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French Parliament extends tax breaks for recordings and live music but denies it for publishers; Italy boosts tax credit scheme

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By Emmanuel LegrandTax credit schemes have been seen as one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to boost investment in creative projects in Europe. Countries like France have perfected the system, with tax credit schemes for record labels and live music promoters. The purpose of the system is to allow companies that invest in creative projects to offset some of their expenses through tax deductions. In France, the Parliament has voted in December to extend the tax credit on phonograph...

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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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US House passes law forcing TikTok to change ownership or get banned in the US

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The US House of Representatives has passed legislation on April 20 that could ban TikTok in the United States unless the short-format app does changes ownership within a timeframe of nine months, that could be extended to twelve in there are meaningful discussions with a buyer.

The legislation, which echoes a similar text passed six months ago by the House, was included in the foreign aid package to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. It will now go to the Senate for final approval in the coming da...

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South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism puts out a Generative AI and Copyright Guide in English

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) in South Korea, in partnership with the Korea Copyright Commission, have released the 'Generative AI and Copyright Guide' in English in response to "the frequent use of K-content for AI training abroad and Korean culture (Hallyu) fans’ creation of content similar to K-content using generative AI."

A Korean version of the Guide was initially released on December 2023. The MCST said this initiative aims "to clarify legal uncertainties related ...

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Motion Picture Association urges Congress to adopt site-blocking legislation in the US

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Charles Rivkin, the Chairman and CEO Motion Picture Association (MPA), announced that his organisation was going to work with Members of Congress with the goal to "enact site-blocking legislation in the US."

Rivkin made the announcement at the CinemaCon 2024, the yearly gathering of the global motion picture theater industry, held in Las Vegas and organised by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

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Rivkin described site-blocking as "a targeted, legal tac...

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