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
IFPI welcomes EU-Japan trade agreement but calls for more talks
Yesterday saw the European Union and Japan sign what’s being described as the world’s largest bilateral free trade deal, which according to the Guardian “is set to eliminate nearly all tariffs on products traded between...
July 18, 2018
European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13
If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
July 6, 2018
Article 13 lobbying goes up to the wire – so what next?
Today sees the crucial European Parliament vote on the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, including the ‘Article 13’ that’s been the focus of so much attention for the music industry. Lobbying around the proposed...
July 5, 2018
Pressure builds ahead of European vote on safe harbour
Music rightsholders in Europe are preparing for the latest stage of lobbying in the debate over safe-harbour reform – ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week. PRS for Music is flagging up a ‘Make...
June 29, 2018
European Parliament proceeds on Article 13 of new copyright directive
We’ve covered the ‘value gap’ debate regularly and emphasised that it’s a slow-burning issue in terms of policymakers deciding how to modernise safe-harbour regulations in the US and in Europe alike. On the latter...
June 21, 2018
Ice says it has paid out €340m as it signs latest deal
Ice is the pan-European licensing hub set up by collecting societies PRS for Music, Stim and Gema, which claims a database of more than 32m songs, and representation for more than 290,000 rightsholders. The body announced...
May 24, 2018