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AAP welcomes court ruling in copyright case against the State of Maryland

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The United States District Court for the District of Maryland ruled that legislating on copyright issues is the preserve of Congress, not of state legislatures.

In the case Association of American Publishers v. Brian Frosh, United States District Judge Deborah Boardman granted the AAP a preliminary injunction that suspends a new law on library ebook licensing passed by the state of Maryland, which set a mandatory framework for publishers to make their digital books available to lib...

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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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European Commission has ‘very serious’ issues about ‘non-compliant’ Apple

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The European Commission's head of competition Margrethe Vestager warned Apple aboiut its alleged non compliance with European Union law regarding the functioning of the Apple App Store.

Speaking on CNBC, Vestager said the European Commission — which has been looking into the workings of the Apple store, alongside Meta and Alphabet as part of a probe — has concerns about Apple's compliance with the Digital Markets Act, the online regulation adopted last year by the EU.

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US Members of Congress Adam Schiff, Ted Lieu and Marsha Blackburn claim Spotify’s actions ‘raise serious questions’

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Congressmen Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu and Senator Marsha Blackburn have written to Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the US Copyright Office, asking for clarifications about what constitutes a "bundle" under the Music Modernisation Act.

The letter was sent in the context of Spotify's recent decision to classify a new subscription offer which includes audiobooks and music as a "bundle' and reclassified the 50 million subscribers in its music services into a bundle. Becau...

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Copyright Licensing New Zealand appointed as the agency for the Artist Resale Right

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Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) has been appointed by the government of New Zealand as the entity to to collect, manage and distribute royalties from the Artist Resale Royalty Scheme, voted by the Parliament in august 2023. The Scheme is expected to be operational on December 1, 2024.

The ARR Scheme — which is expected to generate up to NZ$700,000 (approx. €400,000) in yearly royalties for visual artists — was introduced as part of the requirements linked to the free trade agreements ...

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