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  1. Lord Lloyd Webber Leads Copyright Debate

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner of the Really Useful Group, has led a debate in the House of Lord on the issue of online piracy. The debate today (April 2) comes ahead of the U.K. government's Digital Britain report, which is due in early summer. ...

  2. Musicians Lobby EU On Term Extension

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing body PPL organized a reception in Brussels to help artists press their case for a fair copyright term deal at the EU level. The current term for copyright in sound recordings is 50 years and the European Commission proposed extendin ...

  3. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  4. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  5. U.K. Promoter Predicts Summer Ticketing Strife

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Summer stadium and arena shows by Take That, Madonna, Oasis and U2 are likely to be targeted by fraudulent ticket operations, according to one leading U.K. promoter. Rob Ballantine, director of Manchester-based SJM Concerts, tells Billboard.biz th ...

  6. U.K. Govt Warns Biz On File-Sharing

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has begun consultation on a proposed digital rights agency to encourage legitimate online entertainment services and reduce piracy, while warning that it will consider far-reaching legislation to tackle P2P activity if the biz ...

  7. U.K. Govt Calls For Ticket Touting Clampdown

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has called on the ticketing and events industry to reduce the number of tickets that end up in the hands of touts. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe launched a consultation to find solutions on how to improve the ticketing market ...

  8. U.K. Govt Rebuffs EU Copyright Vote

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST David Lammy, the U.K. minister of state for intellectual property, has reaffirmed the British government's position on term extension by refusing to accept the European Parliament's legal affairs committee ruling on a 95-year copyright t ...

  9. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Sharkey Attacks U.K. Government

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music CEO Feargal Sharkey has launched an attack on the British government over its lack of support for rights holders. Speaking at a reception for the British music business umbrella group at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, former Un ...

  13. MIDEM Day 1: Managers On Digital Revenue Trail

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Artist managers and entertainment lawyers voiced their concerns about digital music revenue -- how much their acts deserve and how much they're owed -- during the opening day of the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. T ...

  14. Sharkey Cautions U.K. Govt On Web Piracy Regulation

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella industry organization U.K. Music, warned the British government to tread carefully on any regulation to control illegal file-sharing. It follows a Jan. 16 ...

  15. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  16. Report: RIAA Drops File-Sharing Lawsuits

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of America has signalled its intention to switch tactics in the battle against piracy. It stopped filing mass lawsuits early this fall and will now attempt to cooperate with ISPs on tackling users who are uploadi ...

  17. Term Extension Message Sent To PM

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST A group of U.K. musicians has delivered a video message to prime minister Gordon Brown, urging the government to support proposals to extend the copyright term for performers and record companies. The video was filmed at Abbey Road Studios in Lond ...

  18. EMI Music CEO Applauds Govt Action On ISPs

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti has spoken of his support for the U.K. government's and others' attempts to get ISPs to tackle illegal file-sharing, while admitting the music industry failed to adapt to changes in consumer behavior. Leoni ...

  19. U.K. Musicians Appeal To PM On Term Extension

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST PPL, the licensing body for U.K. performers and record labels, has taken the next step in its fight to extend the copyright term for musicians by signing a letter to British prime minister Gordon Brown. The letter, which includes the signatures of ...

  20. U.K. Music Backs Lessons On Biz, Copyright

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Industry body U.K. Music has launched a free online resource to support the implementation of the new music curriculum at secondary schools throughout the U.K. Sound Rights is a free-to-access Web site that allows teachers of Key Stage 3 (KS3) stu ...

  21. Joss Stone Rocks The Vote With New Song

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST British singer Joss Stone is playing her part to encourage Americans to vote today (Nov. 4) in the 2008 president election. "I keep having interviews about trying to encourage people to vote, and people ask, 'Why do you care, you're ...

  22. Grainge Appointed To U.K. Govt Creative Industries Panel

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been appointed to the panel of business leaders at the U.K. government's Creativity & Business International Network in Oct. 2009. The international creative business ...

