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SCPP distributed €86m in 2021, up 6% compared to 2020

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French neighbouring rights society SCPP has reported total collections of €76.3 million in 2021, down by 3.6% compared to 2020 (€79.1m) and down 13.7% compared to 2019 (€88.4m), before the pandemic. SCPP represents the owners of sound recordings, including the three majors companies — Sony Music Entertainment France, Universal Music France and Warner Music France — and some 4,000 independent labels.

SCPP Managing Director Marc Guez said collections would have grown by 2.2% if there had not b...

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British neighbouring rights society PPL collected £252.8 million in 2021, up 12%

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British neighbouring rights society PPL has collected revenues of £252.8 million (€299.7m) in 2021, a 12% increase (or £27.1 million) over 2020, but still £20m short from 2019’s record £271.8m.

The London-based society reported that all three revenue streams — International, Broadcast and online, and Public performance and dubbing — “grew year-on-year, with International and Broadcast and online licensing revenues delivering record annual amounts.” 

PPL — which collects royalties from the...

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SUISA Digital slaps Snapchat with a copyright infringement lawsuit in Hamburg

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SUISA Digital — a Liechtenstein-based subsidiary of Swiss rights society SUISA — is suing short format platform Snapchat for copyright infringement.

SUISA said Snapchat "refuses" to pay authors and publishers for music represented by the music licensing organisation and used in videos on the Snapchat platform. As a result, SUISA Digital filed a lawsuit against Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. for copyright infringement in the Hamburg District Court.

Through its lawsuit, SUISA Digital "...

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French labels and performers/musicians hail ‘historic’ accord on fair remuneration

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France's main organisations representing record labels and performers/musicians have unanimously agreed to a landmark accord ensuring that all performers will receive a minimum remuneration for the exploitation of their recordings by streaming services.

The agreement defines for featured artists a minimum royalty rate and the principle of a minimum advance, and for non-featured musicians a specific package for streaming with automatic additional remuneration when listening thresholds are rea...

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