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US appeals court sends rate setting determination back to the Copyright Royalty Board

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By Emmanuel LegrandTwo years ago, the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) determined after a lengthy process that mechanical royalties paid by digital streaming services to songwriters and publishers would incrementally raise between 2018 and 2022, resulting in a whopping 44% rate increase over five years. Publishers rejoiced and streaming services Amazon, Google, Spotify and Pandora took the matter to the courts and appealed the ruling (Apple Music abstained). The DC Circuit Appeals Court has now...

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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).

Collective Management Organisations

Singapore regulators seek comments on the draft Copyright Regulations 2023 on collective management organisations

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Interested parties have until December 4, 2022 to provide comments on the draft Copyright (Collective Management Organisations) Regulations 2023, in a consultation organised by the Ministry of Law of Singapore (MinLAw) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

The draft Regulations set out the licence conditions which collective management organisations (CMOs) must comply with under a mandatory class licencing scheme administered by IPOS, as well as procedural matters relatin...

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US Copyright Office and USPTO to launch study on IP issues related to NFTs

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The US Copyright Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are launching a joint study and a series of roundtables to examine "various matters related to intellectual property that arise from the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs)."

The two organisations are responding to a request from Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis, who in a letter dated June 9, 2022, asked the Copyright Office and the USPTO conduct a joint study and address issues related to NFTs and intellectual proper...

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Analysis: There is probably a case for an antitrust review of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster combination, but Taylor Swift has got nothing to do with it

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Some members of Congress have loudly jumped on the Taylor Swift-Ticketmaster fiasco to express their indignation and called for an investigation into the potential abuse of dominant position from the ticketing company, owned by Live Nation.

To start with, let's get out of the way the fiasco itself. What happened had nothing to do with Ticketmaster's dominant position but all to do with Taylor Swift's market power — it was a technology snafu, provoked by an over abundance of people (and a sig...

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