Politics

  1. France Begins Debating Anti-Piracy Law

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT First debates on the long awaited "Creation and Internet" draft law have kicked off at the French Senate. The draft law was inspired by a mission led at the end of 2007 by Denis Olivennes, former CEO of leading French entertainment retai ...

  2. An Obama Victory Could Be Good News For Labels

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If Barack Obama wins the election, the music business will get a valuable friend in Washington. But although stars from Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z have stumped for the candidate, it won't be Obama himself. Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Josep ...

  3. German Govt. Restates Copyright Commitment

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bernd Neumann, the German federal government's minister for culture and the media, says he's committed to ensuring European countries receive the best possible legal basis for protecting copyrights. Speaking at the Popkomm music conferen ...

  4. German Biz Launches China Mission

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German government and music industry are launching a joint effort via funding agency Initiative Musik to showcase German repertoire in China. Under the motto "The changing music market -- the music market of the future," German music ...

  5. Springsteen Wraps Obama Tour In Michigan

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen concluded his three-day barnstorming tour in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama last night (Oct. 6) with an eight-song, 50-minute acoustic set at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. ...

  6. Jay-Z Playing Free Shows For Obama

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z will play two free concerts this weekend in support of voter registration and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The first show is set for Saturday (Oct. 4) at Detroit� ...

  7. Springsteen, Joel Team Up For Obama

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are teaming up for their first joint concert to benefit Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Obama plans to attend the concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 16, the day af ...

  8. Kingston, Katchafire To Perform At Digicel Fiji Launch

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jamaica-based Miami-born reggae singer/rapper Sean Kingston (Koch) and New Zealand reggae band Katchafire (EMI NZ) are expected to draw 60,000 to a free concert to launch Carribbean-based mobile company Digicel in Fiji. The four-hour show at Suva& ...

  9. SGAE Joins Warner/Chappell Pan-Euro Digital Licence

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers collecting society SGAE has signed an accord with Warner/Chappell Music to distribute its English-language catalog via continental Europe on Internet and mobile suppliers. Warner/Chappell Music has issued SGAE with t ...

  10. PRS To Appeal EC Decision On Pan-European Licences

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Performing Right Society (PRS) has confirmed that it will appeal a decision by the European Commission in July on representation agreements between collecting societies in Europe. The U.K. collecting society says it will challenge the EC rulin ...

  11. French Biz Defends 'Three-Strike' Scheme After Euro Vote

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government and music industry is insisting that the "Internet and Creation" law, which was initiated last year by President Sarkozy and includes provisions against online piracy, can go ahead despite a European Parliament vote ...

  12. Trade Unions Back "Instruments On Planes" Campaign

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Musicians' Union (MU) has secured the backing of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for its campaign to change the aviation industry's policy on the transportation of musical instruments. The MU has been campaigning on the issue si ...

  13. Female Stars Dominate U.K. MTV Nominations

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Adele, Duffy and Leona Lewis will battle it out for best U.K. act at this year's MTV Music Europe Awards (EMAs). The three hitmakers will be competing against pop duo the Ting Tings and alternative band the Wombats at the Nov. 6 event, which ...

  14. Flobots Added To DNC Music Lineup

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Flobots will play a free show tomorrow (Aug. 27) at the Denver Coliseum during the Democratic National Convention. The rock act joins previously scheduled performers Rage Against The Machine, the Coup, State Radio and Wayne Kramer. The performance ...

  15. PRS Wins Legal Battle To Halt Pan-Euro Licence

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society the Performing Right Society (PRS) has a won a court case to prevent its Dutch equivalent, Buma, from issuing an unauthorised pan-European licence for online rights. Buma announced on July 19 that it had issued such a licen ...

  16. Avril Lavigne To Perform In Kuala Lumpur

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne will perform in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 29 after the Malaysian Cabinet approved the show, despite opposition from the youth wing of the country's Islamic opposition party. The fate of the concert was unclear follo ...

  17. Crow, Matthews Rock Democratic Convention

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singing at the Democratic convention, Sheryl Crow dedicated her song "Strong Enough" to Barack Obama and then added a twist to the lyrics for the occasion. "Are you strong enough to be my man, or my president?" Crow sang to her ...

  18. Jackson Browne Sues McCain Over Song Usage

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne is suing Republican presidential nominee John McCain and the Republican party for using his song "Running on Empty" in a recent TV commercial. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Bro ...

  19. Rage To Rock During Democratic Convention

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the Iraq Veterans Against the War and Tent State University, Rage Against The Machine will play a free show Aug. 27 at the Denver Coliseum during the Democratic National Convention. The performance is part of the Tent State Mus ...

  20. IP Bill Introduced In Senate

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A bipartisan group of senators introduced new legislation on Capitol Hill to address intellectual property rights enforcement. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) today (July 24) ...

  21. FCC's Copps Rejects Satellite Merger Plan

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Michael Copps, a longtime warrior against media consolidation, on Monday (July 21) voted against the proposed Sirius, XM satellite radio merger, a decision that has lingered at the FCC for more than 410 days. R&R confirmed Cop ...

  22. Juanes, Bose, Betancourt Call For Freedom At Paris Concert

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt took the stage and shook her hips to a Colombian superstar's guitar riffs, leading the crowd in chants of "Freedom for all!" at a concert Sunday dedicated to captives held by Colombia's FARC reb ...

  23. Italy's ENPALS Extends Labels' Pensions Deadline

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian government agency ENPALS has extended by three months the deadline for payment of royalty-based retroactive pension contributions by record labels. Labels were supposed to make the payments by July 15, but this date has now been put back t ...