  23. U.K. Government Aims For ‘Digital Britain’

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government is to develop a "Digital Britain" action plan in an effort to ensure the U.K. will be at the forefront of innovation and investment in the digital and communications industries. The report will be led by the first min ...

  24. Oasis Gives (Sheet) Music Away

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Oasis has hooked up with leading music magazine NME and a government organization in a move aimed at encouraging budding musicians to learn to play musical instruments. In an initiative backed by the U.K. government's Arts Counc ...

  25. Row Brews Over Madonna's 'Sticky' Ticketing

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Resale Rights Society (RSS), the live music lobbying organization, has hit out at the "mounting chaos" over ticketing for Madonna's stadium shows in the U.K. Madonna became one of the first major artists to engage with the secon ...

  26. Parliamentarians Get Jazzed Up

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Andy Burnham was among a select group of 200 politicians, artists and music industry insiders who gathered at the Houses of Parliament in London last nigh ...

  27. IFPI Welcomes Byron’s Internet Report

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has applauded the recommendations made in the pages of a report on the potential hazards the Internet can pose to children. Britain's government has committed to accepting and taking forward all the points outlined in the Byron Revie ...

  28. Sharkey Circles ISPs To Collaborate With Music Biz

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Internet service providers have been urged to solve their differences with the music industry, instead of waiting for the full force of government legislation. Speaking at the annual industry awards for U.K. ISPs, Feargal Sharkey, c ...

  29. Crunch Time For London Astoria

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Time, apparently, is running out for the London Astoria. Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has confirmed that the iconic central London music venue will face the wrecking ball, to make way for the capital's new Crossrail transport service ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. ISPs Facing U.K. Piracy Legislation

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BPI has urged ISPs to work with the music industry as the U.K. government prepares to announce proposals to deal with illegal file-sharing. The trade body today said it applauded the government's willingness to tackle the issue. It follow ...

  33. Ticketmaster Buys U.K. Online Ticket Reseller

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST On the heels of their move to acquire U.S. ticket reseller TicketsNow for $265 million (Billboard.biz, Jan. 15), Ticketmaster has now acquired GET ME IN! (www.getmein.com), an independent web-based marketplace for music, sport, theatre and other l ...

  34. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  35. MPs: Secondary Ticket Industry Needs To 'Clean Up Its Act'

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Parliamentary select committee has described the inflated prices in the secondary ticket market as "unfair", but MPs have stopped short of recommending government intervention saying this "should only be considered as last resort& ...

  36. Royal Honors For Kylie, Parkinson

    December 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, veteran British broadcaster Michael Parkinson and Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills are among the music industry names on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours list. The list, based on recommendat ...

  37. Elvis Album At The Center Of U.K. Copyright Row

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. distributor Cargo Records has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley release after Sony BMG Music Enterainment in the U.K. sent out a letter threatening legal action, Billboard.biz has learned. In one of the clearest signs to-date of Sony BMG� ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. U.K. Biz Embarks On Japanese Trade Mission

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry's fourth trade mission to Japan will take place July 30-Aug. 3. The move is part of labels body BPI's ambitions to make greater inroads in Japan, the world's second-biggest recorded music market. The trade mi ...

  41. Live Boost For Young British Musicians

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has unveiled an initiative to provide more rehearsal space to young musicians. Feargal Sharkey, former chair of the Live Music Forum, has been tasked with setting-up a network of affordable, fully-equipped practise studios acro ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. U.K. Commercial Radio Calls For Immediate Deregulation

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s commercial radio stations have called on independent regulator Ofcom to speed up the rate of change in the sector. RadioCentre -- the body that represents 320 U.K. commercial radio stations -- today (July 4) gave its response to Of ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Indies Call For IFPI Embrace

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The major labels' apparent refusal to start dialog with representatives of the international independent labels body was slammed yesterday at the 8th annual general meeting of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in London. In May, AIM ...

  49. U.K. Biz Gathers For PPL AGM

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's PPL will continue fighting for an extension in the term of copyright on sound recordings -and intends to draw Britain's incoming Prime Minister into the debate. Speaking on stage at the society's annual general meeting tod ...

  50. 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 ...

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