Ministry of Culture

  1. Radiohead Ventures Into Chinese Social Media, Launches Page on Sina.com

    July 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT HONG KONG (AP) - Radiohead has taken a tentative step into censored Chinese cyberspace, even though the British rock band has been critical of China's human rights record. Radiohead recently launched a page on the "weibo" site of le ...

  2. China to Punish Baidu for Illegal Music Search Service

    April 25, 2011 7:37 AM EDT China's Ministry of Culture will punish Baidu Inc for providing illegal music downloads, a move that poses near-term risk to the firm's soaring stock price. Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported on Monday that the governmen ...

  3. Will Bob Dylan's China Shows Be Censored?

    March 09, 2011 7:14 AM EST Despite the threat of censorship, American music legend Bob Dylan will try to scale the musical Great Wall of China in April, a year after he scrapped planned concerts here for reasons still unexplained. Overnight Tuesday, popular online ticket ag ...

  4. Bob Dylan's April Gig in China Held Up By Chinese Government

    March 03, 2011 8:20 AM EST China is reviewing an application from Bob Dylan to stage concerts in the country, a year after the American folk legend's planned concerts in Beijing and Shanghai were canceled, an official at the Ministry of Culture said Thursday. The appli ...

  5. Business Matters: SoundHound's Free Unlimited Usage Opens Music I.D. App Floodgates

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music Identification App SoundHound Now Offering Free Unlimited Usage -- The race to identify the world's music is heating up. The free SoundHound music ID app now offers an unlimited number of music IDs. Previously free users were limited to ...

  6. IFPI Welcomes Chinese Anti-Piracy Action

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has welcomed action by the Chinese authorities to curtail unlicensed music websites. China's Ministry of Culture identified a list of 117 copyright infringing music sites in April and produced another list of 68 sites last month. The ...

  7. NH7 Rock Festival To Launch in India

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new alternative festival featuring a mix of U.K. and domestic rock acts is to launch in India later this year, following the signing of a new cross cultural agreement between the British and Indian governments. Named after the NH7 highway, which ...

  8. Finnish Govt Criticized For Soft Anti-Piracy Draft Legislation

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement. The draft proposal was published by the Mi ...

  9. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Last.fm, Clear Channel and more

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TERRA FIRMA SUIT AGAINST CITI GOES FORWARD IN U.S. -- In case you were wondering why Citigroup wasn’t able to have Terra Firma’s lawsuit thrown out earlier this year, the judge released an opinion on Monday that outlined the reasons for his decisi ...

  10. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Measures

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has finally approved controversial anti-piracy measures aimed at the illegal downloading of copyrighted material on the Internet. The law, unveiled in early December and passed by the Cabinet on Friday (Jan. 8), focuses on m ...

  11. China To Name And Shame Lip-synching Performers

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST China will name and shame artists who lip-synch or engage in other "fake" acts at commercial concerts, with repeat offenders getting their performing licenses revoked, local media reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Culture. Chi ...

  12. China Confirms Extra Scrutiny For Int'l Artists

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT China is tightening the screws on political expression, saying it will ban foreign artists and entertainers who have ever engaged in activities deemed to "threaten national sovereignty." The notice, posted Thursday on the Ministry of Cul ...

  13. 30 Foreign Acts Approved For Beijing Rock Fest

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Performance permits for 30 international bands have been approved for the ninth annual Midi Modern Music Festival, China's longest-running outdoor rock festival. But the Shanghai edition of Midi is a no-go. Midi had planned to expand the even ...

  14. China Pledges Piracy Crackdown

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Chinese government says it will target Internet pirates in a bid to cut illegal downloading in the country. Zhang Xin Jian, deputy director general of the Ministry of Culture's marketing department, in Cannes for the Midem and MidemNet co ...

  15. Internet Piracy On The Rise In Spain

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Physical piracy has slumped in Spain over the last year, but illegal music downloading via the Internet is soaring, according to a new report. The Spanish government's Ministry of Culture report on "cultural practices and habits in Spain ...

  16. Debate On French Copyright Bill Delayed

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Final debate on France's long-awaited copyright bill won't resume before mid-June, industry sources say. Concluding discussions on the bill were anticipated around May 30. Final debate on France's long-awaited copyright bill won ...

  17. French Copyright Bill 'Clarified'

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has completed a new draft of the country's controversial copyright bill. The new text, according to a statement issued Saturday French minister of culture and communicati ...

  18. French Copyright Bill 'Clarified'

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has completed a new draft of the country's controversial copyright bill. The new text, according to a statement issued Saturday French minister of culture and communicati ...

  19. China Censorship In Spotlight At Global Conference

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The plot of award-winning Chinese film "Nuan" was front and center Nov. 15 at the 2005 China Global Conference in Los Angeles. Except that one of the filmmakers, Dong Fan, president of Beijing Aureape LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  20. China Begins 90-day Drive Against Piracy

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Under increased pressure from the World Trade Organization and ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush, China has launched a three-month campaign to fight piracy and pornography, the Ministr BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Under incr ...

  21. China Toughens Regs On Imports

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT China further tightens media regulations controlling foreign participation in television and the distribution of foreign online games and newspapers. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- China has moved to further tighten media regulations controll ...

  22. Italian Biz Calls For Web Laws, Warns Of Child Porn Via P2P Sites

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT More than 60 Italian artists -- including Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazzotti, Elisa and Tiziano Ferro -- have signed a petition calling on the government to step up its regulation of the online music mar MILAN -- More than 60 Italian artists -- inclu ...

  23. Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withholding Royalties

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Giuseppe "Beppe" Canterelli has filed a class-action lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, alleging that the company engages in unfair business practices by failing to promptly pay out uncl Songwriter Sues EMI Pub For Withhold ...

  24. French Parliament To Discuss Copyright Legislation

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France is in the final stage of adapting the European Union's E-Commerce Directive into local law, but another crucial piece of EU legislation for the music and film industries is way behind schedule. PARIS -- France is in the final stage of ...

  25. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...