shop to handle digital licensing was questioned Tuesday (June 20) by collective licensing and consumer groups. A joint-appeal by European music, media and associated ...

  31. Euro Lobby Groups Voice Concerns On Copyright

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Europe's radio, performing artists, information technology, catering, cable, and commercial television, associations will jointly appeal on Tuesday (June 20) for European Union action to deal with the Europe's radio, performing artists, ...

  32. Bee Gees' Gibb Backs Euro Collecting Societies

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb has appealed to European regulators not to break up the network of collecting societies that gather royalties for recording artists. The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb has appealed to European regulators not to break up th ...

  33. EU Leaders Send Message To Romania, Bulgaria

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European Union leaders meeting in Brussels today (June 16) sent a message to Romania and Bulgaria, saying the countries have to prove they are making progress fighting piracy, organized crime and corr European Union leaders meeting in Brussels tod ...

  34. EC Review To Focus On Open Markets

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition policy to be examined later this year. Innovation and open markets will be at the heart of the European Commission’s review of competition policy later this year, EU antitrust tsar Neelie Kroes pledged at a conference hosted by the Com ...

  35. EU Commissioner Warns China On IP

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thursday (June 8) called on China to do more to clamp down on music, movie and software piracy, warning the country would face a backlash in Europe unless it d EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thurs ...

  36. EU Commissioner Warns China On IP

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thursday (June 8) called on China to do more to clamp down on music, movie and software piracy, warning the country would face a backlash in Europe unless it d EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thurs ...

  37. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Conference Kicks Off

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IFPI maps out strategy on opening day. Court proceedings against illegal music downloaders and P2P file swappers will continue despite some improvements in global music piracy, said John Kennedy, president of the International Federation of the Ph ...

  38. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Conference Kicks Off

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IFPI maps out strategy on opening day. Court proceedings against illegal music downloaders and P2P file swappers will continue despite some improvements in global music piracy, said John Kennedy, president of the International Federation of the Ph ...

  39. Warner/Chappell Creates Euro Digital License

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music today (June 2) launched a system designed to simplify the European licensing process for digital music services. Warner/Chappell Music today (June 2) launched a system designed to simplify the European licensing process for d ...

  40. Warner/Chappell Creates Euro Digital License

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music today (June 2) launched a system designed to simplify the European licensing process for digital music services. Warner/Chappell Music today (June 2) launched a system designed to simplify the European licensing process for d ...

  41. EC Extends VAT Period On Electronic Services

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Value-Added-Tax rules on radio, television and Internet broadcasting in the European Union will be extended for a further two and a half years until the end of 2008, under European Commission plans un Value-Added-Tax rules on radio, television and ...

  42. EC Introduces Customs Fraud Program

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has confirmed a new €324 million ($415 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at the European Union's borders. The European Commission has confirmed a new €324 million ($415 million), s ...

  43. Commission OKs French Music Subsidies

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (May 17) gave the green light to a tax break for French music producers. The European Commission today (May 17) gave the green light to a tax break for French music producers. The Commission -- the European Union' ...

  44. EC Delays Romania, Bulgaria Accession Decision

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Despite concerns about rampant music and movie piracy, the European Commission has recommended that Romania and Bulgaria should join the European Union on Jan. 1, 2007, as anticipated. Despite concerns about rampant music and movie piracy, the Eur ...

  45. UMGI Sets Up Romania Affiliate

    May 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International is in the process of establishing a wholly-owned affiliate in Romania, one of the European Union's accession countries, Billboard.biz has learned. Universal Music Group International is in the process of es ...

  46. EU Pledges Vital Role For Intellectual Property

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (May 3) called for a new copyright protection culture in Europe, and promised measures to help businesses deal with various bureaucratic barriers to innovation while figh The European Commission today (May 3) called f ...

  47. China Tops Special 301 List

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual report released April 28. China has reappeared at the top of the US' list of intellectual property violators while Taiwan has failed in its bid to be dropped from consideration as an IP violator. The United States Trade Representative ...

  48. U.S. Releases Annual IP Rights Report

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT China, Russia featured prominently. The U.S. Trade Representative's office released its annual report today (April 28) on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual-property rights (IPR) protection. China and Russia are among 13 countries ...

  49. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

  50. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

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