House of Lords

  1. British Pubs To Rock Even Harder: Why the U.K. Live Music Act Matters

    April 19, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Victory Lap: Musician Bernard Butler, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath, singer Martina Topley-Bird, UK Music CEO Jo Dipple and MU General Secretary John Smith at a reception to celebrate the passing of the UK's Live Music ...

  2. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  3. U.K. Biz, IFPI Welcome Digital Economy Act

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry and the IFPI have welcomed the passing of the Digital Economy Bill through parliament. The legislation including anti-piracy measures was rushed through the Commons - to the concern of some MPs, Internet Service Providers a ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Concessions To Web Firms In U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The House of Lords is set to make concessions to those who expressed alarm about measures to block Web sites in the government's Digital Economy Bill aimed at tackling piracy. Last week amendment 120A was passed by opposition peers in the Lor ...

  8. ISPs Angry Over U.K. Anti-Piracy Amendment

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has said it is "outraged" after the House of Lords voted through Amendment 120A to the U.K.'s Digital Economy Bill. It would allow the High Court to grant an injunction requiring ISP ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  11. U.K. Ministers Water Down Copyright Powers

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. ministers have granted a concession in the Digital Economy Bill, which in its original form would have provided "reserve powers" to introduce legislation to clamp down on any future technology that could enable copyright infringemen ...

  12. U.K. Internet Firms Rail Against Digital Bill

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Several high-profile internet companies, including Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo! Europe, have sent an open letter to Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, opposing new legislation which they say risks harming t ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Police Defend U.K. Live Assessment Form

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The possible threat to the U.K.'s live music business from stringent provisions within the 2003 Licensing Act was once again the focus of attention, during an emotionally charged debate in London. But the Metropolitan Police defended the cont ...

  15. UK Court Rules In Favor Of Procol Harum Organist

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He didn't skip the light fandango, but Procol Harum's former keyboardist said he was delighted Thursday after Britain's top court ruled he was entitled to a share of royalties from the band's hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale.&q ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Hair-Metal Mania Strikes Again At Rocklahoma

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST This year's second annual Rocklahoma will feature performances from Warrant (featuring Jani Lane), Bret Michaels, LA Guns (featuring Tracii Guns), Enuff Z Nuff, Cinderella, Night Ranger and Tesla, among many others. The '80s hair metal-t ...

  18. Indies Call For IFPI Embrace

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The major labels' apparent refusal to start dialog with representatives of the international independent labels body was slammed yesterday at the 8th annual general meeting of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in London. In May, AIM ...

  19. McKennit Goes Back To Court Over Book

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just two months after winning a lengthy libel case, Canadian singer Loreena McKennit has launched another legal battle against her former friend Niema Ash over her self-published book. Ash, whose last tussle with McKennitt over her book went as fa ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Court Sides With McKennitt

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Lords refused a British author permission to appeal a ban on her book about Canadian singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt. The House of Lords in London, England rejected an application for permission to appeal brought by British author ...

  22. 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, ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Former U.K. Gov't Minister Joins PRS Board

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Estelle Morris becomes an external director. Former British government minister Estelle Morris has joined the governing board of U.K. authors rights body the Performing Right Society. The London-based PRS announced today (Sept. 13) that Morris had ...

  25. U.K.'s "Mr. Bean" Attacks Religious Hatred Bill

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST British comedian Rowan Atkinson -- creator of the hapless "Mr Bean" -- attacked a planned law outlawing incitement of religious hatred on Dec. 6, saying it would curb free speech and humour. LONDON (Reuters) -- British comedian Rowan Atk ...