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Canada opens a public consultation on the extension of the term of copyright protection

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe Canadian government has opened a public consultation related to the implementation of the extension of the general term of copyright protection "to consider whether to adopt accompanying measures to mitigate the potential implications of this longer term of protection." Canada has agreed to extend its general copyright term of protection from 50 to 70 years after the life of the author. The new provision is made necessary by Canada being party to the Canada-United States-...

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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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The MLC and the NMPA are all in against Spotify over the platform’s new royalty calculation scheme tied to bundles

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The past few weeks have been testing for Spotify's lawyers. The streaming service has been served a lawsuit by The MLC over alleged unpaid royalties linked to Spotify's new bundles including audiobooks.

In addition, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Spotify on May 15 requesting that the streaming service removes unlicensed music files that allegedly infringe upon its members’ copyrights.

And the NMPA ha...

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EU adopts the Artificial Intelligence Act

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The Council of Europe has approved the AI Act, a legislation aimed at harmonising rules on artificial intelligence in the Union. All 27 EU members have approved on May 21 the compromised text presented by the Belgian Presidency. A minimum of 15 countries representing 65% of the EU's population was necessary to get the text through.

The legislation — which sets a precedent in the world — relies on a "risk-based" approach. The Council said the Act "can set a global standard for AI regulation."...

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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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