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Twitch and the NMPA sign a truce paving the way to ‘a productive partnership’ with music publishers

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The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and Amazon-owned live gaming platform Twitch have signed a peace accord.

After years of conflict, the two parties have announced "an agreement to work together to build productive partnerships between the service and music publishers."

In a statement, they declare that the deal "paves the way for the economics of new gaming models to increase visibility and revenue for songwriters." However, the statement from both companies does not menti...

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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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DSPs file their Phonorecords IV rates proposals for mechanical rights with the Copyright Royalty Board

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Rights holders and digital service providers have started the process that will lead to the determination of rates and terms for making and distributing Phonorecords, known as Phonorecords IV or CRB IV, by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB).

The proceeding will determine the mechanical rates paid by digital services and record labels for the rights to reproduce and distribute musical works for the period 2023-27.

For the first time, the Judges are setting mechanical-royalty rates for in...

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CISAC global collections were down 9.9% in 2020 to €9.32 billion as rights societies around the world continued to feel the impact of Covid

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Rights societies around the world have been hit in 2020 "by a seismic drop in revenues due to the crisis," according to Marcelo Castello Branco, Chair of the Board of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which has reported that global collections were down 9.9% in 2020 compared to the previous year, dropping from €10.35 billion in 2019 to €9.32bn.

A billion euros in revenues — even more considering the growth rate of the rights market prior to Covid ...

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BMG partners with KARO to develop a presence in the festival business

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BMG — and its live partner company Undercover — have sealed a partnership with Volker Hirsch that will see the Bertelsmann-owned music company acquire a majority stake in Hirsch's concert production firm KARO Konzert-Agentur Rothenburg GmbH, organiser of Taubertal-Festival, a mid-size boutique rock and pop festival, founded in 1996.

The deal comes one year after BMG announced its partnership with German live music promoter Undercover which forms the basis of BMG’s live music and entertainmen...

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