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NetEase and Merlin renew their licensing agreement

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By Emmanuel LegrandChina's music streaming service provider NetEase Cloud Music, and Merlin, the digital music licensing agency for the independent sector, have extended their strategic partnership in China to include a wider range of cooperation. Merlin and NetEase's initial agreement goes back to 2018. The new multi-year licensing deal will include access to additional marketing and promotional opportunities for Merlin members. NetEase Cloud Music's users will have the ability to access an e...

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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

Senate Judiciary Committee approves by a 15-7 vote the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to support local news

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The US Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA or bill S. 673), sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Kennedy (R-La.).

The aim of the legislation is to "support small, local, independent and conservative news publications by giving them a level playing field in negotiations with Big Tech platforms that often prevent them from making a profit from their work online," according to the co-sponsors of the bill.

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Digital Economy

Authors Guild welcomes Amazon’s decision to modify its return policy for ebooks

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The Authors Guild has disclosed that online retailer Amazon has agreed to alter its return policy for eBooks.

So far, Amazon's return policy allowed readers to return ebooks within seven days of purchase, regardless of the amount read. Self-published or indie authors complained that they were losing on revenue twice when Amazon users were returning their books before the seven-day deadline, first because a returned book is a lost sale, and secondly because they had to incur the return costs...

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Digital Economy

Cinedigm launches new streaming service Cineverse with a large selection of content

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Video streaming platform Cinedigm has launched a new streaming service, Cineverse, with the plan to "offer the world's largest streaming film & television library and will leverage next-generation technology to make it fun, easy and intuitive for users to stream their passions," according to the Los Angeles-based company.

Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk said his ambition is "to build the Spotify of Independent film and television, with the largest library of film and TV programmin...

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