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GEMA gets a foothold in digital distribution by acquiring a majority stake in Zebralution

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By Emmanuel Legrand

In what represents a major shift in strategy, Germany's performance rights organisation GEMA has acquired a majority stake in Berlin-based digital distribution and rights management company Zebralution. GEMA
said the acquisition will allow the PRO to "expand its performance
portfolio and continue to develop its digital services and
technologies."

Zebralution will continue to operate as an
independent business under the GEMA umbrella. It is understood that the
inv...

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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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CISAC elects Kazuhiko Fukuoji and Ángeles González-Sinde Reig as Vice-Presidents

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Japanese painter Kazuhiko Fukuoji and Spanish screenwriter, director, illustrator, and children’s author Ángeles González-Sinde Reig have been elected Vice-Presidents of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

The two creators were elected by the CISAC General Assembly, held in Mexico City on 1 June. They replace Chinese film director Jia Zhang-Ke and Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló who did not seek re-election.

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Over 100 CISAC members gather in Mexico for the organisation’s General Assembly

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Over 100 authors societies from five continents will convene in Mexico on June 1 for the General Assembly of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. The event — hosted by Mexican rights society SACM — will be the organisation's first in-person General Assembly in four years.

The agenda will focus on "the challenges and opportunities now facing creators and their societies, at a time of unprecedented technological change," according to the Paris-based org...

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MCPS distributed £188.4 million in 2022

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The British Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society-MCPS has distributed £188.4 million (€216.8m) to its members in 2022, a 3.6% rise from 2021 (or up £6.7m). The London-based society said it was the highest distribution since 2007 and the fourth consecutive year in growing distributions.

MCPS, which will celebrate its centenary in 2024, said the "landmark returns" could be attributed to "the popularity of entertainment streaming services, robust distributions from international receipts and...

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