Politics of the United Kingdom

  1. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  2. John Reid Leaves Warner Music for Live Nation

    January 16, 2012 11:46 AM EST Live Nation Europe announced the appointment of John Reid as President of Concerts in a statement released Monday (January 16). "We are delighted to have John join us at a time of exciting growth for Live Nation. His pedigree speaks for itsel ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Three-Strikes Pledge

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A combination of fierce criticism and welcome support was the mixed response from the U.K. music and digital industry following proposals outlined today (Oct.28) by U.K. cabinet minister Lord Mandelson to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Mandelso ...

  5. U.K. Cabinet Minister Promises P2P Legislation

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has promised legislation to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Speaking today (Oct. 28) at "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative industry conf ...

  6. Elton John Joins File-Sharing Debate

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Elton John has added his voice to the debate among artists over the impact of file-sharing in the U.K. The veteran artist has echoed the views of pop artist Lily Allen, who accused musicians from the Featured Artists Coalition of ignoring the ...

  7. Opinion: New Services Or Legal Action, Which Comes First?

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Attacking piracy through new legal measures and balancing the field for content creators - those are the recurring themes in a letter to The Times from Lord Peter Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills , and a lette ...

  8. U.K. Govt Rebuffs File-Sharing Reports

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has rebuffed reports that it is set to impose tougher penalties on illegal file-sharers than the measures already proposed. Various media outlets reported that Lord Mandelson, secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Ski ...

  9. Govt Minister Supports Performers On Term Extension

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the minister for higher education and intellectual property, voiced his support on term extension during a parliamentary meeting with musicians organized by U.K. performers' licensing body PPL. The copyright term meeting in commi ...

  10. BPI Angry At U.K. Minister's File-Sharing Stance

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST British recorded music body, the BPI, has reacted angrily to reported comments from a U.K. minister about the government's approach to involving Internet service providers (ISPs) in the prevention of music piracy. In an interview with the Tim ...

  11. Burnham Speaks At PPL AGM

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's culture secretary Andy Burnham will be a guest speaker at PPL's annual general meeting, to be held June 4 at the British Music in central London. Burnham was appointed secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport in a cabine ...

  12. Burnham Becomes U.K. Culture Secretary

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Andy Burnham is Britain's new culture secretary. Burnham, chief secretary to the Treasury, becomes secretary of state for culture, media and sport after a reshuffle which sees incumbent James Purnell take up the role as pensions secretary. Pu ...

  13. Brit Ticket Touting Report Due Jan. 10

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will publish its long-awaited report into the secondary ticketing market on Jan. 10, 2008. The "ticket touting" report will analyse and assess the case for government regulation of the se ...

  14. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  15. Hazarika Exits EMI For Political Post

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI's VP of government and industry affairs, Ayesha Hazarika, is leaving the company to become a special adviser to Harriet Harman, member of parliament, deputy leader and chair of the Labour Party. Victoria Bassetti, EMI's senior VP of ...

  16. U.K. Gov't Backs Gowers Review

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a development which will stun British music industry lobbyists, the U.K. government has backed the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Britain's department for culture, media and sport today confirmed its stance when it issued its form ...

  17. Tory Leader Cameron Backs C'right Term Extension

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's official opposition political party will throw its support behind the industry's quest to extend the term of copyright, the Conservative Party's leader declared today. Using the platform of the BPI's annual general me ...

  18. Countdown Starts On U.K. Gov't Reply To C'right Term Report

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has less than two months to respond on high-level recommendations for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale explains that the c ...

  19. U.K. Parliament Committee Calls For C'right Term Extension

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended to the U.K. government that the term of copyright on sound recordings be extended beyond its current 50 year term. The copyright term should be "extended to at least 70 y ...

  20. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  21. Reid Rises, Caccia Out At WMI

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based Warner Music International has handed responsibility for all its operations in continental Europe to John Reid, its vice chairman of music, content and marketing, as company veteran Gero Caccia prepares to exit. WMI announced today (F ...

  22. Brit Live Biz Rounds On Touts

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in Britain's live music business have agreed to establish a ticket exchange mechanism as part of a new set of measures aimed at clamping-down on ticket scalping. Other efforts include the creation of a "shop-a-tout" hotl ...

