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  1. Backbeat: Indies Go To China: A2IM's Trade Mission To Shanghai

    October 01, 2012 1:05 PM EDT World Party: The A2IM trade mission to Shanghai, from left: Randy Chin (VP Records), Jean Hsiao Wernheim (Chief International Executive a-Peer Synergy), Bill Zang (CEO & GM Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group), Sam Alpert (Eleve ...

  2. Dutch Lawmakers Reject ACTA Online Piracy Treaty

    May 30, 2012 6:20 AM EDT THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday urging the government not to sign a controversial international treaty aimed at reining in online piracy. The motion was another setback for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agre ...

  3. Live Nation Opens Up South Korean Office

    December 21, 2011 12:05 PM EST Live Nation is set to move into some new territory: the home of K-Pop. The corporation announced Tuesday it had opened a concert promotion office in Seoul, South Korea, the third largest economy in the far east, behind China and Japan. The country ...

  4. Backbeat: Dari Awards Honor AMC, Producers Guild, Venture 3D, Billboard

    December 16, 2011 7:30 AM EST KCCLA director & consul Jaewon Kim welcomes guests and honorees at the seventh annual Dari Awards. (Photo: Aki Kaneko) Bridging cultures and building relationships through strategic media and business partnerships was the focus of the seventh ...

  5. Russell Simmons Talks Occupy Wall Street, Major-Label Consolidation, and His Plans to End 'Segregation' on TV

    November 16, 2011 7:00 AM EST Russell Simmons with Kanye West at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York last month (photo: GettyImages) Russell Simmons wants the business world to understand that the Occupy Wall Street protest and its related movements are not anti-capita ...

  6. Chinese Online Music Providers Form Industry Association

    June 20, 2011 3:00 PM EDT The first instance of an industry-coordinating organization of online music operators and online music content providers has been established in Beijing. The organization, The Alliance of the Digital Music Industry (ADMI), consists of more than 20 ...

  7. U.S.-China Copyright Conflict Heading Towards Possible Trade Sanctions

    April 19, 2011 2:12 PM EDT China and the United States started the clock on a new stage of their trade dispute over films, books and music on Tuesday, a signal Washington will go ahead with a threat to seek retaliation rights. The battle, one of a series between the world&# ...

  8. Bob Dylan Clears China's Censors, Playing First Shows in April

    March 11, 2011 7:42 AM EST Censors have cleared Bob Dylan to make his China debut despite worries that the country's authoritarian government would block his planned shows given the American folk icon's antiestablishment reputation. China's Ministry of Cultur ...

  9. EU Demands Italy Repay Elton John Concert Costs

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union said Friday (Nov. 19) it has ordered Italy to repay almost $1 million in EU money that was used to pay Elton John for a concert in Naples last year. Italy used €720,000 ($983,000) in EU money - typically used for investment proj ...

  10. EU Probes Elton John concert It Funded

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union wants to know why some of its development funds were used last year for an Elton John concert in Italy at a time when the financial crisis was forcing member nations into austerity. EU spokesman Tom van Lierop said Friday (Nov. ...

  11. French Subsidy For Music Downloads Gets EU Nod

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT France's strategy to combat illegal music downloads by contributing to the amount young people pay for them won European Union approval and praise for promoting cultural diversity. Under the scheme, French residents who purchase a card - the ...

  12. Calle 13 Rocks Cuba, Braces For Miami Backlash

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico's Calle 13 brought its edgy mix of reggaeton and hip-hop to Cuba's capital, rocking thousands of screaming fans from an outdoor stage while serving up a heaping dose of bitterness toward U.S. policy. The Grammy-winning group ...

  13. Internet Censorship Seen Liable To WTO Challenge

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Censorship of the Internet is open to challenge at the World Trade Organization as it can restrict trade in services delivered online, a forthcoming study says. A censorship case at the WTO could raise sovereignty issues, given the clear right of ...

  14. EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says new European Commission measures on intellectual property rights are "good news for Europe's music sector," but rights-holders still want stronger anti-piracy legislation across Europe. The Commis ...

