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The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority gives final green light to the acquisition of AWAL by Sony Music

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that after an in-depth merger inquiry, it has now fully cleared Sony Music Entertainment’s acquisition of AWAL, the artist and label (A&L) services provider it had purchased from Kobalt Music Group.

Margot Daly, Chair of the independent CMA Inquiry Group, said: "We launched this inquiry as we wanted to be sure that this deal wouldn’t lead to worse outcomes for artists and fans. The music industry is vital to the UK economy and ef...

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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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Canada’s new term of copyright protection will come into force on Dec. 30, 2022

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On December 30, 2022, Canada's copyright regime will change with the introduction of a new term of copyright protection from 50 to 70 years after the death of the author, according to an Order in Council from the Government of Canada.

The change follows the implementation of Bill C-19, the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, adopted by Parliament on April 7, 2022, which included an amendment introducing a new term of protection, among other measures, following Canada's ratification of the UCSM...

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Hong Kong’s Copyright (Amendment) Bill scheduled to pass by the end of the year

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David Wong, Director of Hong Kong's Intellectual Property Department, expects the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2022 to be passed by the region's Legislative Council (LegCo) before the end of the year.

Speaking to RTHK at the 12th Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum, Wong said, “We are striving for the passage of the copyright amendment bill in 2022, to strengthen copyright protection in the digital environment.”

The bill was gazetted on May 27, 2022, and in awaiting approval from ...

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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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