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Boomplay and Merlin ink extended licensing agreement covering 47 additional African countries

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Africa’s music streaming service Boomplay and Merlin, the licensing agency for independent music companies, have extended their licensing agreement to include 47 additional countries in Africa.

The initial deal between the two parties in 2019 covered the use of Merlin's repertoire in 11 countries. "The expansion of Boomplay’s licensing deal with Merlin will give millions more African music lovers across the continent access to the best local and international music from Merlin members’ incre...

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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).

Creative Industries

MPLC and the American Hotel Lodging Association seal partnership to support hotels’ audiovisual copyright compliance

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The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) and the American Hotel Lodging Association (AHLA) have entered into a partnership "to support audiovisual copyright compliance in member hotel locations."

MPLC and AHLA said that would "work together to teach members strategies for using movies and TV to increase business." The partnership establishes a framework by which MPLC and AHLA will work on joint initiatives "to teach members strategies for using movies and TV to increase business, and ...

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Digital Economy

Warner Music Group joins in SoundCloud’s fan-powered royalties system

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The user-centric payment system (UCPS) for streaming royalties has received a boost with the decision from Warner Music Group (WMG) to sign a a global licensing deal with SoundCloud, by which artist across WMG’s roster could be paid based on fan listening behavior on the music streaming platform.

SoundCloud announced in 2021 that it was offering self-released artists the option to join a payout model called Fan-Powered Royalties (FPR), which enables artists to be paid according to what is p...

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Collective Management Organisations

SACD signs podcast licensing deal with GESTE

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France's rights society for the drama repertoire SACD and GESTE, the trade organisation representing some 130 producers of podcasts, have signed a framework agreement on podcasting, allowing native podcast publishers to use works from the repertoire represented by SACD.

The agreement also ensures that SACD authors are remunerated for the use of their works. SACD and the GESTE said they were "delighted" with the conclusion of a agreement that defines the general conditions of use and remuner...

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