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TikTok revenues in Europe grew by 545% to $170.8m in 2020

We have some new official data on the growth of TikTok’s business, courtesy of financial results filed by its European subsidiary TikTok Information Technologies UK. First reported on by CNBC, the results can be accessed...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...