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China’s copyright authority NCAC bans music streaming platforms from making exclusive licensing deals

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The National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) has ruled that Chinese digital music platforms will no longer be allowed to sign exclusive copyright licensing agreements except in special circumstances.

Until recently, digital services operating in China used to sign exclusive licensing deals with domestic and international rights holders and would then sub-license (or not) these catalogues to other platforms. This strategy was used mostly by Tencent Holdings to ensure its dominance of...

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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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The UK’s CMA completes its market study into music and streaming services without calling for a full market investigation

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The UK's Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded its market study into music and streaming services by deciding not to undertake a full market investigation, considering that the outcomes from streaming "are good for consumers."

"We have found that it is unlikely that the outcomes that concern many stakeholders are primarily driven by competition," reads the final report from the CMA. "Consequently, it is unlikely that a competition intervention would improve outcomes overall...

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Singapore regulators seek comments on the draft Copyright Regulations 2023 on collective management organisations

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Interested parties have until December 4, 2022 to provide comments on the draft Copyright (Collective Management Organisations) Regulations 2023, in a consultation organised by the Ministry of Law of Singapore (MinLAw) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

The draft Regulations set out the licence conditions which collective management organisations (CMOs) must comply with under a mandatory class licencing scheme administered by IPOS, as well as procedural matters relatin...

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US Copyright Office and USPTO to launch study on IP issues related to NFTs

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The US Copyright Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are launching a joint study and a series of roundtables to examine "various matters related to intellectual property that arise from the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs)."

The two organisations are responding to a request from Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis, who in a letter dated June 9, 2022, asked the Copyright Office and the USPTO conduct a joint study and address issues related to NFTs and intellectual proper...

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