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  1. Spain's Music Industry in Crisis as Music, Ticket Sales Plummet

    July 20, 2012 11:25 AM EDT It's official. This year is the worst for Spain's music industry in history. Labels and agents are going out of business, thousands of jobs and millions of euros are being lost, and what's worse, the next Alejandro Sanz or Placido D ...

  2. Rdio Expands to Spain, But Can It Catch On There?

    February 23, 2012 4:48 PM EST Rdio, the subscription-based music streaming service, is taking on the bull by its horns (pun intended). It landed in Spain this week, defying the country's infamous track record with online piracy and blatant consumer unwillingness to pay to ...

  3. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  4. Is Pablo Soto Spain's P2P Robin Hood Or A Music Piracy Enabler?

    December 28, 2011 9:16 AM EST MADRID - Pablo Soto is a hero, a Robin-Hood of sorts, for the global peer-to-peer (P2P) community, a title he rejects even after his recent epic court victory against the American music and movie industries that have targeted him for years. His lu ...

  5. Shakira to Be Honored As Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    September 26, 2011 8:37 PM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira will be honored as the 2011 Latin Recording Academy person of the year, the Latin Grammy organization has announced. The tribute gala for the songstress will be held Nov. 9, one day before the 12th annual awards ...

  6. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  7. Promusicae Urges Govt To Match U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels' group Promusicae has applauded the passing into law of the U.K.'s Digital Economy Act, and called on the Spanish government to "follow the British example." The Act includes provisions for ISPs to write letters ...

  8. Rights Holders Will Initiate Spanish Anti-Piracy Process

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The text of the Spanish government's proposed legislation to tackle illegal downloads has been published for the first time, and includes an important clarification. The Intellectual Property Commission, which will have the power to decide if ...

  9. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Proposals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish government took a big step towards outlawing Web site links to unauthorized content when its council of ministers approved a proposed law that would give Madrid's high court the authority to close or block such links. The Sustaina ...

  10. Spanish Web Sites Protest At Govt's Piracy Plan

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 2,000 Spanish web sites have added their names to a list of sites that offer unauthorized downloads, as a challenge to the government's plan to approve legislation that will allow an intellectual property commission to ask a judge to c ...

  11. 301 Report: Spanish Biz Down 65% In 5 Years

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain is suffering "a virtual collapse" of its recorded music market because of online piracy, with a drop in overall music sales of more than 65% in the past five years, says the latest report from U.S. culture industry lobby, the Inter ...

  12. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Measures

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has finally approved controversial anti-piracy measures aimed at the illegal downloading of copyrighted material on the Internet. The law, unveiled in early December and passed by the Cabinet on Friday (Jan. 8), focuses on m ...

  13. Spanish Music Biz In Anti-Piracy Protests

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's music industry has united in protest to demand greater legislative protection against piracy and illegal P2P file swapping. Earlier today (Dec. 1), hundreds of Spanish music sector artists and workers protested outside the Madrid-base ...

  14. Spanish Govt Confirms Anti-Piracy Strategy

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government has used the Future And Music international congress (FAM 09) as an opportunity to confirm its strategy to tackle illegal file-sharing. Music industry representatives from 30 countries are attending the three-day congress in ...

  15. Spanish Confusion Over EU Warning On Internet Access

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's telecommunications industry is perplexed by public comments from the European commissioner for the society of information, Viviane Reding, who warned that Spain faced conflict with the European Union over its plans to approve disconne ...

  16. Spanish Govt Rules Out Three-Strikes Law

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain does not intend to disconnect Internet users who repeatedly ignore warnings not to download copyright protected content, culture minister Angeles González-Sinde said on a breakfast-time TV show today (Nov. 5). This is despite a European Unio ...

  17. Spanish Govt Moves On P2P

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish government appears at last ready to act against unauthorized P2P file-sharing - although there is no big hurry. In a brief note, the Council of Ministers said it had agreed to set up an inter-ministerial working commission "to adv ...

  18. Gold Discs Presented To Spanish Acts

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Thirty of Spain's top-selling Spanish artists in 2008 received their gold disc awards at the inaugural Night of Music party organised by labels' association Promusicae. The Night of Music in a central Madrid venue replaced the Premios Am ...