  24. Universal Republic Names Blair VP

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Blair has been appointed VP of alternative promotion for Universal Republic Records. Blair will report to Joel Klaiman, senior VP of promotion and artist development for the company, and be based in New York. Most previously, Blair was seni ...

  25. Brit Gov't Launches C'right Exemption Consultation

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government is launching a new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions applied to not-for-profit organizations and charitable group for the performance of recorded music in public. The Government says it is aware that ce ...

  26. Rock The Vote, MySpace Launch Band Competition

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock the Vote struck a deal with MySpace this week that combines grassroots voter registration drives with music promotion and live events. Through the DemROCKracy band competition, which runs from now through Aug. 14, any artist with a MySpace pr ...

  27. SACEM Signs-Up To W/C's Pan-Euro Licensing Project

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) has joined Warner/Chappell Music's pan-European digital licensing (PEDL) initiative. As a result of the accord, unveiled today, the French Collection Rights Society i ...

  28. Blu-ray Subjected To Japanese Copy Levy

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government has added Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray Disc recorders to the list of products subject to private-copying levies. But copyright groups such as JASRAC and the RIAJ have expressed concern over the future of the copying-levy syste ...

  29. Spanish Biz Must Adopt Tough Piracy Tactics, Says Kennedy

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the to ...

  30. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  31. Brit MPs Show Support For Copyright Extension

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pete Wishart is one of eight British members of parliament who have added their signature in support of an Early Day Motion on the term of copyright extension debate. Scottish Nationalist Wishart, a former member of Scottish rock act Runrig, added ...

  32. Duffy Doubles Up On Euro Charts

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the second time, A&M/Universal's Duffy completes the pan-European "double," holding at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" and climbing back 2-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Mercy." Th ...

  33. New Canadian Copyright Legislation To Come

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Canadian copyright legislation will be introduced tomorrow, the federal Conservative government said this afternoon. The music industry blames lax copyright legislation for the proliferation of file sharing in the country and a decline of more ...

  34. Steinkamp Leaves Sony BMG

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maarten Steinkamp, president of Continental Europe for Sony BMG, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can confirm. Although representatives for Sony BMG would not response to calls from Billboard, insiders confirmed speculation which has been cir ...

  35. Eurovision A Big Turn-On In Europe

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Although it has since been dogged by controversy about alleged voting blocks, the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest proved a huge rating hit across Europe. The May 24 contest, held in Belgrade, Serbia, grabbed a TV audience of roughly 105 million viewe ...

  36. French Support Three-Strike Law, Report Claims

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government's controversial "three-strikes" scheme, which is intended to curb illegal file-sharing, is turning into something of a winner. The vast majority of French consumers are backing to some degree the government ...

  37. NZ Gov't Pledges Cash For Music Projects

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government's support for the local music industry is continuing, with more funds being allocated in its latest budget to international promotional programs. As previously reported, the Labour Coalition Government has already i ...

  38. Solicitor General To Exit Justice Dept.

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Solicitor General Paul Clement will end his current service to the Department of Justice in June. He has informed President Bush and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey of his resignation. Clement became solicitor general in June 2005. His offic ...

  39. House Officially Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The House has just officially passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act on a vote of 410 to 11. The bill enhances protections and enforcement of IP rights, establishes an IP representative in the Whi ...

  40. Update: House Passes PRO IP Bill

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Official passage of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act in the House of Representatives has stalled. While the bill was expected to officially pass once a quorum was met Tuesday evening -- after a vot ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. USTR Issues IP Watch Report

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Trade Representative today released its report on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection by the country's trading partners. The Special 301 Report, issued annually, is a policy tool for focusing on ...

  43. U.K. Gov't Urges Industry To Tackle Touts

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government will not enforce strict new rules to regulate the secondary ticketing sector, but instead has called upon the live music industry to collectively clean its own act up. In its response to a Parliamentary select committee repo ...

  44. European Parliament Rejects Plans To Cut File-Sharers

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has narrowly voted against a rule which would cut the Internet connections of people who illegally download copyright infringing music and other digital files. The parliament gathered yesterday to vote on the "Report o ...

  45. France Taxes Multi-Media Cell Phones

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-enabled mobile phones will be taxed in France starting May 1 under the private copying regime. Mobile phones featuring audio and/or video functionalities with a memory of more than 128 MB, will be hit with the tax. Government officials repor ...

  46. Cuba Ends Restriction On Cellular Phones

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuba said on Friday it will allow all Cubans to buy and use mobile telephones for the first time in the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of cellular telephone use in Latin Ameri ...

  47. DJ Green Lantern Plans Political Mixtape

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mixtape DJ Green Lantern is planning to release a politically charged mixtape featuring Russell Simmons and Senator Barack Obama. Simmons recently endorsed Obama as his choice for the Democratic presidential nomination. Green Lantern says the tape ...

  48. ISPs Can't ID File-Sharers, German Court Says

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry insists it is unconcerned by a recent court ruling which protects the identity of file-sharers. The German federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe on March 19 ruled that only in "heavy" cases such as terroris ...

  49. Alexis y Fido Link With AT&T

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton stars Alexis y Fido act and rap in AT&T's new campaign advertising unlimited calls to and from Puerto Rico between AT&T subscribers. Actress Roselyn Sanchez and the Orlando Magic's Carlos Arroyo also appear in the ads, ...

  50. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

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