U.K. Eyes Regulation of Streaming Services, Protections for “Distinctly British” Content

A white paper says the government will move ahead with plans for a sale of Channel 4 and promises “a new golden age of programming” for TV and radio lovers and regulations “fit for the streaming age.”

Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/british-broadcasters-streaming-content-regulation-government-white-paper-1235136382/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: April 27, 2022

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  • Drake dismissed from song-theft lawsuit over his Chris Brown collab

    The songwriters who have accused Chris Brown and Drake of ripping off one of their tracks on the 2019 hit ‘No Guidance’ have dismissed their legal claims against the latter, but not the former. Though it’s not currently entirely clear why.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/drake-dismissed-from-song-theft-lawsuit-over-his-chris-brown-collab/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: April 27, 2022

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  • European Union High Court Upholds Article 17 of Controversial Copyright Directive — Music Industry Organizations React

    The Court of Justice has officially upheld Article 17 of the controversial EU Copyright Directive, which makes certain “online content-sharing service providers” (as opposed to users) liable for the unauthorized use of protected media. Music industry organizations including Impala and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance are reacting to the decision.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/04/26/eu-copyright-directive-article-17-upheld/?utm_source=Daily+Snapshot&utm_campaign=f66f3ad329-Daily_Snapshot_April_27_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-f66f3ad329-21364965&mc_cid=f66f3ad329&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: April 26, 2022

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  • Article 17 of the DSM Directive is valid: an early take on today’s Grand Chamber ruling

    As The IPKat reported earlier today, nearly 3 years after the Republic of Poland lodged its action (C-401/19) against the European Parliament and the Council requesting that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) annul Article 17 of the DSM Directive – in part or as a whole – due to an alleged conflict with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its Article 11 (freedom of expression and information), this morning the Grand Chamber of the CJEU ruled that Article 17 is compatible with freedom of expression/information.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/04/article-17-of-dsm-directive-is-valid.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: April 26, 2022

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  • Cher’s dispute with Sonny Bono estate over termination right continues

    The widow of Sonny Bono has urged a Californian court to throw out a recent legal claim made by Cher, which centres on how the pesky termination right in US copyright law impacts on a deal done in the 1970s after Bono and Cher split up both professionally and personally.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/chers-dispute-with-sonny-bono-estate-over-termination-right-continues/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: April 26, 2022

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  • Roger Daltrey says the music industry has been “stolen” from artists

    Roger Daltrey has said he believes that the music industry has been “stolen” from artists during a recent interview.

    Speaking to The Independent, the frontman of The Who claimed that the band’s 2019 studio album ‘WHO’ left him £10,000 out of pocket. “Musicians cannot earn a living in the record industry anymore,” Daltrey told the publication.

    Read More: https://www.nme.com/news/music/roger-daltrey-says-the-music-industry-has-been-stolen-from-artists-3211655?utm_source=newsletter_375&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=music-world-news

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    SOURCE: NME

    Date: April 25, 2022

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  • Live music revenue fell again in 2021, despite gigs returning

    Royalties from live performances of music fell almost 30% in 2021, despite concerts resuming in the summer.

    Concert revenues were just £8m, down from £11.3m in 2020 and £54m in 2019, said PRS for Music, the body that collects royalties for songwriters.

    Only 19,300 setlists were reported last year, it added, marking a huge decline from the 124,000 reported pre-pandemic.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-61187598

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: April 25, 2022

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  • How Hollywood Unions Wield “Do Not Work” Orders Against Employers

    SAG-AFTRA, the Writers Guild and Actors’ Equity use the missives to try to keep projects they find problematic in line over financing and labor issues — a tactic that may be more effective in today’s environment.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/do-not-work-orders-hollywood-unions-1235097613/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 24, 2022

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  • Actors launch campaign against AI ‘show stealers’

    Actors’ livelihoods are at risk from artificial intelligence (AI) unless the law changes, a union warns.

    Equity, the performing arts workers union, has launched a new campaign, “Stop AI Stealing the Show”.

    AI can use samples of an actor’s voice or face, to generate content including so-called “deep fakes”.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61166272

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: April 21, 2022

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  • Alec Baldwin: Rust film producers were indifferent to gun safety – report

    The producers of a film whose cinematographer was accidentally shot dead on set by Alec Baldwin have been fined and strongly criticised by authorities for failing to follow safety guidelines.