  19. Cuban Pianist Valdes Honored At 90th Birthday

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes has celebrated his 90th birthday in Madrid ahead of a tour of Spain with his son Chucho. The pair have toured the country together before, and between Oct. 23 and Nov. 15 they will perform in eight Spanish cities. Bebo Va ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Spanish Parliament OKs 'Digital Canon'

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Spanish music industry received a belated $46 million Christmas present on Thursday when Parliament approved a new digital tax in its last full session before the general elections on March 9. The so-called "digital canon" will apply ...

  22. Rock En Ñ Tour 2007 Details Unveiled

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 8th Rock En Ñ annual tour of Latin America from Nov. 16 to Dec. 6 this year takes in four countries - Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. Organized by Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE, this year's participati ...

  23. Internet Piracy On The Rise In Spain

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Physical piracy has slumped in Spain over the last year, but illegal music downloading via the Internet is soaring, according to a new report. The Spanish government's Ministry of Culture report on "cultural practices and habits in Spain ...

  24. Spanish Indies Head Stateside

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A set of groundbreaking meetings aimed at helping Spanish independent music expand into the U.S. market is taking place in New York this week. A group of Spanish indie labels and publishers are visiting the city for three days of meetings from tod ...

  25. Spanish Gov't Lends Support To Live Sector

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Spanish government wants to set up live music rehabilitation councils in up to eight cities to help finance improvements to existing music venues when necessary. Spanish culture minister Carmen Calvo disclosed the plan during a meeting in Madr ...

  26. Spanish Gov't Approves Universal's Vale Music Buy

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Merged company would have 28% market share. The Spanish government has authorized Universal Music Spain's purchase of the country's largest independent label Vale Music. The move, confirmed Monday (Oct. 23), comes after the economy minis ...

  27. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Conference Kicks Off

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IFPI maps out strategy on opening day. Court proceedings against illegal music downloaders and P2P file swappers will continue despite some improvements in global music piracy, said John Kennedy, president of the International Federation of the Ph ...

  28. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Conference Kicks Off

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IFPI maps out strategy on opening day. Court proceedings against illegal music downloaders and P2P file swappers will continue despite some improvements in global music piracy, said John Kennedy, president of the International Federation of the Ph ...

  29. Spain Starts Long-Awaited Piracy Campaign

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its first national anti-piracy campaign eight months after the initiative was first announced. The country's culture ministry is spending €1 million ($1.2 million Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its fi ...

  30. Spain Starts Long-Awaited Piracy Campaign

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its first national anti-piracy campaign eight months after the initiative was first announced. The country's culture ministry is spending €1 million ($1.2 million Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its fi ...

  31. Spanish Police Shut Down Pirated Movie Sites

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Web site that let users exchange pirated movies has been shut down and its four creators have been arrested, Spanish police said Aug. 11. (AP) -- A Web site that let users exchange pirated movies has been shut down and its four creators have bee ...

  32. Biz Attacks Spain's Anti-Piracy Efforts

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MADRID -- Global music industry leaders joined their Spanish counterparts in Madrid June 23 to criticize the Spanish government for failing to enforce a national anti-piracy plan that was approved mor MADRID -- Global music industry leaders joined ...

  33. Biz Attacks Spain's Anti-Piracy Efforts

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish minister Calvo no-show at IFPI gathering. Global music industry leaders joined their Spanish counterparts in Madrid today (June 23) to criticize the Spanish government for failing to enforce a national anti-piracy plan that was approved mo ...

  34. Biz Attacks Spain's Anti-Piracy Efforts

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Global music industry leaders joined their Spanish counterparts in Madrid today (June 23) to criticise the Spanish government for failing to enforce a national anti-piracy plan that was approved more Global music industry leaders joined their Span ...

  35. Popkomm To Have Spanish Flavor

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Partner country' plans quixotic events. As expected, Spain has been designated “partner country” at this year’s Popkomm music trade fair Sept. 14-16 in Berlin. The concept was introduced at the 2004 event, when the designated nation was ...

  36. Grim News For Spanish Biz

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Market grapples with severe piracy. The value of music sales in Spain dropped 12.6% in 2004, according to preliminary data from trade group Promusicae. Speaking yesterday (Jan. 24) in Madrid, Promusicae president Antonio Guisasola gave a grim asse ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. SGAE Condemns Madrid Bombings

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE today (March 11) expressed its "firm condemnation and repulsion of the brutal terrorist attacks" that hit Madrid this morning. Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGA ...