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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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ADAMI pays tribute to its Director of Legal and International Affairs Blaise Lefeuvre

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French neighbouring rights society for performers ADAMI has reported that its Director of Legal and International Affairs Blaise Lefeuvre has died following an unspecified illness.

"ADAMI's teams, its Board of Directors, its President Anne Bouvier, for whom Blaise was in all their thoughts in recent months, are immensely sad to lose their comrade, colleague, and friend. Few words can express our dismay today," said the Paris-based organisation in a statement.

Lefeuvre joined ADAMI...

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IMRO’s revenue reached an all-time high in 2023, up 8% year-on-year to €45.8 million

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The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) posted revenue of €45.8 million in 2023, up 8% compared to 2022. The Dublin-based society said financial results for 2023 reached an all-time high.

Media Licensing accounted for the largest share of revenue, up by 8% to €25.2m, driven primarily by "increases in online and international revenue." Collections from the live concert industry experienced "a significant resurgence," up 27% to €7. International revenue also witnessed "significant growth,"...

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Greg Aiello replaces Andrea Gray as Managing Director of PPL PRS Limited

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British music rights society PRS for Music and neighbouring rights society PPL have appointed Greg Aiello as Managing Director of their joint venture PPL PRS Limited, which collects performance rights on behalf of borh organisations.

Aiello — who was Commercial Director at PPL PRS - takes over from Andrea Gray, who has decided "to step down" after almost five years in the job, according to a statement from PPL PRS. Gray was the inaugural leader of PPL PRS, overseeing the establishment of the...

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