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Tokyo appeals court rules music schools should not pay performance rights

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Japanese rights society JASRAC lost an appeal case which affirmed that music schools should not be subject to paying public performance royalties as the performance, usually between a teacher and a student, is not “with the purpose of having it heard.”

JASRAC announced plans to charge 2.5% of lesson fees collected by music schools for the use of repertoire controlled by the society, several schools, led by Yamaha, sued JASRAC in the Tokyo District Court in 2018.

In February 2020, the Hig...

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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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Your Music Your Future Int’l campaign against buyouts gets German adaptation

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The global education campaign against buyouts, Your Music Your Future International (YMYFI), has launched in German, with information helping composers better understand their options when faced with buyout offers by users of their works.

The new German site has gone live in June 2022, and is the product of a collaboration between German music rights society GEMA and CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. It provides in-depth information about buyouts —...

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SoundExchange files a lawsuit against Slacker for failing to pay statutory royalties

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US music rights society SoundExchange has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against digital media company Slacker, Inc. and its parent company LiveOne, Inc. "to recover unpaid royalties owed to performers and rights owners."

SoundExchange said Slacker operates under the statutory license for the use of sound recordings on digital radio but the service stopped paying statutory royalties in 2017.

"SoundExchange has been in negotiations wi...

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SACEM and M6 Group sign new agreement

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French rights society SACEM and broadcaster M6 Group have signed a new agreement relating to the use of works from SACEM's repertoire on all M6 Group channels and services. This five-year agreement will be coming into force retroactively from January 1, 2022.

M6 Group includes TV channels such as M6, Gulli, W9, 6ter, M6 Music, MCM, among others, as well as radio stations RTL, RTL2 and Fun Radio, and a wide range of digital services.

M6 ​​Group and SACEM "together wanted to redefine and m...

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