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Midem 2012 (part 2) — The European Commission promises new rules on pan-European licensing by 2013

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By Emmanuel Legrand

Time may be of the essence, but European institutions
work within a different time frame than the rest of the world.

That was pretty obvious at the very informative
session 'Lost Property: The Future of Collective Rights Management in the EU'
presented by German authors' society Gema at Midem on January 30.

For authors' societies, the most important person on
the panel was Kerstin Jorna, the deputy head of cabinet of European
Commissioner Mi...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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France’s music sector divided about a tax on streaming services to finance government-backed organisation CNM

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The French music industry is divided about the ways to fund government-backed Centre National de la Musique (CNM), which provides a wide range of schemes to support the music sector.

One of the avenues explored to guarantee a steady and substantial financing has been a tax on the revenues of music streaming services. However, the tax — which would be in the region of 1.5% of DSPs' revenues — is not met with a consensus from the industry.

Strongly opposing the move is trade body SNEP, whi...

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Influence Media Partners acquires the recording catalogue of Blake Shelton

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New York-based music and entertainment company Influence Media Partners has invested in the master recordings catalogue of country music singer and songwriter Blake Shelton.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers all of his commercial releases from 2001 to 2019, during which he accumulated 27 No. 1 singles on Billboard's Country Airplay chart and released f 11 studio LP's, including a Christmas album, and two EPs.

The two parties have also created a joint venture, par...

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US Supreme Court prepares to hear on Oct. 12 the fair use case involving the Andy Warhol Foundation and Lynn Goldsmith

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The US Supreme Court will hear on 12 October the arguments put forward by the parties involved in the legal case involving photographer Lynn Goldsmith, whose picture of Prince has been used by Andy Warhol for a series of works.

The case is considered as a benchmark for issues such as "fair use" and and the notion of "transformative" art. It has generated an unusually important number of amicus briefs.

The Second Circuit federal appeals court reversed a court decision that initially found...

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