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The NMPA settles with Roblox and announces ‘innovative partnerships’ with the gaming platform

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The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and gaming platform Roblox have reached an agreement that will put an end to the legal conflict between the two parties and bring music publishers' repertoire to the metaverse.

The agreement "settles any previous claims against Roblox and sets the foundation for future partnerships with global publishers that will unlock new creative and commercial opportunities on its platform," according to a statement.

It added, "The deal paves the...

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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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UMG/Interscope sign deal with HYBE to distribute BTS records in the USA

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South Korea's HYBE-owned label BigHit Music, home to K-pop band BTS, has switched distribution partners in the US by signing a new deal with Universal Music Group and Interscope, effective December 1.

BTS records were previously handled by Sony Music‘s Columbia Records and its affiliate The Orchard, specialised in the distribution and services to the independent sector.

A HYBE spokesperson told MBW: “We have decided to sign a new deal with Universal Music Group/Interscope regarding dist...

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Facebook and France’s APIG reach an agreement to license and remunerate the use of news content

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Facebook has reached an agreement with France's Alliance de la presse d’information générale (APIG), which represents a large part of the country's national and regional daily press, to license and remunerate news content.

Facebook has previously announced similar agreements with dailies Le Monde and Figaro. France was the first European country to transpose into national law the so-called “neighboring rights” for news publishers, introduced by Article 15 of the 2019 Copyright Directive.

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Pex introduces an insurance-like solution for platforms covering copyright-related damages and legal fees

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Digital rights technology company Pex has launched its Platform Guarantee scheme, an insurance-like solution for platforms of all sizes. The solution allows platforms to cover up to $50 million of copyright-related damages and legal fees under the European Union’s Copyright Directive (EUCD) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

At the moment, all platforms that participate in Pex’s Attribution Engine — which identifies, attributes, and licenses copyrighted content before it is pu...

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