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IMPALA urges the US to adopt performance rights on recordings for radio to create ‘a level playing field’

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On the eve of the June 15 US-EU summit, Brussels-based trade organisation representing the independent labels' community IMPALA has urged the United States "to bring its national legislation into line with the EU" by ensuring the radio stations in the US pay performance rights on sound recordings.
  "In Europe these rights are guaranteed under law, implementing international copyright conventions. In the USA, there is no protection for performers and producers when music is played on terres...

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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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Kazakhstan ratifies the CIS agreement on the protection and enforcement of copyright

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Joomart Tokayev has ratified the agreement on 'Cooperation of the CIS Member States on the Protection and Enforcement of Rights to Copyright and Related Rights in Information and Telecommunication Networks'.

The agreement was adopted at a meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government on November 12, 2021. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was created after the collapse of the Soviet union and regroups Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakh...

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Meta threatens to pull out news content in California after the State Assembly passed the California Journalism Preservation Act

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The California State Assembly has passed the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA) in a floor vote of 46-6. The bill would require platforms, reaching at least 50 million US-based users, "to remit a journalism usage fee payment to each eligible digital journalism provider."

The bill — sponsored by California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) — would also require an eligible digital journalism provider to spend at least 70% of funds received on news journalists and support staff ...

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Court in Sofia orders three ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay and Zamunda

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A City Court in Sofia ruled on 31 May 2023 that three ISPs in Bulgaria have to block access to BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, local site Zamunda and all subsequent mirror sites, sub-domains and proxy sites.

The ruling follows action from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) alongside BAMP, the trade body representing music labels in Bulgaria, on behalf of its members and three member record companies of IFPI — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and W...

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