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SoundExchange names Vanessa French as VP Communications and Content Strategy

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US rights society SoundExchange has appointed Vanessa French as Vice President, Communications and Content Strategy. She reports to Esther-Mireya Tejeda, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and will join the leadership of the newly expanded corporate affairs division based in New York.

French will oversee SoundExchange’s communications team, encompassing public relations, social media and digital communications, corporate communications, executive communications, content strategy, an...

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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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CISAC honours creators’ rights advocates Frank Stella and Mario Mitrotti

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CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, has paid tribute to two creators who played a central role in advocating for creators' rights — American painter and visual artist Frank Stella and Colombian filmmaker Mario Mitrotti — who both recently passed away.

Stella who died May 4 at the age of 87, was described by CISAC as "a giant in the world of abstract art and a relentless advocate for the rights of visual artists." Stella dedicated himself "to adv...

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The MLC sues Spotify for unpaid mechanical royalties following the introduction of new bundles providing access to audiobooks

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), which administers the blanket compulsory license for the use of musical works by digital music services in the United States, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify USA Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The MLC alleges that Spotify has introduced new offerings that the streaming service qualified as bundles, thus leading to what The MLC believes are underreported mechanical royalties. The MLC seeks corr...

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Catherine Starkie will leave IFRRO at the end of June; Anthi Akritidou joins as Senior Legal and Policy Adviser

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Catherine Starkie, who has been Head of Legal Affairs at IFRRO since 2017, is leaving the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations for personal reasons. Her last day at IFRRO will be on June 20, 2024.

"We all thank Catherine for her enormous contributions to the IFRRO membership throughout the past years. The IFRRO Secretariat has been incredibly lucky to have had the privilege to work with Catherine, and we wish Catherine all the very best for the future," said the Bru...

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