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  1. Australia's iTunes Music Store to be Probed on Pricing Points

    April 30, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Australia's iTunes Music Store is to be probed on its pricing points, according to reports. Apple Computer and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Australia's Parliament why consumers pay considerably more fo ...

  2. Ticket Trust Launches, UK's 'Ethical Ticket Exchange' To Combat Fraud, Scalpers

    July 12, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Despite predictions that the U.K. live-music sector is set for a revival this year after a downturn blip in 2010, the controversial topic of secondary-ticket sales heated up this week with the launch of The Ticket Trust on Monday (July 11). Set up ...

  3. U.K. Govt Won't Regulate Secondary Tickets

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has decided against introducing regulation for the secondary ticket market, following a consultation on ticketing and scalping. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport decided that legislation could add greater burdens for ...

  4. LN, Ticketmaster Merger Investigation Re-opened

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST In another twist to the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the U.K.'s Competition Commission (CC) has re-opened its investigation into the tie-up. The CC confirmed today (Feb. 11) that the original Dec. 22 decision, which cleare ...

  5. Consumer Watchdog Weighs In On Orange/T-Mobile Merger

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the U.K. consumer watchdog, has requested a say in the proposed merger of the British divisions of mobile telecoms companies Orange and T-Mobile. France Telecom owns Orange and Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile. The ...

  6. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  7. U.K. Regulator Challenges Orange/T-Mobile Deal

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger of the British operations of telecoms carriers Orange and T-Mobile might curb competition in ways that hurt consumers, regulator Ofcom said. In a report on the state of the mobile market, Ofcom said it was satisfied that consum ...

  8. Live Nation Outlines 'Legal Flaws' On U.K. Merger Ruling

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has submitted a document detailing what it describes as "key legal flaws" in the provisional Competition Commission (CC) ruling that the proposed Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger will hinder competition in the market for l ...

  9. Business Matters: Pandora, EMI, Live Nation

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nine million users - or 24% of its entire user base - have signed up for Pandora through a smartphone. The service has been installed on 13 mil ...

  10. Live Nation/Ticketmaster U.K. Merger Inquiry Extended

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The inquiry by the Competition Commission (CC) in the U.K. into the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster has been extended by eight weeks, and will now report by Jan. 19, 2010. It follows a provisional CC ruling on Oct. 8 that the merger will hi ...

  11. U.K. Investigation Into Online Pricing

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched market studies into online advertising and pricing. The OFT, the U.K.'s consumer and competition authority, will examine online targeting of advertising and prices that incorporates behaviora ...

  12. ASTA Backs Fake Tickets Warning Campaign

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Association of Secondary Ticket Agents (ASTA) has given its backing to the U.K. Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) "Just Tick It" initiative on fraudulent ticketing Web sites. The new OFT campaign warns consumers about such sites an ...

  13. Lawmakers Want Ticketmaster/Live Nation Probe

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, should be closely scrutinized by the Justice Department, according to the chair of a Senate antitrust subcommittee and 50 members of th ...

  14. OFT, STAR Act On Ticket Terms

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A code of conduct for universal terms and conditions for tickets has been developed for consumers in the U.K., following an agreement between the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR). STAR represents p ...

  15. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  16. No Price Cuts For U.K. iTunes Tracks

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer will not go ahead with plans to cut the price of downloads on its market leading iTunes Music Store in the U.K., explaining that exchange rate changes meant there is no longer any discrepancy between prices in the U.K. and the Europ ...

  17. OFT OKs Universal's Big Life Buy

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has cleared Universal Music Publishing Group's acquisition of Big Life Music. Although the decision has yet to be published on the corporate watchdog's Web site, a spokesman confirms to Billboard th ...

  18. Update: Apple Standardizes European Download Prices

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple has pre-empted any regulatory action by the European Commission by announcing today that it will lower the prices on its U.K. iTunes store to match the standardized pricing across Europe. Apple says the new pricing will take effect within si ...

  19. OFT Sheds Light On Its UMG-V2 Clearance

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has published in-depth detail behind its decision to approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of V2. In its assessment, posted today on the OFT Web site, the competition regulator noted that the two c ...

  20. U.K.'s OFT Clears UMG-V2 Deal

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group cleared the final hurdle in its acquisition of V2 Music Group when Britain's Office Of Fair Trading said today it would not refer the buyout to the Competition Commission. In a brief statement issued on its Web site, the ...

  21. V2 To Live On Within UMG's Mercury Group

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has started the integration of its newly-acquired V2 Music Group. Moving forward, the British arm of V2 will be aligned with Mercury Records under Mercury U.K. president Jason Iley. UMG is committed to absorbing some of the a ...

  22. Universal, AIM Clash Over V2 Acquisition

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and independent trade body AIM have become embroiled in a row over the major's acquisition of the V2 label. AIM has gone public on its submission to the U.K. government's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), criticising Universa ...

