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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).

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The European AI Office has launched

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The European Commission has officially launched the European AI Office on 22 February 2024. The new organisation is tasked with enforcing and coordinating the European Union's AI regulation.

More specifically, the AI Office will oversee the implementation and enforcement of the recently adopted AI Act, which gives the EU a comprehensive legal framework on AI. The Office will also "play a pivotal role in strengthening the development and use of trustworthy AI, driving coordination of AI poli...

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News/Media Alliance urges US Copyright Office to adopt the proposed rules on group registration of online content

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The News/Media Alliance has asked the US Copyright Office (USCO) on February 20 to immediately adopt on an interim basis the proposed rule on group registrations of updates to a news website.

The claim was made in a filing with the USCO in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Group Registration of Updates to a News Website. "The proposed rule paves the way for a long-awaited ability for news publishers to efficiently register all of their online content, something that is effect...

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UK government closes the door on a possible implementation of equitable remuneration for music streaming

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The British government has announced that it will not pursue the implementation of equitable remuneration for music streaming payments.

In a letter to Caroline Dinenage, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons, Julia Lopez (Minister for Media, Tourism and Creative Industries) and Viscount Camrose (Under Secretary of State at the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology) wrote that "in light of the risks it presents, the government does not in...

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