Warner Music says 4500 artists benefiting from unrecouped advances programme, though no extension of the scheme yet

Warner Music says that 4500 music-makers have benefited from its commitment a year ago to start paying through royalties on pre-2000 record deals where the artist has yet to recoup. However, the major has not extended that commitment so that it applies to old deals on a rolling basis.

Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/warner-music-says-4500-artists-benefiting-from-unrecouped-advances-programme-though-no-extension-of-the-scheme-yet/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 27, 2023

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  • All Major Streamers, Including Apple TV+, Now Pay IATSE’s Higher Rates – Regardless of Subscriber Count (Exclusive)

    In fall 2021, to save on production costs, Apple leaned on a condition inside of a clause inside of an industry-wide contract with entertainment-union IATSE. The largest company in the world (by market cap) told the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees its Apple TV+ streaming service had fewer than 20 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada as of that July. Per a prior agreement, that allowed a studio to pay a discounted rate to production-crew members in the union. Fellow nascent streamers Paramount+ and Peacock also took advantage of the lower tier at the time.

    Read More: https://www.indiewire.com/2023/01/apple-tv-plus-paying-iatse-higher-rates-1234804077/

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    SOURCE: Indie Wire

    Date: January 27, 2023

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  • Rick Astley files multimillion-dollar suit against Yung Gravy over alleged violation in imitating his vocals from 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up

    Rick Astley has filed a multimillion-dollar suit against Yung Gravy, saying that the rap artist was unauthorized in using an imitation of his vocals from 1987’s Never Gonna Give You Up for the 2022 single Betty (Get Money).

    Read More: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11682041/Rick-Astley-files-multimillion-dollar-suit-against-Yung-Gravy-Never-Gonna-row.html

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    SOURCE: Daily Mail

    Date: January 26, 2023

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  • US venue owner axes merch commissions following artist’s testimony in Congress

    The US-based Ineffable Music Group has announced it is axing merch commissions at the ten venues that it owns and/or operates following the testimony of Clyde Lawrence earlier this week as part of the Congressional hearing on the ticketing market. The decision comes as merch commissions in the live sector become all the more controversial within the artist community.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/us-venue-owner-axes-merch-commissions-following-artists-testimony-in-congress/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 26, 2023

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  • Global Music Rights Settles Lawsuits With Two Radio Groups Following RMLC Agreement

    A little less than one year after concluding a long-running legal battle with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), performance rights organization Global Music Rights (GMR) has settled a pair of lawsuits that it filed against radio groups Red Wolf Broadcasting and One Putt Broadcasting in October of 2022.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2023/01/23/global-music-rights-red-wolf-one-putt-settlement/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 23, 2023

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  • Los Angeles On-Location Filming Falls In 2022; TV Pilots Plummet By 71.9% As Film & TV Production Drops, FilmLA Says

    On-location filming in Los Angeles fell by 2.4% in 2022 compared to the prior year, with feature film and television shoot days down 9.6%, TV pilots plummeting 71.9% and commercial shoot days falling 22.6%, according to the latest report from FilmLA, the city and county film permit office.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2023/01/los-angeles-filming-2022-falls-tv-pilots-plummet-filmla-1235226225/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: January 18, 2023

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  • @musictechpolicy Comment to Copyright Office on Termination, the Black Box and Lawlessness at MLC

    Re:   Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Termination Rights and the Music Modernization Act’s Blanket License
    Docket No. 2022-5 Comment

    Dear General Counsel Wilson:

    Thank you for the opportunity to make this comment on the docket referenced above.[i]

    I am a music lawyer in Austin, Texas and write this comment on my own behalf only and not on behalf of anyone else…

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2023/01/14/musictechpolicy-comment-to-copyright-office-on-termination-the-black-box-and-lawlessness-at-mlc/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: January 14, 2023

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  • MPs call for “more focus” on music-maker remuneration in Economics Of Music Streaming update

    MPs on the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee have called for “more focus” on “ensuring creators and performers receive a fairer cut of the money made from streaming music” in a short follow-up report to their previous investigation into the economics of music streaming. They also call for the UK government to instigate a “wide-ranging national strategy for music”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/mps-call-for-more-focus-on-music-maker-remuneration-in-economics-of-music-streaming-update/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 13, 2022

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  • TikTok Launches a ‘Talent Manager Portal’ Allowing Creators’ Managers to Negotiate Brand Deals

    To make it easier for brands to work with its biggest creators, TikTok has updated its Creator Marketplace to include a Talent Manager Portal, inviting talent managers to oversee and analyze brand opportunities and campaigns presented to their clients. The new service enables talent managers — with creator authorization — to access the Creator Marketplace and manage deals, negotiate contracts on behalf of their talent, handle creative feedback, and review various metrics about a campaign’s performance.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2023/01/12/tiktok-launches-talent-manager-portal/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 12, 2023

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  • Universal boss says streaming needs to shift to an “artist-centric” model

    Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge has confirmed that a big old rejig of the way streaming monies are allocated to individual tracks by the digital platforms each month is a key priority for the biggest music rights company in the world. This confirmation came in a start-of-the-year memo to the major’s workforce.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/universal-boss-says-streaming-needs-to-shift-to-an-artist-centric-model/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 12, 2022

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  • @northmusicgroup Calls Out The MLC’s Ability to Make “Law” Through Business Rules that Hurt Songwriters and Skew the Black Box to Benefit Majors — Artist Rights Watch–News for the Artist Rights Advocacy Community

    In this comment to the Copyright Office, Abby North (independent publisher and Artist Rights Symposium III Moderator) calls on the Copyright Office to stop the MLC quango from unilaterally establishing “business rules” that hurt songwriters and their heirs and protect working families from these arbitrary actions of The MLC.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2023/01/11/northmusicgroup-calls-out-the-mlcs-ability-to-make-law-through-business-rules-that-hurt-songwriters-and-skew-the-black-box-to-benefit-majors-artist-rights-watch/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: January 11, 2023

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  • Hollywood’s Next Reckoning: Studios Get Real About Runaway Spending on Streaming

    There was no honeymoon period for Warner Bros. Discovery last year after the two companies tied the knot in April.

    CEO David Zaslav, his top lieutenants and the teams at HBO, Warner Bros., Turner and Discovery went straight into hard months of restructurings, layoffs and management changes. That was expected after a massive $43 billion transaction.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2023/tv/features/studios-spending-streaming-1235483366/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: January 11, 2023

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  • Featured Artists Coalition CEO urges live sector to back campaign against excessive merch commission

    The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has signed up hundreds of music venues along with industry organisations to its initiative to stop artists being shortchanged when selling merch at their own shows.

    Read More: https://www.musicweek.com/opinion/read/featured-artists-coalition-ceo-urges-live-sector-to-back-campaign-against-excessive-merch-commission/087214

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    SOURCE: MusicWeek

    Date: January 11, 2023

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  • ‘Artists won’t stop fighting until large broadcast corporations pay fairly for music.’

    In late December, a united recording industry pushed hard to advance the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), a bill to finally pay artists for AM/FM radio plays in the U.S. Broadcast corporations may comfort themselves that Congress, in the end, didn’t act on AMFA.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/artists-wont-stop-fighting-until-large-broadcast-corporations-pay-fairly-for-music/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 9, 2023

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  • 354 Songwriters and Managers Sign Letter Demanding Changes to the MLC’s Post-Termination Royalty Payments

    A multitude of songwriters have formally voiced their support for a United States Copyright Office (USCO) rule that would clarify the blanket-license payout process employed by the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) after copyrights are terminated and recaptured.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2023/01/09/songwriters-mlc-termination-payments-demand/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 9 2022

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  • DGA Says Upcoming Film & TV Contract Talks Promise To Be “One Of Most Difficult” In Years

    DGA leaders said today that their upcoming contract negotiations with the Aliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers “promises to be an extremely challenging negotiating environment – one of the most difficult and complex we have faced in many years.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2023/01/dga-film-amp-tv-contract-talks-most-difficult-in-years-1235215410/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: January 9, 2023

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  • Artists Are Selling AI-Generated Images of Mickey Mouse to Provoke a Test Case

    Several artists, frustrated with Artificially Intelligent (AI) image generators skirting copyright laws, are using AI-image generators to produce images of Mickey Mouse and other copyrighted characters to challenge the current legal status of AI art. While an artist’s copyright in a work typically vests at the moment of fixation, including the right to prosecute copyright violation, AI-generated work complicates the issue by removing humans from the creative process. Courts have ruled that AI cannot hold copyright, which by corollary also means that AI-generated art sits in the public domain. This legal loophole has angered many professional artists whose art is used to train the AI. Many AI generators, such as Dall-E 2 and Midjourney, can render pieces in the style of a human artist, effectively automating the artist’s job.

    Read More: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/artists-are-selling-ai-generated-images-6591278/

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    SOURCE: JDSUPRA

    Date: January 6, 2023

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  • Inclusion in the Director’s Chair: Analysis of Director Gender & Race/Ethnicity Across 1,600 Top Films from 2007 to 2022

    Each year, we examine specific demographics (gender, race/ethnicity) of directors across the 100 top domestic fictional films in North America. Directors are singled out in our work as they occupy the top leadership position in movie production. Using Box Office Mojo, we identified the highest earning fictional films released theatrically after excluding documentaries and any other content not constituting a movie. The films were produced locally and abroad and distributed by an array of companies. In total, our longitudinal sample comprised 1,600 films released theatrically from 2007 to 2022. Below, key findings are presented by gender, race/ethnicity and the intersection of these identities.

