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Music licensing platform SyncFloor inks partnership with fitness brand Physique 57

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Seattle-based music licensing platform SyncFloor has sealed a partnership with boutique fitness brand Physique 57 to provide music for its on-demand class products.

Physique 57’ will have access to SyncFloor’s fully licensed catalogue of commercially released music, curation tools, and one-click licensing tool. SyncFloor said Physique 57 joins other fitness such as Bande and The Class in using SyncFloor’s international catalogue of commercially released music.

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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 SACD and ADAGP renew licensing agreement with Amazon Prime Video

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SACD, the French rights society for drama repertoire, and visual artists' society ADAGP have concluded a new licensing agreement with Amazon's video service Prime Video. The deal includes Prime's subscription video-on-demand and its channel distribution activities.

"This agreement authorises Prime Video to use the SACD and ADAGP repertoires for the cinematographic and audiovisual works (fiction and animation) and for the visual art works included therein, and this from January 1, 2022,"...

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Copyright & Regulation

Senate Judiciary Committee approves by a 15-7 vote the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to support local news

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The US Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA or bill S. 673), sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Kennedy (R-La.).

The aim of the legislation is to "support small, local, independent and conservative news publications by giving them a level playing field in negotiations with Big Tech platforms that often prevent them from making a profit from their work online," according to the co-sponsors of the bill.

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Digital Economy

Authors Guild welcomes Amazon’s decision to modify its return policy for ebooks

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The Authors Guild has disclosed that online retailer Amazon has agreed to alter its return policy for eBooks.

So far, Amazon's return policy allowed readers to return ebooks within seven days of purchase, regardless of the amount read. Self-published or indie authors complained that they were losing on revenue twice when Amazon users were returning their books before the seven-day deadline, first because a returned book is a lost sale, and secondly because they had to incur the return costs...

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