France

  1. Vivendi Considering Splitting Media and Telecom Companies

    September 11, 2013 12:28 PM EDT French conglomerate Vivendi, which owns Universal Music Group, today announced that its supervisory board has unanimously voted to launch a study to split into two separate companies – an international media group and the SFR telecom group.  V ...

  2. France's Hadopi: 2 Convictions, 1 Fine, 1.25 Million Warnings Since 2009

    December 31, 2012 1:52 PM EST Since being put into law in 2009, France's Hadopi has resulted in over 1.25 million warnings sent to broadband subscribers, two guilty convictions and just one fine, according to numbers released by the country's Minster of Justice. Inte ...

  3. Hadopi, France's Anti-Piracy Law, Could Be In Jeopardy Following Commission Report

    December 14, 2012 3:03 PM EST Recent reports have surfaced claiming the end of Hadopi, the French graduated-response law combatting Internet piracy, could be near. The news comes after a French Ministry of Culture commission on digital content and cultural policy led by Pierre ...

  4. Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

    September 07, 2012 7:32 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV VMAS 2012: RIHANNA, ONE DIRECTION FIND LOVE & MOONMEN: The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at t ...

  5. France's HADOPI Study Shows Decrease in Piracy

    April 02, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Screen shot of a graphic from HADOPI's new report showing the effectiveness of its three-warning system. Seventeen months after issuing its first warning emails, HADOPI, the French governmental copyright protection body installed to administe ...

  6. France To Launch Organization To Preserve Local Music

    February 17, 2012 11:41 AM EST French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand has announced the launch of CNM, the French National Center for Music, designed to support local French creativity and diversity in terms of record and concert production. This announcement was largel ...

  7. French SCPP Report: Rights Income Increases 10 Percent, Digital Continues Growth, Illegal Copyright Claims Down

    January 24, 2012 11:06 AM EST The SCPP, the French society in charge of royalty collections for music labels - including the four majors - saw a nearly 10 percent growth in income in 2011, up to €71.2 million from its 2010 level. This growth can largely be attributed to the ri ...

  8. DJ Mehdi's Death: Details Emerge, Condolences Pour In

    September 15, 2011 7:16 AM EDT More details emerged today (Sept. 14) on t he death of French electro DJ and hip-hop producer DJ Mehdi . According to Le Parisien , the artist had a few people over to celebrate Riton's birthday - his friend and Carte Blanche collaborator- in ...

  9. France's HADOPI Sends Out Final Copyright Infringement Notices, But Many Are Critical

    July 19, 2011 12:56 PM EDT The French three-strike copyright protection system created by French Lawmakes in 2010 is entering its third and final phase. More than ten people who allegedly continued downloading copyrighted materials after receiving two warning letters will b ...

  10. HADOPI Study Says France's Three-Strike Law Having Positive Impact on Music Piracy

    May 16, 2011 11:25 AM EDT The French three-strike copyright protection law known by the acronym HADOPI, which was implemented in 2010, is beginning to have an impact on internet users' download habits, according to the first results of a government study entitled  ...

  11. Business Matters: France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off; Homeland Security Defends Domain Seizures

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST France's Anti-Piracy Efforts Paying Off -- France's anti-piracy efforts are beginning to curb piracy, at least judging from the results of a survey by French tech site ZDNet.fr. With Midem just a week away, this new data will help create ...

  12. Business Matters: France's Copyright Enforcement Agency Sending 2,000 Warnings A Day

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST France's Copyright Enforcement Agency Sending 2,000 Infringement Notices A Day -- Since November France's Hadopi authority has warned 100,000 suspected copyright infringers and identified hundreds of repeat offenders, according to a repo ...

  13. French Youth Can Double Their Money With Music Card

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has unveiled its promised music card initiative, which offers discounted streaming service access and cheap downloads to consumers aged 12-25. The "Carte Musique" was officially unveiled yesterday (Oct. 28) at a pre ...

  14. French Anti-Piracy Scheme's 25,000 Daily Reports

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Three weeks after the first warning messages were sent by email to online infringers, French body HADOPI remains quiet on the process and its results. However, Billboard.biz has learned that rights-holders are reporting 25,000 music related copyri ...

