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  1. Dad Rock Boost For U.K. Album Sales

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. album sales recorded a 21.9% volume increase on the previous week as themed compilations and new artist albums proved popular as gifts for Father's Day (June 21). The figures from trade body the BPI and the Official Charts Company reveal ...

  2. No 'Three-Strikes' In Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has proposed obliging Internet Service Providers to implement technical measures as a way of reducing illegal P2P file-sharing - but only as a last resort if notification letters to copyright infringers fail to achieve results. ...

  3. U.K. Music Retail Sales Down 6%

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. recorded music business held up reasonably well in 2008 with trade value down by 5.3% to £894 million ($1.368 billion) and retail value down by 6% to £1.308 billion ($2.002 billion), according to new figures from trade body the BPI. That ...

  4. BPI Clashes With ISPs

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. record industry trade body the BPI and the organization that represents British Internet Service Providers have clashed over the best approach to tackle illegal file-sharing, as both sides attempt to influence a new government strategy on the ...

  5. U.K. Biz Builds North America Market Share

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The British music industry has grown its share of the U.S. and Canadian music markets, according to a report from U.K. trade body the BPI. U.K. artists have increased their market share in North America for the fourth year in a row, the report sta ...

  6. BPI Responds To Rights Agency Proposal

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has submitted its response to the government's consultation ahead of the publication of the "Digital Britain" report in early summer. The BPI agrees with the interim report proposal on a code of practise that ...

  7. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain Report

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has reacted to the proposals contained in the interim Digital Britain report, with labels trade body the BPI describing the measures as a "step forward" but not enough to tackle online piracy. The report, publishe ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. MidemNet Day 2: Biz Looks To Licensing ISPs

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Change is coming" was the message at day two of the MidemNet conference in Cannes, although there was still plenty of lively debate about how ISPs can work with the record labels. MidemNet is a conference focusing on music in the digita ...

  10. Biz Reacts To Woolworths' Woes

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. biz is looking at how to deal with the aftermath of Woolworths' retail and distribution businesses going into administration. Woolworths Group ended discussions about the potential sale of its 815 stores last night (Nov. 26). Labels ...

  11. Jail Sentence For London Pirate

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A South East London man has been convicted of conspiracy to defraud after he was found in possession of counterfeited goods including music CDs, film DVDs and games. Neil Anthony Norton, 41, was sentenced to three years in jail at Blackfriars Crow ...

  12. Britain Agrees Plan To Tackle Online Music Piracy

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Some of Britain's biggest Internet service providers have reached an accord which voluntarily binds them to a code of practise intended to sharply reduce illicit file-sharing. The six ISPs -- Virgin Media, BSkyB, Carphone Warehouse, BT, Orang ...

  13. ISPs On The Agenda At BPI AGM

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the brightest burning topics in the U.K. industry -- the labels' ongoing dialog with ISPs -- was discussed and dissected today at the BPI annual general meeting. Today's gathering at the Mayfair Hotel in central London was held ag ...

  14. Virgin ISP Issues First Round Of Warnings

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Virgin Media has sent a round of warning letters to 800 of its customers whose ISP accounts have been used for illegal file-sharing. It's the first salvo in a groundbreaking new "education" campaign agreed between Vir ...

  15. New Revenue Streams Boost Biz, Says BPI

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Record companies are seeing a real rise in revenue from non-traditional sources, according to new figures published by the BPI. The U.K. record industry trade body says that new revenue streams now account for 11.4% of domestic income, totaling £1 ...

  16. BPI Welcomes BT ISP Breakthrough

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading British broadband service provider BT has begun issuing notices to its subscribers warning it will disconnect them from the Net should they illegally share copyright-protected music on its networks. BT's new stance is seen as another ...

  17. Watershed ISP Pact For BPI

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British record industry has achieved a breakthrough in its ongoing engagement with Internet service providers to help rein in illegal filesharing. Virgin Media and the BPI have agreed on a new "education campaign" to help the media g ...

  18. ISP Talks Up Challenge With BPI

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has challenged Talk Talk to get with the times after the ISP rejected the trade body's attempts to foster dialog between both parties. "In claiming that the music industry is asking any ISP to become the 'Internet police ...

  19. Gov't, Music Biz Get Behind Soccer Project

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British culture secretary Andy Burnham is getting his game behind the music's industry's new alliance with soccer, stating that "together, they can be a potent force all over the country." Burnham, a devout music-man, was one o ...

  20. BPI Kickz A Goal With Football Funding

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's two favorite pastimes -- football and music -- are coming together on a national initiative. The Brit Trust, the charitable arm of trade body the BPI, is making a "substantial" three-year donation to fund the music element ...

  21. No Deal Struck With Virgin ISP, Says BPI

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI is distancing itself from reports that the trade association has reached an agreement with Virgin Media to curb illegal filesharing on the ISP's network. "Unfortunately it simply isn't true that we have agreed a pilot -- or ...

  22. U.K. Pirates Found Guilty

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Four pirate CD traders have been convicted for involvement in a £5 million ($10 million) operation that imported copyright-infringing urban music compilations into the United Kingdom from the Czech Republic. Labels body the BPI estimates that seve ...

  23. Industry Bodies Back Wishart Bill On C'right Term

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST British neighboring rights collecting society PPL, the Musicians Union and labels body the BPI have thrown their support behind Peter Wishart's ambition to change the current legislation on the U.K.'s term of copyright. Scottish National ...