    Read the Full Report Here: https://mcusercontent.com/62568938b3a09a6ef20bd8b14/files/00fd0b30-a159-282b-ca78-175a625d8bca/Inclusion_in_the_Director_s_Chair_2022_12.31.22.01.pdf

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    SOURCE: USC Annenberg

    Date: January 2023

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  • Copyright Protection of Photographs: a Comparative Analysis Between France, Germany and Italy

    Photographs are included in Article 2(1) of the Berne Convention as copyrightable artistic works. All Berne Union Member States must thus provide copyright protection to photographic works. As is known, originality has always been the essential requirement of copyright law, and only works that show some minimum amount of this attribute usually fall within the scope of protection. Nevertheless, the Berne Convention does not explicitly state that only original photographic works can be protected, nor does it contain any precise statutory definition of “originality”.

    Read More: https://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2022/12/21/copyright-protection-of-photographs-a-comparative-analysis-between-france-germany-and-italy/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: December 21, 2022

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  • Taylor Swift: Judge dismisses Shake It Off copyright lawsuit

    A US lawsuit alleging that Taylor Swift stole lyrics for her hit song Shake It Off has been dismissed by a judge.

    Songwriters Sean Hall and Nate Butler had claimed the pop star lifted lyrics in her song’s chorus from their own hit Playas Gon’ Play. Swift denied being aware of the song prior to the lawsuit.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-63956480

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: December 13, 2022

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  • Austrian collecting society AKM allies with licensing hub ICE

    Austrian song rights collecting society AKM has announced a new deal with licensing hub ICE, meaning it will directly participate in the ICE Core venture, which negotiates licensing deals with multi-territory digital music services on behalf of various music publishers and collecting societies.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/austrian-collecting-society-akm-allies-with-licensing-hub-ice/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 12, 2022

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  • Advocacy groups make last-ditch plea to Schumer for vote on antitrust bills

    A coalition of advocacy groups is making a last-ditch plea to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to prioritize passing several antitrust bills targeting tech giants with just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and only two until Christmas.

    Read More: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/3767789-advocacy-groups-make-last-ditch-plea-to-schumer-for-vote-on-antitrust-bills/

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    SOURCE: The Hill

    Date: December 9, 2022

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  • Judiciary Committee in US House Of Representatives approves radio royalty proposals

    The Judiciary Committee of the US House Of Representatives yesterday approved the American Music Fairness Act, which would introduce a radio royalty for artists and record labels in America for the first time. The approval has been widely welcomed by the music community.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/judiciary-committee-in-us-house-of-representatives-approves-radio-royalty-proposals/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 8, 2022

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  • Nevermind baby makes filing with US appeals court in ongoing artwork dispute

    Last week Spencer Elden – who, as a baby, appeared nude on the famous cover of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album – continued his legal battle in relation to that artwork, filing papers with the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court in the US.

    Read More:  https://completemusicupdate.com/article/nevermind-baby-makes-filing-with-us-appeals-court-in-ongoing-artwork-dispute/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 6, 2022

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  • The Creator Economy is the future of the economy

    Nearly 60 million Americans—as much as 40% to 50% of the workforce in some cities—are members of the Creative Class, meaning they are directly employed to work with their intelligence and creativity, in fields spanning the arts and culture, science and innovation, and the knowledge-based professions. This is up from just 10% to 15% of the U.S. workforce in 1980.

    Read More: https://www.fastcompany.com/90812387/the-creator-economy-is-the-future-of-the-economy

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    SOURCE: Fast Company

    Date: November 18, 2022

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  • 2 Live Crew urges US judge to dismiss lawsuit seeking to block a termination right claim

    Members of 2 Live Crew have called on a US judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Florida-based Lil Joe Records and to confirm that they can terminate a 1980s record deal and reclaim the rights in all the recordings released under that deal.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/2-live-crew-urges-us-judge-to-dismiss-lawsuit-seeking-to-block-a-termination-right-claim/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 5, 2022

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  • US Congressional committee to consider latest radio royalty proposal this week

    The Judiciary Committee of the US House Of Representatives will this week discuss the proposed American Music Fairness Act which would introduce a radio royalty for recordings into American copyright law for the first time.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/us-congressional-committee-to-consider-latest-radio-royalty-proposal-this-week/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 5, 2022

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  • Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

    The contract is still subject to ratification by Equity members.

    Actors’ Equity and the Broadway League reached a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement for Broadway shows and sit-down production, the two parties said Thursday.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/broadway-league-actors-equity-reach-tentative-agreement-on-contract-1235273530/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: December 1, 2022

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  • Merck Mercuriadis criticises CMA for “passing the buck” on streaming market issues

    Hipgnosis chief Merck Mercuriadis has criticised the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority for, as he sees it, confirming the issues faced by artists and songwriters in the music streaming economy, but then choosing to do nothing about them.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/merck-mercuriadis-criticises-cma-for-passing-the-buck-on-streaming-market-issues/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: December 1, 2022

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  • [PIAS] founders explain why they sold 49% of their company to UMG: ‘The battle lines in our industry have been redrawn.’

    Independent music giant [PIAS] revealed on Wednesday (November 30), that Universal Music Group has made a minority investment in the company.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/pias-founders-explain-why-they-sold-49-of-their-company-to-umg-the-battle-lines-in-our-industry-have-been-redrawn/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: November 30, 2022

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  • New report suggests Amazon is snubbing Prime Video with big movie theater push

    Amazon’s leaked shift to the cinemas almost deprioritizes Prime Video.

    You may know Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service as the home of The Boys or The Rings of Power. Or you may see it as the place you buy and rent digital movies. But you might start to see it as another streaming service that gets movies shortly after a theatrical run.

    Read More: https://www.tomsguide.com/news/new-report-suggests-amazon-is-snubbing-prime-video-with-big-movie-theater-push?utm_term=2DD1C848-0360-4DAB-AD3E-1761AED26A20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4D1CDEEB-C868-4649-B8B9-4810C22F20DF&utm_source=SmartBrief

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    SOURCE: Tom's Guide

    Date: November 30, 2022

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  • CMA Issues ‘Final Report’ On Music Streaming: ‘Competition Appears to Be Working Reasonably Well’

    In late July, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided against launching a full-scale investigation into streaming and the wider music industry. Now, the government agency has explained the decision in a 165-page-long “final report.”

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/11/29/music-industry-report-cma-2022/?mc_cid=848cb36057&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 29, 2022

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  • CMA concludes that competition issues are not creating challenges for music-makers in the streaming economy

    The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has published the final report from its study of the streaming music market, concluding that challenges faced by artists and songwriters in the streaming economy are not the result of competition issues within the marketplace, and that therefore an intervention from the competition regulator is not appropriate.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/cma-concludes-that-competition-issues-are-not-creating-challenges-for-music-makers-in-the-streaming-economy/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 29, 2022

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  • Progress report on UK Economics of Music Streaming Recommendations

    Readers will remember that the UK Economics of Music Streaming Inquiry [full Kat coverage here] took place last year. The DCMS Select Committee Report following the Inquiry made several recommendations, and the government responded with general agreement and action for further steps.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/11/progress-report-on-uk-economics-of.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: November 28, 2022

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  • How To Grow Your Music Career While Working a Day Job

    Most indie musicians work a day job (yay, capitalism). And it can be frustrating trying to balance your passion with your paycheck. We don’t talk about it enough. So here are four small but effective steps you can take this week to grow your music career while you work a day job.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/29/how-to-grow-your-music-career-while-working-a-day-job/?mc_cid=2e90791b08&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 29, 2022

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  • @SenatorLeahy Starts the Countdown for MLC Review

    Many songwriters are not aware that the mechanical licensing collective is a statutory entity that is required to be operated by a nonprofit company with certain characteristics. The nonprofit is appointed to a five year term by the Register of Copyrights, the head of the U.S. Copyright Office.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/11/25/senatorleahy-starts-the-countdown-for-mlc-review/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: November 25, 2022

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  • Strike Watch: Would WGA Build Coalition With DGA & SAG-AFTRA In Upcoming Contract Negotiations?

    On the party circuit during Emmy weekend, one topic inevitably found its way into every conversation, the possibility of a writers strike. Even back in September, the consensus was that there likely will be a strike.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/11/strike-watch-wga-coalition-dga-sag-aftra-contract-negotiations-issues-1235168378/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: November 23, 2022

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  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar Confirms Congressional Antitrust Hearing In Wake Of Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift Fiasco – Update

    UPDATE: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is following through on plans to hold a U.S. Senate antitrust panel hearing into the lack of competition in the ticketing industry. Public outrcry over the issue has reached a crescendo in recent days after the fiasco of Ticketmaster’s chaotic handling of the upcoming Taylor Swift tour.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/11/taylor-swift-ticketing-fiasco-draws-ticketmaster-apology-1235176790/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: November 23, 2022

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  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon unveil Artists Equity to spread the wealth

    The Future. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have closed up shop on their long-running Pearl Street Films (which had a deal at Warner Bros.) and are launching a new studio called Artists Equity. The goal is to be a United Artists of the modern age — an artist-driven studio giving collaborators creative freedom and a share of financial success. Once the company gets up and running, it could be a key player in realigning creatives’ pay with the gains generated by Hollywood’s push into streaming.