    The makers of Rust showed “plain indifference to recognised hazards associated with use of firearms on set”, according to the New Mexico Environment Department.

    The agency has issued the maximum $136,793 (£105,000) fine to Rust Movie Productions.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-61169495

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: April 21, 2022

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  • New filing in Universal Music’s termination rights litigation

    A group of artists suing Universal Music in the US in a dispute over the termination right in American copyright law filed new papers with the court on Friday seeking class certification, so that they can represent any artists who are seeking to enforce that right against the major.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/new-filing-in-universal-musics-termination-rights-litigation/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: April 19, 2022

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  • California’s Fair Act, Addressing Seven-Year Rule, Will Separate Issues of Musicians From Actors

    The issue of predatory recording contracts, which can tie a musician up for longer than seven years, will be considered separately from its counterpart in the acting world, it was announced on Monday by a coalition of trade groups including SAG-AFTRA, Music Artists Coalition, the Black Music Action Coalition, California Labor Federation and Songwriters of North America.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2022/music/news/california-fair-act-seven-year-separate-1235235306/#recipient_hashed=e27fe831702b5838bd0e49a0dd07420f282e42e84ced8755646bdee1d7b2b0e6

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: April 19, 2022

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  • @RIAA Chief’s Proposal to Settle the Frozen Mechanicals Crisis by Expanding the Songwriters at the Table

    The frozen mechanicals crisis points up one of the key problems in administering the statutory mechanical license in the US: Songwriters are a fragmented group. Merely chanting to courts that you represent all songwriters and publishers in the world when you know that is not reflective of reality is not a recipe for successful negotiations. It was only a matter of time until one of these deals imposed on the songwriter community turned sour. Frozen mechanicals turned out to be the black ice on the Nantucket sleigh ride.

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2022/04/15/riaa-chiefs-proposal-to-settle-the-frozen-mechanicals-crisis-by-expanding-the-songwriters-at-the-table/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: April 15, 2022

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  • Yes, Blockchain might well revolutionise music royalties. No, it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

    Whenever we are presented with exciting new technological ideas and advancements, whether it’s self-driving cars, VR or blockchain technology, we often overestimate the effect it may have on our lives in the short term, whilst under-estimating any long term impact.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/yes-blockchain-might-revolutionise-music-royalties-no-its-not-going-to-happen-anytime-soon/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: April 12, 2022

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  • Judges in the US have hinted that the mechanical royalty rate paid to publishers and songwriters for vinyl sales should rise. The major labels’ lawyers have come out swinging.

    It’s a process awash with legalese – to the point of tedium.

    But there’s a very important debate going on in the US over certain types of mechanical royalty rates paid to songwriters right now, and you need to know about it.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/judges-in-the-us-hint-that-the-mechanical-royalty-rate-paid-to-publishers-and-songwriters-for-vinyl-sales-should-rise-the-major-labels-lawyers-have-come-out-swinging/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: April 12, 2022

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  • SAG-AFTRA Board Overwhelmingly Approves New $1 Billion-A-Year Commercials Contract, Urges Membership Ratification

    SAG-AFTRA’s national board voted today to approve a tentative agreement on a new $1 billion-a-year commercials contract and to recommend its ratification to the guild’s members. The deal, which was approved by 93% of the national board members, was reached Tuesday with the Joint Policy Committee of the advertising industry. Bargaining got underway February 16 in New York.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/04/sag-aftra-board-approves-new-1-billion-a-year-commercials-contract-1234997942/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=Deadline_BreakingNews&utm_content=343618_04-09-2022&utm_term=2803480

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: April 9, 2022

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  • LA court dismisses foreign royalties lawsuit filed against Universal by former Beach Boy

    An LA court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former member of the Beach Boys which took issue with the way Universal Music accounts and reports artist royalties for streams in markets other than the US.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/la-court-dismisses-foreign-royalties-lawsuit-filed-against-universal-by-former-beach-boy/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: April 8. 2022

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  • Warner Bros. Discovery Megadeal Closes, Creating Scripted and Unscripted Content Giant

    Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia have officially closed their merger on Friday, creating a new media and entertainment giant titled Warner Bros. Discovery. The completion comes about 11 months after the $43 billion mega-deal was unveiled, faster than most observers had anticipated at the time.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/warner-bros-discovery-deal-closes-content-streaming-giant-1235100964/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: April 8, 2022

