European Commission

  1. EC Approval Of Sony BMG: A Textbook Merger Review

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In 2000, the European Commission voiced serious objections to a proposed merger between EMI and Warner Music. Yet a few weeks ago, stories began circulating that the Commission was prepared to approve In 2000, the European Commission voiced seriou ...

  2. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared ...

  3. Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure After EC OKs Merger

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Now that the European Commission on July 19 cleared the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is the final hurdle before the deal's completion. <br clear Music Biz Ponders Sony BMG Structure A ...

  4. BMG Execs Turn Eyes To Integration

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BMG chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz tells Billboard.biz that the integration of Sony and BMG could take a year to complete. BMG chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz tells Billboard.biz that the integration of Sony and BMG could take a year to complete. His com ...

  5. BMG Execs Turn Eyes To Integration

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BMG chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz tells Billboard.biz that the integration of Sony and BMG could take a year to complete. BMG chairman Rolf Schmidt-Holtz tells Billboard.biz that the integration of Sony and BMG could take a year to complete. His com ...

  6. Update: EC Vows To Monitor Music Market

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission pledged today (July 20) to remain vigilant and monitor the music market. The announcement came the day after the body gave the green light to the planned merger between Sony Mu The European Commission pledged today (July 20 ...

  7. Update: EC Vows To Monitor Music Market

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission pledged today (July 20) to remain vigilant and monitor the music market. The announcement came the day after the body gave the green light to the planned merger between Sony Mu The European Commission pledged today (July 20 ...

  8. Euro Commission Approves Sony BMG

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission voted today to approve the merger of BMG and Sony Music Entertainment. The decision follows extensive consultation with all parties involved and a full investigation into the c The European Commission voted today to approve ...

  9. Euro Commission Approves Sony BMG

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission voted today to approve the merger of BMG and Sony Music Entertainment. The decision follows extensive consultation with all parties involved and a full investigation into the c The European Commission voted today to approve ...

  10. EC To Assess Copyright Extension

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans to review its copyright laws, including the issue of raising protection for recorded music from the current European level of 50 years. The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans ...

  11. EC To Clear Sony/BMG Merger July 20: Sources

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will be formally confirmed by the European Commission on July 20, sources say. The 30 Commissioners, meeting in Strasbourg, France, are expected to nod the de The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will ...

  12. EC To Clear Sony/BMG Merger July 20: Sources

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will be formally confirmed by the European Commission on July 20, sources say. The 30 Commissioners, meeting in Strasbourg, France, are expected to nod the de The proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG will ...

  13. Indie Groups, Retailers Unite Vs. Sony/BMG Deal

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies and entertainment retailers Tuesday voiced their concerns to the European Commission's decision to allow music giants Sony and BMG to merge. Independent music companies and entertainment retailers Tuesday voiced th ...

  14. Indie Groups, Retailers Unite Vs. Sony/BMG Deal

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies and entertainment retailers Tuesday voiced their concerns to the European Commission's decision to allow music giants Sony and BMG to merge. Independent music companies and entertainment retailers Tuesday voiced th ...

  15. Industry Presses EC To Review Recordings' Term Of Protection

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI officially requested the European Commission for an extension of Term of Protection for producers and artists, with the goal of ending the discrepancy between the Uni LONDON -- The music industry's main prior ...

  16. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  17. Impala Could Face Tough Legal Battle Over Sony BMG

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A legal challenge by opponents to the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG is unlikely to succeed, according to some legal experts here. On June 17, sources at the European Commission said Competitio BRUSSELS -- A legal challenge by opponents to ...

  18. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...

  19. Impala Threatens Sony/BMG Legal Action

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger ...

  20. Impala Threatens Litigation If Sony/BMG Is Cleared

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade group issues protest to Monti. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. The threat was made in a letter sent yesterday ...

  21. Euro Biz Seeks Easier Digital Licensing, Collection

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Retailers, digital media companies and consumer electronics manufacturers are urging the European Commission to cut the bureaucracy on collective rights management in Europe's emerging digital media m Retailers, digital media companies and co ...

  22. Indies Slam Monti's Sony/BMG Nod

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels trade body Impala today "expressed outrage" at reports that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend giving the green light to the proposed merger of Sony Independent labels trade body Impala ...

  23. Indies Slam Monti's Sony/BMG Nod

    June 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels trade body Impala today "expressed outrage" at reports that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti is to recommend giving the green light to the proposed merger of Sony Independent labels trade body Impala ...

  24. Merger Opponents Testify In Sony-BMG Hearing

    June 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music, Internet and consumer groups attacked Sony Music and BMG today (June 15), claiming the planned merger of the two majors would choke an already restricted music market. Music, Internet and consumer groups attacked Sony Music and BMG today (J ...

  25. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. BRUSSELS -- Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage ...

  26. Sony, BMG Defend Merger Plans

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Majors claim deal would help revive industry. Sony Music and BMG made a robust defense of their proposed merger today (June 14) at a special hearing in Brussels, the start of a two-day gathering organized by the competition department of the Europ ...

