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US industry welcomes the introduction of the HITS Act

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By Emmanuel LegrandSenators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced in the US Senate the bipartisan Help Independent Tracks Succeed Act (HITS Act) to "amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an election to expense certain qualified sound recording costs otherwise chargeable to capital account." Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Linda S?nchez (D-Calif.) and Ron Estes (R-Kan.). If passed as part of the current st...

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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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Australian government launches ambitious A$286m five-year plan for culture

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Tony Burke, the Minister for the Arts, have unveiled an ambitious A$286 million five-year plan for the creative sector and the arts, which includes the creation of a new organisation, Creative Australia, dedicated to supporting artistic projects, with a A$200m budget.

Labor Government’s new National Cultural Policy – Revive – also includes the creation of Music Australia and Writers Australia, to directly support the music and literary sectors, ...

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USTR’s Notorious Markets Report identifies 39 online markets and 33 physical markets engaging in copyright piracy

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The '2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy' — published yearly by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) — identified 39 online markets and 33 physical markets that are reportedly engaging in or facilitating substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

“The widespread trade in counterfeit and pirated goods harms the economic security of American workers and undermines our work to craft equitable and inclusive trade policy,” said Amb...

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CRB seeks comments on proposed rates applied to noncommercial broadcasting

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Copyright Royalty Judges have solicited comments on the proposed rates and terms for use of certain copyrighted works in connection with noncommercial television and radio broadcasting. for the period from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2027.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, interested parties can file comments and objections until February 27, 2023.

In 2021, the CRB Judges requested that interested parties submit petitions to participate in the rate sett...

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