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Elon Musk: Apple’s App Store fees a “de facto global tax on the Internet”

Elon Musk is a man who we suspect enjoys the fact that his off-the-cuff statements causes big ripples: initiating wobbles in the stock market, nudging cryptocurrency values off a cliff, and rallying his hoards of very partisan...
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EC has concerns about smart speakers and voice assistants

Among various competition inquiries touching on the music industry, the European Commission’s investigation of consumer Internet of Things related products and services has been somewhat under the radar. It’s important...
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European Commission to review TikTok’s consumer policies

There may be more regulatory trouble for TikTok ahead, thanks to an announcement by the European Commission. It has launched “a formal dialogue” with ByteDance’s social app to “review its commercial...
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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...