Spotify and Deezer lobby for EU ‘platform-to-business’ law
The new European copyright directive has a few steps to go before becoming law yet, but there’s another piece of in-progress European legislation to keep an eye on. It’s called the ‘platform-to-business’ law (P2B...
September 26, 2018
Digital Music Europe calls for more regulation of big-tech platforms
Europe's new copyright directive - Article 13 and all that - isn't the only way legislators are getting involved in some of the big debates around the music industry.
September 18, 2018
Article 13 passed by European Parliament – what happens next?
As we reported yesterday, the European Parliament voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of its European Copyright Directive yesterday, with 438 MEPs voting in favour of the article focused on internet platforms and...
September 13, 2018
Article 13 approved by European Parliament by 438 votes to 226
MEPs have voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. Of the 751 politicians voting on the directive today in Strasbourg, 438 voted in favour, 226 against and 39 abstained. The news...
September 12, 2018
Music bodies make final push ahead of Article 13 vote today
Today’s the day for the crucial vote in the European Parliament on copyright reform, including the much-discussed Article 13 – which is being presented by music bodies as the means to fix the ‘value gap’ between music...
September 12, 2018
GEMA survey claims 87% of Europeans support copyright protection
As we move towards the pivotal vote on European copyright reform, the lobbying is intensifying. German collecting society GEMA published the results of a survey that it commissioned on European citizens’ attitudes towards...
September 10, 2018
EC to set new quotas for European content on video services
The European Commission is set to require video-streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to make at least 30% of their content in Europe, while also giving European shows ‘prominence and visibility’ on their...
September 5, 2018
YouTube enlists its creators to campaign against EC’s Article 13
This month, the European Parliament will have a fuller debate and a new vote on its plans for copyright reform, including the much-discussed Article 13, which will cover safe harbour for internet platforms.
September 5, 2018
UK music industry ups #LoveMusic Euro lobbying effort
Tensions are rising ahead of the crucial European Parliament vote in September on copyright-reform legislation. A group of British music industry bodies are lobbying together to persuade MEPs to vote to reform the way safe...
August 29, 2018
Apple expected to gain EC approval of its Shazam acquisition
Apple announced that it was buying music-recognition app Shazam in December 2017, but by April 2018 the deal was still on ice after the European Commission launched an investigation into the proposed acquisition.
August 23, 2018
European indies say Sony’s acquisition of EMI “has to be blocked”
As Sony Music Publishing moves to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, European independent trade body Impala says a deal on this scale – and the market consolidation it will deliver – must be stopped. It has...
August 15, 2018
Google fined $5bn by EC for Android anti-competitive behaviour
The sight of Google being slapped with a multi-billion-dollar fine by European regulators will undoubtedly cheer up some music rightsholders, but what implications might it have for the industry? The European Commission...
July 19, 2018