- EU - Commission renders commitments by music publishers and collecting societies legally binding +/-
(RAPID) The European Commission has made legally binding under EC Treaty competition rules the commitments given by the five major music publishers (BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner) and thirteen European collecting societies (AEPI, AustroMechana, GEMA, MCPS, MCPSI, NCB, SABAM, SDRM, SGAE, SIAE, SPA, STEMRA, SUISA), the signatories of the Cannes Extension Agreement, regarding Central Licensing Agreements. The commitments ensure that record producers can continue to receive rebates from collecting societies on royalties paid in the context of Central Licensing Agreements. These rebates are currently the only form of price competition among collecting societies.
- EU - Intel expected to face Commission antitrust action +/-
(OUT-LAW News) European competition officials are close to presenting their antitrust case against Intel. The five year investigation of Intel centres on its behaviour in a market that it dominates. The company has 80% of the world's micro chip market and the Commission is investigating whether or not it abused that power.
- EU - Microsoft changes Vista over antitrust concerns +/-
(CNET News) Microsoft said it has made changes to its Windows Vista operating system in response to concerns raised by antitrust officials in Europe and Korea. Microsoft officials said they now feel comfortable that they have addressed the three main concerns European Commission regulators raised last month. see also Commission statement on Microsoft Vista (RAPID). The European Commission has been informed of Microsoft's intention to deliver its Vista operating system worldwide, with no delay in Europe. The Commission has not given a 'green light' to Microsoft to deliver Vista because, as the Commission has consistently stated, Microsoft must shoulder its own responsibilities to ensure that Vista is fully compliant with EC Treaty competition rules and in particular with the principles laid down in the March 2004 Commission anti-trust decision concerning Microsoft. In line with the Commission's obligations under the EC Treaty and its practice, the Commission will closely monitor the effects of Vista in the market and, in particular, examine any complaints concerning Vista on their own merits.
- EU - Music licensing for the 21st century +/-
(RAPID) Speech by Charlie McCreevy, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Music Publishers' Congress Brussels, 3 October 2006.
- US Government lobbied EU Commissioner on Microsoft's behalf +/-
(OUT-LAW News) The US Government directly lobbied the EU's Competition Commissioner in an attempt to influence her on Microsoft's behalf. Commissioner Neelie Kroes has said that the intervention was not welcome and that that behaviour is "not done". Kroes went ahead and fined Microsoft ?280.5 million in July.