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USTR Special 301 Report lists stream-ripping as ‘a dominant method’ of piracy

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By Emmanuel Legrand

Stream-ripping sites have been singled out as a threat to US intellectual property rights' interests in the 2019 Special 301 Report, published each year by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

The report is the result of an annual review of the state of IP protection and enforcement in US trading partners around the world. The report covers a wide range of IP-related sectors, from pharmaceuticals to broadcasting and creative industries.

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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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French label executive and jazz producer Jean-Philippe Allard has died aged 67

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French music industry executive and producer Jean-Philippe Allard — whose passion for jazz led him to sign, work with and produce artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Abbey Lincoln, Ornette Coleman, or John McLaughlin, among others — has passed away on May 18, 2024 at the age of 67, following a brief illness.

Allard's career started as a sales representative for PolyGram in Nancy. In 1987, he was named head the Jazz division of PolyGram France, a position he held for over a decade. During hi...

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Worldwide Independent Network adopts five key principles on generative AI

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Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation representing the global independent music community, has unveiled a new guidance on generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and has called upon developers and policymakers around the world "to work together with the independent music community to achieve responsible and ethical GenAI development."

The guidance consists in a set of five key principles: i) Respect for copyright; ii) Prioritisation of a human-centered approach; iii) A foc...

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Sony Music sues Marriott over the unlicensed use of 931 songs in advertisements on social media

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Sony Music Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against Marriott International in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in which it accuses the hotel chain of "rampant infringement" for the unlicensed use of 931 songs featured in advertisements for the brand on social media.

Sony Music said that in January 2020, it notified Marriott that "many of the Marriott Social Media Pages included videos using, without authorizsation, copyrighted sound recordings owned and/or cont...

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