Tom Ferguson

EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says new European Commission measures on intellectual property rights are "good news for Europe's music sector," but rights-holders still want stronger anti-piracy legislation across Europe.
Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award.
Fall Opening For AMG's New Birmingham Venue

Fall Opening For AMG's New Birmingham Venue

U.K. venue operator Academy Music Group (AMG) will open its new site in Birmingham, England this Fall with shows already confirmed by rapper Dizzee Rascal and alt-rock acts Bloc Party and the Maccabees.
U.K. Visa Lobbying Gets Positive Hearing

U.K. Visa Lobbying Gets Positive Hearing

Representatives of the U.K. live entertainment sector say they have received "very positive responses" from government over concerns about a contentious points-based visa system which they claim is dissuading performers from appearing in Britain.

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