    Read More: https://futureparty.com/stories/ben-affleck-matt-damon-artists-equity/

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    SOURCE: The Future Party

    Date: November 22, 2022

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  • UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer: As Streaming Giants Evolve Their Business, It’s Time to Rethink Talent Deals

    The trade-off of back-end incentives for upfront fees needs to be updated and platforms should work with partners to develop transparent performance metrics for creatives, the agency chief writes.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/uta-jeremy-zimmer-talent-deals-streaming-1235265743/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 21, 2022

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  • Fear for Your Megamergers: The Justice Dept. Is (Finally) Taking Action

    Paramount’s blocked sale of Simon & Schuster marks an early win for an emboldened DOJ’s antitrust enforcement while a reported renewed look at Live Nation could be a worrying sign for media chiefs playing a scale game.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/paramount-doj-simon-schuster-penguin-random-house-1235265709/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 19, 2022

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  • Fear for Your Megamergers: The Justice Dept. Is (Finally) Taking Action

    On Oct. 31, the Department of Justice antitrust division landed a major victory when a federal judge blocked Penguin Random House’s $2.175 billion bid to buy rival Simon & Schuster from Paramount Global. After legal wrangling in a trial closely monitored by Hollywood, U.S. District Judge Florence Pan found that combining two of the world’s largest book publishers would hurt competition for best-selling books. “The government has presented a compelling case that predicts substantial harm to competition as a result of the proposed merger,” Pan wrote. “The post-merger concentration of the relevant market would be concerningly high: The merged entity would have a 49% market share, more than twice that of its closest competitor.”

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/paramount-doj-simon-schuster-penguin-random-house-1235265709/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 19, 2022

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  • Taylor Swift tour: Excruciating to watch Ticketmaster ticket chaos, says pop star

    Taylor Swift says it was “excruciating” to watch fans struggle to buy tickets for her upcoming US tour, after sales descended into chaos this week.

    Ticketmaster was criticised over its handling of the sales – which saw widespread site crashes in the presale and then cancellation of the main sale.

    It blamed unprecedented demand, saying it worked quickly to fix issues.

    But responding on Instagram, US pop star Swift said she had been assured that Ticketmaster could handle demand.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-63679936

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: November 19, 2022

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  • French ruling on transposition of the principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration

    Yesterday, by Decision n° 454477, the French Conseil d’État stated that Directive (EU) 2019/790 (DSM Directive) has been insufficiently transposed in France, in particular concerning Article 18.

    Articles 18-22 of the DSM Directive establish a series of protective measures in favour of authors and performers who license or transfer the exclusive economic rights over their works or performances to third parties for the purpose of exploitation.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/11/guest-post-french-ruling-on.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: November 16, 2022

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  • Defeat chokepoint capitalism to get artists paid

    a book about why creative labor markets are rigged – and how to unrig them

    Competition is supposed to be fundamental to capitalism. Over the last four decades though, greedy robber barons have worked out how to lock in customers and suppliers, eliminate competitors, and shake down everyone for more than their fair share.

    Read More: https://chokepointcapitalism.com/

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    SOURCE: Chokepoint Capitalism

    Date: September 27, 2022

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  • Ticket sales for Taylor Swift tour reignite fan frustration over Ticketmaster

    Ticketmaster’s homepage was temporarily knocked offline Tuesday as fans flooded the site to get tickets for Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour.

    “HOW IS TICKETMASTER ALREADY DOWN ?????? #TaylorSwiftTix” one fan wrote, echoing the frustration of thousands of “Swifties,” the nickname for diehard Swift fans, vying to see their favorite artist in her first concert tour since before the pandemic.

    Read More: https://news.yahoo.com/ticket-sales-taylor-swift-tour-203717652.html

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    SOURCE: Yahoo! News

    Date: November 15, 2022

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  • YouTube Shorts Are Coming to TVs — With a Big Screen Viewing Format

    YouTube is bringing its YouTube Shorts format to TV with a new look designed to improve how the vertical videos look on widescreens.

    Neal Mohan, YouTube’s Chief Product Officer, says the company has put a lot of work into redesigning how the format appears on TV. “Our research told us that there would be unique perks of watching Shorts on the big screen,” reads the official blog post announcing the change. The customized YouTube Shorts experience now focuses on the video, with creator information to the right.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/11/08/youtube-shorts-coming-to-tv-heres-how/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 8, 2022

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  • The coming long-tail cull

    When governments plan to introduce controversial new policies, they prepare the ground in advance (dropping hints in speeches, privately briefing journalists, etc.), so that by the time the new policy finally arrives, it does not feel quite so controversial. A similar process is currently playing out in the music business. The biggest major label executives are starting to seed a narrative into the marketplace about the potentially corrosive effect that the rapidly-growing long-tail of music and creators is having on consumers’ music-streaming experiences. Of course, it also happens to dent major label market share too, but the issue is not quite as clear cut as it might first appear.

    Read More: https://www.midiaresearch.com/blog/the-coming-long-tail-cull

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    SOURCE: Midia

    Date: November 8, 2022

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  • Elon Musk says Twitter will soon ‘share revenue with content creators’. Will that include music?

    Significant change is afoot at social media giant Twitter.

    Within a week of closing his $44 billion acquisition of the company, Elon Musk has started implementing a major overhaul at the platform.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/elon-musk-says-twitter-will-soon-share-revenue-with-content-creators-will-that-include-music/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: November 7, 2022

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  • European Songwriter Organizations Call for EU Lawmakers to End ‘The Coercive Buy-Out Practices of US-Based VOD Platforms’

    The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC) and The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) are calling on EU officials “to put an end to the coercive buy-out practices of US-based VOD platforms.”

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/11/07/gesac-ecsa-eu-lobbying-vod-platforms/?mc_cid=bc0c4f4eba&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 7, 2022

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  • YouTube will soon roll out a ‘Go Live Together’ co-streaming feature to select creators

    YouTube is gearing up to roll out a new feature that will allow select creators to invite a guest to go live with them, the company announced on its Creator Insider channel and in a blog post. At launch, creators will only be able to co-stream via a phone, as the feature won’t be available on the desktop version of YouTube. The new feature will initially only be available to a select group of creators, but YouTube plans to expand co-streaming to more creators in the future.

    Read More: https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/04/youtube-go-live-together-co-streaming-feature/?guccounter=1

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    SOURCE: Tech Crunch

    Date: November 4, 2022

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  • YouTube’s automated copyright tool riles up musicians

    When Rob Jones uploaded a video to YouTube in which he plays a few Nirvana riffs on a guitar, his video was flagged for violating the site’s copyright rules.

    “Literally playing riffs, yeah,” Jones said. “I could play 10 seconds. I could play 30 seconds. Not even with any background music, just a guitar on its own.”

    Read More: https://www.marketplace.org/2022/11/04/youtubes-automated-copyright-tool-riles-up-musicians/

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    SOURCE: Marketplace

    Date: November 4, 2022

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  • Disney sued by musician over song from ‘Frozen II’ soundtrack

    (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez copied another musician’s work in their song “Some Things Never Change” from the hit animated film “Frozen II,” according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday.

    Read More: https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/disney-sued-by-musician-over-song-frozen-ii-soundtrack-2022-11-02/

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    SOURCE: Reuters

    Date: November 2, 2022

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  • The Orchard founder reveals new venture to “fractionalise ownership of music royalties”

    Scott Cohen has revealed more about the new venture he is leading following his departure from Warner Music. According to Billboard, he has taken on the role of CEO for a fintech platform that aims to facilitate the sale of fractional shares in good old song catalogues.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/the-orchard-founder-reveals-new-venture-to-fractionalise-ownership-of-music-royalties/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 1, 2022

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  • #DoubleStat: Songwriters Brace for the Real Trickle Down Royalty as Big Tech Advertising Revenue Tanks

    Per-unit royalties are a bet on yourself. Revenue share royalties tied to the performance of someone you license to is a bet on that platform, not on yourself. Nowhere is this more obvious than with songwriter royalties set by the government–penny rates on vinyl compared to revenue share on streaming, particularly advertising based streaming. This includes, of course, non-statutory rates for audiovisual licensing at YouTube which has a mix of statutory and non-statutory.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/10/29/doublestat-songwriters-brace-for-the-real-trickle-down-royalty-as-big-tech-advertising-revenue-tanks/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: October 29, 2022

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  • Judge rejects Pandora’s cartel claims against comedy rights agency

    A US judge has rejected arguments by streaming service Pandora that an agency representing the copyrights of a roster of comedians is operating an anti-competitive licensing cartel. Judge Mark Scarsi concluded that Pandora had failed to demonstrate that the operations of Word Collections contravene American competition law.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/judge-rejects-pandoras-cartel-claims-against-comedy-rights-agency/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 28, 2022

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  • Song right revenues began to recover in 2021, but are still 5.1% below pre-pandemic levels

    Revenues collected by the music industry’s song right collecting societies worldwide increased by 7.2% to 8.48 billion euros last year, following a COVID-caused dip in 2020. However, with live music still very much restricted in 2021, total collections were 5.1% down compared to pre-pandemic levels. This is all according to the latest stats pack from global collecting society grouping CISAC.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/song-right-revenues-began-to-recover-in-2021-but-are-still-5-1-below-pre-pandemic-levels/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 27, 2022

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  • Global songwriter royalty collections topped $10bn in 2021, but were still below pre-pandemic levels

    Publisher and songwriter royalties collected by their societies globally hit EUR €8.48 billion in 2021 (USD $10.02 bn).

    Although that total royalties haul represented a 7.2% rise versus 2020, it remained below pre-COVID levels, highlighting the impact of lockdowns on live performances.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/global-songwriter-royalty-collections-topped-10bn-in-2021-but-were-still-below-pre-pandemic-levels/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: October 27, 2022

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  • How Bad Would a Recession Be for Hollywood?

