Brexit: UK government music touring proposals were ‘rejected by the EU’

The government says it tried to secure better conditions for UK touring musicians during the Brexit negotiations, but its proposals were rejected by the EU.

The comments come in response to a petition – signed by stars like Ronan Keating, KT Tunstall, Gary Kemp and Tim Burgess – calling for visa-free travel around Europe for artists and crews.

Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55483105

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    SOURCE: BBC

    Date: December 30, 2020

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  • An Important Message About the Recent Surge of COVID-19

    We are writing to let you know that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in COVID-19 infections along with the reported lack of intensive care unit (ICU) beds throughout the state of California and particularly in Los Angeles County. This is deeply concerning to us all and we have taken immediate action to connect with our epidemiologists and public health experts regarding the surge in cities across the nation.

    Read More: https://www.sagaftra.org/important-message-about-recent-surge-covid-19

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    SOURCE: SAG-AFTRA

    Date: December 29, 2020

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  • ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ creators set up licensing body to exclusively manage film’s rights

    The creators of This Is Spinal Tap have set up a licensing body to exclusively manage the cult film’s rights.

    Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, creators of the iconic mockumentary, have set up a wholly-owned entity to manage the licensing of the film and all rights related to it.

    Read More: https://www.nme.com/news/film/this-is-spinal-tap-creators-set-up-licensing-body-to-exclusively-manage-films-rights-2846473

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    SOURCE: NME

    Date: December 29, 2020

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  • Sweet grapes, sour grapes, or the grapes of wrath: what is going on with this collecting society?

    “Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno”, “Un pour tous, tous pour un”, and “One for all, all for one”; whether in Latin, French or English; whether the unofficial motto of Switzerland or a famous line from “The Three Musketeers” by Alexander Dumas, the saying has become a by-word for mutual obligation. In these days, the saying would seem particularly apt for those in the entertainment industry, many of whom have seen their livelihood swept out from under them.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/12/sweet-grapes-sour-grapes-or-grapes-of.html?m=1

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  • SPINAL TAP CREATORS SET UP LICENSING BODY EXCLUSIVELY TO MANAGE EXPLOITATION OF THEIR ICONIC MOTION PICTURE

    Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, creators of the iconic mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, have set up a wholly-owned entity to manage the licensing of the film and all rights related to it.

    With effect from 1st January 2021, the much-beloved movie and all featured characters, trademarks and associated rights will be licensed via Authorized Spinal Tap LLC. Together, the four creators intend to ensure the film continues to be available for existing and future Spinal Tap fans for years to come. Band members David St Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls were unavailable for comment.

    All inquiries related to licensing the film and any new Tap-related projects should be addressed to enquiries@harcourt.global


    Background Statement

    The motion picture, This is Spinal Tap has become a cult classic since its first theatrical run over 35 years ago. The film was produced independently on a shoestring budget of (US) $2.25 million, by a company owned by the four creators, Reiner, Guest, McKean and Shearer. Two years in production, the film was released in 1984.

    It soon became a cult favourite and spawned a genre that has come to be known as “mockumentary,” inspiring many subsequent filmmakers.  Phrases from the film’s script have entered the general lexicon (including “none more black”, “it goes to 11”), the latter phrase exemplified by the Tesla car, whose audio system’s volume control goes to 11, as does that on the BBC’s iPlayer.

    Its reputation as one of the 20th Century’s most enduring comedies has increased exponentially in the ensuing years.  The film has garnered international praise and acclaim, having been included in “best ever” lists such as The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made; Total Film’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list; Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time where it appeared on the “Just Too Beloved to Ignore” list; and achieving the coveted Number One spot on Time Out London’s 100 Best Comedy Movies list.

    In 2002, the film’s lasting appeal led the US Library of Congress (the world’s largest cultural collection), to designate it as a culturally, historically or aesthetically significant film.

    Although This Is Spinal Tap was first released in 1984 in the US and UK, the band “Spinal Tap” was actually created in the late 1970s. The band’s rock musician characters “Nigel Tufnel” and “David St. Hubbins” were created by Christopher Guest and Michael McKean with Harry Shearer creating bassist “Derek Smalls.” Spinal Tap’s comedic sole claim to fame was as “one of England’s loudest bands.”  Performing as their beloved stage personae in the company of a rotating cast of percussionists willing to risk the kit (as so many of their predecessors have been accident prone), Spinal Tap has toured the world multiple times since the film’s release. Hundreds of thousands of Spinal Tap sound recordings have been sold over the ensuing decades and the film has been released on scores of video formats through the years.

