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Moving chairs — Week 4 of 2021

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USAAndrei Iancu has resigned from his position of Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He was appointed to the job by President Trump in 2018. During his tenure, the USPTO successfully built a coalition to block China's candidate to be elected to the position of Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). In addition, USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter also resigned on the day Joe Biden became President. These two positions have yet to be filled.So...

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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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Copyright & Regulation

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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Digital Economy

Zebralution promotes Tina Jürgens to COO

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Zebralution has appointed Tina Jürgens as COO of the GEMA-owned digital distribution company for independent labels and artists. She will be part of the management team, alongside Founder and CEO Kurt Thielen and co-Founder and President & General Counsel Sascha Lazimbat.

Jürgens was previously Managing Director of the Zebralution subsidiary zebra-audio.net. In her new position, Jürgens will conbtinie to be based in Berlin and reports to Thielen.

Luisa Abraham, who served most r...

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Creative Industries

Concord acquires the publishing and recorded music catalogues from Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford

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Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have sold their publishing and recorded music catalogues as well as the publishing and recorded music catalogue from their years in the band Genesis to independent music company Concord.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "This announcement reaffirms that Concord is the natural home for artists and songwriters seeking continued focus on their extraordinary legacies," said the company is a statement.

Concord, which has entertained a po...

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