    Everyone from Jeff Bezos to Gwyneth Paltrow is talking about the likelihood of a deepening recession, with the Amazon founder advising Twitter followers on Oct. 19 to batten down the hatches and the Goop CEO confessing late- night worries about the economic outlook a few days earlier. Technically, the U.S. economy entered recession territory midyear, following the second straight quarter of decline in gross domestic product. But the economy has rallied in the past following such declines, leading some to argue we aren’t yet in a recession; the glass-half-full crowd points to low unemployment even amid rising inflation as an indicator we aren’t in such bad financial straits.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2022/biz/news/recession-inflation-impact-on-hollywood-movies-tv-1235415036/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3&recipient_salt=44b86a45cc341bf0e4a54672d3b92bed408f33e80b1cb0325e520de4d3612f9d

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: October 26, 2022

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  • Global Streaming Is Still Growing, But Starting to Get Squeezed

    Just over a decade after Netflix created the international SVOD market — with the launch of regional versions of its streaming platform, first in Canada, then worldwide — the battle over the future of global streaming has entered a new phase.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/global-streaming-growing-international-series-1235244246/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3&recipient_salt=44b86a45cc341bf0e4a54672d3b92bed408f33e80b1cb0325e520de4d3612f9d

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 25, 2022

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  • MLC Says Nearly $700MM In Royalties Distributed to Date to Members

    The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) formed after the Music Modernization Act, has distributed nearly $700 million in blanket royalties to its members.

    The MLC held its second annual membership meeting last week, sharing some key metrics the group has met. It also announced that three current members of the MLC Board of Directors were each selected to serve a second three-year term on the board–initial terms were slated to end in October 2022.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/24/mlc-royalties-distributed-to-date-2022/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 24, 2022

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  • Salary Survey: What Hollywood Earns Now, From Stars to C-Suite Execs

    As streamers grapple with the economic realities of writing overinflated checks to lure talent, and the pandemic has made studios more comfortable with the idea of day-and-date releases, the days of an eight-figure home run for talent and creatives are likely gone for good. Now, industry insiders say shifting pay models are causing a “gold rush” for TV actors looking for a big per-episode payday, while showrunners get rewarded for keeping a series on the air for at least two years with longevity bonuses, and experienced directors can use a “track record as a blunt object” in negotiations.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/what-hollywood-earns-now-stars-execs-salaries-1235243926/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 20, 2022

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  • IMPALA Sets Sights On Increasing Digital Payouts As Recorded Music Revenues Lag Behind Pre-Streaming Levels

    Europe’s Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) has rolled out an updated digital strategy that centers on increasing payouts from streaming services and compelling “all labels to pay fair contemporary digital royalties,” according to an official update.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/14/impala-digital-strategy-october-2022/?mc_cid=9807978681

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 14, 2022

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  • #DoubleStat: @SenatorLeahy Says Show Me the Money on the MLC–@ArtistRights Watch

    Readers will recall that the MLC is sitting on a pile of other peoples money (i.e., the Mechanical Licensing Collective, the DSPs one-of-a-kind joint venture quango mandated by the good folks from Washington who are here to help). We estimate that the MLC has got at least $500 million socked away at City National Bank in Nashville collecting dust–or interest. More on that later. This would include current black box plus $424 million or so in historical black box it voluntarily paid to the MLC by the DSPs–an inexplicably large sum given all the DSP audits over the years.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/10/20/doublestat-senatorleahy-says-show-me-the-money-on-the-mlc-artistrights-watch/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: October 20, 2022

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  • Netflix’s Data Vault Cracks Open a Little (For Its Advertising Partners)

    If Netflix’s business models were structured like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the company would be about to enter Phase 3. Phase 1, of course, is when the company launched its DVD-by-mail service in 1999, transforming the way DVDs were rented. Phase 2 began in 2007, when it supplemented its DVD subscriptions with a streaming video-on-demand service, ushering in the modern era of streaming entertainment. Phase 3 of the Netflix Revenue Universe (the NRU?) will begin in earnest in November, when the company launches its advertising-supported streaming tier.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/netflix-viewership-advertising-tier-1235244112/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: October 19, 2022

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  • Streaming Remuneration: An answer to global cultural dominance by European/US Streaming Services

    Streamers Lack of Local Cultural Contribution

    Look at Spotify’s “Global Top 50” playlist on any day and the world’s biggest music service will show all or nearly all English language songs. With few exceptions these songs are performed by Anglo-American artists released by major record companies.

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2022/10/19/streaming-remuneration-an-answer-to-global-cultural-dominance-by-european-us-streaming-services/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: October 19, 2022

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  • More artists sue Trax Records over allegedly unpaid royalties

    A stack of artists have sued Trax Records, the Chicago-based label that played an important role in the development of house music in the 1980s. The plaintiffs claim that the label hasn’t paid them the royalties they are due and – in some cases – released their music without ever paying them anything at all.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/more-artists-sue-trax-records-over-allegedly-unpaid-royalties/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 18, 2022

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  • Federal Judge Orders Slacker and LiveOne to Pay SoundExchange $9.8 Million In Owed Licensing Payments

    LiveOne (formerly LiveXLive) and its Slacker Radio subsidiary have been ordered to pay about $9.77 million in owed licensing payments to SoundExchange, which filed a lawsuit against the audio-entertainment platform in June.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/18/liveone-slacker-soundexchange-payment-order/?mc_cid=a28f97c307

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 18, 2022

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  • CRB Orders Phonorecords IV Settling Parties to File All ‘Supplemental’ Written and Oral Agreements Following Pushback

    Earlier this month, leading music publishers and streaming giants including Spotify released an unredacted version of their Phonorecords IV settlement. But songwriter organizations then called for the disclosure of any “side” agreements, and the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has now ordered the parties to shed light upon deals related to (but not included in) the core settlement.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/18/phonorecords-iv-crb-order-side-agreements/?utm_source=Daily%20Snapshot&utm_campaign=a28f97c307-Daily_Snapshot_October_19_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-a28f97c307-21364965&mc_cid=a28f97c307

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 18 2022

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  • CISAC Global Collections Report 2022

    Behind its dry veneer, CISAC’s Global Collections Report
    tells a story I care a lot about. It’s a human story of songwriters, painters, screen directors, writers, lyricists and other creators, whose work inhabits the culture around us. These are the people, across all repertoires, who make up the “royalty economy”, and they are the lifeblood of our creative industries.

    Read the full report below:

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: October 2022

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  • IMPALA again confirms opposition to ER on streams, while calling for focus on music’s “investment stream”

    The pan-European trade group for the independent music sector, IMPALA, has again voiced its opposition to the extension of performer equitable remuneration to streaming, while calling for “all labels to pay fair contemporary digital royalties” to artists.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/impala-again-confirms-opposition-to-er-on-streams-while-calling-for-focus-on-musics-investment-stream/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 13, 2022

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  • BMI announces shift to for-profit business model

    US song rights collecting society BMI has announced plans to shift from operating on a not-for-profit business model to a for-profit business model. Why? Because doing so will “open up new and important opportunities for us to invest in our business and ensure we can continue to deliver on our mission to support our affiliates and grow the value of their music”. Or that’s what CEO Mike O’Neill reckons.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/bmi-announces-shift-to-for-profit-business-model/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 13, 2022

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  • Que Sera Sera writer’s daughter seeks dismissal of termination rights case filed by her daughter

    The daughter of the late Jay Livingston – a prolific songwriter perhaps best known from co-writing ‘Que Sera Sera’ – has submitted a motion to the courts in Nashville seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her by her own daughter relating to Livingston’s copyrights and royalties.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/que-sera-sera-writers-daughter-seeks-dismissal-of-termination-rights-case-filed-by-her-daughter/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 12, 2022

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  • Study on the place and role of authors and composers in the European music streaming market

    This study is prepared by Emmanuel Legrand of Legrand Network and commissioned by GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and
    Composer.

    The key question this report attempts to answer is: “How do authors and composers connect with the new music streaming economy, and what can be done to improve the relationship between the two parties?”

    Read the full report here: https://authorsocieties.eu/content/uploads/2022/09/music-streaming-study-28-9-2022.pdf

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    SOURCE: The European Authors' Society

    Date: September 2022

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  • Music Creators North America welcomes increased transparency on streaming rate deal

    The Music Creators North America organisation has welcomed the decision by the US National Music Publishers Association and Digital Media Association to release in full details of the deal they have done regarding the royalties streaming services will pay to songwriters and music publishers in the US over the next five years. However, MCNA is still calling for the full release of any related “side agreements”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/music-creators-north-america-welcomes-increased-transparency-on-streaming-rate-deal/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 10, 2022

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  • Will Sunlight Win at the Copyright Royalty Board in Big Tech’s Latest Credibility Debacle?

    There’s an old saying among sailors that water always wins. Sunlight does, too. It may take a while, but time reveals all things in the cold light of dawn. So when you are free riding on huge blocks of aged government cheese like the digital music services do with the compulsory mechanical license, the question you should ask yourself is why hide from the sunlight? It just makes songwriters even more suspicious.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/10/09/will-sunlight-win-at-the-copyright-royalty-board-in-big-techs-latest-credibility-debacle/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: October 9, 2022

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  • Irving Azoff’s collecting society sues three US radio companies for copyright infringement

    American collecting society Global Music Rights has sued three radio companies in the US for failing to secure licences covering the organisation’s songs. The accused broadcasters are “sophisticated media companies” that have “wilfully infringed” the copyrights of the songwriters GMR works with, the society argues in three lawsuits filed earlier this week.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/irving-azoffs-collecting-society-sues-three-us-radio-companies-for-copyright-infringement/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 7, 2022

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  • When is “fair use” fair? In Warhol copyright case, Supreme Court could offer new answers.

    Two deceased superstars, the artist Andy Warhol and the musician Prince, will take center stage at the nation’s highest court. No, it’s not one of those hologram concerts no one ever asked for — looking at you, Whitney Houston and John Lennon — it’s a Supreme Court case that could reshape federal copyright law.

