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The European Court of Justice rules that all EU countries must treat performers equally

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By Emmanuel Legrand

In what is described as a landmark decision with far reaching consequences, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued on September 9 a ruling that would force European neighbouring rights societies to remunerate all performers, regarding their country of origin.

The ECJ was asked to determine whether Irish law was consistent with EU law by excluding certain performers not based in Ireland or in European Economic Area (EEA) countries from the revenues generated by the ...

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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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Google reveals 95.6% of users’ complaints in India in August were related to copyright

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Google has removed a total of 138,332 pieces of unlicensed content, mostly due to copyright issues, as a result of user complaints in India in the month of August, according to the company's monthly compliance report.

The report reveals that the Alphabet-owned company received 37,282 complaints from Indian users in the month of August, leading to the removal of close to 140,000 pieces of content, in compliance with the country's new the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Dig...

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California governor Gavin Newsom signs the Decriminalising Artistic Expression Act

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression ACT, which restricts the use of lyrics — in particular rap lyrics — as evidence in the court in California. The bill was unanimously approved in August by the California Senate and Assembly.

The bill will now “require a court, in a criminal proceeding where a party seeks to admit as evidence a form of creative expression, to consider specified factors when balancing the probative value of that evide...

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Former Register of Copyrights and champion for creators’ rights Marybeth Peters dies aged 83

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The creative community has been paying tribute to Marybeth Peters, who served as the 11th Register of Copyrights from 1994 to 2010 and died Sept.ember 29 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

Karyn Temple, SEVP and Global General Counsel at Motion Picture Association and former Register of Copyrights, said in a LinkedIn blogpost that "copyright truly would not be the same" without her.

Current Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter said: “Marybeth Peters leaves an unparallele...

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