  15. The Orchard Signs Up For China's iMusic Service

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard has entered into an agreement with Chinese mobile services provider ZTEMT to program the English language genre sections of China Telecom's updated iMusic service. The digital music service will re-launch in September and the Orch ...

  16. China Attacks Google Over 'Pornographic' Links

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China's Internet watchdog condemned the Chinese-language version of Google on Thursday for "disseminating pornographic and vulgar information." The China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center said it had complained twice to ...

  17. ISPs Welcome Digital Britain's P2P Strategy

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. biz may not have been impressed with the lack of a "three-strikes" strategy in the government's Digital Britain report, but ISPs have welcomed the proposals. In its response to the June 16 report, the Internet Service Provi ...

  18. Royalties Inch Upwards In Netherlands

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dutch authors' rights society Buma/Stemra saw revenues rise 2% in 2008, despite a 13% decline in mechanical right collections. In a statement, the body claimed it had "managed to achieve satisfying results over 2008 in turbulent market c ...

  19. European Parliament Votes For Web Freedom

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has again voted in favor of the freedom of Internet users, stating that telco subscribers' access cannot be restricted without a legal court ruling. The vote in Strasbourg appears to challenge measures such as France&# ...

  20. European Commission Acts On Internet Rights

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has launched a new online tool offering practical advice on the digital rights consumers have under EU law, while reiterating the need for pan-European licensing solutions. In Strasbourg, the Commission unveiled the online ...

  21. Promoter China West Suspends Operations

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shanghai-based China West Entertainment, which has promoted shows by Norah Jones, James Blunt and Kanye West in China, has suspended operations. Following a lengthy career as a promoter in the U.S, Steve Sybesma launched China West Entertainment i ...

  22. China State Media Blasts Guns N' Roses Album

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST A newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party is blasting the latest Guns N' Roses album as an attack on the Chinese nation. Delayed since recording began in 1994, "Chinese Democracy" hit stores in the U.S. on Sunday, ...

  23. French Culture Minister Wins Backing For Three-Strikes Plan

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French culture minister Christine Albanel has received backing from the independent music community for her government's anti-piracy measures, which would see the authorities regulating internet service providers with a three-strike scheme un ...

  24. French Culture Minister Launches Cultural Independents Conference

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French minister of culture Christine Albanel has launched the "Arenes europeennes de l'independence" (European Arena Of Independence), a two-day conference session gathering European independent companies from the cultural field - m ...

  25. Dandi Wind Blows-Off Shanghai Date

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian dance-music duo Dandi Wind is the latest overseas act to experience difficulty in trying to play live in China. Dandi Wind was scheduled to kick off its debut mainland-China tour at Shanghai's Shelter club on April 4. But a statement ...

  26. Spain's Songwriters Strike It Rich In France

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST France has displaced the United States as the international territory generating most rights for Spanish songwriters, says Madrid-based national authors' body SGAE. According to figures released simultaneously in Madrid and at the MIDEM trade ...

  27. EU Executive Stays Above Online Music Rights Fray

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said it has no date for reviewing its voluntary guidelines on managing online music rights despite new calls on Thursday for a mandatory shake-up of the system. The guidelines are not legally binding on EU states and music ...

  28. AIM Readies China Trade Mission

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. independent trade body AIM is taking a fourth music mission to China next month, with ten companies signing up to the Beijing trip. The mission, which runs from Sept. 8 to 14, intends to help the independent sector prosper in China's gro ...

  29. Euro Parliament Approves New Support For Artists

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament voted Thursday for new measures providing job support for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. At its plenary session in Brussels, the Parliament voted to introduce a special electronic social security card for ...

  30. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  31. New European Song Contest Mooted

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of European Parliament members, singers and journalists are bidding to set up a European song contest restricted to the 27 members of the European Union. They have already contacted various broadcasters, sponsors and the EU institutions fo ...