    Read More: https://www.marketplace.org/2022/10/07/when-is-fair-use-fair-in-warhol-copyright-case-supreme-court-could-offer-new-answers/

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    SOURCE: Marketplace

    Date: October 7, 2022

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  • Thinking Outside the Pie: @legrandnetwork Study for GESAC Highlights Streaming Impact on Choking Diversity and Songwriter Royalties

    Emmanuel Legrand prepared an excellent and important study for the European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC) that identifies crucial effects of streaming on culture, creatives and especially songwriters. The study highlights the cultural effects of streaming on the European markets, but it would be easy to extend these harms globally as Emmanuel observes.

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2022/10/06/thinking-outside-the-pie-legrandnetwork-study-for-gesac-highlights-streaming-impact-on-choking-diversity-and-songwriter-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: October 6, 2022

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  • HYBE Acquires AI ‘Singing Voice Synthesis’ Company Supertone in $32MM Deal

    Hybe has acquired AI tech startup Supertone in a deal worth an estimated $32 million. Supertone synthesizes realistic voices that can sing.

    According to Korean media, the deal follows a 4 billion won ($2.8M) investment to acquire an 18% stake in the startup last year. Now media reports say Hybe finalized a deal to buy out Supertone completely.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/10/05/hybe-acquires-ai-singing-voice-synthesis-company-supertone/?mc_cid=15a7ccc64d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: October 5, 2022

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  • Taylor Swift says Shake It Off song-theft accusers don’t even have the right to sue

    As the song theft legal battle in relation to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ rumbles on, at a court hearing yesterday attention turned to the argument that the songwriters suing Swift don’t even have the legal right to pursue the litigation.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/taylor-swift-says-shake-it-off-song-theft-accusers-dont-even-have-the-right-to-sue/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 5, 2022

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  • Songwriters call for full transparency around US song royalty rate settlement deal

    The Music Creators North America organisation has called on the US Copyright Royalty Board to make public the agreement reached between the music publishers and the streaming services regarding the rates to be paid by the latter for the streaming of songs in the years ahead. MCNA says that all songwriters need access to an “un-redacted copy of the agreement under consideration in its entirety, including any and all related or potentially related agreements”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/songwriters-call-for-full-transparency-around-us-song-royalty-rate-settlement-deal/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: October 5, 2022

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  • Streamers Use Playlists to Control the Music Industry

    Paul Johnson’s life was like any other struggling musician’s—working multiple jobs, picking up gigs, hustling. Then his warm acoustic folk-pop tune “Firework” made it on to one of Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlists, designed to surface brand-new artists. Spotify and other streaming platforms invest heavily in playlists, ranging from the algorithmically generated Discover Weekly (which predicts new music subscribers might like) to the editorial RapCaviar (the most desired real estate in hip-hop). Playlist placements are highly coveted, both for how they rack up the streams—more than 7 billion in five years, in the case of RapCaviar—and the way they expose music to new listeners. The latter paid off for Johnson.

    Read More: https://www.wired.com/story/spotify-streaming-playlists-music/

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    SOURCE: Wired

    Date: October 4, 2022

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  • Will Roger Waters’ Explosive New Comments About Israel and Ukraine Sink a $500 Million Pink Floyd Catalog Sale?

    While there’s been no official word, legendary British rockers Pink Floyd have been shopping their recorded-music catalog and other assets for several months, seeking as much as $500 million, according to the Financial Times, with both major music companies and investment firms as the top bidders. But sources say an explosive new interview with founding member, main songwriter and stakeholder Roger Waters — in which he makes extensive remarks about Israel, Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and other political matters that one could politely characterize as controversial — is giving at least one potential buyer cold feet and seems likely to lead others to rethink their positions.

    Read  More: https://variety.com/2022/music/news/roger-waters-israel-ukraine-pink-floyd-catalog-sale-1235392886/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: October 4, 2022

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  • Supreme Court won’t review copyright fight over Paramount’s ‘What Men Want’

    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t weigh in on a copyright fight over the Paramount Pictures movie “What Men Want.”

    The decision brings to an end at least part of author and screenwriter Joe Carlini’s multiyear fight with the Los Angeles-based studio over a script he co-authored and alleged the movie was based on.

    Read More: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-10-04/supreme-court-wont-review-copyright-fight-over-paramounts-what-men-want

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    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

    Date: October 4, 2022

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  • Musician clones herself into an AI deepfake voice

    The Future. Berlin-based musician Holly Herndon released an AI tool, dubbed Holly+, that allows any artist to use an AI version of their voice for whatever song they’re working on. The tool is part of Herndon’s greater crusade of making AI a tool that artists can use for their benefit. It seems relatives themselves may need to be the ones to embrace the technologies that could replace them if they hope to control how they’re developed.

    Read More: https://futureparty.com/stories/Holly-Herndon-AI-Deepfake-Voice

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    SOURCE: The Future Party

    Date: September 30, 2022

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  • Licensing, Lawsuits and Revenue Sharing: Meta’s Evolving Relationship with the Music Industry

    In late 1964, caught on the horns of the sterling crises in a rapidly changing environment, UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson reportedly quipped: “A week is a long time in politics.”

    In the digital age, a week can feel like a lifetime as things happening over here can swiftly, and dramatically, be superseded by things happening over there.

    On 20 July, Swedish music company Epidemic Sound filed a suit against Meta (parent company of Facebook and Instagram) in San Francisco, alleging mass violations of its copyrights.

    Read More: https://www.synchtank.com/blog/licensing-lawsuits-and-revenue-sharing-metas-evolving-relationship-with-the-music-industry/

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    Date: July 28, 2022

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  • PRS announces plans for new portal offering easy access to song rights data

    UK collecting society PRS For Music yesterday set out plans to launch a new online portal that will provide easy access to key data linked to the songs catalogue it represents, including the writers behind each song, and important codes like ISWC and IPI.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/prs-announces-plans-for-new-portal-offering-easy-access-to-song-rights-data/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 30, 2022

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  • Judge declines to issue summary judgement in second song theft case over Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud

    A US judge has declined to dismiss one of the song-theft lawsuits that alleges Ed Sheeran ripped off Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ when he wrote his 2014 song ‘Thinking Out Loud’, concluding that a jury needs to consider whether the elements shared by the two songs are protected by copyright.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/judge-declines-to-issue-summary-judgement-in-second-song-theft-case-over-ed-sheerans-thinking-out-loud/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 30, 2022

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  • Spotify Is Riddled With Fake Streams — Or Is It? Our Latest Podcast

    Can you really trust the play counts on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube? To find out, we interviewed the CEO of a company with a sophisticated method for validating play counts on major streaming platforms. The answer to our question was surprising.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/09/29/spotify-fake-streams-legitary-podcast/?mc_cid=56076108cf

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: September 29, 2022

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  • Meta criticises Epidemic’s copyright lawsuit over “vague assertions and glaring omissions”

    Meta has told a US court that a lawsuit filed against it by production music firm Epidemic Sound has so many “vague assertions and glaring omissions” in it that it has been “left to try to guess” what it’s actually being accused of. With that in mind, the Facebook and Instagram owner would quite like said lawsuit to be dismissed.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/meta-criticises-epidemics-copyright-lawsuit-over-vague-assertions-and-glaring-omissions/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 28, 2022

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  • American industry welcomes the launch of radio royalty proposals in US Senate

    The American record industry has welcomed the introduction of formal proposals in the US Senate that would force AM and FM radio stations in the country to start paying royalties to artists and record labels for the first time. The bipartisan American Music Fairness Act – introduced by Republican Senator Marcia Blackburn and Democrat Alex Padilla – mirrors the proposals already on the table in the US House Of Representatives.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/american-industry-welcomes-the-launch-of-radio-royalty-proposals-in-us-senate/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 23, 2022

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  • Social Media Giants to Top Creators: Your Terms of Service Have Changed

    As short-form video explodes, YouTube, Twitch, Snap and other tech platforms are reasserting leverage with influencers in the area that matters most: how to divvy up subscription and ad revenues.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/social-media-giants-top-creators-terms-of-service-1235228680/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3&recipient_salt=44b86a45cc341bf0e4a54672d3b92bed408f33e80b1cb0325e520de4d3612f9d

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 28, 2022

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  • Disney Loses Bid to Dismiss ‘Muppet Babies’ Reboot Copyright Suit

    The order follows recent directives by a federal appeals court not to dismiss copyright cases too early.

    Muppet Babies, a reboot of the 1984 animated series of the same name, premiered in 2018 with a slight twist: the pattern of the nanny’s socks change every episode. That variation spawned a copyright infringement lawsuit against Disney from Jeffrey Scott, a screenwriter of the original series, that was dismissed due to unusual circumstances surrounding his personal bankruptcy.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/disney-loses-bid-to-dismiss-muppet-babies-reboot-copyright-suit-1235224396/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: September 20, 2022

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  • WGA West Elects Eight Board Members As Possible Writers Strike Looms In May

    Eight WGA West members have been elected to the guild’s board of directors in a race that foreshadowed a possible writers strike next year.

    Former board member Angelina Burnett was the top vote-getter, with 1,696 votes, followed by incumbents Ashley Gable (1,553 votes), Deric A. Hughes (1,531), Eric Haywood (1,447) and Travis Donnelly (1,304). Also elected were Raphael Bob-Waksberg (1,273), John Rogers (1,213) and Justin Halpern (1,005).

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/09/wga-west-election-results-possible-writers-strike-1235123150/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: September 20, 2022

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  • Voltage Pictures, Copyright Owners Sue Comcast For Allowing Users To Pirate Films

    Voltage Pictures and several dozen affiliates and copyright owners have sued Comcast for allegedly refusing to jettison Internet subscribers that repeatedly watch pirated films on illegal BitTorrent sites.

