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Author’s Group regrets the slow pace on the Copyright Directive’s implementation

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The Authors’ Group – which includes European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), European Writers’ Council (EWC), Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA) and Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) – said it “deeply regrets the slow pace of implementation of the 2019 Copyright Directive” and called “on all EU Member States which do not comply with the Directive to engage urgently in a faithful and prompt implementation.”

The Group regrets that “only a handful of EU M...

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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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US House of Representatives passes the TICKET Act to regulate concert ticket prices

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The United States House of Representatives passed the Transparency In Charges for Key Events Ticketing Act or TICKET Act, which will "require sellers of event tickets to disclose comprehensive information to consumers about ticket prices and related fees, and for other purposes."

The bipartisan bill was passed by 388 votes and 24 against (all 24 being Republicans). The law — which has to go through the Senate for approval — will require that, beginning 180 days after the date of the enactme...

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NMPA calls on Spotify to remove all unlicensed lyrics, music videos, and podcasts from the streaming platform

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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.

In a letter sent to Spotify's David Kaefer, VP and Global Head, Music and Audiobook Businesses, and General Counsel Eve Konstan, NMPA EVP & General Counsel Danielle Aguirre wrote that while Spotify can use of musical works via interactive streams and downloads tha...

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TikTok sues US government over legislation forcing the platform to change ownership

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TikTok's parent company ByteDance has started legal proceedings to challenge in court the legislation known as the Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, recently adopted by Congress and signed into law in April 24 by President Joe Biden, that will force ByteDance to divest from the short format social network within 270 days or face a ban. TikTok has 170 million users in the US.

ByteDance has filed a 67-page lawsuit with the United States Court of Appeals ...

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