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  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. New U.K. Govt Won't Repeal Digital Economy Act

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has outlined its coalition agreement - and there is no proposal to repeal the recently passed Digital Economy Act, which includes measures to tackle piracy. The music industry will welcome the development, while small venues wi ...

  3. Lily Allen Wins Three 'Ivors'

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A tearful Lily Allen won three Ivor Novello Awards at the ceremony for British songwriters in London - and said she now plans to focus on writing for other artists. There were also awards for alt-rock act Bat For Lashes , singer songwriter Paolo N ...

  4. What Does U.K. Govt Mean For Digital Economy Act?

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeremy Hunt has been appointed secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in the new U.K. government by prime minister David Cameron . The role makes him a key government figure for the music industry. Hunt held the shadow culture r ...

  5. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  11. Report: UK Reduces Anti-Piracy Goals

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a letter leaked to the Times , UK Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw indicated the government has reduced its goal for a 70% reduction in digital piracy in two to three years. That two- to three-year span, according to Bradshaw, started with the te ...

  12. Brit Gov't Supports Action On File-Sharing

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British government has vowed to take up the fight on illegal file-sharing as part of a multi-stage action plan intended to ensure the prosperity of the country's creative industries. Should the recording industry fail to break its impasse ...

  13. Austria Exits ESC In Block-Vote Protest

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Austria will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade in May 2008, as broadcasting chiefs say the public voting is based on regional loyalties rather than the quality of the compositions. "The song contest reflects negative ...