  32. China's Mobile Music Market Slips

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT China's once fast-paced mobile music market experienced a decline last year due to a government crackdown on anti-consumer practices. An estimated 20%-30% of Chinese wireless customers signed up to mobile music subscription services had done ...

  33. Euro Parliament Shows Support For Artists

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has called for better job protection for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. The Parliament's Culture Committee voted Monday for the introduction of a special electronic social security card for artists, ...

  34. U.S. Filing WTO Actions Against China

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States is filing actions against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva tomorrow. The claims charge that China, a member of the WTO, has failed to comply with agreed rules to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) a ...

  35. IFPI Blasts Euro Parliament Stance On IP

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI today criticized the European Parliament for voting measures to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The proposals, voted by the Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee yesterday, does "no m ...

  36. EC Set To Confirm In-Depth Sony BMG Probe

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is due to formally announce on Thursday a four-month in-depth investigation into the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, a European Union source has confirmed. The second stage investigation into Sony BM ...

  37. Report: Strong Measures Required To Restrict China Piracy

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European businesses lose billions of euros in China every year because of lax intellectual property rights protection, according to a European Commission report published Tuesday. The report said around 95% of audiovisual materials sold in China a ...

  38. EU Sets Out Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST A €324 million ($428 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at the European Union's borders was confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 12) by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The EU scheme is expected to tighten procedure ...

  39. EC Pres Barroso To Launch European Culture Project

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Commission president José Manuel Barroso will launch a Europe-wide consultation on the role of culture in society Monday (Dec. 4) at a Brussels conference gathering artists and policy-makers. Barroso will invite Europe's "cultur ...

  40. EU Demands China Improves Anti-Piracy Measures

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Commissioner Mandelson unveils China strategy. China must bolster its efforts to crack down on piracy and counterfeiting or face trade sanctions, European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday (Oct. 24). He was unveiling the Commis ...

  41. EC: Music Licensing Reforms Are Working

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, with a growing demand for European Union-wide licensing replacing national applications, the European Commission said Tuesday (Oct. 3). Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, wit ...

  42. EC: Music Licensing Reforms Are Working

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, with a growing demand for European Union-wide licensing replacing national applications, the European Commission said Tuesday (Oct. 3). Reforms of the music licensing sector are succeeding, wit ...

  43. EU Warns Romania, Bulgaria To Improve IP Protection

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Countries expected to enter EU in 2007. Countries expected to enter EU in 2007. News ...

  44. MEP Criticizes EU Online Royalty Initiative

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Plan called inadequate. Plans for a one-stop-shop for licenses for online music services in the European Union have been slammed by Members of the European Parliament (MEP) as inadequate from a legal as well as a cultural and political view. Durin ...

  45. EU, China Boost Anti-Piracy Efforts

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New pilot program launched to monitor sea ports. The European Union and China have revealed plans to introduce "smart and safe" trade lanes on the seas in a bid to counter rampant piracy, including the shipment of illegal CDs and music D ...

  46. China iPod Libel Claim Slashed

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Taiwan-funded company has slashed a libel claim against two Shanghai journalists, who said workers at a plant making iPods were mistreated, from 30 million yuan ($3.77 million) to just 1 yuan, Xinhu A Taiwan-funded company has slashed a libel cl ...

  47. Mashboxx CEO Exits

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bebel leaves post after less than a year. Bebel leaves post after less than a year. News ...

  48. EU Taps Into Coffers To Fight Piracy

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European Union officials will meet today (July 18) and tomorrow in the Finnish town of Turku to decide how best to spend a €324 million ($405 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counte European Union officials will meet today ( ...

  49. EU Taps Into Coffers To Fight Piracy

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $405M ploughed into customs program. European Union officials will meet today (July 18) and tomorrow in the Finnish town of Turku to decide how best to spend a €324 million ($405 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at Euro ...

  50. EU Online Licensing Rules Set For Overhaul

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Key committee gives OK. A key European Parliament committee confirmed plans today (July 13) to overhaul the European Union's complex rules on collective licensing for online music. Members of the European Parliament in the Committee on Cultur ...

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