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Court finds in favour of publishers in their attempt to quash Maryland’s mandatory ebook and audiobook licensing law

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The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has ruled in favour of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in the case against the state of Maryland, which had passed a mandatory framework for publishers to make their digital books available to libraries.

United States District Judge Deborah Boardman ruled that the law was "unconstitutional and unenforceable," and that the Maryland Act "conflicts with and is preempted by the Copyright Act."

The AAP had sued Bri...

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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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