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US music sector braces for a new battle on ASCAP and BMI’s consent decrees

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The US music community is preparing for a long battle ahead following the decision by the Antitrust Division at the US Department of Justice to open a full review of the consent decrees ruling the country's two main performance rights societies, ASCAP and BMI, since 1941.

David Israelite, CEO of Washington, DC-based National Music Publishers Association, said at the organisation's annual meeting in New York that the music community will be fight...

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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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CRB seeks comments on proposed rates applied to noncommercial broadcasting

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Copyright Royalty Judges have solicited comments on the proposed rates and terms for use of certain copyrighted works in connection with noncommercial television and radio broadcasting. for the period from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2027.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, interested parties can file comments and objections until February 27, 2023.

In 2021, the CRB Judges requested that interested parties submit petitions to participate in the rate sett...

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ASCAP and NYC Media Lab partner to launch the Music and AI Challenge

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and NYC Media Lab (NYCML) are launching the 'Music and AI Challenge'.

The initiative is designed "to identify creative, cutting-edge concepts at the intersection of music and artificial intelligence."

The ASCAP Lab and NYCML are seeking start-ups and university teams that are "leveraging artificial intelligence to build products that offer novel solutions for the music industry that ultimately benefit music creators."

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PPL paid out £244.9 million to performers and labels in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021

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British neighbouring rights society PPL has distributed £244.9 million (€278.3m) to its members — performers and owners of sound recordings — and other collective management organisations in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021's £228.7m.

PPL said the figure marks the second highest total of monies paid out by PPL in a calendar year, the highest being £260.2m in 2020, a total achieved thanks to the record collections of £271.8m the previous year in 2019, before the adverse impact of the COVID pandemic.
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