Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal
When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this...
May 23, 2018
EMMA bunting: unveiling of new management body sparks row
EMMA is a new collective body that has been created for the artist management community. It stands for the European Music Managers Alliance and links management bodies in the UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland,...
April 12, 2018
European Commission to assess Apple’s Shazam acquisition
Apple announced plans to acquire music-recognition firm Shazam in December 2017, but European regulators may yet throw a spoke in the works of the deal. “The European Commission has accepted a request from Austria, France,...
February 7, 2018
EC presses internet platforms to crack down on illegal content
Yesterday saw a meeting in Brussels between a group of European Commission representatives and (unnamed) internet platforms to discuss illegal content. While piracy was included in the brief, the driving force behind the...
January 10, 2018
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the EC to ensure they get a “level playing field” on platforms owned by large US technology companies...
December 14, 2017
Director, Market Development – CD Baby – Europe
Join the best team in the independent music world! CD Baby is now searching for a Director of Market Development in the EU to manage business development and grow the visibility of CD Baby’s platform within European territories....
November 20, 2017
Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud launch European lobbying coalition
Music-streaming services Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the founder members of a new coalition that plans to represent the European digital music industry in Brussels. Streaming service Qobuz, B2B firm 7digital...
November 8, 2017
MelodyVR signs European collecting-society deals
British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest set of deals this morning: with various European collecting societies. The agreements, covering use of songwriter copyrights in MelodyVR’s upcoming service,...
August 10, 2017
Facebook recruiting music publishing biz-dev manager for EMEA
Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions continue, with news that the social network is recruiting a music publishing business development manager for the EMEA region. The London-based role requires someone who is “passionate...
August 3, 2017
SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties
At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...
July 17, 2017
Music rightsholders attack ‘complete tomfoolery’ of YouTube
"There is a massive contradiction in the messages they are giving out... It is complete tomfoolery." BASCA chairman Crispin Hunt was speaking at an event held in London last night by British collecting society PRS for...
June 30, 2017
Google fined $2.7bn by European Commission in antitrust ruling
Earlier this month, we reported on an anticipated antitrust ruling by the European Commission over whether Google had abused its search dominance to promote its Google Shopping over rival services. “Google could be facing...
June 28, 2017