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Josh Hawley’s Copyright Clause Restoration Act would limit the term of copyright protection in the US to 56 years

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced the Copyright Clause Restoration Act into the US Senate with the goal to "“strip woke corporations like Disney of special copyright protections."

If enacted the Bill — which has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee — would grant a term of copyright protection of 28 years to works of creation, renewable once, resulting in fact at reducing the the term of copyright protection in US to 56 years.

The legislation, which observers claim has l...

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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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As CRB III rate setting decision looms, stakeholders react to the DLC’s request to delay making retroactive payments

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The music publishing world is expecting with anticipation what will be the final mechanical rates applied to the digital use of music for the period 2018-2022, as part of the CRB III rate-setting proceedings, but another front has emerged in the on-going fight between music publishers and digital music providers (DMPs).

DMPs, through the Digital Licensee Coordinator (DLC) have requested from the Copyright Office to delay their obligation of making retroactive royalty payments to copyright ow...

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IMPALA urges EU countries to stay away from ‘equitable remuneration’ and look at France as a template for streaming reform

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Days after Belgium's House of Commons adopted a text transposing the European Union's Copyright Directive, introducing equitable remuneration for performers for the online use of music, independent labels' organisation IMPALA has renewed its opposition to the measure.

In a document send to the media, IMPALA called for a "swift and faithful implementation" of the performers' provisions in the Directive, and invited stakeholders to look into the agreement between labels and performers signed i...

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US Department of Justice seizes six domain names; Brazil takes down 461 music streaming apps as part of Operation 404

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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has seized six domain names of websites "used to distribute copyrighted material without the authorization of the copyright holders."

According to the DoJ, law enforcement investigation from the Eastern District of Virginia confirmed that copyright-protected music content was "present and available" for streaming or downloading on each of these six websites.

The crackdown was part of ongoing efforts by the DoJ and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) t...

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