  23. Gowers Review: 'Don't Change Copyright Term'

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a verdict which was widely anticipated in the British recorded music industry, Andrew Gowers' review on intellectual property has called on decision-makers to preserve the U.K.'s current term of copyright on sound recordings. The long ...

  24. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. Ahead of the publication of the Gowers review -- due around the chancellor's Dec. ...

  25. Brits Back Copyright Extension

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's battle for extended copyright protection for local artists, according to a new report. Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's ba ...

  26. Mandelson Blasts Beijing On Royalties

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST China must clamp down on illegal broadcasts of foreign music, movies and television shows, European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said in Beijing Wednesday (Nov. 8). China must clamp down on illegal broadcasts of foreign music, movies a ...

  27. Mandelson Blasts Beijing On Royalties

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST China must clamp down on illegal broadcasts of foreign music, movies and television shows, European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said in Beijing Wednesday (Nov. 8). China must clamp down on illegal broadcasts of foreign music, movies a ...

  28. U.K. Music Biz Demands Copyright Law Overhaul

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (July 12) to unveil a proposal for a new digital-age copyright framework, which they hope the government will incorporate into a revised intellectual property U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (Jul ...

  29. U.K. Indies On Mission To U.S.

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'AIM 4 America' to run June 12-16. The British government's secretary of state for trade and industry Alistair Darling will throw his support behind a U.K. trade delegation to the United States next week. Darling is to deliver a wel ...

  30. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

  31. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

  32. U.S., Europe Pact To Fight Piracy

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Message: 'Zero tolerance' for counterfeits. The United States and the European Union pledged Wednesday (Nov. 30) to join forces to fight soaring trade in counterfeiting and piracy. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said after a meeti ...

  33. Former U.K. Gov't Minister Joins PRS Board

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Estelle Morris becomes an external director. Estelle Morris becomes an external director. News Estelle Morris ...

  34. Former U.K. Gov't Minister Joins PRS Board

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Estelle Morris becomes an external director. Former British government minister Estelle Morris has joined the governing board of U.K. authors rights body the Performing Right Society. The London-based PRS announced today (Sept. 13) that Morris had ...

  35. Brit Politicians Prepare to 'Rock the Boat'

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A cross-party collective of British politicians have closed the gap between parliament and the music business through a pair of initiatives. A cross-party collective of British politicians have closed the gap between parliament and the music busin ...

  36. Brit Politicians Prepare to 'Rock the Boat'

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A cross-party collective of British politicians have closed the gap between parliament and the music business through a pair of initiatives. A cross-party collective of British politicians have closed the gap between parliament and the music busin ...

  37. Brit Gov't Proposes Music Council

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Britain's newly-appointed music minister James Purnell has proposed the creation of a new government-backed body that would become a key tool in the relationship between the British music industry and LONDON -- Britain's newly-appointed ...

  38. Brit Gov't Proposes Music Council

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Britain's newly-appointed music minister James Purnell has proposed the creation of a new government-backed body that would become a key tool in the relationship between the British music industry and Britain's newly-appointed music mini ...

  39. U.K. Production Tax Relief Extended

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There was an almost audible collective sigh of relief across the British film industry when the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announced March 16 that the United Kingdom's Section 48 movie p LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- There ...

  40. U.K. Extends Prod'n Tax Relief

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said March 16 that the United Kingdom's section 48 movie production tax relief will be extended through the end of March 2006. LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brow ...

  41. U.K. Eyes New Co-prod'n Tax Treaties

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government said Feb. 28 that it has opened negotiations with five countries, including China and South Africa, to draw up film co-production treaties that will enable producers to apply for r LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The U.K. go ...

  42. Britain To Host Euro IP Conference

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting intellectual property. The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting inte ...

  43. Britain To Host Euro IP Conference

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting intellectual property. The European Commission and the British government have thrown their support behind a conference spotlighting inte ...

  44. Government

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Story: U.K. panel recommends dissolving BBC board This Week's Story: U.K. Panel: BBC Board Should Be Dissolved By Mimi Turner LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The BBC looked to be on a collision course with the government o ...

  45. Brit Gov't Launches Music Manifesto

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT British music industry organizations are applauding the launch yesterday of a "Music Manifesto" as part of the government's pledge to improve arts education. British music industry organizations are applauding the launch yesterday o ...