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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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Universal Music Group takes a majority stake in Nigeria’s label Mavin Global

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken a majority share in Mavin Global, an independent music company from Nigeria. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of Q3 2024. The Lagos, Nigeria-based label was founded in 2012 by artist, producer, music executive and entrepreneur Michael Collins Ajereh (aka Don Jazzy), and many of the continent's Afrobeats artists.

Mavin's Don Jazzy

UNG said that Mavin wi...

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Disney and Reliance sign agreement to merge their media operations in India

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The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. will be merging their media operations in India. The two companies have signed a binding agreement, which will see Reliance's media unit and its affiliates will own at least 61% of the combined entity, according to a Bloomberg report.

According to the report, the stake split could still change depending "on how Disney’s other local assets are factored in by the time the deal is closed." The report also suggests Reliance — controlled by billion...

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Warner Music Group signs global recording deal with Bollywood artist Nora Fatehi

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Warner Music Group has signed Bollywood singer, dancer, and actress Nora Fatehi to an agreement to promote her global music career, working with teams in the US and across the world.

The deal is Fatehi's first agreement with a major global record company. She will remain signed to T-Series, the Indian music label and movie studio, for her Bollywood projects. Her recordings will be promoted globally through the WMG network of companies. WMG is focused on "expanding her fanbase through a range...

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