Neelie Kroes

  1. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  2. Robin Gibb, Roger Faxon To Give Keynotes At 2011 World Copyright Summit

    February 23, 2011 3:30 PM EST The World Copyright Summit, to be held June 7-8 in Brussels, has announced its schedule. The event will feature a slate of keynote speakers, including the WIPO director general Francis Gurry, two European Commission officials, CISAC president Robi ...

  3. EC Secures Digital Licensing Agreement

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's (EC) Online Roundtable on Music has resulted in a joint statement between the EC and music publishers, collecting societies and digital retailers pledging to improve online music opportunities for European consumers. ...

  4. EU Commissioner Welcomes Pan-European Progress

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, has welcomed progress towards pan-European digital licensing solutions, including agreement by French collecting society SACEM that it will cooperate on such arrangements. The antitrust issue wa ...

  5. Sony BMG Merger Still Under Scrutiny

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament continues to seek further scrutiny of the Sony BMG merger, although the major has since demerged and will officially be renamed Sony Music Entertainment in 2009. EC Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes has six weeks to ...

  6. EC Fines Microsoft A Record $1.4 Billion

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Commission Wednesday slapped a record 899 million euros ($1.4 billion) fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 ruling ordering the software giant to change its business practices. The fine comes on top of earlier penalties ...

  7. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  8. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  9. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  10. EC Official Says iPod May Avoid Regulation

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's top anti-trust official has indicated that Apple Computer's iPod players might escape regulation. Commission director general for competition Philip Lowe said that his services would only intervene in the case i ...

  11. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Faces new penalties July 31. The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical details of it ...

  12. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical The European Union levied a second massive ...

  13. EC To Slap Hefty Fines On Cartels

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on Wednesday (June 28) agreed new measures that pave the way for heavier fines for companies found guilty of operating price-fixing cartels or breaking other parts of EU compet The European Commission on Wednesday (June 28) ...

  14. EC Review To Focus On Open Markets

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition policy to be examined later this year. Innovation and open markets will be at the heart of the European Commission’s review of competition policy later this year, EU antitrust tsar Neelie Kroes pledged at a conference hosted by the Com ...

  15. Commission OKs French Music Subsidies

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (May 17) gave the green light to a tax break for French music producers. The European Commission today (May 17) gave the green light to a tax break for French music producers. The Commission -- the European Union' ...

  16. European Politicians, Execs Meet For Creative Confab

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two-day gathering set for Vienna. European Union policy-makers and representatives from the music, movie and media sectors will gather in Vienna on Thursday (March 2) and Friday to hammer out ideas for spurring the creative economy. Ministers, EU ...

  17. EC Tests Microsoft System Compliance

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on June 6 announced market testing of Microsoft's new version of its Windows operating system to see if the software giant complied with last year's antitrust ruling. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Europ ...

  18. European Biz Hopeful Of Change At EC

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT José Manuel Barroso of Portugal, the EC's president designate, on Aug. 12 unveiled the names of the 24 nominated commissioners. Barroso has said that reform will be a central focus of his five-ye LONDON -- The music industry has high ...