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
Feat publishes recommendations for tackling ticket touting
Anti-touting body the Face-Value European Alliance for Ticketing (Feat) has published a set of recommendations for improving secondary ticketing in Europe. They come on the back of the European Parliament's proposals for...
October 22, 2020
Impala publishes its first diversity and inclusion charter
European independent music body Impala has adopted a new diversity and inclusion charter, which is the work of the diversity task force it set up in June this year amid the #TheShowMustBePaused movement. “Not discriminating...
October 21, 2020
Triller gets a licensing deal with pan-Euro licensing hub Ice
Triller has been making the most of TikTok’s recent troubles, poaching creators, trumpeting its user growth and even pitching itself in the US as “a form of patriotic capitalism”. But with that higher profile has come...
October 2, 2020
Facebook warns that it could pull out of Europe altogether
American TikTokers have been grappling with the existential (in app terms) question of what they'd do if the app was banned. Now imagine the rumpus if Facebook and Instagram were suddenly unavailable across the whole of Europe. It...
September 22, 2020
Music bodies protest latest Article 17 developments in Europe
It almost feels quaint to think back to a time when the passage of Europe's new Copyright Directive felt like an all-consuming, existential issue, given the horrors that 2020 has inflicted on us so far. It was clear at...
September 11, 2020
EUCJ advocate general opines on YouTube copyright liability
Here's something to make the average music rightsholder spit their cornflakes across the room in shock: an official European Union document spelling out that "online platform operators, such as YouTube and Uploaded, are...
July 17, 2020
EC launches antitrust investigation including voice assistants
2020 appears to be the year of European Commission antitrust investigations affecting Apple's music operations, although the latest one will also be training its sights on Amazon and Google too. The Commission has launched...
July 17, 2020