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Pro Music Rights accuses US music licensees of ‘running an illegal cartel’

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By Emmanuel Legrand

Privately-owned US performance rights society Pro Music Rights has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the federal court of Connecticut against various organisations representing the interests of US broadcasters and digital platforms for "running an illegal cartel for the performance rights of musical works."

The suit names as Defendants the Digital Media Association, National Religious Broadcasters Music License Committee, Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which rep...

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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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South Korea’s KOMCA prepares to host CISAC’s May 30 General Assembly

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CEOs, creators and staff from more than 72 societies and collective management organisations from around the world will gather on May 30 in Seoul for the General Assembly of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

The meeting is hosted by South Korea's music authors’ society Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) and coincides with the 60th anniversary celebrations of KOMCA, which holds a seat on the CISAC Board.

“I’m delighted that this year’s...

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CISAC launches new advocacy podcast series — CISAC Creators Conversations

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CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, has launched a new educational podcast, CISAC Creators Conversations, as a way to "strengthen and support CISAC’s advocacy work around the world."

The first episode of the podcast is a conversation between CISAC’s Director of Creators Anna Neale, with UK-based songwriters who write for the K-pop market, coinciding with the May 30 CISAC General Assembly in Seoul, hosted by music society KOMCA.

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France’s neighbouring rights societies SCPP and ADAMI sign ‘historic’ merger agreement

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France's two largest neighbouring rights (NR) societies — SCPP, which collects and distributes NR royalties to owners of sound recordings, and ADAMI, which manages NR on behalf of music and audiovisual performers — have signed an agreement that could lead to the operational merger of the two Paris-based organisations.

In a first step, the two collective management organisations will create a joint venture which will host the two society's respective databases and their distribution tools re...

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