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Tencent signs deals with Universal Music and Kobalt

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By Emmanuel Legrand China's music and entertainment company Tencent Music Entertainment Group has renewed its licensing deal with Universal Music Group. Tencent, which owns 10% of UMG, will continue to distribute music from UMG's repertoire on its streamimg platforms QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music. UMG's content will also be licensed for use on TME's online Karaoke platform, WeSing, along with other live streaming and expanded digital services. The difference from the previous agreement ...

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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).

Digital Economy

EVEARA supports Sony Electronics’ 360 Reality Audio experience

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EVEARA, which operates as a B2B white label digital music distribution PaaS, has started a partnership with Sony Electronics to support their 360 Reality Audio experience.

EVEARA is currently only provider supporting Sony’s 360 Reality Audio format, enabling music creators to use of Sony’s immersive audio experience when distributing their music through its white label partners network. EVEARA has previously sealed a similar agreement supporting Dolby's Atmos Music.

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France’s SACD and ADAGP renew licensing agreement with Amazon Prime Video

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SACD, the French rights society for drama repertoire, and visual artists' society ADAGP have concluded a new licensing agreement with Amazon's video service Prime Video. The deal includes Prime's subscription video-on-demand and its channel distribution activities.

"This agreement authorises Prime Video to use the SACD and ADAGP repertoires for the cinematographic and audiovisual works (fiction and animation) and for the visual art works included therein, and this from January 1, 2022,"...

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Senate Judiciary Committee approves by a 15-7 vote the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to support local news

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The US Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA or bill S. 673), sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Kennedy (R-La.).

The aim of the legislation is to "support small, local, independent and conservative news publications by giving them a level playing field in negotiations with Big Tech platforms that often prevent them from making a profit from their work online," according to the co-sponsors of the bill.

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