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European policy-makers urged to introduce in the Digital Services Act tougher laws on online ticketing marketplaces

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Over 130 organisations representing artists in the worlds of pop, ballet, opera, theatre and comedy have urged the European Union policy-makers to introduce tougher laws on online marketplaces as part of the upcoming Digital Services Act. 

In a joint statement, the signatories (see full list below) claimed to be "fed up with the exploitative ticket resale market that drains hundreds of millions of euros from Europe’s live sector annually."

This practice, they added, has an impact the rec...

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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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IMPALA urges EU countries to stay away from ‘equitable remuneration’ and look at France as a template for streaming reform

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Days after Belgium's House of Commons adopted a text transposing the European Union's Copyright Directive, introducing equitable remuneration for performers for the online use of music, independent labels' organisation IMPALA has renewed its opposition to the measure.

In a document send to the media, IMPALA called for a "swift and faithful implementation" of the performers' provisions in the Directive, and invited stakeholders to look into the agreement between labels and performers signed i...

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US Department of Justice seizes six domain names; Brazil takes down 461 music streaming apps as part of Operation 404

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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has seized six domain names of websites "used to distribute copyrighted material without the authorization of the copyright holders."

According to the DoJ, law enforcement investigation from the Eastern District of Virginia confirmed that copyright-protected music content was "present and available" for streaming or downloading on each of these six websites.

The crackdown was part of ongoing efforts by the DoJ and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) t...

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British court sentences individual to four-and-a-half years imprisonment for selling and advertising unauthorised TV decoders

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The Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, England has sentenced Michael Hornung to four years and six months imprisonment following conviction by a jury for selling and advertising unauthorised decoders.

Hornung was found to have operated his illegal business for over a three-year period between 2014 and 2017. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) alongside the Greater Manchester Police investigated in 2014 the activities of an online supplier of television set-top boxes which e...

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