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Main Stories — Week 22, 2022

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These are the main stories published by Creative Industries News in the previous week.

LEAD STORIES
SCAPR’s General Assembly agenda dominated by the suspension of Russian member VOIS, data projects, remuneration of creators and WIPO collaboration
The USA’s Copyright Claims Board will start accepting claims on June 16, 2022
Japan plans to facilitate the use of works whose rights holders are hard to identify
Canada’s advocacy group Digital First Canada under fire for ‘conflict of interest’
Mariah Carey sued over ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by someone who wrote a song titled ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
Toots Hibbert’s estate loses cases in Jamaican court about the ownership of recordings from the Droop Lion project
CISAC’s GA elects new Board and re-admits Turkish societies MESAM and MSG
SoundExchange unveils new resources for its members, publishers and DSPs
Feed Media Group inks licensing deal with Songtrust
Gracenote launches its Streaming Channels Data service to monitor online TV offers
Virgin Music Label & Artist Services launches in Africa with over 15,000 titles
Dapper Labs achieves integration with RCRDSHP to provide access to digital collectibles to 2 million users

BRIEF NEWS
– Turkey opens discussion with Google about the use and remuneration of news content
– Germany’s Federal Court of Justice holds YouTube liable for content uploads
– US Copyright Office sued for declining to register a work created with AI
– AIMP has announced the full line-up of the Global Music Publishing Summit
– IMPF is launching an annual music business conference and writing camp

DEALS
– Take That member Mark Owen has signed a wide-ranging global deal with BMG
– Primary Wave Music to acquire the music publishing catalogue of The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas
– Angry Mob Music Group has inked a worldwide administration deal with Just A Gent 
– peermusic has signed Luis Enrique to an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal
– Warner Chappell Music has extended its worldwide publishing deal with songwriter Jessi Alexander
– Warner Music Poland has taken a minority stake in concert and festival promoter BIG Idea

IN THE NEWS
– Audio Up has appointed Kate London as its new Head of Music Legal & Business Affairs
– Warner Music Nashville Chairman and CEO John Esposito will be stepping down at the end of 2022
– Juan Paz has been appointed as Apple Music‘s new Global Head of Latin Music Business
– The General Assembly of UNAC has elected its new board and renewed composer Laurent Juillet as its President
– Spinnin Records has restructured its marketing department under the leadership of Susanne Hazendonk
– Nobuyuki Idei, the former Japanese Chief Executive of SonyGroup Corp between 1995 and 2005, has died at the age of 84
– Universal Music Greater China (UMGC) has appointed Carol Ding as SVP & Head of Digital and Commercial

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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France’s indie labels warn of the ‘destructive consequences’ of a possible takeover of Believe by Warner Music Group

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French labels and distributors of regrouped within trade organisation UPFI have "alerted the public authorities of the destructive consequences" of a possible takeover by Warner Music Group of the French music company Believe. Believe is currently the target of a hostile bid recently initiated by the major company.

WMG said it was ready to offer €17 a share for Believe, when the company's management and a group of investors are offering €15. French regulator Autorité Francaise des Marchés (...

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Appeals court reverses verdict enjoining Cox Communications to pay record labels $1 billion in copyright infringement case

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The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has overturned an earlier decision condemning Cox Communications to pay $1 billion in damages to a group of record companies after a jury found the cable and internet service provider liable of customers' infringement of over 10,000 songs .

Cox was accused of not taking measures to address piracy on its networks despite multiple requests from rights holders. After a lengthy court case, a jury found in favour of Plaintiffs, over 50 rec...

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Music deals — Week 7, 2024

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Here are some of the main music deals announced in the past week:

Iconic Artists Group, the music rights company set up by Irving Azoff, has secured a strategic investment from global investment firm HPS Investment Partners (HPS). Iconic’s goal is to deploy up to $1 billion to acquire music assets through HPS financing, together with senior debt financing from third parties. Iconic plans to acquire and manage a diverse portfolio of “legendary artists’ music assets.” “With HPS’ support, Ic...

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