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Main Stories — Week 14, 2022

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This is a recap of the main stories published in the previous week by Creative Industries News:


Lead stories
Labels ask the CRB for ‘clarification’ after judges rejected their proposed settlement with NMPA/NSAI freezing mechanical rates
US Reps. seek clarity on Spotify’s ‘deceptive’ Discovery Mode scheme
US Senate confirms Kathi Vidal as Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office
US creative sector shows support for Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis’ SMART Copyright Act of 2022
UK High Court dismissed copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran
Lawyers analyse the ruling that gave Ed Sheeran a win in the ‘Shape Of You’ case
Jacques Levy estate’s claim against Bob Dylan dismissed by New York appeals court
SOCAN 2021 revenue up 6.1% over 2020 to CA$416m
Rotana Music inks licensing deal with Anghami covering the MENA region
Feed Media Group and MusicTechWorks collaborate on data matching process
Ingrooves Music Group granted patent for its Smart Audience advertising tool
Warner Bros. Discovery starts trading as a new entertainment and media group
George Harrison’s Estate picks BMG to administer the Harrisongs catalogue
Epic Games closes $2 billion funding round with investment from Sony Corp. and The LEGO Group

Brief news
– WIPO’s 42nd session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to focus on broadcasting rights
– UK Music and LIVE joined the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement Domestic Advisory Group (DAG)
– Melanie Santa Rosa and Nate Smith have been appointed to two of The MLC’s advisory committees
– Downtown-owned global distribution company FUGA has opened an office in Berlin

Deals
– Warner Music India inks strategic partnership with Jjust Music
– Daniel Lopatin, a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never, has signed a global music publishing administration agreement with Downtown Music Services
– Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with producer TooDope!
– Rob Wheeler has signed an exclusive worldwide songwriting agreement with Bucks Music Group
– Utopia-owned Sentric Music Group has signed British rock band Boston Manor to a global publishing deal

In the News
– Narda Jones named Federal Communications Commission Chief of Staff to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
– Jen (Stearns) Savitzky has been appointed Vice President of Finance, North America at Warner Chappell Music 
– Made in Memphis Entertainment restructures music publishing team
– Soundstripe has appointed music and tech industry veteran Vanessa Beeswanger as VP of Marketing
– Deezer has appointed Gitte Bendzulla as new the global audio streaming service’s new Chief Operating Officer
– Sam Cohen has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development at 10K Project
– Round Hill Records has appointed Sonya McKinley to the position of Director, Production & Metadata
– Christine Osazuwa has been appointed as the new UK director for Shesaid.so
– Utopia has appointed Bastien Vidal to the position of acting Chief Finance Officer and VP of Operational Finance

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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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Influence Media Partners acquires the recording catalogue of Blake Shelton

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New York-based music and entertainment company Influence Media Partners has invested in the master recordings catalogue of country music singer and songwriter Blake Shelton.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers all of his commercial releases from 2001 to 2019, during which he accumulated 27 No. 1 singles on Billboard's Country Airplay chart and released f 11 studio LP's, including a Christmas album, and two EPs.

The two parties have also created a joint venture, par...

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US Supreme Court prepares to hear on Oct. 12 the fair use case involving the Andy Warhol Foundation and Lynn Goldsmith

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The US Supreme Court will hear on 12 October the arguments put forward by the parties involved in the legal case involving photographer Lynn Goldsmith, whose picture of Prince has been used by Andy Warhol for a series of works.

The case is considered as a benchmark for issues such as "fair use" and and the notion of "transformative" art. It has generated an unusually important number of amicus briefs.

The Second Circuit federal appeals court reversed a court decision that initially found...

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India’s competition watchdog clears Sony’s proposed merger with Zee Entertainment

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given the green light to the proposed merger between Sony's Indian subsidiary and local media group Zee Entertainment Enterprises in a deal that will create a $10 billion TV and entertainment company.

However, the watchdog added some undisclosed conditions to the approval. “The commission approved the proposed combination subject to the carrying out of modifications proposed by the parties, under Regulation 25(1) of the Competition Commission of ...

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