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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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Key figures — Week 46, 2022

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$13.8 billion

That's the total spending on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) expected this year, growing up to $50.9 billion in 2026, according to IDC reports. VR will take up 70% of AR/VR spending in 2022-2026. US and China to be the top two contenders for AR/VR spending.

$10 billion

That's how much TikTok is expected to earn in online advertising revenue in 2022, a 150% growth year-on-year, according to the short format platform forecast. Data firm Omdia estim...

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Musical chairs — Week 43, 2022

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Sound Royalties has been expanding its West-Coast team with the appointment of AndrewStess and DavidBlutenthal of StessCo Consulting Group as the music financing company’s new representatives in the western part of the US. Stess and Blutenthal will support songwriters, artists, rights holders, and other music creatives as they seek out the right financial solution to fund their music career. “Our representatives aim to understand a creative’s funding goals before offering them a cust...

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APRA AMCOS reports record revenues for Australasia, up 21.6% to A$616.5 million

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Australasian music rights management society APRA AMCOS posted record income for the 2021-22 financial year, with gross revenue of A$616.5 million (€395m), a 21.6% increase on the previous year’s A$506.9m.

Net distributable revenue also increased by more than 20% to A$534.3m, exceeding the half-billion mark for the first time and beating 2020-21’s A$442.6m of royalties earned on behalf of songwriters, publishers, affiliated societies and other rights holders.

Source: APRA AMCOS

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