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AudioValley launches Bridger to provide rights services to independent songwriters

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Bridger has launched as an Independent Rights Management Entity to provide rights management services to the global independent songwriter’s community.

Bridger claims that its goal is "to bring songwriters to copyright by offering an innovative and easy solution for online copyright collection."

Bridger caters primarily to songwriters who are "either currently not engaged with any of the existing Collective Management Organisation (CMO) nor Performance Right Organisation (PRO) or already ...

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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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France’s competition authority agrees to Google’s commitments to negotiate news neighbouring rights remuneration

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Alphabet's Google has dropped its appeal against the €500 million fine imposed by France's competition authority (Autorité de la concurrence) following Google's reluctance to engage in "good faith" negotiations with news publishers and sign remuneration deals for the use of news content.

France was the first country in Europe to transpose Article 15 of the European Copyright Directive, which introduced a news neighbouring right. In addition to accepting the fine — which has been paid last ye...

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SyncFloor launches new subscription tier tailored for digital fitness platforms

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Seattle-based music licensing marketplace SyncFloor has launched a subscription offering on top of its existing pay-as-you-go model. The new tier is designed to provide "a new level of access to their high-quality and pre-cleared catalogue of commercial music."

The new pricing tier is particularly adapted to fitness companies, with a "simpler licensing framework to address the needs of the broader digital fitness market," according to SyncFloor.

“305 is thrilled to work with the SyncFloo...

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Audiomark inks new licensing agreement with Universal Music Group

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Music streaming and discovery platform Audiomack and Universal Music Group (UMG) have confirmed a new licensing agreement that will make UMG content available to Audiomack subscribers across Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. This new deal expands on a previously signed licensing agreement between Audiomack and UMG for the US.

With this new expansive agreement, a curated selection of UMG content is now available for Audiomack users in 16 African countries (Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Cong...

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