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Main Stories — Week 23, 2022

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Here’s a round-up of the main stories published by Creative Industries News in the past week:

LEAD STORIES
French CMO watchdog finds SPEDIDAM’s management ‘unsatisfactory’ and recommends a merger with ADAMI
Analysis: Time has come for an overhaul of France’s neighbouring rights sector
MusicFIRST’s Joe Crowley outlines five principles for ‘achieving music fairness’ 
SAA, FERA and FSE urge EU members states to ensure directors and screenwriters receive fair remuneration
Court affirms that Maryland’s mandatory ebook and audiobook licensing law is ‘unconstitutional’
SoundExchange diversifies to launch SX Works Global Publisher Services
LyricFind launches new automated service for rights holders to produce lyric and lyric-translated videos
Songclip partners with Universal Music Group and UMPG to integrate their catalogues of artists and songwriters
ImageRights launches copyright management and enforcement service for law firms and legal departments
SoundExchange partners with Sound Credit to increase the accuracy of performers’ data
TuneCore unveils updated pricing plans to reflect the way new music is released
ANote Music is listing the catalogue of Sterling Fox valued at €388,000

BRIEF NEWS
– US Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) has encouraged the House Judiciary Committee to foster discussions between artists and broadcasters
– The US Supreme Court has scheduled the Andy Warhol Foundation v. Lynn Goldsmith case to be heard on October 12
– Women represented 38.5% of authors of works registered in 2020 with the US Copyright Office
– The International Code Council has joined the Copyright Alliance as a new member
– Revenues from audiobooks in the US grew 25% in 2021 to $1.6 billion
– US rapper Jay-Z‘s former label Roc-A-Fella Records has settled a lawsuit involving Damon Dash
– AI-based music tech company Songistry has closed a $5.0 million capital raise
– Songtradr has acquired AI metadata and music search company Musicube
– British news publishers could receive from platforms up to £250 million for the use of news content
– Disney+ has launched in 16 markets across the Middle East and North Africa
– Music streaming service Boomplay has launched in Ivory Coast
– AI-based music technology company Songistry has closed a $5.0 million capital raise

DEALS
– Proper Music Group has signed Naxos UK to a logistics deal covering the UK and Ireland
– Endurance Music Group signs Jack Rose to a global publishing agreement
– Sony Music Publishing Latin in partnership with NEON16 and Tommy Mottola
– Swedish artist Zara Larsson has acquired the rights to her entire recording catalogue 

IN THE NEWS
– Alexa Morris has been promoted to Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs at Warner Chappell Music
– Dana Walden has been appointed as the new Chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content
– The Coalition for Online Accountability has appointed Matthew Williams as Executive Director and Legal Counsel
– Vince Degiorgio, President of Cymba Music Publishing, has stepped down as Chair of the Board of Music Publishers Canada
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BMG UK VP Marketing Gemma Reilly-Hammond has joined artist management company Quietus Management, as Managing Director
– Vanessa Picken has been appointed Chief executive of SonyMusic Australia

OPINION

– Kevin Casini: ‘Stakeholders need to take a long-term view with the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate-setting proceedings’
– The new generation of artists needs to be better educated on copyright issues

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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Scott Williams promoted to the position of President of Downtown-owned CD Baby

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Downtown Music Holdings has promoted Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby, the distribution company for independent artists, and Soundrop, a low-cost music distribution service.

Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby. Based in Portland, Oregon, he reports to Andrew Bergman, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. He replaces Joel Andrew who worked for 18 years at CD Baby, and served for the past two years as President. Andrew is understood to have left t...

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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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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records pick Utopia-owned Proper for global distribution

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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records — both part of Reservoir Media's group of companies — have signed a distribution deal for the world (exclusing America) with distributor Proper, part of the Utopia group of companies, effective July 1, 2022.

The deal covers physical distribution and D2C of catalogue for both labels. Proper will also power the back-end for Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records’ direct-to-consumer business.

The first releases from Chrysalis include multi-disc CD box sets fr...

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