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Disappointment as EU unveils lower-than-expected culture budget for 2021-2027

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe European creative sector expressed its disappointment at the disclosure that the budget for the Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027 would only benefit from a 4% rise to EUR1.52 billion, compared to EUR1.46 billion for the period 2014-2020. The European Union only allocates 0.1% of its budget to culture and arts, and many in the industry have been advocating for a more ambitious cultural policy backed by a significant budget. Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the Eur...

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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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Rep. Darrell Issa named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was elected chairman of the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.

Issa was named in 2021 as the Ranking Member on the subcommittee. Issa previously served as the Subcommittee Chair in the 114th-115th Congresses.

In the past few years, he helped develop and pass legislation including the CLASSICS Act and numerous bills regarding patents and trademarks. More recently, he co-sponsored, alongside Congressman Jerry Nadle...

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Set-top box provider indicted by Taiwanese prosecutors for copyright infringement

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Prosecutors in Taiwan have indicted four suspects for running a business providing access to set-top box (STB) and accused them of violating the copyrights of 72 companies, including cable TV content providers Videoland and GTV.

New Taipei District Prosecutors Office alleged that the individual, identified as Huang, was running Unblock Tech, and worked with Chinese partners "to steal and replicate content from 72 content providers and upload it to website servers located overseas," accordi...

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The American Music Fairness Act gets re-introduced in the US House and Senate

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After a major setback at the end of 2022, the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA) is back on track — the legislation that will bring into the US copyright framework a performance rights on sound recordings when played on AM and FM radio stations has been reintroduced in both the US Senate and House of Representatives.

Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in the House of Representatives and Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the Senate have re-in...

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