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German court orders site to end stream manipulation

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe Regional Court of Frankfurt has issued an injunction against the Germany-based operator of likeservice24.de, a platform the was accused by international trade body the IFPI and local organisation BVMI of engaging in illicit music streaming manipulation services. The operator offered services such as artificial "plays" or "views" of streams on digital service providers as well as fake "comments", "likes' and "subscribers" in connection with music content. In 2020, Germany'...

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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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Marathon LABs’ accelerator programme focuses on tackling value creation

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Marathon LABs, the startup mentoring initiative from London-based Marathon Music Group, has selected six companies that will take part in its fourth ‘LABs’ with a programme focusing on tackling value creation.

Marathon said the six participating companies "operate within a broad music & tech ecosystem centering on web3 applications, live entertainment within metaverse environments and broadening access to financial and data analytics for artists and their teams."

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BDi Music signs FJ Law to an exclusive global publishing agreement

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BDi Music has signed songwriter, performer and producer FJ Law to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement.

Danny Hall, a.k.a. FJ Law, has worked with artists such as Nina Nesbitt, Charlie Oriain, Ber, Sody, Julia Church and Beth McCarthy. He released his first EP, 'Tape 1' (225 Records), in 2021 and his second EP is schedule for this autumn.

“We are over the moon to be working with BDi Music and the amazing team behind the scenes," said FJ Law. "Sarah [Liversedge, Founder and Man...

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IAEL to hold its Annual Meeting at the Amsterdam Dance Event Oct. 20-21

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IAEL, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, will host its first Legal Summit and IAEL Annual Meeting at the Amsterdam Dance Event on October 20-21, 2022.

IAEL used to hold its Summit and Annual Meeting at MIDEM in Cannes, recalled Jeff Liebenson, President of the IAEL, but since the closure of the event, and with the effects of the Covid pandemic, IAEL no longer had a residency.

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“For 45 years, entertainment lawyers from key international music m...

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