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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...
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Notes from Spotify’s Zoom call to discuss Apple antitrust investigation

Earlier today, the European Commission launched two formal antitrust investigations of Apple, including one spurred in part by Spotify's complaint to the EC last year. This afternoon, Spotify held a Zoom call for journalists...
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EC launches formal antitrust investigations of Apple – one sparked by Spotify complaint

In March 2019, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission, accusing the latter company of anticompetitive behaviour in the way it managed its App Store and in-app purchases. 15 months on, the EC...
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European Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

This was rumoured last month, but now the European Commission has confirmed its approval of Apple’s acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam, on the grounds that it won’t have any negative effects on competition.
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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...
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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...
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EC’s Martine Reicherts talks Europe and music (#midem)

Brussels has long held a magnetic draw for music companies and their representative bodies, and technology companies alike. From copyright-reform lobbying to funding schemes, Europe remains a hive of activity. Today, the...
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The next big question in the value-gap debate

The reactions to the European Commission’s proposals for copyright reform made one thing very clear: nothing has been settled. The proposals are just that – proposals – with plenty more lobbying in store before they...
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YouTube under fire over warning before EC interview

News that three YouTubers would interview European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on the day the EC’s new copyright-reform proposals were announced seemed like a PR coup. It appears to be turning into more...
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Analysing the European Commission’s copyright reform proposals

This guest analysis comes from the Reed Smith Entertainment and Media Industry Group. "Given all the fuss about Brexit, there is a risk that the implementation by the European Commission of its ‘Digital Single Market’...
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Leaked EC draft proposals hint at ‘value gap’ action

The debate over whether regulators should crack down on the safe-harbour status of YouTube and other user-generated content (UGC) platforms has been running for a long time now. Could the European Commission be tilting...
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Report 393 – Frenemy of the state

Cover Feature: YouTube is currently the target of concerted artist and label lobbying at both the European Commission and Washington. They are demanding the end of the safe harbour exemptions that YouTube, and others, have...