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ECSA, FERA and FSE welcome the European Commission’s draft guidelines on the working conditions of solo self-employed persons

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The European Commission has approved the content of a draft for a Communication — "Guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding the working conditions of solo self-employed persons" — for which it is seeking comments from citizens, businesses, social partners, academia, government bodies and all interested parties.

The draft Guidelines are part of a package also including a proposal for a Directive on improving working conditions in platform work an...

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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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Thai police closes torrent site Siambit.me

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The Royal Thai Police’s Economic Crimes Department (ECD) has shut down the site Siambit.me, believed to be the largest torrent tracker site in Thailand. The action was supported by global anti-piracy organisation the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

The police raided four locations in Bangkok, Surin Province and Surat Thani, taking four Thai nationals into custody. The unnamed individuals are expected to be formally charged with copyright offenses "in the coming days," accor...

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CISAC, IFRRO, IFPI, IMPF, and SCAPR object to Georgia’s decision to replace the Georgian Copyright Association by IPOA

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Organisations representing creators and rights holders — CISAC, IFRRO, IFPI, IMPF, and SCAPR — have sent a letter to Soso Giorgadze, the Chairman of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI) to strongly oppose its decision to exclude the established Georgian Copyright Association (GCA), from the country’s process for accrediting collective management organisations (CMOs) and replace it with IPOA, a newly accredited CMO in Georgia.

In the letter, they expressed concer...

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Apple to be fined €500 million by the European Commission over streaming services’ access to the App Store — Report

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The European Commission is preparing to fine Apple up to €500 million for competition issues related to music streaming services' access to the app store, according to a report from the Financial Times.

The FT added that the fine was one of the most significant financial penalties the Commission has imposed on big tech companies. The newspaper, which cites "five people with direct knowledge of the long-running investigation."

The fine is expected to be announced early next month foll...

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