Political economy

  1. Business Matters: Hole, Britain’s Digital Economy Bill and more

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Hole has a new album coming up and is taking the increasingly popular route of the multi-tiered release. At the band’s web store it is offering three packages. The cheapest is $54.99 for the CD, vinyl LP and cassette USB with album and unreleas ...

  2. French Indies Body Calls For Digital Tax Credits

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels trade body UPFI has called for the government to introduce a tax credit scheme for consumers buying cultural digital products online. Under this scheme, users would be able to offset part of their purchases, for an amount ...

  3. HMV Passes On Sales Tax Cut

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K market leading entertainment retailer HMV has pledged to pass on the new 15% rate of VAT sales tax, which the British government announced in its pre-budget report. The VAT (Value Added Tax) rate will be cut from 17.5% to 15% from Dec. 1 for a ...

  4. Spanish Legal Revolt Against Digital Tax

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madrid's High Court is set to turn its attention to Spain's music biz this fall as several groups prepare appeals against a digital tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing digital sound and images. The so-called & ...

  5. Sacem Posts Collections Decline

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of 755.9 million euros ($1.02 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2006, a decrease of 0.2% on 2005. "This is the first time since 1992 that collected revenue decreases fr ...

  6. EU Extend Rules On Download VAT

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digital downloads until the end of 2008. The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digita ...

  7. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The rules are contained in the EU's 2002's e ...

  8. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The European Commission has called for a two-year exte ...

  9. EC Extends VAT Period On Electronic Services

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Value-Added-Tax rules on radio, television and Internet broadcasting in the European Union will be extended for a further two and a half years until the end of 2008, under European Commission plans un Value-Added-Tax rules on radio, television and ...

  10. France Introduces Tax Credits Scheme

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is planning to introduce tax credit schemes that will benefit record labels. The system would allow labels to offset part of their recording costs through a tax deduction. It is The French government is planning to introduce ...

  11. Canadian 'iPod Tax' To Be Refunded

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT $4 million collected to date from customers. Apple Computer said it will refund the so-called "iPod tax" Canadian customers paid since 2003. Canadian courts ruled the tax illegal last year but customers there continued to pay the tax as ...

  12. EU Ignores CD VAT Issue

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ignored May 12 by European Union government representatives gathering in Brussels. BRUSSELS -- Calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ig ...

  13. EU Overlooks CD VAT Issue

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ignored today (May 12) by European Union government representatives gathering in Brussels. As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-ta ...

  14. EU Overlooks CD VAT Issue

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-tax rates on CDs were ignored today (May 12) by European Union government representatives gathering in Brussels. As expected, calls by the music industry for a cut in value-added-ta ...

  15. EU VAT Debate To Overlook CD Issue

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European Union government representatives will be denied the chance to debate lowering value-added-tax on CDs when they meet tomorrow (May 12) to discuss a new compromise on general VAT rates. European Union government representatives will be deni ...

  16. Weed Owner Scores Funds

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST AV Capital makes investment. AV Capital makes investment. News ...

  17. BMI Reports Record Revenue, Royalties

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fiscal 2004 revenues rose 6.8% from 2003. Fiscal 2004 revenues rose 6.8% from 2003. News ...

  18. Spain Supports Lower VAT Rate On Music

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Spain has pledged to reduce its value added tax (VAT) on record music to 4% from 16%, new culture minister Carmen Calvo said during a media gathering Friday in Madrid. Spain has pledged to reduce its value added tax (VAT) on record music to 4% fro ...

  19. German Move Renews Hope For VAT Cut On Music

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The music industry's long-running campaign for a lower value-added tax (VAT) rate on recorded music could benefit from a deal made Feb. 18 between France and Germany. The music industry's long-running campaign for a lower value-added tax ...