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Belgium’s PlayRight paid €2.07 million in audiovisual rights for works used in 2016

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Belgian neighbouring rights society PlayRight has reported that it has closed the distribution of audiovisual rights for the reference year 2016, with final distributions for the year of €2.07 million to affiliated actors and actresses.

This distribution follows a first distribution of 286,000€ that was paid out in 2019 and a second, additional distribution that was paid out in 2020. PlayRight has completed the final distribution of neighbouring rights from audiovisual recordings broadcast ...

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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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