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  1. French Export Sales Jumped 12 Percent in 2010, Says Bureau Export

    February 23, 2012 1:30 PM EST Sales of exported recorded music produced in France jumped 12% in 2010 to €55 million ($73.1 million) with 36% coming from digital sales (18% in 2009), according to the latest figures unveiled by the French Music Bureau Export. The jump came from ...

  2. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. French Protests Nix Lady Gaga's Paris Shows

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has postponed two Lady Gaga shows in Paris this weekend because of the strikes and protests in France over the plan to raise the retirement age. The Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 shows at Paris Bercy have been postponed until Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Spain Celebrates European Music Day

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the Spanish music industry is in the economic doldrums, music events remain popular - especially if they are free, of course. Spain is one of a handful of European countries that celebrates European Music Day every June 21, but this year the ...

  8. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  9. @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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. German Publishers Demand Govt Action On Piracy

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers have called upon the federal government to implement a warning system to clamp down on the illegal use of music on the Internet. At the German Music Publishers Association's (DMV) annual conference in Dresden, DMV pres ...

  16. European Parliament Votes For Web Freedom

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has again voted in favor of the freedom of Internet users, stating that telco subscribers' access cannot be restricted without a legal court ruling. The vote in Strasbourg appears to challenge measures such as France&# ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. BPI Responds To Rights Agency Proposal

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has submitted its response to the government's consultation ahead of the publication of the "Digital Britain" report in early summer. The BPI agrees with the interim report proposal on a code of practise that ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. French Music Exports Drop

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Export sales of music produced in France dropped 5% in 2007, to 26.1 million units, according to French export office Bureau Export. But with the French physical domestic market dropping 18.5% in 2007, according to research company GfK, export sal ...

  23. Sacem Collections Dip

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST French authors' rights society Sacem has reported collections of €756 million ($978.5 million) for the financial year ending Dec. 31 2008, a decrease of 0.4% on 2007. Sacem has yet to reveal detailed figures but noted the continuing decrease ...

  24. Sharkey Attacks U.K. Government

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music CEO Feargal Sharkey has launched an attack on the British government over its lack of support for rights holders. Speaking at a reception for the British music business umbrella group at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, former Un ...

  25. Donovan Honored By French Govt

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The French government has honored veteran U.K folk artist Donovan, during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. The singer and songwriter received the medal for Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the country' ...

  26. French Culture Minister Wins Backing For Three-Strikes Plan

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French culture minister Christine Albanel has received backing from the independent music community for her government's anti-piracy measures, which would see the authorities regulating internet service providers with a three-strike scheme un ...

  27. German Govt. Restates Copyright Commitment

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bernd Neumann, the German federal government's minister for culture and the media, says he's committed to ensuring European countries receive the best possible legal basis for protecting copyrights. Speaking at the Popkomm music conferen ...

  28. French Biz Defends 'Three-Strike' Scheme After Euro Vote

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government and music industry is insisting that the "Internet and Creation" law, which was initiated last year by President Sarkozy and includes provisions against online piracy, can go ahead despite a European Parliament vote ...

  29. Spanish Biz Must Adopt Tough Piracy Tactics, Says Kennedy

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the to ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Spanish Piracy Highlighted Ahead Of Conference

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain has become "a true paradise for digital piracy" with 8.8 million of the country's 44 million population downloading music and movies illegally, a new report revealed Monday. The report, based on more than 2,000 interviews with ...

  32. French Support Three-Strike Law, Report Claims

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government's controversial "three-strikes" scheme, which is intended to curb illegal file-sharing, is turning into something of a winner. The vast majority of French consumers are backing to some degree the government ...

  33. Olivennes Exits Fnac

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Denis Olivennes has stepped down as CEO of France's leading entertainment retailer Fnac to join French national information magazine Nouvel Observateur. "During five years, Denis Olivennes successfully modernized Fnac's economic mod ...

  34. French Retailers Call For Gov't Support

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST French cultural retailer trade body SDLC (formerly known as SDSD) has called for a governmental plan to back CD and video retail, which it claims has been "forgotten" in national leaders' plans to back the music industry. SDLC, whic ...

  35. French Labels Gets Tough On Net Music Useage

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST French independent labels collecting society SPPF has warned it would no longer tolerate Internet firms using the music of its members without authorization. In a statement issued Dec. 17, the organization stated, "For years, SPPF has been ob ...

  36. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  37. French Market Fizzles In H1

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the first six months, the wholesale value of the French market decreased to €317.8 million ($438.37 million), down 17% from the corresponding period last year, according labels new figures issued by trade body SNEP. It follows a 14% year-on-yea ...

  38. French Gov't Appoints FNAC CEO To Stimulate Digital Biz

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The French government is throwing its muscle behind a mission to fight illegal downloading. Newly-elected President Sarkozy ordered the initiative in early August as part of a global plan to "save the music industry" and support the lega ...

  39. France’s SPPF Sues Morpheus, Azureus

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels' performing right collecting society SPPF has filed suits against U.S.-based P2P software companies Morpheus/Streamcast and Azureus in Paris' Tribunal de Grande Instance. SPPF claims that recordings by its membe ...

  40. France's Fnac, Virgin Make Declare Stance On DRM

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three months after having begun selling tracks without digital rights management protection, leading online French retailers FnacMusic and VirginMega have taken the next step. The online stores this week released a significant catalog available in ...

  41. Bono Receives Honorary British Knighthood

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST U2 lead singer and rights campaigner Bono, has been awarded an honorary British knighthood, the British Embassy in Dublin said Saturday (Dec. 23). "Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Bono to be an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excell ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. French Online Retailers Join The No-DRM Front

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two groups selling unprotected tracks for first time. Leading online retailers in France are for the first time selling songs without digital rights management (DRM) protection. Yesterday (Oct. 19), FnacMusic (Fnac, PPR group) released French sing ...

  44. French SCPP Sets Up Members' Fund

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT French collecting society SCPP has launched an estimated €200,000 ($250,000) fund to help its record company members overcome the bankruptcy of Night and Day, the independent distributor that we French collecting society SCPP has launche ...

  45. Tax Credit Scheme Talk Heats Up

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has entered the debate on tax breaks for labels. In a statement issued today (Sept. 25), the London-based industry organization called on its government to extend a tax credit U.K. trade body the BPI has entered the debate ...

  46. Biz Vet Charles Levison Dies

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Charles Levison, most recently deputy chairman and non-executive director at U.K. media conglomerate Chrysalis Group, died on July 7. He was 64. Music industry veteran Charles Levison, most recently deputy chairman and non-e ...

  47. Biz Vet Charles Levison Dies

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Charles Levison, most recently deputy chairman and non-executive director at U.K. media conglomerate Chrysalis Group, died on July 7. He was 64. Music industry veteran Charles Levison, most recently deputy chairman and non-e ...

  48. France's UPFI Re-elects Bourdoiseau As Pres

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Stephan Bourdoiseau was re-elected president of UPFI during the French indies' association's annual general meeting June 6 in Paris. Stephan Bourdoiseau was re-elected president of UPFI during the French indies' association's a ...

  49. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  50. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

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