  27. Sony, BMG Defend Merger Plans

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music and BMG made a robust defense of their proposed merger today (June 14) at a special hearing in Brussels, the start of a two-day gathering organized by the competition department of the Euro Sony Music and BMG made a robust defense of th ...

  28. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  29. Sony, BMG Prep For EC Hearing

    June 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Majors to defend merger against issues raised in SO. Sony Music and BMG are expected to present a robust defense of their proposed merger at the European Commission's oral hearing June 14-15 in Brussels. The closed-door hearing, called for by ...

  30. Impala Backs EC's Objections To Sony-BMG Merger

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels association Impala today welcomed the European Commission's initial objections to the planned merger between Sony and BMG. In a statement, the Brussels-based trade group sa European independent labels association I ...

  31. Impala Backs EC's Objections To Sony-BMG Merger

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels association Impala today welcomed the European Commission's initial objections to the planned merger between Sony and BMG. In a statement, the Brussels-based trade group sa European independent labels association I ...

  32. Bertelsmann, Sony Reply To Statement Of Objections

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann and Sony announced today that they have sent to the European Commission their detailed reply to the "Statement of Objections" (SO) regarding the proposed merger of their recorded music div Bertelsmann and Sony announced today ...

  33. Update: Bertelsmann, Sony Reply To Statement Of Objections

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann and Sony announced today that they have sent to the European Commission their detailed reply to the "Statement of Objections" (SO) regarding the proposed merger of their recorded music div Bertelsmann and Sony announced today ...

  34. EC Postpones Hearing On Sony/BMG Merger

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has postponed its hearing into the proposed Sony-BMG merger until June 14-15. The Commission had <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/global/article_display.jsp? The European Commission has postponed it ...

  35. EC Postpones Hearing On Sony/BMG Merger

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has postponed its hearing into the proposed Sony-BMG merger until June 14-15. The Commission had <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/global/article_display.jsp?vn The European Commission has postponed ...

  36. Hearing Set In Sony-BMG Merger Probe

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The oral hearing organized by the European Commission's competition department to discuss the Sony-BMG merger will give the opportunity for both parties to present their case and respond to objections BRUSSELS -- The oral hearing organized by ...

  37. Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills

    May 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The second session of the 108th Congress will be a short one. Congress has only about three weeks left to wrap up its entire legislative calendar. This includes top priorities such as deliberations on Short Session Could Hold Up Industry Bills Hea ...

  38. EC Sets Hearing On Sony/BMG Deal

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's competition department will hold an oral hearing to investigate the proposed Sony-BMG merger June 7-8 in Brussels, Billboard.biz has learned. The European Commission's competition department will hold an oral he ...

  39. EC Sets Hearing On Sony/BMG Deal

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's competition department will hold an oral hearing to investigate the proposed Sony-BMG merger June 7-8 in Brussels, Billboard.biz has learned. The European Commission's competition department will hold an oral he ...

  40. Danish TV Group Owes Money To EC

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission last Wednesday ordered Danish public television broadcaster TV2 to repay $101.4 million, plus interest, in government subsidies. BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Wednesday ordered Danish public television broadcaster ...

  41. EC Issues Objections To Sony BMG Merger

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainment confirmed today (May 24) that they have received the European Commission's Statement of Objections concerning the proposed merger of their recorded music di Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainme ...

  42. EC Issues Objections To Sony BMG Merger

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainment confirmed today (May 24) that they have received the European Commission's Statement of Objections concerning the proposed merger of their recorded music di Bertelsmann AG and Sony Music Entertainme ...

  43. 'Millionaire' Creator Sues Disney

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. creators of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" franchise are suing the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly licensing the hit television series to ABC at below-market prices and inflating productio Study: Teens Knowingly Download Musi ...

  44. EU Prepares Statement Of Objections For Sony-BMG

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission is poised to tell Sony and Bertelsmann within days that their plans to merge music divisions must be revised to take account of anti-trust and consumer concerns, Billboard.biz The European Commission is poised to tell Sony ...

  45. EU Prepares Statement Of Objections For Sony-BMG

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission is poised to tell Sony and Bertelsmann within days that their plans to merge music divisions must be revised to take account of anti-trust and consumer concerns, Billboard.biz The European Commission is poised to tell Sony ...

  46. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has resumed its investigation into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann, naming a new deadline for its decision. The European Commission has resumed its investigation into the planned merg ...

  47. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann. The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the planned merger between the mus ...

  48. EC Restarts Clock On BMG/Sony Probe

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has resumed its investigation into the planned merger between the music operations of Sony and Bertelsmann, naming a new deadline for its decision. The European Commission has restarted the countdown on its probe into the p ...

  49. EU Piracy Directive Clears Hurdle

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European U ...

  50. Internet Music Copyright Rules Worry EU

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has warned societies which collect royalties on behalf of musicians that they may be breaking competition rules by extending their national monopolies into the world of the Int The European Commission has warned societies w ...

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