Politics

  1. Guerra To Play Get-Out-The-Vote Concert

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tropical music superstar Juan Luis Guerra and two members of Maná will play a benefit concert Mar. 11 to raise funds for a nationwide Latino get-out-the-vote campaign. The concert, titled “Poder,” (“power”), will be held at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht ...

  2. Industry Bodies Back Wishart Bill On C'right Term

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST British neighboring rights collecting society PPL, the Musicians Union and labels body the BPI have thrown their support behind Peter Wishart's ambition to change the current legislation on the U.K.'s term of copyright. Scottish National ...

  3. Brit Gov't Supports Action On File-Sharing

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British government has vowed to take up the fight on illegal file-sharing as part of a multi-stage action plan intended to ensure the prosperity of the country's creative industries. Should the recording industry fail to break its impasse ...

  4. Johnson's 'Sleep' Awakens European Albums Chart

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson makes a winning start across Europe with his new release "Sleep Across The Static" (Brushfire/Universal Island), debuting at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums as he does on the new Billboard 200. "Apologize" (Mosley ...

  5. U.K. Govt To Unveil ISP Strategy

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. Government is set to publish its proposals for tackling illegal file-sharing on Feb. 22. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says that is the provisional date for the strategy document on the Creative Economy Programme. As p ...

  6. Universal Music Lobbied On Royalties

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group spent $350,000 in the second half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form. The firm lobbied on intellectual property protection and theft, copyright royalties, various appropriations bills and ...

  7. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  8. IMPALA Unveils New Board at MIDEM

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent labels body IMPALA has unveiled its new management structure at MIDEM, promoting current secretary general Helen Smith to executive chair. The trade body for European independent labels has also elected a triumvirate presi ...

  9. Universal Partners With SACEM For Pan-Euro Licenses

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ending days of intense speculation at MIDEM, Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a digital licensing scheme in Europe. The publisher has formed a joint venture with French society SACEM which allows that society and France's mechanica ...

  10. Peermusic, MCPS-PRS, SGAE Forge Euro Alliance

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leading independent music publisher Peermusic today used the platform of Midem to unveil a pan-European online and mobile licensing accord with Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance and Spanish society SGAE. Through the agreement, SGAE will represent P ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Germany's BPW Promotes Drucke

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST German labels body BPW in Berlin has appointed Dr. Florian Drucke as the new head of legal and politics with immediate effect. Drucke was previously legal adviser of the association after joining in 2006. He succeeds Nora Braun who has moved to Be ...

  13. SIAE Hails "Historic" Decision

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Italian collecting society SIAE says it has secured its independence, after its status as an "economic public entity" was officially recognised by the Italian government. The declaration follows a meeting of the Italian Senate's Cul ...

  14. UMG Ups Gerson To Exec VP

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has promoted Matthew Gerson from senior VP to executive VP for public policy and government affairs. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues related to the company's business, including directing Universal's in ...

  15. Canada's Copyright Act Revisions Get Shelved

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Revisions to Canada's Copyright Act, which were expected to be announced today, have been put on hold without any indication of when they might be introduced. The Canadian Conservative government under Industry Minister Jim Prentice had place ...

  16. Clinton, Obama To Battle In Grammy Category

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The race for president isn't the only one featuring a member of the Clinton family and Barack Obama. Indeed, the just-announced 2008 Grammy nominations pit Bill Clinton against Obama in the best spoken word album category. Clinton's &quo ...

  17. Juanes, Columbia University Partner For Peace Projects

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Juanes' Mi Sangre Foundation and Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution are partnering on peace projects in the pop star's home country of Colombia. The two organizations will organize conflict resolution ...

  18. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  19. Senators Introduce Enforcement Bill

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced a bill this week to strengthen federal government efforts to combat copyright infringement and counterfeiting. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Act would give civil copyright enf ...

  20. European MP Questions Sony BMG Merger

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A member of the European Parliament has effectively challenged the European Commission's second approval of the Sony BMG merger. In a written question on Tuesday, French socialist Guy Bono, member of the EP's Culture Committee and curren ...

  21. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Pact Unveiled On Capitol Hill

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today unveiled an initiative for the United States and some of its key trading partners to negotiate what is being called an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). During a press conference held on Capit ...

  22. Goodman Rises To CMA Board President

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Street Records president Randy Goodman is the new president of the board for the Country Music Association. The trade organization held its annual board of directors election meeting in Nashville earlier this week. Goodman, who had been pres ...

  23. Mukasey Promises Aggressive IP Protection

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Mukasey today promised to be "aggressive in protecting intellectual property" if he is confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. The statement came during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Mukasey's nomination in response ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Popkomm Attendance Stable

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Attendance at this year's Sept. 19-21 Popkomm trade fair in Berlin was stable, pulling in more than 15,000 trade visitors, according to preliminary figures. Organizer Messe Berlin claims 886 exhibitors from 57 countries took part in the confa ...