  15. First Anti-Piracy Warnings Issued In France

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French body HADOPI, launched by the government to handle the three-strikes anti-piracy system, confirmed that it has filed its first warning messages. The HADOPI email messages were reportedly sent to infringing users via their respective Internet ...

  16. Three-Strikes Arrives In France

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French body HADOPI, launched by the government to handle the three-strike system, is about to file its first warning messages, a spokesperson confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Sept. 23). HADOPI's rights protection committee CPD has already fi ...

  17. French Anti-Piracy Body Launches Information Campaign

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French body HADOPI, the authority in charge of regulating the country's new three-strikes scheme, has launched a public information campaign about the anti-piracy measures. Around 260,000 advisory leaflets were distributed to motorists on ...

  18. French Data Regulator Green-Lights Three-Strikes

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French three-strike 'Hadopi' law, which was passed in September 2009, has passed a major hurdle for its actual implementation. Data protection regulator CNIL has authorized music rights holders' requests to automatically track I ...

  19. French Music Market Up 8% In Q1, Retail Not So Sure

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French recorded music wholesale market went up 8% year-on-year in Q1 2010, generating €128.6 million ($165.8 million), according to labels trade body Snep. The physical market grew 4.3% to €105.5 million ($136 million) and the digital market w ...

  20. @MIDEM: French Minister Confirms Collective Licensing Plan

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand unveiled a set of measures aimed at helping the music industry, during a press conference at the MIDEM trade fair and conference in Cannes. These measures are based on a controversial report submitted ...

  21. President Sarkozy Backs French Digital Strategy

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST France's mission to improve the growth of legal digital services for cultural works has hit the headlines, thanks to its proposal to tax advertising revenues from online giants such as Google to support the creative industries hit by the digi ...

  22. Live Nation Expands French Team

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has made a number of new appointments at its French operation, headed by the arrival of SVP promotions Angelo Goppe, formerly with Paris-based Nous Productions. Reporting to Live Nation France managing director Isabelle Gamsohn, Goppe ...

  23. Former Vivendi Boss Ordered To Stand Trial

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi SA says its former CEO Jean-Marie Messier and other former top executives have been ordered to stand trial on charges of misleading investors while they were transforming the once-stodgy water utility into a high-flying film, music and pay ...

  24. French Constitutional Council Validates Anti-Piracy Law

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French Constitutional Council has validated the Creation and Internet law as voted by the French Assembly and Senate in September, while noting that legislators would still have to define exactly how certain elements are applied during the jud ...

  25. French Digital Mission To Have 'Worldwide' Reach

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While France's opposition Socialist party today (Sept. 28) formally submitted the three-strikes Creation and Internet legislation to the Constitutional Council, the man charged with helping to build legitimate digital services has been speaki ...

  26. French Assembly, Senate Adopt Final Anti-Piracy Bill

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has now adopted the final bill on the sanctions side of the three-strikes Creation and Internet bill to tackle illegal file-sharing, by 258 votes in favor and 131 against. With the Senate having voted for the same text ...

  27. French Assembly Adopts Anti-Piracy Bill

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has today (Sept. 15) adopted the sanctions side of the three-strikes Creation and Internet bill to tackle illegal file-sharing, by 285 votes in favor and 225 against. It follows the first part of the law passed in June ...

  28. French Anti-Piracy Sanctions Delayed

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French music business has expressed its disappointment after the National Assembly president's decision to postpone until September the vote on the sanctions side of the Creation and Internet law. The decision is down to the lack of time ...

  29. French Govt Reworks 'Three-Strikes' Law

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The "three-strikes" saga continues in France following the Constitutional Council's recent decision canceling the sanction side of the bill (Billboard.biz, June 10), with the government attempting to find a way around the legal ruli ...

  30. IFPI Still Backing 'Three-Strikes' Schemes

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that "three-strikes" schemes to tackle illegal file-sharing are still a solution, despite the French legal ruling against a key element of the country's proposed system. Kennedy ...

  31. French 'Three-Strikes' Scheme Curtailed

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT France's Creation and Internet law has been watered down after the country's Constitutional Council ruled against a key element that would have allowed an independent administrative authority to cut off copyright infringers' broadba ...

  32. French Biz Welcomes Three-Strikes Vote

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry has voiced its approval after the French Senate adopted the "Creation and Internet" law by 189 votes in favor and 14 against. In the vote today (May 13), the Senate did not amend the draft voted by the National Assembl ...

