Zucchero was the overall winner in the 41st edition of Italy's annual Festivalbar contest, which concluded at the Roman Arena in Verona on Saturday (Sept. 18).

Zucchero was the overall winner in the 41st edition of Italy's annual Festivalbar contest, which concluded at the Roman Arena in Verona on Saturday (Sept. 18).

Zucchero's song "Il Grande Baboomba" (Universal) was honored as the best-selling single of the summer. Biagio Antonacci won best album for "Convivendo, Part 1" (Universal); Luca Dirisio was named best new Italian artist for the song "Calma e Sanguefreddo" (BMG) and Jive/BMG-signed newcomer Eamon was voted best new international artist for his track "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)".

The itinerant contest celebrates the biggest hits of the Italian summer. It stages live events from May-September in four separate locations: Milan, Catania, Lignano and Verona. Awards are assessed on a series of criteria, including performance on the official FIMI singles and albums charts, popular vote and airplay. The final night's show, which featured appearances by Mark Knopfler and R.E.M., will air in two parts tonight and tomorrow (Sept. 21) on the commercial TV network Italia Uno.

The Italian record industry used the Festivalbar final to make an appeal for more effective copyright management. A special conference was held in Verona on Sept. 18 under the title "Who Does Music Belong to in the Digital Era?" Speakers included Italian minister of communications Maurizio Gasparri; FIMI director general Enzo Mazza; Sugar Records president Caterina Caselli and Clan Records managing director Claudia Mori.

Mori, who is the wife and manager of singer Adriano Celentano, suggested that telecom companies should pay some form of copyright fee for music downloaded on the Internet, because file-sharing generated so much traffic on their networks. Industry speakers also took the opportunity to criticize Italian government copyright legislation, particularly the recent Urbani Decree, for being ineffective in countering Internet piracy.

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