    In previous years, Voltage stirred up controversy by going directly after individuals for violating copyright. This suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, takes on the nation’s biggest broadband provider. Copyright holders of The Dallas Buyers Club, I Feel Pretty and other works said Comcast received hundreds of thousands of infringement notices but took “no meaningful action.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/09/voltage-pictures-copyright-infringement-comcast-piracy-1235120368/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: September 15, 2022

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  • Steve Cooper: Warner Music is becoming less financially dependent on superstar artists – and wants to see ‘regular’ streaming price rises

    D’you know the best time to interview a C-suite executive at a giant music company? When they’ve already announced they’re leaving.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/steve-cooper-warner-has-reduced-our-dependency-on-superstars-calls-for-regular/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: September 15, 2022

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  • PACE welcomes court ruling on the live music tariff of Belgian collecting society SABAM

    UK-based PACE Rights Management has welcomed a recent ruling in the Belgian courts regarding a dispute over the rates charged and methodology employed by song rights collecting society SABAM in the live music domain.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/pace-welcomes-court-ruling-on-the-live-music-tariff-of-belgian-collecting-society-sabam/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 15, 2022

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  • Miley Cyrus the latest artist to be sued over sharing pap photo on social media

    Miley Cyrus is the latest musician to be hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by photographer Robert Barbera over photos she posted to Instagram. He has previously sued Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa (twice), all of whom settled out of court.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/miley-cyrus-the-latest-artist-to-be-sued-over-sharing-pap-photo-on-social-media/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 12, 2022

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  • Another shot for Rango (but, incidentally, the “fair use” defence in Italy has been shot too): Rome Appeal Court confirms there is no misappropriation nor infringement of the “Man With No Name” character

    This blog has already covered the decision of the Rome Court of First Instance concerning a copyright infringement claim concerning a fictional character. The action had been brought by the producers of the movie “For a fistful of dollars” against the producers of the award-winner cartoon movie “Rango”, claiming unlawful use of the “The Man With No Name” character. As the authors of that post correctly summed up at that time, the core of the matter was that:

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/09/another-shot-for-rango-but-incidentally.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: September 12, 2022

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  • Judge Denies Spotify’s Early Motion For Summary Judgement Against Kobalt In Eminem Publisher Legal Battle

    A federal judge has officially denied Spotify’s early motion for summary judgement against Kobalt as part of a long-running legal battle centering on allegedly unpaid royalties for billions of Eminem streams.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/09/12/kobalt-music-spotify-summary-judgement-order/?mc_cid=f0797834f5

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: September 12, 2022

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  • 2,000 artists and creatives in Ireland to be paid basic income of $330 per week under new pilot scheme

    A total of 2,000 musicians, painters and writers in Ireland are set to receive a weekly basic income of €325 ($330) per week under a new scheme to be piloted by Ireland’s government.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/2000-artists-and-creatives-in-ireland-to-be-paid-basic-income-of-330-per-week-under-new-pilot-scheme/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: September 12, 2022

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  • Francisco Partners acquires majority stake in Kobalt

    Private equity firm Francisco Partners has confirmed it is acquiring a majority stake in Kobalt, though the current management team at the music publishing company will remain in place following the takeover, and they say that the plan is to plough on with their “mission of being a positive transformative force for the benefit of all creators”. Lovely stuff.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/francisco-partners-acquires-majority-stake-in-kobalt/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 8, 2022

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  • WGA Collects Over $4 Million In Settlement With Amazon Over Unpaid Residuals

    The WGA has settled an arbitration against Amazon, collecting more than $4 million in underpaid residuals and interest owed to 37 screenwriters on 31 films produced or acquired by Amazon. The settlement comes in the wake of a similar “self-dealing” arbitration that the guild recently won against Netflix, in which the guild collected $42 million in unpaid residuals on a total of 140 Netflix-produced films.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/09/writers-guild-amazon-residuals-settlement-1235110384/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: September 7, 2022

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  • ECSA says new GEMA study puts spotlight back on digital pie debate

    The European Composer & Songwriter Alliance has welcomed a new report on the streaming market in Germany commissioned by German song rights collecting society GEMA which, it says, echos many of the findings of the UK Parliament’s Economics Of Music Streaming inquiry. In particular, that “streaming is booming but music creators are far from getting a fair share from music streaming revenues”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/ecsa-says-new-gema-study-puts-spotlight-back-on-digital-pie-debate/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 6, 2022

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  • Filmmakers Sue AT&T to Block Pirate Sites & Disconnect Repeat Infringers

    A group of independent movie companies has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against AT&T. The Internet provider, which has over 80 million subscribers in the US, faces far-reaching demands. In addition to millions in damages, the filmmakers want the ISP to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers and block access to sites such as The Pirate Bay and YTS.

    Read More: https://torrentfreak.com/filmmakers-sue-att-to-block-pirate-sites-disconnect-repeat-infringers-220906/

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    SOURCE: TorrentFreak

    Date: September 6, 2022

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  • Andreessen Horowitz wants to fix NFT copyright with its ‘Can’t Be Evil’ license

    Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is trying to clean up the messy state of crypto copyright. Last week, the company introduced what it dubs “Can’t Be Evil” licenses: a series of agreements that let creators grant non-fungible token owners partial or near-complete rights to NFT art. It’s fighting a problem many experts have called out — one that’s persistently undercut claims that NFTs let you “own” a work.

    Read More: https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/6/23331591/andreessen-horowitz-a16z-nft-cant-be-evil-copyright-creative-commons-licenses

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: September 6, 2022

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  • Streaming services and music publishers reach deal on song royalty rates in the US

    The streaming services and the US music publishers have reached a deal over the royalty rate paid by the former to the latter, which means neither side will have to go through the time and expense of a messy and contentious hearing before the US Copyright Royalty Board. This is good news for the services, publishers and songwriters. Less so for those of us who enjoy writing about messy and contentious CRB hearings!

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/streaming-services-and-music-publishers-reach-deal-on-song-royalty-rates-in-the-us/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: September 1, 2022

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  • Settlement Announced For Phonorecords IV Proceeding — Streaming Services Agree to 15.35% Headline Rate For 2023-2027

    The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the Digital Media Association (DiMA) have officially unveiled a settlement agreement for the Phonorecords IV proceeding, which covers 2023-2027.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/31/phonorecords-iv-settlement/?utm_source=Daily%20Snapshot&utm_campaign=3def6baee3-Daily_Snapshot_September_01_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-3def6baee3-21259337&mc_cid=3def6baee3

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 31, 2022

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  • SAG-AFTRA Members Vote to Ratify Netflix Deal

    SAG-AFTRA members have voted to ratify the union’s latest stand-alone contract deal with Netflix.

    After the voting period ended Aug. 31, the vote was 89.03 percent in favor of the new contract, the union announced Wednesday. SAG-AFTRA and the streamer first reached the tentative deal in early August, and the union’s national board approved it just days after, recommending that union members vote “yes.”

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/sag-aftra-vote-ratify-netflix-deal-1235208642/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 31, 2022

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  • Settlement Announced For Phonorecords IV Proceeding — Streaming Services Agree to 15.35% Headline Rate For 2023-2027

    The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the Digital Media Association (DiMA) have officially unveiled a settlement agreement for the Phonorecords IV proceeding, which covers 2023-2027.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/31/phonorecords-iv-settlement/?utm_source=Daily%20Snapshot&utm_campaign=3def6baee3-Daily_Snapshot_September_01_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-3def6baee3-21259337&mc_cid=3def6baee3

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 31, 2022

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  • Larry Heard and Robert Owens settle Trax Records dispute, reclaim their music rights

    Management firm TaP Music last week confirmed that Larry Heard and Robert Owens – prominent players from the 1980s Chicago house scene and two thirds of Fingers Inc – have settled their legal dispute with Trax Records, the label they worked with in the mid-80s. The deal confirms that the duo own all the rights in the music they released with the label.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/larry-heard-and-robert-owens-settle-trax-records-dispute-reclaim-their-music-rights/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 30, 2022

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  • Taylor Swift’s Lover book accused of ripping off elements of earlier poetry collection

    Taylor Swift has been sued yet again over allegations that she has ripped off another creator’s work. Though this time it’s not a song-theft lawsuit. Instead, writer Teresa La Dart claims that a book that accompanied a deluxe version of Swift’s 2019 ‘Lover’ album contains various creative elements in common with a book of poetry she published in 2010, also called ‘Lover’.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/taylor-swifts-lover-book-accused-of-ripping-off-elements-of-earlier-poetry-collection/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 25, 2022

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  • 17,000 people say the Internet Is already broken

    As the leaders of the Artist Rights Alliance, Copyright Alliance, and CreativeFuture, we believe in the right of creative people to make a living through their creativity, ingenuity, and hard work. But that work is being undermined by the existential threat of digital piracy.

    Read More: https://thehill.com/opinion/congress-blog/3615621-17000-people-say-the-internet-is-already-broken/

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    SOURCE: The Hill

    Date: August 25, 2022

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  • Kobalt Music Removes All Music from Facebook, Instagram — And the Standoff Begins

    Kobalt Music is removing its 700,000-song catalog from Instagram and Facebook due to license expiry.

    The company says its music licensing agreement with Meta expired and the two parties have failed to reach a favorable agreement to renew. Kobalt Music administers songs for artists such as Childish Gambino, Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish co-writer FINNEAS, Beck, and many others.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/07/24/kobalt-music-removes-music-from-facebook-instagram/?mc_cid=77990bf672

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 24, 2022

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  • Swedish Rights Collecting Society STIM Offers YouTubers Pre-Licensed ‘Hits’ for Videos

    STIM, The Swedish Performing Rights Society, is now providing YouTubers unlimited access to a broad catalog of copyright-protected ‘hit’ music.