    In 2019, the band’s creators concluded a new agreement with Universal Music Group.  The band’s recording of a full-length Spinal Tap album featuring songs from the film is still available for physical sale, download and streaming today from UMG.

    Any inquiries related to licensing the film or proposals for any new Spinal Tap-related projects should be directed to enquiries@harcourt.global

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    SOURCE: Fairness Rocks

    Date: Dec 29, 2020

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  • Please take our Mechanical Licensing Collective Survey

    Please take a moment and complete the ArtistRightsWatch new anonymous 10 question survey regarding The MLC at this link. We’re gathering general anonymized information about how songwriters and publishers have heard about The MLC and whether you think an independent advocate (or an “ombudsman”) would be useful to you. This will help us plan future programming and input.

    The survey is available to everyone and will be open until January 31, 2021.

    Thanks!

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/12/26/please-take-our-mechanical-licensing-collective-survey/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: December 26, 2020

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  • Finnish Article 17 implementation proposal prohibits the use of automated upload filters

    On Monday, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture held a public hearing on the implementation of Article 17 of the Copyright Directive. As part of this meeting, the Ministry outlined its proposal for a user rights-preserving “blocking procedure” that substantially deviates from all other implementation proposals that we have seen so far.

    Read More: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/12/23/finnish-article-17-implementation-proposal-prohibits-the-use-of-automated-upload-filters/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: December 23, 2020

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  • Hollywood Praises Stimulus Bill as ‘Bright Light at the End of a Very Dark Tunnel’

    After months of lobbying, news of Congress passing a $900 billion stimulus bill was met with great relief from Hollywood’s guilds and trade organizations, who expressed hope that the aid would signal the beginning of the end of one of the hardest challenges the entertainment industry has ever faced.

    Read More: https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-praises-stimulus-bill/

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    SOURCE: The Wrap

    Date: December 22, 2020

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  • ‘We Saved the Music’: Amy Klobuchar on Getting $15 Billion for Venues Into Stimulus Bill

    As the coronavirus pandemic began to destroy lives and livelihoods this spring, the music industry quickly realized the dire straits they were facing. Venues were some of the first businesses to close and will be one of the last to open, and critical PPE money — utilized by millions of other businesses — was less effective or useless to venue owners that were forced to lay off their entire crews.

    Read More: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/stimulus-amy-klobuchar-save-our-stages-bill-1106846/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: December 22, 2020

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  • Congress Approves New COVID Relief Package: What it Means for Music Creators

    On Monday evening, Congress voted to approve a $900 billion relief package designed to aid small businesses, unemployed Americans, health care workers, and many others impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This bipartisan legislation also includes several key provisions that will specifically help music creators. BMI worked with many in the music industry throughout the summer and fall to impress upon Congress the needs of songwriters, composers and publishers. The package passed last night is an important step in addressing some of these needs.

    Read More: https://www.bmi.com/news/entry/congress-approves-new-covid-relief-package-what-it-means-for-music-creators

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    SOURCE: BMI

    Date: December 22, 2020

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  • Music industry welcomes COVID support and copyright reforms contained in mega-bill passed by US Congress

    The music industry has welcomed US Congress’s passing of a new spending bill. The 5593 page bill includes new COVID support for American citizens and businesses, specific financial support for venues, and an assortment of non-COVID related measures, including some key copyright reforms.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/music-industry-welcomes-covid-support-and-copyright-reforms-contained-in-mega-bill-passed-by-us-congress/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 22, 2020

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  • Tillis Releases Landmark Discussion Draft to Reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, released the first discussion draft of legislation to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Digital Copyright Act of 2021 (DCA) is revolutionary legislation that would modernize U.S. copyright law for the new millennium. The DCA amends key provisions for combatting online copyright piracy, improves the exemptions available to users for circumventing technological protection measures (TPMs), increases attribution protections so that authors can be properly credited, and makes the Register of Copyrights a Presidential appointee and places the Copyright Office under the Department of Commerce.

