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  1. U.K. Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns Amid Expense Claims Scandal, Replacement Named

    April 09, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The government official responsible for overseeing the burgeoning U.K. media and entertainment sector steps down. Update : Sajid Javid, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will be named the new secretary for culture, media and sport, Music Week h ...

  2. Exclusive: Beggars Group's Martin Mills On Testifying at Senate Universal-EMI Hearing

    June 20, 2012 8:05 AM EDT In the back stairwell of a crowded Webster Hall amidst the bustling relaunched New Music Seminar, Billboard.biz caught up with Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills three days before he is due to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust C ...

  3. Ticket Trust Launches, UK's 'Ethical Ticket Exchange' To Combat Fraud, Scalpers

    July 12, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Despite predictions that the U.K. live-music sector is set for a revival this year after a downturn blip in 2010, the controversial topic of secondary-ticket sales heated up this week with the launch of The Ticket Trust on Monday (July 11). Set up ...

  4. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  5. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Re-Elected, Arts Groups Concerned About Funding

    May 03, 2011 2:39 PM EDT When the results of Canada's federal election were in last night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative party won a majority government and history was made when the New Democrat Party (NDP) became Official Opposition for the fir ...

  6. Canadian C-32 Copyright-Reform Bill Dies (Again) With Election Call

    March 28, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Canada's copyright reform bill is defunct again. Bill C-32, which had gotten past the second hearing in November, afterprevious bills failed to move beyond the first stage in 2006 and 2008, died when a general election was called for May 2. P ...

  7. Sales Tax Hike In U.K. Emergency Budget

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is to be hit with an increase in V.A.T. (value added tax) from 17.5% to 20%, as the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government begins to tackle the country's budget deficit. The general increase in the ...

  8. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  9. MPs Vote For U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Commons with key clauses tackling online piracy in place and will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. However, further parliamentary scrutiny and industry cons ...

  10. Business Matters: Digital Britain Bill, Google, VC Round-up and more

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- As the Digital Britain Bill gets its second reading at the House of Commons, Jez Williams of British band Doves says piracy has greatly reduced ...

  11. U.K. Digital Economy Bill May Be Rushed Through

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill, which had a muddled passage through the House of Lords , may be rushed through the House of Commons without full scrutiny. Parliament is set to be dissolved in early April for a general election in ...

  12. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

  13. Race Against Time For U.K. Digital Bill

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle copyright infringement online, is progressing through the U.K. parliament but still has to pass a number of stages to become law before a general election is called ...

  14. U.K. Govt Confirms Digital Legislation

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has confirmed its intention to introduce a Digital Economy Bill, expected to include three-strikes measures that would lead to suspension of Internet access for repeat copyright infringers. The bill "to ensure the communic ...

  15. PRS For Music Launches Code Of Practise

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K. collecting society for authors, composers and publishers, has launched code of practise for its customers. It is the first time the organization has formally issued a mission statement and aims to provide a clear commitment ...

  16. Sharkey Warns MPs On Policing Of Concert Licensing

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feargal Sharkey, CEO of music industry umbrella group U.K. Music, has hit out at the Metropolitan Police's requirements for licensing of music events, during a Parliamentary hearing. Sharkey was giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport ...

  17. Brit MPs Show Support For Copyright Extension

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pete Wishart is one of eight British members of parliament who have added their signature in support of an Early Day Motion on the term of copyright extension debate. Scottish Nationalist Wishart, a former member of Scottish rock act Runrig, added ...

  18. Parliamentarians Get Jazzed Up

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Andy Burnham was among a select group of 200 politicians, artists and music industry insiders who gathered at the Houses of Parliament in London last nigh ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Brit Ticket Touting Report Due Jan. 10

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will publish its long-awaited report into the secondary ticketing market on Jan. 10, 2008. The "ticket touting" report will analyse and assess the case for government regulation of the se ...

  21. Whittingdale Opens-Up On Term Of C'right Decision

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The term of copyright issue reached a climax last Tuesday when the British government announced it would ignore the music industry's campaign for an extension, and sided instead with the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Gowers' Tr ...