  33. Three-Strikes Bill Adopted In France

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French Senate has adopted the "Creation and Internet" law by 189 votes in favor and 14 against. The Senate, which passed the law this morning (May 13), did not amend the draft voted by the National Assembly yesterday, opening the way ...

  34. French Assembly Adopts Three-Strikes Law

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four weeks after its surprise rejection, the French "Creation and Internet" law has finally been adopted by the National Assembly, with 296 votes in favor and 233 against. The law includes the implementing of a three-strikes scheme under ...

  35. French Govt Revives Three-Strikes Law

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debate on the French "Creation and Internet" law has resumed at the National Assembly in Paris, after the bill was surprisingly rejected by deputies on April 9. The draft law, which features a three-strike scheme to tackle illegal do ...

  36. French Three-Strike Law Debate To Resume

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The debates on French piracy law "Creation and Internet" will resume at French Assemby on April 29, according to French deputy Jean-François Copé. The bill, which features a three-strike scheme to prevent illegal download, was surprising ...

  37. French Govt Pledges New Vote On Three-Strikes Law

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following the French National Assembly's shock rejection of the "Creation and Internet" law proposal, the government has already confirmed its intention to re-submit the bill to a vote. The law would have implemented the three-strik ...

  38. French Politicians Reject Three-Strikes Law

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a shock move for the biz, French politicians have surprisingly rejected the proposed "Creation and Internet" law aimed at tackling illegal P2P file-sharing. The law would have implemented the controversial three-strikes scheme under w ...

  39. French Govt Wins Web Piracy Vote

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has voted to adopt the central clause in the anti-piracy 'Creation and Internet Law,' which would allow a state body to cut off copyright infringers' broadband access after two warnings were issued. The ...

  40. French Assembly Debates Web Piracy Law

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Debates on the 'Creation and Internet' draft law have started in the French Assembly. The draft law would introduce a three-strike scheme, under which infringers could ultimately see their Internet access cut. The text, adopted by the Fr ...

  41. EU Receives Vivendi Complaint Over France Telecom

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said on Tuesday it had received a complaint from French media group Vivendi accusing France Telecom of abusing a dominant market position. The Commission, executive arm of the 27-nation European Union, said in an email that ...

  42. French Order Of Merit For Tina Arena

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian singer Tina Arena is to be awarded one of France's highest civil decorations, the Ordre national du Mérite (French Order of Merit), during a ceremony in Paris this coming February. France's President Sarkosy will present Arena ...

  43. EU Amendment Against 'Three-Strikes' Dropped

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST French independent labels bodies SPPF and UPFI have welcome a move by Europe's Council of Ministers to reject a European Parliament amendment covering Internet rights, that would have been at odds with France's three-strikes legislation ...

  44. France Begins Debating Anti-Piracy Law

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT First debates on the long awaited "Creation and Internet" draft law have kicked off at the French Senate. The draft law was inspired by a mission led at the end of 2007 by Denis Olivennes, former CEO of leading French entertainment retai ...

  45. French Gov't Approves 'Three Strikes' Scheme

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government has given the green light to the controversial "Internet and creation" law, which is designed to control online piracy. The development this week closes the first step of an adoption process that will now go through ...

  46. French Mobile Carrier SFR Launches Live Venue

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST France's second mobile carrier SFR will open a store in April which will feature a 200-capacity concert venue. The central Paris outlet will be the largest of its kind in Europe, claims SFR, at 1,500 square meters. To begin with, the venue wi ...

  47. Vivendi's Levy Confirmed For MidemNet 2008 Keynote

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent Vivendi, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, which takes place Jan. 26-27, 2008 as part of MIDEM, organizers of the trade fair said today. "Vivendi is currently testing n ...

  48. Pharrell Creates 'Tasteful' Music For Hennessy

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams has teamed with Moet Hennessy USA for a multi-layered marketing campaign. The promotion, which Pharrell will create all music for, includes seven Internet spots featured on FlauntYourTaste.com - the campaign' ...

  49. Universal France Tests DRM-Free Music

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music France is quietly testing the sale of DRM-free digital music with "L'Olympia," the first live album of French singer/composer Emilie Simon. The album was issued digitally on Feb. 28 and at physical retail on March 5 ...

  50. 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 ...

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