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2009-05-26 14:11:19

Apple may soon extend the reach of its iTunes online music store to include customers throughout Europe, according to statements made by European antitrust regulators on Tuesday. SACEM, the French body that collects royalties for roughly 128,000 artists, has agreed to forego territorial restrictions and permit national counterparts to license its catalog. Should this become reality, Apple may consider broadening access to its online iTunes store, which currently controls more than half of...

2008-07-17 09:00:49

By From news reports The European Commission moved Wednesday to break up a system of national monopoly organizations that collect money for composers and song writers when their music is used on radio and television, in nightclubs or over the Internet. The competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said the current system is outdated and inefficient for artists and for media organizations. But musicians, including Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and Paul McCartney, have warned that the changes...

2008-07-07 06:00:16

By James Kanter David Ferguson once played in a seminal art-rock band in Britain, but much of the money for his house and his son's education came from writing music for a children's television program, "Moondial," which has been rebroadcast many times over. "I guess you could say it was my equivalent of having a smash hit record," said Ferguson, who is 55. "I never knew 'Moondial' was showing in so many different countries, but still I made money." Ferguson and thousands of composers...

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