Music Industry

EMI Music Group Split For Sale

It appears that Citigroup have decided to sell individual portions of EMI Music Group according to two press releases issued yesterday.

The labels within the group will be sold to Vivendi and Universal Music Group for £1.2 Billion whilst the publishing assets of the group will be sold to an investor group that includes Sony Corporation of America, David Geffen and the estate of Micheal Jackson for $2.2 Billion (source : Citigroup press releases 111111a / 111111b).

These sales are of course subject to regulation and independent label association IMPALA expects that the sale of EMI Recordings to Universal Music Group will be “blocked outright” according to their latest press release.

Warner Out For EMI Purchase

Billboard has reported that Warner Music Group has pulled out of the negotiations for EMI.

Citigroup have allegedly renewed negotiations with Universal and Sony whilst Independent label association IMPALA filled protests about the sale with the European Commission over concerns in regards to a possible duopoly in Europe.

According to their November 8th, 2011 press release, IMPALA had preferred a sale to Warner Music Group, which they believed “could help balance the duopoly but would still need substantial remedies as it would increase the competitive gap for the independents“.

Gartner Predicts Higher Online Music Sales

Gartner Research predicts that with the decline of the physical format (like the compact disc) that subscription services and music downloads will flourish.

In a press release issued yesterday the Connecticut based information technology research company estimated that online music sales would reach $6.8 Billion worldwide in 2012 and $7.7 Billion Worldwide by 2015.

The company also predicts a decline in compact disc sales from $15 Billion last year to $10 Billion in 2015.

Astral To Launch Online Service In December

Astral Radio will be launching a online music service in December, which will be followed by a mobile compatible service in January.

The bilingual on demand streaming music and music video service will feature major and independent recordings and will be compatible with the major social media sites.

Additional information on this service can be found on this press release.

Bill C-11 Debate Scheduled For Today

Bill C-11 is scheduled to be debated in the House Of Commons today, apparently under time restraints according to the Projected Order Of Business.

Hopefully the questions on the technological protection measures will be blunt and to the point :

  • In what manner are artists and copyright owners harmed by private copying from copy protected works ? And why does this harm not exist in private copying from works that are not copy protected ?
  • In what manner are film makers harmed by the private viewing of legally purchased films that failed to be distributed in Canada ? And does the sale of this material to Canadians by legitimate retailers and distributors not imply consent to their private use by Canadians ?

The Private Copying section of our Copyright Act distinguished private use from piracy and in my opinion the technical protection measures provisions in Bill C-11 are a step back.

Associations Against Digital Locks

Here is a short list of Canadian groups that are against the technological protection measure provisions in Bill C-11 :

All of the parties in opposition in Parliament had voiced concerns about these provisions on November 2nd, 2010.