  24. Wadsworth Stays On At BPI

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Wadsworth will continue to serve as chairman of the BPI despite his recent departure from EMI Music. Wadsworth's role with the labels body has been in doubt since he left his role as chairman/CEO of EMI Music U.K. and Ireland in early Ja ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Tech Firms Respond To McGuinness Blast

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McGuinness's big-hitting speech at this year's Midem has inspired a wave of reaction, not all of it positive. The U2 manager's lecture became one of the 42nd annual trade fair's hottest talking points, when he used its pod ...

  27. Industry Mourns Kickin Records Founder Harris

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tributes have been paid to Kickin Records founder Peter Harris, following his death on Jan. 6 after a long illness. The U.K. label was formed in 1988 and released early rave singles, going on to issue music by artists including Shut Up And Dance a ...

  28. U.K. Albums Volume Slump

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. albums market experienced a double-digit decline in volume during 2007, according to figures from labels body the BPI. Album sales fell by 10.8% last year to 138.1 million units. The trade body notes, however, that album sales remain 26% ...

  29. Brits Launch Party Details Unveiled

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. acts Editors, Bat For Lashes, The Hoosiers and Adele will perform at the BRIT Awards nominations launch party on Jan. 14. Radio 1 presenter Reggie Yates and Kelly Osbourne will host the event at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London. Osbourn ...

  30. British Music Week Returns In '08

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BPI today unveiled plans for the return of British Music Week with a new structure which, for the first time, will be handled by a German management team. The 2008 event, dates for which have yet to be announced, will be driven by a newly form ...

  31. Pre-Christmas CD Sales On The Up, Says BPI

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has reported a standout trading period in the lead-up to Christmas. CD album sales could achieve the rare feat of topping the 8 million mark this week, the trade body said today, on the back of 6.3 million CD sales last week. The figures a ...

  32. BPI Says Indies Remain On Its Side

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI is downplaying reports that it has raised the ire of its independent label membership by handing the majors a cut-rate subscription. The BPI's budget was unanimously approved last week at the trade body's council meeting, which i ...

  33. Brit Gov't Calls For Co-operation To Beat IP Theft

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST A British government-commissioned report has recommended law-enforcement agencies and industry bodies share intelligence via a secure Web site, as part of a broader crackdown on copyright theft. It is one of nine proposals spelled-out in the Depar ...

  34. BPI Appoints General Counsel

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has hired Kiaron Whitehead as its new general counsel, with effect from March 2008. Whitehead will join the trade body after six years working as a media and entertainment litigator with the firm Forbes Anderson Free, where he represented ...

  35. Acts Unveils For Midem Brit Night

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reverend & The Makers and Richard Hawley are among the acts confirmed for the British Music at Midem event, a showcase for rising U.K. artists to perform for the global music industry. British Music at Midem, which includes an acoustic set fol ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Arrests In Wales Piracy Operation

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two men and a woman have been arrested in a series of major anti-piracy raids in Wales. Labels body the BPI, whose investigators assisted in the Cardiff Trading Standards-led joint operation, says the alleged criminals were major supplies to Briti ...

  38. Brit Entrepreneurs Invited To Meet-And-Greet Biz

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. labels trade body the BPI will this Wednesday host a special networking event gathering more than 40 young music industry entrepreneurs and executives. The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, member of parliament and minister for the creative industries a ...

  39. U.K. Biz Hits Download Highpoint

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The British digital market registered a banner sales week last week, shifting 1.7 million downloads. In a joint statement issued today, the BPI, its retail counterpart ERA, and their jointly-owned charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company, ...

  40. Cops Stop Illegal OiNK Music Service

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An international law enforcement collaboration today brought down OiNK, described by the IFPI as the world's biggest source of pirated pre-release chart albums. A 24-year-old-man in the Middlesbrough area of north England was arrested during ...

  41. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  42. BPI Hails British Success In Germany, France

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s share of the German and French record markets hit a four-year high in 2006, according to new figures issued by the BPI. Germany and France are recognized by the IFPI as the world's fourth and fifth largest recorded music marke ...

  43. Brit Bootlegger 'Mr Toad' Pleads Guilty

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BPI's efforts to bring down Robert Langley, one of Europe's most notorious bootleggers, were rewarded Friday (July 27) when he pleaded guilty to copyright and trademark infringement charges in court. Langley, also known as "Mr T ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. U.K. H1 Albums Market Slumps

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sales of physical CD albums in the United Kingdom slipped by 10% during the first half of 2007, according to over-the-counter sales figures released today by the BPI. CD album sales declined to 57.9 million units during the first six months, the O ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. BPI Investigates Honeywell File-Sharing Claims

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has joined forces with the Strathclyde Police to launch a probe into illegal music file-sharing at Scotland-based engineering group Honeywell. The investigation, which kicked in yesterday (June 28), following two months of preliminary inqu ...

  48. BRIT School Students Hit Glastonbury

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the run-up to this weekend's Glastonbury Festival, six acts from the music industry-funded BRIT School have learned they will be playing live at the event. The acts will play the festival's Left Field stage via a hook-up between the B ...

  49. Minogue Recipient Of 2007 MITS Award

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian-born pop queen Kylie Minogue is the recipient of the 2007 Music Industry Trusts' Award and the first woman to win the title in the event's 16-year history. The honor is bestowed annually to an individual who has made a distinc ...

  50. U.K. Court Orders CD Wow Massive Damages Bill

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's High Court has ordered that the operators of CD Wow pay a "substantial" damages sum to the U.K. recording industry after finding the Internet retailer guilty of illegally importing CDs and music DVDs from Asia. As a result ...

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