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US Senator Patrick Leahy to retire from Congress in 2022

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US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — who has been an advocate for strong copyright laws —has announced his decision not to seek re-election at the end of his current term in 2022.

Leahy, 81, has served eight terms since 1975 and is the longest-serving current senator. "It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state. It’s time to come home," said Leahy.

Leahy is currently President pro tempore of the Senate. He chairs the Senate Appropria...

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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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Kevin Brennan’s Bill comes to a halt in Parliament, but UK government invites stakeholders to find ‘an industry solution’

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Kevin Brennan MP's Private Members Bill, which addressed the issue of the remuneration of artists and songwriters by music streaming services, has stalled in British Parliament after its December 3 Second Reading.

During the debate, Brennan said his interest was not to pursue "a party political battle" but rather "to work across the House and across the sector with anyone who really is interested in achieving better remuneration for musicians and songwriters and composers in this new excitin...

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AIM’s Paul Pacifico argues in an open letter that Kevin Brennan’s Bill will hurt ‘the very communities that most need help’

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Paul Pacifico, CEO of the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) (pictured, above), has sent an open letter to all UK Members of Parliament (MPs), ahead of the December 3 discussion of Kevin Brennan MP's Private Members' Bill relating to streaming, which calls for the introduction of "equitable remuneration."

Pacifico argues that Brennan's closeness with the performers and songwriters — he is a long-time member of the Musicians’ Union — and with the campaigners who have called for chang...

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US Register of Copyrights pushes back the operational start of the Copyright Claims Board to the first quarter of 2022

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US Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter has decided to extend the date by which the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) will commence operations. As required by law, the Register has provided formal notification to the House and Senate of this determination. The USCO anticipates that the CCB will begin operations "well before the end of the 180-day statutory period."

Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter

The CCB was created by the Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2020 to serve as a vo...

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