    Read More: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/2020/12/tillis-releases-landmark-discussion-draft-to-reform-the-digital-millennium-copyright-act

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    SOURCE: Thom Tillis

    Date: December 22, 2020

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  • ASCAP and BMI Launch SONGVIEW, a Comprehensive Data Resource for Music Users

    NEW YORK – (December 21, 2020) – ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, today announced the launch of SONGVIEW, a comprehensive data platform that provides music users with an authoritative view of copyright ownership and administration shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. SONGVIEW technology allows ASCAP and BMI to seamlessly display an agreed-upon view of detailed, aggregated and reconciled ownership data for performing rights for more than 20 million musical works in their combined repertoires, including a breakdown of shares by ASCAP and BMI. The information is accessible, free to the public, on both ASCAP’s and BMI’s websites.

    Read More: https://www.ascap.com/press/2020/12/12-21-Songview

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    SOURCE: ASCAP

    Date: December 21, 2020

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  • House And Senate Pass Massive Covid-19 And Government Spending Package: What’s In It For Showbiz

    UPDATE, 8:45 PM PT: The Senate passed a $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief package and government spending bill, with a host of provisions sought by different sectors of the entertainment industry including aid to movie theaters and live venues including Broadway.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2020/12/covid-19-relief-congress-save-our-stages-1234660371/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: December 21, 2020

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  • Sweeping new copyright measures poised to pass in spending bill

    On Monday, congressional leaders unveiled their massive spending and coronavirus relief measure, including a handful of controversial copyright measures civil liberties activists fear could penalize internet users for everyday online behavior. Congress is expected to vote on the package as early as Monday.

    Read More: https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/21/22193976/covid-relief-spending-congress-copyright-case-act-felony-streaming

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: December 21, 2020

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  • A New Era: A New License for U.S. Digital Audio Mechanicals Digital audio services are already preparing to secure new license administered by The MLC

    NASHVILLE, TN – The Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA) established a new blanket mechanical license covering the use of musical works in the U.S. by eligible digital audio services. This license will become available starting on January 1, 2021. The arrival of this new blanket licensing system will mark the beginning of a new era of greater efficiency and transparency in mechanical licensing for musical works in the United States.

    Read More: https://themlc.com/press/new-era-new-license-us-digital-audio-mechanicals-digital-audio-services-are-already-preparing

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    SOURCE: The MLC

    Date: December 18, 2020

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  • Artificial intelligence A&R tools keep finding new hit artists. This one actually ‘listens’ to music.

    To illustrate the importance and potential of AI-based A&R, Musiio co-founder and CEO Hazel Savage refers to the origin story of one of the biggest breakthrough UK artists in recent years, Lewis Capaldi.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/artificial-intelligence-ar-tools-keep-finding-new-hit-artists-this-one-actually-listens-to-music/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 17, 2020

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  • Actors’ union Equity slams London’s new Tier 3 lockdown as dealing another hammer blow to struggling theatre workers who will face a ‘winter in the cold due to a government in chaos’

    Actors’ union Equity has slammed London’s Tier 3 lockdown as dealing another hammer blow to already-struggling theatre workers.

    The union’s new general secretary, Paul W Fleming, said that performers in London, Essex and Kent face a ‘winter in the cold due to a government in chaos’.

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9061257/Actors-union-Equity-slams-Tier-3-lockdown-dealing-hammer-blow-struggling-theatre-workers.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: December 16, 2020

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  • WarnerMedia Didn’t Tell Directors Their Films Would Stream on HBO Max Over Fear of News Leak

    As the industry blowback against Warner Bros. continues over its controversial hybrid release strategy, in which all films set for 2021 will debut in theaters at the same time they are available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days, WarnerMedia chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff tells The Hollywood Reporter that fear of the news leaking is what propelled the studio to announce the strategy December 3 without consulting with filmmakers and producing partners ahead of time.