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  • Appeals court upholds decision in dispute over Bob Dylan’s mega-bucks song catalogue sale

    An appeals court in New York has upheld a lower court ruling in the dispute between Bob Dylan and the estate of one of his former collaborators, which reckons it should get a cut of the money Dylan received from the mega-bucks deal he did with Universal Music around his songs catalogue. The judge in the lower court disagreed with that claim, however, and now the appeals court has concurred on that point.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/appeals-court-upholds-decision-in-dispute-over-bob-dylans-mega-bucks-song-catalogue-sale/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: April 6, 2022

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  • CJEU rules that private copying also applies in the cloud and warns against thinking that everything is communication to the public

    A few days ago the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered its judgment in C-433/20 Austro-Mechana, ruling that the notion of reproduction ‘on any medium’ extends to the cloud and, therefore, that private copying under Article 5(2)(b) of the InfoSoc Directive also applies in that context.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/04/cjeu-rules-that-private-copying-also.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: April 6, 2022

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  • EU copyright law round up – first trimester of 2022

    Welcome to the first trimester of the 2022 round up of EU copyright law!

    We started this rubric back in 2021. In this series, we update readers every three months on developments in EU copyright law. This includes Court of Justice (CJEU) and General Court judgments, Advocate Generals’ (AG) opinions, and important policy developments. You can read the previous round-ups here.

    Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2022/04/06/eu-copyright-law-round-up-first-trimester-of-2022/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: April 6, 2022

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  • JOINT RECORD COMPANY PARTICIPANTS’ EMERGENCY MOTION FOR CLARIFICATION AND REQUEST FOR EXTENSION

    On March 30, 2022, the Copyright Royalty Judges published in the Federal Register a
    notice withdrawing from consideration under Section 801(b)(7)(A) of the Copyright Act a
    settlement among certain participants of the royalty rates and terms in 37 C.F.R. Subpart B (such
    settlement, the “Settlement,” and such rates and terms, the “Subpart B Rates and Terms”). See 87
    Fed. Reg. 18342 (March 30, 2022) (the “Withdrawal Notice”). The parties to the Settlement were
    Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Inc., and Warner Music Group Corp. (the “Joint
    Record Company Participants”), along with the National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc.
    (“NMPA”) and Nashville Songwriters Association International (“NSAI”).

    Read More: https://app.crb.gov/document/download/26431?fbclid=IwAR0pAkT2UbHT08MdshjEU-3opKuturRQUeMxvqM_cKzP7nYzVDhizVAzqZg

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    SOURCE: Copyright Royalty Board

    Date: April 5, 2022

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  • How To Make Money On SoundCloud

    As an independent artist, you want to make sure you’re earning revenue everywhere you can. You put a lot of effort into your projects. Don’t let that hard work go unnoticed! If you’re a SoundCloud user, you can make money off of your efforts. Here’s how to monetize your SoundCloud profile…

    Read More: https://blog.symphonicdistribution.com/2022/04/make-money-soundcloud/?mc_cid=94fb7cecdb&mc_eid=fdf5666f83

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    SOURCE: Symphonic Blog

    Date: April 4, 2022

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  • Directors Guild of Canada B.C. Calls Strike Authorization Vote

    The move comes as the Canadian union says yearlong negotiations are at an impasse after the AMPTP resisted the latest contract offer.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/directors-guild-of-canada-b-c-calls-strike-authorization-vote-1235124868/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: April 4, 2022

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  • EU Court of Justice rules cloud service providers can be subject to the remuneration for private copying

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in the Austro-Mechana case that cloud service providers can be subject to the payment of “private copying” royalties.

    Read More: https://creativeindustriesnews.com/2022/04/eu-court-of-justice-rules-cloud-service-providers-can-be-subject-to-the-remuneration-for-private-copying/

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    SOURCE: Creative Industries News

    Date: April 4, 2022

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  • Universal Music confirms it will start paying royalties to unrecouped heritage artists

    Universal Music has, as expected, confirmed it is following the lead of its major label rivals, who in turn followed the lead of certain independent labels, in committing to pay through royalties to unrecouped heritage artists. The mega-major includes its commitment in this domain within its 2021 annual report, which was published yesterday.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/universal-music-confirms-it-will-start-paying-royalties-to-unrecouped-heritage-artists/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: April 1, 2022

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