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Suzanne Barnett appointed interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Judge Suzanne Barnett as interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board, with immediate effect.

Barnett is replacing Chief Judge Jesse Feder who is stepping down from the position which he has held since 2019. The Library will start searching for a replacement to Feder "in the near future." Barnett will serve on the Copyright Royalty Board alongside Judge David Strickler and Judge Steve Ruwe.

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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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EU adopts the Artificial Intelligence Act

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The Council of Europe has approved the AI Act, a legislation aimed at harmonising rules on artificial intelligence in the Union. All 27 EU members have approved on May 21 the compromised text presented by the Belgian Presidency. A minimum of 15 countries representing 65% of the EU's population was necessary to get the text through.

The legislation — which sets a precedent in the world — relies on a "risk-based" approach. The Council said the Act "can set a global standard for AI regulation."...

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Worldwide Independent Network adopts five key principles on generative AI

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Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation representing the global independent music community, has unveiled a new guidance on generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and has called upon developers and policymakers around the world "to work together with the independent music community to achieve responsible and ethical GenAI development."

The guidance consists in a set of five key principles: i) Respect for copyright; ii) Prioritisation of a human-centered approach; iii) A foc...

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NMPA calls for Congress to modify section 115 of the Copyright Act to allow publishers to ‘operate in a free market’

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As part of its campaign against Spotify, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is calling for Congress to adopt a legislation to address what the organisation sees as the abuse of the compulsory licensing rules around bundling by streaming services.

For the NMPA, the "continued abuse of the statutory system by digital services, most recently Spotify, has made clear that additional action by Congress is needed." Spotify, according to the NMPA, has taken "a part of its music servic...

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