    Read More: https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/warnermedia-didn-e2-80-99t-tell-directors-their-films-would-stream-on-hbo-max-over-fear-of-news-leak/ar-BB1bZ33e

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    SOURCE: MSN

    Date: December 16, 2020

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  • Music industry says proposed new regulations of online platforms are a good start but need work

    Both the European Commission and the UK government yesterday unveiled proposals for new laws that will regulate online platforms. Although copyright protection is not core to these proposals, the music industry hopes that – as lawmakers seek to combat illegal content online – any new rules will also include additional measures to stop copyright infringing material from being posted and shared.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/music-industry-says-proposed-new-regulations-of-online-platforms-are-a-good-start-but-need-work/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 16, 2020

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  • German court says YouTube doesn’t have to share email and IP addresses of copyright-infringing users

    A court in Germany has ruled that YouTube is not obliged to hand over to copyright owners the email addresses, IP addresses or phone numbers of users who have uploaded copyright-infringing content. There is an obligation to provide the physical mailing addresses of such users, but only if YouTube has them. Which it doesn’t, normally.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/german-court-says-youtube-doesnt-have-to-share-email-and-ip-addresses-of-copyright-infringing-users/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 15, 2020

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  • Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot

    Today, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS) pilot to the public. The new portal will provide access to the same copyright records for both registration and recordation data that exist in the Copyright Public Catalog but with enhanced search capabilities and improved interfaces for internal and external users.

    Read More: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2020/865.html

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    SOURCE: Copyright.gov

    Date: December 15, 2020

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  • ‘If the virus is not brought under control in the US within a reasonable timeframe it could be catastrophic for the live music sector.’

    The following MBW blog comes from Jon Ollier, the long-term live agent for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lauv and Anne-Marie. Ollier’s achievements in the live business include booking Sheeran’s record-breaking Divide tour, the highest-grossing tour ($776m in ticket sales!) in history. Ollier recently left CAA, along with his artist client base, to found his own company, One Fiinix Live, based in London.

    In amongst all the good news recently about vaccines for COVID-19 rolling out in the near future there remain a number of unanswered questions for the live music industry and the professionals that work in it.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/if-the-virus-is-not-brought-under-control-in-the-us-within-a-reasonable-timeframe-it-could-be-catastrophic-for-the-live-music-sector/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 15, 2020

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  • In the works, a copyright society to help movie writers get royalties

    IT IS about time that the rights of the writers are recognised, says veteran Hindi film writer Anjum Rajabali, as he takes the necessary steps to form the first-ever copyright society in India – the Screenwriters Rights Association of India (SRAI).

    Read More: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-the-works-a-copyright-society-to-help-movie-writers-get-royalties-7103724/

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    SOURCE: The Indian Express

    Date: December 14, 2020

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  • Santa’s guide to tech companies: Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice to songwriters this year

    Songwriters have made a list and checked it twice, and this year some tech companies have been good, while some deserve lumps of coal.

    The following is Santa’s report card on the streaming services and apps that have been naughty and nice when it comes to valuing songwriters.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/santas-guide-to-tech-companies-whos-been-naughty-and-whos-been-nice-to-songwriters-this-year/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 14, 2020

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  • Troy Carter: ‘The music industry has to change the business model; it’s as simple as that.’

    Troy Carter has seen the music industry from all sides.

    He was the manager of superstar artists like Lady Gaga and Eve at Los Angeles-based Atom Factory, working closely with huge major labels. He was also an early investor in Spotify, Uber and Lyft.

    In 2016, Carter joined Spotify full-time as the platform’s global head of Creator Services, with a direct line into SPOT boss, Daniel Ek. There, Carter helped pave the record industry’s streaming-led future, while bringing Spotify closer than ever to artists.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/podcast/troy-carter-the-music-industry-has-to-change-the-business-model-its-as-simple-as-that/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: December 14, 2020

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  • Jimmy Page Demands That Streaming Music Services Pay Artists Fairly

    Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page has called on streaming services to “make fair payments to all musicians.”

