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Canada’s Supreme Court delivers a blow to Access Copyright in the decade-long case against York University

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The Supreme Court of Canada delivered on July 30 a mixed decision in the ongoing case of Access Copyright against York University (2021 SCC 32) by unanimously ruling that collective management organisation such as Access cannot enforce the payment of royalty fees for the use of copyrighted material to the potential licensees that refuse to sign agreements. 

  However the Supreme Court did not follow lower courts in their interpretation of "fair dealing" and suggested, for the sake of cl...

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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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ASCAP and NYC Media Lab partner to launch the Music and AI Challenge

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and NYC Media Lab (NYCML) are launching the 'Music and AI Challenge'.

The initiative is designed "to identify creative, cutting-edge concepts at the intersection of music and artificial intelligence."

The ASCAP Lab and NYCML are seeking start-ups and university teams that are "leveraging artificial intelligence to build products that offer novel solutions for the music industry that ultimately benefit music creators."

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PPL paid out £244.9 million to performers and labels in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021

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British neighbouring rights society PPL has distributed £244.9 million (€278.3m) to its members — performers and owners of sound recordings — and other collective management organisations in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021's £228.7m.

PPL said the figure marks the second highest total of monies paid out by PPL in a calendar year, the highest being £260.2m in 2020, a total achieved thanks to the record collections of £271.8m the previous year in 2019, before the adverse impact of the COVID pandemic.
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French creators’ organisations and film/TV producers sign accord ensuring minimum remuneration for documentary authorship

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French professional organisations representing authors (SCAM, GARRD, La Boucle documentaire) and audiovisual producers (SATEV, SPECT, SPI and USPA) have signed a professional agreement which will guarantee for the first time a minimum remuneration for authors of documentaries.

The agreement concerns more specifically the authorship of documentaries scripts. It enshrines the principle of a minimum remuneration for authors of €2,000 gross, of which €1,000 will be paid to authors regardless of...

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