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New European Commission gives Margrethe Vestager a key role on copyright issues

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The new college of European Commissioners led by Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as President-elect of the European Commission will have the task to steer the European Union through the challenges posed by changes in climate, digital technologies and geopolitics, according to the mission letter sent to all 27 Commissioners-designated.
The college of Commissioners now needs to be vetted by the European Parliament and will take over from the Junker Commission on November 1 fo...

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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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Australian government launches ambitious A$286m five-year plan for culture

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Tony Burke, the Minister for the Arts, have unveiled an ambitious A$286 million five-year plan for the creative sector and the arts, which includes the creation of a new organisation, Creative Australia, dedicated to supporting artistic projects, with a A$200m budget.

Labor Government’s new National Cultural Policy – Revive – also includes the creation of Music Australia and Writers Australia, to directly support the music and literary sectors, ...

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USTR’s Notorious Markets Report identifies 39 online markets and 33 physical markets engaging in copyright piracy

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The '2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy' — published yearly by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) — identified 39 online markets and 33 physical markets that are reportedly engaging in or facilitating substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

“The widespread trade in counterfeit and pirated goods harms the economic security of American workers and undermines our work to craft equitable and inclusive trade policy,” said Amb...

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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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