Impala and IAO suggest ‘single touring permit’ for Europe
Amid the ongoing wrangles about how and when live music can return safely in various European countries, it’s important to also remember the separate (but just as debilitating) wrangles around how British musicians can...
July 8, 2021
British musicians back campaign to tackle post-Brexit mess
We’ve written before about the red-tape nightmares facing British musicians wanting to tour the EU (and European musicians wanting to tour the UK. And also about the music industry’s growing anger at the British...
June 23, 2021
EC has concerns about smart speakers and voice assistants
Among various competition inquiries touching on the music industry, the European Commission’s investigation of consumer Internet of Things related products and services has been somewhat under the radar. It’s important...
June 10, 2021
European Commission to review TikTok’s consumer policies
There may be more regulatory trouble for TikTok ahead, thanks to an announcement by the European Commission. It has launched “a formal dialogue” with ByteDance’s social app to “review its commercial...
June 1, 2021
European Commission says Apple ‘distorted competition in the music streaming market’
The European Commission has sent a ‘statement of objections’ to Apple, after its Spotify-triggered investigation of the company reached a preliminary view that Apple “distorted competition in the music streaming market...
April 30, 2021
TikTok faces Euro complaint alleging consumer law breaches
There may be trouble ahead for TikTok in the European Union. Consumer rights organisation BEUC has filed a complaint with the European Commission and coordinated a wider raft of calls for investigations of TikTok by regulators...
February 17, 2021
Rebuilding Europe study stresses creative industries’ importance
As music and other creative industries continue to lobby for support from governments and policymakers to get through the Covid-19 pandemic, figures showing their importance to the wider economy are crucial. Expect to hear...
January 27, 2021
UK and European Comission disagree over who’s to blame for Brexit music woes
While musicians in the UK and Europe fret about the Brexit deal’s impact on touring, the British government and European Commission are arguing about who’s fault it is. “We sought a mutually beneficial agreement...
January 14, 2021
IFPI report breaks down music’s €81.9bn annual value for EU
As the music business scraps it out with every other industry for Covid-19 relief, a key part of its argument has been the economic value created by the industry. An aspect that's at least well-rehearsed, since it is also...
November 17, 2020
European Commission steps up its investigations of Amazon
The European Commission has been training its sights on Amazon for a while now, with an investigation into its impact on the online retail market. Yesterday, the EC told Amazon that it has reached a preliminary view that...
November 11, 2020
European cultural bodies launch Covid-19 recovery campaign
A group of 110 bodies representing the creative and cultural industries are keeping up the pressure on governments and European policymakers over their post-Covid recovery plans. Impala, the IFPI, ICMP and ECSA are among...
November 3, 2020
Edima calls for new Euro safeguard for internet companies
Edima is the lobbying body in Europe for technology companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Spotify, TikTok and Twitter. With European policymakers working on a new Digital Services Act governing the tech...
October 27, 2020