    The 76-year-old Heston native voiced his opinion on streaming royalties in an Instagram post. Jimmy Page says he felt compelled to pen the note after viewing the comments that singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien, and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey offered when speaking before the Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on November 24th.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/12/14/jimmy-page-streaming-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 14, 2020

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  • OPEN LETTER: Revocation – How authors and performers can reclaim their copyrights

    A group of leading international academics has published an open letter concerning the right of revocation. This new right, regulating copyright contracts, is provided for in article 22 of the recent EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

    Read More: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/12/11/open-letter-revocation-how-authors-and-performers-can-reclaim-their-copyrights/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: December 11, 2020

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  • “MILLION A MONTH” TIM IS BACK WITH NEW IMPROVED PROFITEERING–BUT #IRESPECTMUSIC @THEBLAKEMORGAN FIGHTS BACK–AGAIN

    You may have received an email from something called “Sessions” like this one above received by our friend Blake Morgan, and Blake wanted us to alert MTP readers. Here’s Blake’s reply:

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2020/12/10/million-a-month-tim-is-back-with-new-improved-profiteering-but-irespectmusic-theblakemorgan-fights-back-again/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: December 10, 2020

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  • US tech sector and civil rights groups criticise proposals to include copyright reforms in urgent spending bill

    Reps for the tech sector and civil right groups in the US have criticised proposals that two copyright measures be included in the urgent government spending bill that is currently being negotiating in Washington. And while the deadline for getting that bill passed in order to avoid a shutdown of America’s federal government looks likely to be extended to the end of next week, tech sector reps argue that is still not enough time to give the two copyright proposals the required scrutiny.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/us-tech-sector-and-civil-rights-groups-criticise-proposals-to-include-copyright-reforms-in-urgent-spending-bill/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 10, 2020

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  • Artists speak out at the UK Economics of Music Streaming Inquiry

    Artists have spoken out about the inequity of the music streaming business model. Artists including Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Guy Garvey (Elbow), Tom Gray (Gomez), Nadine Shah, Fiona Bevan, Soweto Kinch and even Songwriter, producer and artist, Nile Rodgers have all given evidence in the UK government inquiry. Today, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page published a public letter of support. Here is an overview of the inquiry, and the key issues discussed in the two evidence sessions so far:

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/12/artists-speak-out-at-uk-economics-of.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: December 10, 2020

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  • Imogen Heap’s Creative Passport goes live in beta mode

    Imogen Heap’s Creative Passport venture had a beta launch yesterday, with music-makers across the world now encouraged to sign-up for a free account. The new service allows artists to store all sorts of data about their work, their output and their individual artist businesses. They can then choose to share some or all of that data, with the world via a public page, and to platforms and organizations in the music industry, with UK collecting society PPL the first partner in that domain.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/imogen-heaps-creative-passport-goes-live-in-beta-mode/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 10, 2020

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  • Chappelle’s Show on Netflix – the unforgiving tension between an artist and the creations he does not own

    “Boycott me!” is not a typical refrain for an artist, or indeed anyone. Yet, that is the request that Comedian Dave Chappelle made to his fans. In a stand-up performance entitled Unforgiven, which the comedian uploaded to Instagram on November 24, Chappelle asked his fans not to stream episodes of his sketch comedy show, Chappelle’s Show.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/12/chappelles-show-on-netflix-unforgiving.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: December 9, 2020

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  • The music industry is broken – but we can make it fairer for all musicians

    I’m nervous, anxious and mildly terrified. Oscillating between mad optimism and utter hopelessness. This is the biggest project I’ve ever tried to pull off. It’s make or break time, and we – that’s me and a small team of six – have been burning the candle at both ends to achieve this critical first step. I know it sounds dramatic, but I truly believe that the future of music depends on what happens next.

    Read More: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/music/the-music-industry-is-broken-e2-80-93-but-we-can-make-it-fairer-for-all-musicians/ar-BB1bMryv

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    SOURCE: MSN

    Date: December 9, 2020

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  • What New Mechanical Licensing Collective Means For Indie Songwriters

    The MLC – or Mechanical Licensing Collective – is a new U.S.-based organization tasked with administering mechanical licenses for digital audio. So what does this mean for songwriters and their royalties, and do they still need have traditional publishers?

    Read More: https://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2020/12/what-new-mechanical-licensing-collective-means-for-indie-songwriters.html

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    SOURCE: Hypebot

    Date: December 9, 2020

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  • Ivors Academy calls for regulation of major music firms and new data standards as Parliament again considers the economics of streaming

    Songwriter group the Ivors Academy yesterday called for the major music companies to be regulated and a new minimum viable data standard to be introduced for recordings as Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee held another hearing considering the economics of music streaming.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/ivors-academy-calls-for-regulation-of-major-music-firms-and-new-data-standards-as-parliament-again-considers-the-economics-of-streaming/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 9, 2020

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  • Bob Dylan has sold his entire songwriting catalogue to Universal Music

    Bob Dylan has struck a historical deal with Universal Music to sell his entire songwriting catalogue.

