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US Department of Justice is reviewing over 850 comments on ASCAP and BMI’s consent decrees

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The USDepartment of Justice has started the process of reviewing the 850+ submissions that were made during the consultation about the future of the consent decrees governing US music rights organisations American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). The consultation closed on August 9 and the DoJ should render its verdict by the end of this year.

The consultation saw contributions from all sides of the industry and bey...

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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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SACEM’s David El Sayegh elected President of European rights societies’ body GESAC

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GESAC, the European Grouping of Authors’ Societies, has elected David El Sayegh, Deputy CEO of France's SACEM, as its new President during the Brussels-based organisation's statutory General Meeting.

El Sayegh will chair the GESAC Board for the 2024-2026 mandate. He replaces Gernot Graninger, CEO of Austria's AKM/Austromechana, who has served as President of GESAC for the past two-and-a-half years and who remains on the organisation's board.

SACEM's David El Sayegh

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SCAPR will unveil at its May 28-29 General Assembly the first study on collective management of performers’ rights in Africa

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SCAPR — the trade body representing the collective management organisation collecting and distributing neighbouring rights on behalf of performers — will present at its General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 28-29 the first Study on Collective Management of Performers’ rights. The event is hosted by SCAPR's South African member, SAMPRA.

The study will assess CMOs in 12 African countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Se...

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GEMA CEO Tobias Holzmüller tells members to brace for a world without ‘protected markets and monopolistic privileges’

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During his first annual general meeting as CEO of GEMA, Tobias Holzmüller invited the members and affiliates of the German music rights society to embrace change and prepare for the local and international challenges of the times.

"Protected markets and monopolistic privileges can no longer be taken for granted," said Holzmüller during his speech. "Global competition for rights holders and for repertoire is shaping our actions."

GEMA's general assembly in Berlin

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