    The Swedish Performing Rights Society, STIM, presents Cora Music, providing YouTubers unlimited access to a catalog of copyright-protected, high-quality music. For a monthly fee of €25, users can select from a broad music catalog and add tracks directly to their creative content with no additional costs or catches.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/24/stim-youtubers-one-stop-shop-music/?mc_cid=e4d9dbd5ad

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 24, 2022

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  • Orleans Lawsuit Against WMG Reveals The Truth About Streaming Fees

    There’s the old joke of three people interviewing for head of royalties. They’re all given the same complicated accounting problem. The first whipped out a calculator and started running numbers at the interview. After a couple hours, the work produced a result. The second asked if he could take it home and came back the next day with a result.

    Read More: https://celebrityaccess.com/2022/08/24/chris-castle-orleans-lawsuit-against-wmg-reveals-the-truth-about-streaming-fees/

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    SOURCE: Celebrity Access

    Date: August 24, 2022

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  • Google Fires Back Against Composer Maria Schneider’s Content ID Lawsuit: ‘YouTube’s Novel Copyright Management Tools Are So Powerful, They Must Be Used With Care’

    YouTube has officially fired back against Grammy-winning jazz composer Maria Schneider and several other parties who are suing over alleged Content ID discrimination.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/24/youtube-response-maria-schneider-content-id-lawsuit/?mc_cid=e4d9dbd5ad

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 24, 2022

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  • Hollywood Talent Agency Strikes Deal With Writers Guild to End Boycott

    LOS ANGELES (CN) — The Writers Guild of America restored Hollywood talent firm Creative Artists Agency’s ability to represent screenwriters after agreeing Wednesday to end a nearly two-year legal battle over talent packaging fees.

    Read More: https://www.courthousenews.com/hollywood-talent-agency-strikes-deal-with-writers-guild-to-end-boycott/

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    SOURCE: Courthouse News Service

    Date: December 17, 2020

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  • 11 Actors Who Made Over $20 Million For Just One Movie, And 11 Who Were Stupidly Underpaid

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle was paid $625,000 for her performance in All the Money in the World which earned her a Golden Globes nomination. In comparison, her costar Mark Wahlberg made $5 million — nearly ten times her pay.

    Read More: https://money.yahoo.com/11-famous-actors-were-severely-001602778.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9tYWlsLmdvb2dsZS5jb20v&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAApQyIyXuusd72ji63hpXSmfi74s5TOGA9bDIJnIuiJjeeLz15jhXgkycsqjUL30pc8ecwX5IdtrYRJSmOY9T5l-8z8NOglhWJn_hCTdmtVBl4vWX5f-wrDpnIPe0K4BwXjWFlZQyXJLn3Q_vYktevLUQYmW_MsFClquMLOTvSkT

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    SOURCE: Yahoo! Money

    Date: August 24, 2022

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  • UFC Sues Documentary Production Team in Copyright Dispute

    At a time when The Last Dance, Athlete A, Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist and other popular documentaries prominently feature copyrighted audiovisuals of athletes, the UFC is suing the producers of Bisping: The Michael Bisping Story over unauthorized video use. The case could set important precedent for leagues and the documentarians who seek their footage.

    Read More: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ufc-sues-documentary-production-team-130000553.html

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    SOURCE: Yahoo! Entertainment

    Date: August 23, 2022

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  • Eddy Grant to subpoena Donald Trump’s former Deputy Chief Of Staff in Electric Avenue campaign video dispute

    In the wider scheme of things, ongoing litigation in relation to his unapproved use of Eddy Grant’s ‘Electric Avenue’ in a 2020 campaign video probably isn’t a major cause of stress for former US President Donald Trump. But that lawsuit proceeds, and now the Grant side has got an extension to the case’s discovery phase in order to subpoena Trump’s former Deputy Chief Of Staff Dan Scavino.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/eddy-grant-to-subpoena-donald-trumps-former-deputy-chief-of-staff-in-electric-avenue-campaign-video-dispute/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 23, 2022

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  • Megan Thee Stallion ramps up label dispute, demands a million dollars in damages

    Following the recent release of her new album ‘Traumazine’, Megan Thee Stallion has ramped up her ongoing legal battle with her label 1501 Certified Entertainment, now seeking a million dollars in damages as well as court confirmation that she has fulfilled her obligations under her current record deal. She also accuses 1501 of leaking that new album and forcing her to fast track its release.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/megan-thee-stallion-ramps-up-label-dispute-demands-a-million-dollars-in-damages/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 23, 2022

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  • George Lopez is the latest comedian to sue Pandora for copyright infringement

    The lawsuits are piling up for Pandora, which has been accused by comedians, including Lewis Black and Andrew Dice Clay, of streaming their works without the proper license. Now, George Lopez is joining the fray, seeking $5.5 million from the streamer.

    Read More: https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/23/23318930/george-lopez-comedian-sues-pandora-siriusxm-lewis-black-spotify

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/yet-another-comedian-sues-pandora-over-unlicensed-jokes/

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: August 23, 2022

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  • Californian Supreme Court rules on free speech claims in Michael Jackson fake vocals dispute

    The Californian Supreme Court has ruled against Sony Music and the Michael Jackson estate in regard to a free speech question that was raised after it was alleged that three tracks on the posthumous Michael Jackson album ‘Michael’ did not in fact feature the star’s vocals.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/californian-supreme-court-rules-on-free-speech-claims-in-michael-jackson-fake-vocals-dispute/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 22, 2022

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  • Orleans case sheds light on fees, fees, and more fees

    There’s the old joke of three people interviewing for head of royalties. They’re all given the same complicated accounting problem. The first whipped out a calculator and started running numbers at the interview. After a couple hours, the work produced a result. The second asked if he could take it home and came back the next day with a result.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/08/22/orleans-case-sheds-light-on-fees-fees-and-more-fees/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: August 22, 2022

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  • BMI Announces Layoffs After Abandoning Goldman-Assisted Sales Pursuit

    About one week after ending its pursuit of a more than billion-dollar sale, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has announced a round of layoffs.

    Team members were just recently informed of the unfortunate news via email, though at the time of this piece’s writing, none of the affected professionals appeared to have commented publicly on the matter. Similarly, the performance rights organization itself hasn’t yet addressed the subject with a statement on its website.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/22/bmi-layoffs-2022/?mc_cid=7608ba358a

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 22, 2022

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  • Academy unearths long-lost ‘race films’ in Black cinema exhibit

    Long before Denzel Washington, Spike Lee or even Sidney Poitier, generations of pioneering and revolutionary Black US filmmakers played a key role in shaping early American cinema and dispelling pejorative stereotypes, a major new Hollywood exhibition argues.

    Read More: https://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/academy-unearths-long-lost-race-films-in-black-cinema-exhibit/article

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    SOURCE: Digital Journal

    Date: August 20, 2022

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  • SiriusXM Is Now Compelling Spoken-Word Creators to Waive The ‘Rights to All Underlying Comedy Routines’

    Last month, stand-up star Lewis Black became the latest comedian to sue SiriusXM’s Pandora amid a broader royalties dispute. Now, evidence suggests that SiriusXM is attempting to compel different comedy professionals yet to waive their composition rights, possibly in order to add albums to Pandora.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/18/siriusxm-pandora-comedians-battle/?mc_cid=052b58e43c

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 18, 2022

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  • SAG-AFTRA’s Lobbying Efforts Helped Seal Exclusivity Deals With Netflix & AMPTP

    A confluence of hard bargaining and legislative lobbying helped secure significant gains in two new agreements SAG-AFTRA reached earlier this month covering exclusivity, which are standard provisions in TV contracts that can hold TV series regulars off the market and unable to work for unreasonably long periods of time, guild leaders said in a podcast released on Thursday.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/08/sag-aftras-lobbying-efforts-helped-seal-exclusivity-deals-with-netflix-amptp-1235095831/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: August 18, 2022

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  • How to make movies without a huge carbon footprint

    The green memo sent out by the production team of the programme Poldark asked that the location department use low-carbon suppliers of lighting and reusable batteries wherever possible.

    The request was vague and the expectations unclear. But such requests are increasingly mainstream and point to the growing awareness in the film and TV industry of its carbon dioxide emissions.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-62051070

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: August 17, 2022

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  • How artists are exploiting lax metadata protections by streaming services

    While the exact number is in dispute, in what has now become an infamous statistic, at a minimum music streaming services (“DSPs”) are ingesting tens of thousands of new tracks every single day.