    According to the New York Times, the music icon has sold his back catalogue for an eye-watering $300 million (£225 million), giving Universal the ownership of over 600 songs spanning a period of almost six decades.

    Read More: https://www.nme.com/news/music/bob-dylan-has-sold-his-entire-songwriting-catalogue-to-universal-music-2833454?amp

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    SOURCE: NME

    Date: December 7, 2020

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  • SAG-AFTRA Dissidents Take Issue With Union’s Support Of Health Plan Cuts

    The group of dissident actors behind the class action ageism lawsuit filed against the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan over its pending benefit cuts have answered the union’s five-point defense of the changes in coverage that will take effect January 1. Both sides are accusing the other of “misleading” the union’s members about the causes of the Plan’s troubles and the changes that they say are needed to rescue it.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2020/12/sag-aftra-dissidents-take-issue-with-unions-support-of-health-plan-cuts-1234651221/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: December 6, 2020

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  • “Million a Month” Tim is Back with New Improved Profiteering–But #irespectmusic @theblakemorgan Fights Back–Again

    You may have received an email from something called “Sessions” like this one above received by our friend Blake Morgan, and Blake wanted us to alert MTP readers. Here’s Blake’s reply:

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2020/12/05/million-a-month-tim-is-back-with-new-improved-profiteering/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: December 5, 2020

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  • Unison granted CISAC membership

    The new(ish) Spain-based collecting society Unison has been admitted into CISAC, the global organisation for song right collective management organisations. Participation in CISAC gives Unison access to international standard tools and databases, and more formally brings Unison into the global conversation around the evolution of collective rights management.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/unison-granted-cisac-membership/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 3, 2020

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  • Music streaming makes major labels rich, while musicians like me go broke

    Musicians are revolting. They’re rising up around the world to draw attention to the microscopic earnings they make from streaming. Songwriters, artists, players and producers of every kind have started scrutinising the industry, calling for reform, transparency, fairness and rights. It’s dead exciting.

    Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/03/music-streaming-major-labels-musicians-uk-government

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    SOURCE: The Guardian

    Date: December 3, 2020

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  • Researchers, librarians, filmmakers and teachers are waiting for the copyright reforms the government has promised

    In August, the communications minister announced a series of changes to copyright laws to “better support the needs of Australians and public institutions to access material in an increasingly digital environment”.

    Read More: https://theconversation.com/researchers-librarians-filmmakers-and-teachers-are-waiting-for-the-copyright-reforms-the-government-has-promised-150141

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    SOURCE: The Conversation

    Date: December 3, 2020

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  • Authors Alliance Weighs in On DMCA Reform

    Yesterday, Authors Alliance responded to questions from Senator Thom Tillis about reforming copyright law to better encourage the creation of copyrightable works and to protect those who make lawful uses of copyrighted works and software-enabled products. Tillis’s questions focused on potential reform to section 512 and section 1201, added to title 17 of the U.S. Code by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), and acknowledged that other aspects of title 17 could be revised to better tailor copyright law to the digital age.

    Read More: https://www.authorsalliance.org/2020/12/02/authors-alliance-weighs-in-on-dmca-reform/

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    SOURCE: Authors Alliance

    Date: December 2, 2020

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  • As Another Royalty Fight Looms, Music Industry Seeks A Rep In Biden Administration.

    The radio performance royalty fight has become a perennial battle in Washington and when the political scene resets next month it is all but certain the issue will remain alive. President-elect Joe Biden has not taken a public position on whether he believes radio should pay for on-air music use, although Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was not among the Senators that signed the resolution opposing the radio royalty. If, or when, the issue does come up, the music industry is looking to ensure it has their ear. Nearly two dozen groups have sent a letter to the Biden camp asking that he bring members of the music community into his administration as a way to “protect” creators.

    Read More: http://www.insideradio.com/free/as-another-royalty-fight-looms-music-industry-seeks-a-rep-in-biden-administration/article_4aa59636-3477-11eb-86d6-fb1033b23c17.html

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    SOURCE: Inside Radio

    Date: December 2, 2020

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