  26. Gorny Appointed Initiative Musik Chairman

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dieter Gorny, deputy chairman of the German Recording Industry Association (BPW) and former CEO of the music-TV channel VIVA, has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board for the newly launched Initiative Musik. Initiative Musik is the bra ...

  27. Germany Promises State Aid To Music Start-ups

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The German government says it is prepared give financial support to small-and-medium sized start-ups in the German music market. The move was announced by German minister of economics Michael Glos at the Popkomm trade fair in Berlin today (Sept. 1 ...

  28. Popkomm 2007 Opens Its Doors

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The annual Popkomm music trade fair has kicked off in Berlin. A panel of German political heavyweights inaugurated the Oct. 19-21 conference, which this year carries the strap-line "plug into success." One of the buzz topics currently do ...

  29. Manu Chao Returns With European Chart-Topper

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Manu Chao, who in 2001 became the first French artist ever to top European Top 100 Albums with "Proxima Estacion: Esperanza," repeats the feat with his first studio set since then, "La Radiolina" (Because). Chao's fourth s ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Italy's Music Bill Report Presented

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The chances of the Italian parliament passing the much-awaited Music Bill appear to have improved. Pietro Folena, member of parliament and president of the parliamentary culture commission, has officially presented his report on the subject to the ...

  32. Whittingdale Opens-Up On Term Of C'right Decision

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The term of copyright issue reached a climax last Tuesday when the British government announced it would ignore the music industry's campaign for an extension, and sided instead with the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Gowers' Tr ...

  33. U.S. Rep Puts Squeeze On LimeWire

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the House's investigating committee Tuesday criticized the popular peer-to-peer program LimeWire for failing to take steps to ensure that personal, corporate and government data can't be easily obtained. Rep. Henry Waxman ...

  34. Senate Passes Higher Ed Piracy Amendment

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to a higher education bill that requires all universities, for the first time, to provide information to the Department of Education regarding their efforts to stem digital piracy on their computer network ...

  35. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. U.K. Biz Braced For C'right Term Response

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government will deliver this coming week its awaited verdict on the copyright term for sound recordings. Sources tell Billboard.biz, however, that the government may not follow a select committee's calls to extend the term of copyrig ...

  38. One-Word, Image Indecency Bill Introduced

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon marked up the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, (S.1780), introduced last week by West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller and immediately gained important co-sponsorship from leading leg ...

  39. U.K.'s MPA Calls For Stronger Bonds With BPI

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. publishing industry must place greater value in partnership and unity moving forward, attendees heard at today's annual general meeting of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) in London. MPA chairman Paul Curran, re-elected for his ...

  40. PIAS Teams With Record Maestro For Royalty Processing

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The PIAS Group, the pan-European independent label and distributor, has elected to use the Record Maestro royalty-processing and rights-management system. Created by U.K.-based Counterpoint Systems, the Record Maestro software enables PIAS to proc ...

  41. Live Earth Goes D.C.

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Initially rebuffed by Washington, former Vice President Al Gore's Live Earth concerts found a last-minute home in the U.S. capital on Friday after Native Americans offered their museum for the worldwide event. A few blocks from the U.S. Capit ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Hodge Takes Music Brief In U.K. Gov't Reshuffle

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Margaret Hodge is the new U.K. government minister responsible for the country's music sector. As minister for creative industries, she replaces Shaun Woodward, who held the post last year, and James Purnell, who served in the same role in 20 ...

  44. Mayors' Conference Prioritizes Anti-Piracy Fight

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP ...

  45. RIAA Government Relations Execs Expand Roles

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has promoted Rafael Fernandez and expanded the responsibilities of Joel Flatow, both government relations executives with the labels' trade group. Miami-based Fernandez, formerly VP of Latin Music, is now senior VP of state governmen ...

  46. France’s SPPF Sues Morpheus, Azureus

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels' performing right collecting society SPPF has filed suits against U.S.-based P2P software companies Morpheus/Streamcast and Azureus in Paris' Tribunal de Grande Instance. SPPF claims that recordings by its membe ...

  47. Widget Aims To Support Darfur Campaign

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A former political prisoner turned digital music CEO has teamed with Amnesty International on a viral music campaign designed to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur. Yobie Benjamin, CEO of digital music and e-commerce firm GoodStorm, created ...

  48. Raids Seize 200,000 CDRs

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican authorities and IFPI officials conducted two major anti-piracy raids, May 8 and May 12, which resulted in the seizure of more than 8 million CD covers, hundreds of burners and 200,000 CDRs. Approximately 300 police units and 15 prosecutors ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

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