    At such a scale, metadata becomes a very thorny subject; DSPs, at the mercy of the quality of information provided to them, are sorting through an almost unmanageable wave of data.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/how-artists-are-exploiting-lax-metadata-protections-by-streaming-services/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: August 17, 2022

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  • YouTube Fights to Limit Data Disclosure in Battle with Grammy-Winning Composer Maria Schneider

    In July of 2020, Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider sued YouTube over alleged Content ID discrimination. Now, about two weeks after a judge rejected the Google-owned platform’s motion to dismiss the long-running complaint, YouTube is fighting to limit the data that it must disclose.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/17/maria-schneider-youtube-lawsuit-data-production/?utm_source=Daily%20Snapshot&utm_campaign=ab89a2315e-Daily_Snapshot_August_18_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2fb43ebd24-ab89a2315e-21259337&mc_cid=ab89a2315e

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 17, 2022

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  • A Closer Look at Trolley — The Canadian Fintech Taking Aim at Royalty Payment Complexity

    Between today’s many royalty streams and their distinct tax implications, music industry payments are more complex than ever. Now, with a new name and a multimillion-dollar Series A under its belt, customizable payout platform Trolley is looking to optimize the royalties space.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/16/trolley-canadian-fintech-music-royalty-complexity/?mc_cid=ab89a2315e

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 16, 2022

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  • SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Studios on Actors’ Exclusivity

    SAG-AFTRA announced on Monday evening that it has reached a tentative agreement with the major studios on actor exclusivity periods, an issue that has become a top priority for the union in recent years.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/sag-aftra-reaches-deal-with-studios-on-actors-exclusivity-1235342139/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: August 15, 2022

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  • That Was My Idea! How Hollywood Is Avoiding Story Theft Claims

    A ragtag group of misfits, each with their own unique skill, bands together to pull off a high-stakes con. Depending on your preferences and streaming subscriptions, the film that comes to mind could be the 1955 classic Rififi, this year’s DreamWorks animated comedy The Bad Guys or any of the dozens of other heist movies like The Sting, Reservoir Dogs, Ocean’s Eleven, Now You See Me and Baby Driver that were released in between.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/hollywood-story-theft-claims-1235195241/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 12, 2022

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  • WGA West Board Candidates Address Wide Range Of Issues Ahead Of Next Year’s Contract Talks And Possible Strike

    Next year’s contract talks and a possible writers strike are looming large over the WGA West’s ongoing board election, in which 17 candidates are vying for eight open seats. The WGA’s current contract doesn’t expire until May 1, but in their campaign statements, many of the candidates are making it clear that they’re prepared to strike if the guild can’t get a fair deal at the bargaining table.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2022/08/wga-west-board-candidates-address-issues-2023-contract-talks-possible-strike-1235091417/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: August 12, 2022

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  • Long-running lawsuit over disputed Michael Jackson vocals dismissed

    The long-running lawsuit over whether or not three songs that appeared on a posthumous Michael Jackson album actually featured the vocals of an impersonator has been settled. It follows the recent removal of those songs from said album on the streaming services.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/long-running-lawsuit-over-disputed-michael-jackson-vocals-dismissed/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 11, 2022

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  • Why’d That Movie Disappear? Welcome to Streaming’s Memory Hole Era

    The French director, film critic and voracious cinephile Francois Truffaut once suggested a thought experiment. Imagine, he said, that there was only one copy of a book, and that copy was held in a single library, and you could only read it while inside that library. This was how film lovers were obliged to check out the objects of their desire before repertory theaters, videotape and streaming platforms brought the elusive history of cinema, so long beyond reach, into the palm of our hands.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/whyd-that-movie-disappear-welcome-to-streamings-memory-hole-era-1235197486/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: August 11, 2022

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  • Music producer challenges copyright infringement claims over hit rap song

    ATLANTA (CN) — A rap battle found its way to the 11th Circuit on Tuesday, where judges heard arguments in a producer’s appeal of a ruling that he had infringed on rapper Rackboy Cam’s copyright of the 2015 song “Everything Be Lit.”

    Read More: https://www.courthousenews.com/music-producer-challenges-copyright-infringement-claims-over-hit-rap-song/

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    SOURCE: Courthouse News Service

    Date: August 9, 2022

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  • Taylor Swift Submits Sworn Testimony In Latest ‘Shake It Off’ Copyright Infringement Battle: The Lyrics ‘Were Written Entirely By Me’

    Taylor Swift has officially submitted sworn testimony in response to one of multiple copyright infringement lawsuits she’s faced over “Shake It Off.”

    The 32-year-old singer-songwriter just recently pushed back against the complaint, which was filed half a decade ago by Sean Hall and Nate Butler, songwriters on a track called “Playas Gon’ Play.”

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/08/09/taylor-swift-shake-it-off-infringement-suit/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 9, 2022

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  • musicFIRST chair accuses US radio giants of hypocrisy

    The Chairman of the musicFIRST Coalition in the US – former Congress member Joe Crowley – last week accused American radio giants iHeart and Cumulus of hypocrisy after they bigged up their profits to investors on Wall Street while simultaneously telling law-makers in Washington that they can’t afford to pay royalties to record labels and recording artists.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/musicfirst-chair-accuses-us-radio-giants-of-hypocrisy/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 4, 2022

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  • Judge declines to dismiss Lil Yachty’s Ditto Music lawsuit on jurisdiction grounds

    A court in California has declined to dismiss on jurisdiction grounds Lil Yachty’s lawsuit against DIY distributor Ditto Music and its co-founder Lee Parsons. It means the litigation – in relation to the music NFT start-up also founded by Parsons, Opulous – can proceed.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/judge-declines-to-dismiss-lil-yachtys-ditto-music-lawsuit-on-jurisdiction-grounds/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 4, 2022

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  • Susan Cotchin (Good Neighbour Rights): ‘Australia’s decision to limit the application of Art. 15 of WIPO’s WPPT has impacted Australian artists in a big way’

    While Europe is still grasping with the impact of the RAAP case, another part of the world, Australia, needs a fix too. Since the country has limited the scope of payments of neighbouring rights to performers, Australian artists are unable to collect their royalties overseas due to the lack of reciprocity.

    Read More: https://creativeindustriesnews.com/2022/08/susan-cotchin-australias-decision-to-limit-the-application-of-art-15-of-wppt-has-impacted-australian-artists-in-a-big-way/

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    SOURCE: Creative Industries News

    Date: August 3, 2022

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  • Neighbouring Rights: It’s Time to Bridge the ‘Broken’ UK-Australia Performer Gap

    The last few years have been an incredibly gruelling time for the music industry, the effects of which will be felt for years to come.

    Whilst performers have been increasingly diversifying and creatively seeking out alternative sources of income in an attempt to cover the stark drop-off in certain revenue streams (see the exponential rise of music-related NFTs, by way of example), there is one source that, at least between the U.K. and Australia, has been broken for some time now. And it continues to hit British and Australian featured and non-featured performers, producers and session musicians directly in their pocket: neighbouring rights.

    Read More: https://themusicnetwork.com/neighbouring-rights-uk-australia/

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    SOURCE: The Music Network

    Date: August 3, 2022

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  • Legal wrangling over Prince estate over as judge signs off on deal

    judge in Minnesota finally signed off earlier this week on a settlement deal in relation to Prince’s estate.

    The musician had not prepared a will before his untimely death in 2016, resulting in much legal wrangling between the six siblings – mainly half-siblings – who were named heirs. Along the way there were disagreements about the management of the estate – including who should do the managing – and the decision of three of his siblings to sell some or all of their respective shares in his assets to Primary Wave.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/legal-wrangling-over-prince-estate-over-as-judge-signs-off-on-deal/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: August 3, 2022

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  • Beyoncé brings all the samples to the yard and they’re like…it’s been licenced

    Beyoncé has received backlash on her latest album “Renaissance,” which has resulted in the removal of a sample from her song “Energy” – but not for legal reasons. Headlines such as “Beyoncé Has Removed A “Milkshake” Sample From Her Song “Energy” After Kelis Called It Theft” and “…for allegedly failing to seek permission for usage” suggest that Beyoncé used the sample without the rights clearance, but this is not the case. Kelis is not receiving royalties – and that is an issue – since she is solely a performer of the song, not the copyright owner. The problem for Kelis is with her producers, not Beyoncé.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/08/beyonce-brings-all-samples-to-yard-and.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: August 3, 2022

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  • Why Warner Bros. Killed ‘Batgirl’: Inside the Decision Not to Release the DC Movie

    The death of “Batgirl” on Tuesday sent immediate shockwaves through Hollywood. The film — with a $75 million budget that grew to $90 million due to COVID-related overages — had finished shooting months ago and was in test screenings as directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (“Bad Boys for Life,” “Ms. Marvel”) worked through the post-production process. Star Leslie Grace (“In the Heights”) had given multiple interviews expressing her enthusiasm for landing the title role and working with co-stars Michael Keaton (as Batman), J.K. Simmons (as her character’s father, Commissioner Gordon) and Brendan Fraser (as the villain, Firefly).

    Read More: https://variety.com/2022/film/news/batgirl-movie-why-not-releasing-warner-bros-1235332062/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: August 2, 2022

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  • The Music Week Interview: Merck Mercuriadis

    Talk is cheap, as they say, but Merck Mercuriadis can walk the walk. So when, in April 2019, the eloquent Hipgnosis Songs founder and CEO informed Music Week of his plans to reinvent publishing and kickstart a £1 billion “song management revolution”, you could bet your bottom dollar he’d back up his grandiose words with action.

    Read More: https://www.musicweek.com/interviews/read/the-music-week-interview-merck-mercuriadis/083981

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    SOURCE: MusicWeek

    Date: August 20, 2021

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  • The Federal Reserve Raises the Interest Rate for the MLC’s Black Box in Good News for Songwriters

    We haven’t heard much about it lately, but the Mechanical Licensing Collective quango is sitting on some $500,000,000 of other people’s money since they received that first $424,000,000 tranche according to the MLC’s press release in February 2021. In fairness, they’ve recently started paying it out in drips and drabs. Remember, the $424,000,000 was certain services catching up with the “historical” black box–payments of the songwriters’ own money that should have been paid long ago.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2022/07/29/the-federal-reserve-raises-the-interest-rate-for-the-mlcs-black-box-in-good-news-for-songwriters/

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    Date: July 29, 2022

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  • Inside the Multi-Billion Dollar Battle Royale Over Music-Streaming Royalties

    It’s hard to think of a more brain-deadening topic than the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board’s proceedings over the rates for music streaming. But deep in the dense legalese lies a heated battle over the billions of dollars in royalties generated by streaming services — one that pits the music industry against some of the biggest companies in the world. At stake is nothing less than the future of the music business and the livelihood of the American songwriter.

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: July 28, 2022

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  • Duncan Crabtree-Ireland Talks Performers’ Rights in the Digital Age

    The Consumer Technology Association returned to Las Vegas in January for its prestigious CES technology event in person, after going online last year due to the pandemic. Considered one of the most influential tech events in the world, CES welcomed more than 40,000 attendees who perused new gadgets and heard remarks from industry leaders at Samsung, General