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Main Stories — Week 19, 2022

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Below are links to the main stories published this week by Creative Industries News:

CONTENTS — ISSUE 319

LEAD STORIES

French record labels and performers/musicians hail ‘historic’ agreement on fair remuneration
WIPO’s SCCR fails to reach a consensus on the proposed Broadcasting Treaty
Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy introduce into the Senate the (PEACE) through Music Diplomacy Act
Josh Hawley’s Copyright Clause Restoration Act would limit the US term of protection to 56 years
SUISA Digital slaps Snapchat with a copyright infringement lawsuit in Hamburg
Appeals court in California affirms Toni Basil is the sole author of the song ‘Mickey’
Google discloses having licensing deals with over 300 news publishers in Europe
British neighbouring rights society PPL collected £252.8 million in 2021, up 12%
Universal Music Group inks partnership with LimeWire
Warner Music Group’s Q1 2022 revenues benefit from strong digital growth
Music streaming service Anghami posted revenues up 16% to $30.5m in 2021
Once again, Napster changes ownership — this time it’s Hivemind and Algorand

BRIEF NEWS

– The US Copyright Office‘s Chief Economist Brent Lutes is working on a study on gender disparity in the copyright sector
– The India Performing Right Society (IPRS) has collected record revenues during its financial year 2021-2022
– Music Publishers Canada and MusicCanada have launched new Songwriting and Music Publishing Award

DEALS

– Reservoir Media and PopArabia acquire Egyptian label 100COPIES and sign Mohamed Ramadan to a publishing deal
– mom+pop music and Exceleration Music have sealed a strategic financial alliance
– Distiller Music Group has signed a global music publishing administration agreement with Downtown Music Services
 Ingrooves Music Group has signed global distribution deals with Tony Kakkar and Ammy Virk
– Warner Music Group and BMG — with KKR — are reportedly leading the competition to acquire the Pink Floyd catalogue
– Sony Music Publishing has signed a global deal with Ashley Gorley
– Primary Wave Music has acquired Bob Dylan’s share in the recordings of The Traveling Wilburys
– Warner Music India and Vishesh Films have signed a strategic partnership
– Warner Chappell Music has signed a global publishing deal with Natanael Cano
– Big Machine Label Group and Blac Noize! have signed a creative partnership
– Brandon Silverstein and Simon Fuller have sealed a partnership

IN THE NEWS

BMG has promoted Dominique Casimir to Chief Content Officer
– Miriam DeChant has been appointed Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education (PIE) at the US Copyright Office
– Ned Sherman has joined Skybound Entertainment as Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer
– Johannes Larcher, who was Head of HBOMax Global at WarnerMedia, has left the company
– Nashville-based indie Jazz and instrumental label Green Hill Music has promoted Ben Binner to Director of A&R
– Lucie Bourgouin has been awarded the tenth Christopher-J.-Reed Prize awarded by APEM
– Claire Bianchi has joined Distiller Publishing as Head of A&R
– Benjamin KatovskyBMG‘s London-based Chief Operating Officer since 2018, has announced that he has left the company
– Aurélie Le Peurian has been promoted to Head of International Online Licensing at SACEM
– Christine Schloithe has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Music SA

INTERVIEWS

In case you missed it, Creative Industries News published recent Q&As with:
– Bruno Guez (Revelator)
Andrea C Martin (PRS for Music)
Cécile Rap-Veber (SACEM)
Molly Neuman (Songtrust)
Jordi Puy (Unison)
Olivier Chastan (Iconoclast)
Ken Umezaki (Verifi)
Spek (PopArabia)

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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Concord Music Publishing sign Mount Kimbie to a global publishing agreement

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Concord Music Publishing has signed British electronic music band Mount Kimbie — Dom Maker and Kai Campos — to a new worldwide publishing deal, covering all works going forward including their new studio album 'The Sunset Violent'.

In addition to music from Mount Kimbie, Maker and Campos have signed for the development of their individual projects. The duo signed to Concord Music Publishing via the global A&R teams in London — Tom Coulson-Smith, Senior Director and Mary McGovern, Senior ...

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Canal+’s offer for SA’s MultiChoice considered ‘fair and reasonable’

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MultiChoice has concluded that the offer made by Vivendi-owned media group Canal+ to acquire the shares it does not already own in the South African pay TV service was "fair and reasonable," according to an independent board review made by MultiChoice and Standard Bank.

Canal+ made an offer to pay 125 rand in cash per MultiChoice share, or the equivalent of 35 billion rand (€1.72 billion), which valued the company at about 55 billion rand (€2.7bn). The offer is expected to close by April 20...

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Merlin unveils new initiative to help emerging technology platforms license repertoire from independent labels

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Licensing agency for independent labels Merlin has launched Merlin Connect to facilitate licensing repertoire from independent labels to emerging technology platforms.

"The initiative will make music licensing more accessible to a select group of promising emerging technology platforms by delivering fully cleared, quality music," said Merlin in a statement. "Our aim is to find and empower the next generation of music monetisation opportunities for Merlin’s membership of independent record l...

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