  22. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  23. U.K. Parliamentary Jazz Awards Handed Out

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pianist Gwilym Simcock was named jazz musician of the year, one of the top honors at last night's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards. Other winners included Jez Nelson for jazz broadcaster of the year, Jazzwise as the publ ...

  24. Nominations Revealed For U.K. Parliamentary Jazz Awards

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, guitarist John Etheridge and pianist Gwilym Simcock will battle it out in the musician category at this year's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards. Other categories include best CD, ...

  25. Canadian Minister Oda In Fundraiser Row

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian heritage minister Bev Oda is being accused of a "conflict of interest" for raising C$15,000 ($13,267) at a fundraiser organized by three top Canadian broadcasting industry leaders in May 2005 Canadian heritage minister Bev Oda i ...

  26. BPI To Sue Allofmp3.com

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Representatives for U.K. labels' trade body the BPI today (June 6) confirmed that they would pursue rogue Russian download service Allofmp3.com in court for copyright infringement. Representatives for U.K. labels' trade body the BPI toda ...

  27. BPI To Sue Allofmp3.com

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Russian service sells albums for $1. Representatives for U.K. labels' trade body the BPI today (June 6) confirmed that they would pursue rogue Russian download service Allofmp3.com in court for copyright infringement. Speaking at a House of C ...

  28. Canada Music Sales Hit By P2P Swapping

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20.3 million), or 4%, to $608.7 ($553.4 million) million, the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. reported today (March 2). Net music sales in Canada declined in 2005 by C$23 million ($20. ...

  29. Brit Industry To Hold Court On DRM

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feb. 2 hearing called at House of Commons. Feb. 2 hearing called at House of Commons. News ...

  30. Brit Industry To Hold Court On DRM

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feb. 2 hearing called at House of Commons. A cross-selection of music industry executives have been granted an opportunity to voice their opinions on digital rights management before some of Britain's key decision makers in the Internet field ...

  31. Election Outcome Impact On Canadian Reform

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Biz ponders if Conservatives will overhaul law. While Canadian voters put an end to 12 years of Liberal government rule in that country Jan. 23, it's music industry has been left pondering if the newly-elected minority Conservative party will ...

  32. U.K. To Clamp Down On Illegal Car Boot Sales

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Proposed British legislation designed to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit CDs and DVDs at car boot sales has reached another stage towards becoming law. LONDON -- Proposed British legislation designed to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit ...

  33. U.K. To Clamp Down On Illegal Car Boot Sales

    October 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New law to penalize trading of pirated products. A proposed British legislation designed to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit CDs and DVDs at car boot sales has reached another stage towards becoming law. The Occasional Sales Bill, currently b ...

  34. Canadian Copyright Act Revisions Introduced

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and Industry Minister David Emerson introduced long-awaited revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in the House of Commons June 20 before parliament broke for summe TORONTO -- Canadian Heritage Minister Liz ...

  35. Revisions Introduced To Canada's Copyright Act

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and Industry Minister David Emerson introduced long-awaited revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in the House of Commons today (June 20) before parliament breaks Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla and ...

  36. U.K. Extends Prod'n Tax Relief

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said March 16 that the United Kingdom's section 48 movie production tax relief will be extended through the end of March 2006. LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brow ...

  37. Jowell: BBC Independence Guaranteed In Reform Plan

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST British culture secretary Tessa Jowell said March 2 that the BBC's license-fee funding mechanism would be retained through 2017, but the pubcaster's board of governors would cease to exist in its curr LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- B ...

  38. UK Film Biz Eyes Tax Break

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.K. plans to rejig tax breaks for filmmakers in a move that paves the way for producers to directly benefit from the changes. LONDON--The U.K. plans to rejig tax breaks for filmmakers in a move that paves the way for producers to directly ben ...

  39. NYC Residents, Club Owners Battle Over Noise

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES--A New York City night-life ordinance is unlikely to see the light of day in 2004. But supporters say the law, which seeks to soften club noise for Manhattan residents, will eventually be Licensing Deals Abound In Wireless Market NYC R ...