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TikTok seals licensing deal with Warner Music Group

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By Emmanuel LegrandTikTok has now two licensing deals in place with major record companies, following the agreement signed by the short video platform with Warner Music Group at the beginning of 2021. The WMG deal covers both recordings and publishing, via Warner Chappell Music. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last November, TikTok signed a licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment, which leaves Universal Music Group as the remaining major TikTok needs to seal a licensing deal with. T...

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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).

Copyright & Regulation

Nvidia unveils AI-powered tool Picasso trained with licensed content from Getty Images, Shutterstock and Adobe

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Nvidia Corp has unveiled an AI-powered content generator named Picasso, and unlike other similar AI tools, this one will be trained with copyrighted works licensed from the likes of Getty Images, Adobe and Shutterstock.

"The models will be trained on Getty Images’ fully licensed content, and revenue generated from the models will provide royalties to content creators," said Nvidia.

"This collaboration (with Nvidia) is testament to the feasibility of a path of responsible AI development a...

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SIAE blasts Meta’s decision to exclude Italian repertoire from its platforms amid ongoing licensing negotiations

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Italian rights society SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers ) and the international music publishing community have criticised Meta Platforms for having taken the decision to remove SIAE's repertoire from its library, as the rights society was attempting to negotiate a licensing agreement with the parent company of Facebook and Instagram in agreement with Article 17 of the European Copyright Directive.

SIAE said that it has been attempting to seek an agreement with Meta in good fa...

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Merlin to celebrate 15th anniversary with ’15 Years of Merlin’ events’ programme

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Merlin, the digital licensing company for the independent community, has announced a '15 Years of Merlin' programme to celebrate the organisation's 15th anniversary.

'15 Years of Merlin' is about "showcasing Merlin’s pride in driving long term value to its members around the world," said the organisation. The celebration will include various events, initiatives and activations throughout the year, including an upcoming special party for Merlin members and partners on June 14th during A2IM I...

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