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Hipgnosis grabs 50% of Neil Young’s songwriting catalogue and raises $200m

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By Emmanuel LegrandIt was another busy week for Hipgnosis Songs Fund with the acquisition of 50% of Neil Young's worldwide copyright and income interests in his entire song catalogue comprising 1,180 songs, and of shares of the catalogue from songwriter, guitarist and producer Lindsey Buckingham, of Fleetwood Mac fame, comprising 161 songs. Hipgnosis first acquired a 25% share of Buckingham's catalogue in September 2020, and now owns 100% of Buckingham's music publishing rights, including his P...

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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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French label executive and jazz producer Jean-Philippe Allard has died aged 67

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French music industry executive and producer Jean-Philippe Allard — whose passion for jazz led him to sign, work with and produce artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Abbey Lincoln, Ornette Coleman, or John McLaughlin, among others — has passed away on May 18, 2024 at the age of 67, following a brief illness.

Allard's career started as a sales representative for PolyGram in Nancy. In 1987, he was named head the Jazz division of PolyGram France, a position he held for over a decade. During hi...

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Worldwide Independent Network adopts five key principles on generative AI

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Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation representing the global independent music community, has unveiled a new guidance on generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and has called upon developers and policymakers around the world "to work together with the independent music community to achieve responsible and ethical GenAI development."

The guidance consists in a set of five key principles: i) Respect for copyright; ii) Prioritisation of a human-centered approach; iii) A foc...

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Sony Music sues Marriott over the unlicensed use of 931 songs in advertisements on social media

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Sony Music Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against Marriott International in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in which it accuses the hotel chain of "rampant infringement" for the unlicensed use of 931 songs featured in advertisements for the brand on social media.

Sony Music said that in January 2020, it notified Marriott that "many of the Marriott Social Media Pages included videos using, without authorizsation, copyrighted sound recordings owned and/or cont...

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