  23. OFT Clears Universal's Sanctuary Deal

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has cleared Universal Music Group's (UMG) acquisition of the financially troubled Sanctuary Group. The clearance comes after Centenary Music Holdings, UMG's bid vehicle, made a June 15 cash bi ...

  24. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  25. EC Official Says iPod May Avoid Regulation

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's top anti-trust official has indicated that Apple Computer's iPod players might escape regulation. Commission director general for competition Philip Lowe said that his services would only intervene in the case i ...

  26. Live Nation, Gaiety Made To Wait On Academy Decision

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST A proposed buyout of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holding could bring about a hike in venue rental costs and reduce competition in London, the government's anti-trust body has reported. The Competition Commission explained its views Tues ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Progress In PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Harris joins as performer affairs directors. The proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers has moved a stage closer to completion. The formal contractual documentation to form a single entity between Phon ...

  29. Progress In PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers has moved a stage closer to completion. The proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers has moved a stage closer to c ...

  30. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition Commission has 24 weeks to probe. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Hamsard, the investment vehicle jo ...

  31. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission ...

  32. Watchdog OKs HMV Bid For Ottakar's

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's competition watchdog confirmed on Friday (May 12) it had given the green light for HMV Group to make a fresh bid for bookstore chain Ottakar's. Britain's competition watchdog has given the green light for HMV Group to make ...

  33. Watchdog OKs HMV Bid For Ottakar's

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's competition watchdog has given the green light for HMV Group to make a fresh bid for bookstore chain Ottakar's. In a statement issued today (May 12), the Competition Commission said the merg Britain's competition watchdog ...

  34. OFT OKs U.K. Collecting Societies Merger

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT British corporate regulator the Office of Fair Trading has given the green light to a proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers. British corporate regulator the Office of Fair Trading has given the green ...

  35. Waterstone Drops Bid For HMV Book Stores

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tim Waterstone has withdrawn from his latest attempt to buy back his namesake bookseller chain from HMV Group plc. In a statement posted on the London Stock Exchange Web site today (May 2), Waterstone Tim Waterstone has withdrawn from his latest a ...

  36. Waterstone Drops Bid For HMV Book Stores

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Path cleared for HMV takeover of Ottakar’s. Tim Waterstone has withdrawn from his latest attempt to buy back his namesake bookseller chain from HMV Group plc. In a statement posted on the London Stock Exchange Web site today (May 2), Waterstone cl ...

  37. New U.K. Gov't Strategy To Rout Touts

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The British government has set out a new strategy to restrict rogue ticket sale practices. Speaking at a summit Wednesday (April 26) on the black market trade for entertainment tickets, Secretary of S The British government has set out a new strat ...

  38. New U.K. Gov't Strategy To Rout Touts

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The British government has set out a new strategy to restrict rogue ticket sale practices. Speaking at a summit Wednesday (April 26) on the black market trade for entertainment tickets, Secretary of S The British government has set out a new strat ...

  39. HMV Awaits Details Of Waterstone's Bid

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group has reacted coolly to a proposal to buy its U.K. bookseller chain Waterstone's. Waterstone issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange which said that an "indicative offer for Waterstone HMV Group has reacted coolly to a pr ...

  40. HMV Awaits Details Of Waterstone's Bid

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group has reacted coolly to a proposal to buy its U.K. bookseller chain Waterstone's. Waterstone issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange which said that an "indicative offer for Waterstone HMV Group has reacted coolly to a pr ...

  41. U.K. Regulator OKs HMV's Bookseller Bid

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group for U.K. bookseller Ottakar's. Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group f ...

  42. U.K. Regulator OKs HMV's Bookseller Bid

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group for U.K. bookseller Ottakar's. Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group f ...

  43. Britain's Three Collecting Societies To Merge

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britain's record company and performers collecting societies have taken formal steps to form a single body to represent U.K. performers. In a statement issued today (March 6), PPL said it has moved to Britain's three collecting societies ...

  44. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's is to be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to the Com HMV Group's planned acquisition ...

  45. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Commission. HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's will be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to ...

  46. HMV Made To Wait On Ottakar's Buy

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Trading has delayed its decision on whether to refer HMV Group's proposed takeover of bookselling business Ottakar's to the country's Competition Commission. U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Tradin ...

  47. HMV Made To Wait On Ottakar's Buy

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Trading has delayed its decision on whether to refer HMV Group's proposed takeover of bookselling business Ottakar's to the country's Competition Commission. U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Tradin ...

  48. U.K. Gov't To Host Live Biz Confab

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport is to hold a series of workshops with the live-entertainment industry to tackle the escalating problem of ticket fraud. The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and S ...

  49. U.K. Gov't To Host Live Biz Confab

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport is to hold a series of workshops with the live-entertainment industry to tackle the escalating problem of ticket fraud. The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and S ...

  50. Competition Commission To Eye Vue Cinema Acquisition

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Office of Fair Trading said Sept. 23 it has referred the completed acquisition of A3 Cinema and its subsidiary Ster Century (U.K.) by U.K.-based exhibitor Vue Entertainment to the Competition Comm LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Office ...

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