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Rep. Chip Roy ‘encourages’ House Judiciary Committee to favour a consensus between artists and broadcasters before legislating

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US Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) has encouraged the House Judiciary Committee to foster discussions between artists and broadcasters on the issue of royalties on sound recordings when played by radio stations before considering legislation.

In a letter to Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Ranking Member Jim Jordan, Rep. Roy wrote that "on complex copyright matters, finding consensus solutions from stakeholders is the best way to resolve these matters in a way that serves the legitimate interests o...

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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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US Copyright Office and USPTO to launch study on IP issues related to NFTs

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The US Copyright Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are launching a joint study and a series of roundtables to examine "various matters related to intellectual property that arise from the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs)."

The two organisations are responding to a request from Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis, who in a letter dated June 9, 2022, asked the Copyright Office and the USPTO conduct a joint study and address issues related to NFTs and intellectual proper...

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Analysis: There is probably a case for an antitrust review of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster combination, but Taylor Swift has got nothing to do with it

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Some members of Congress have loudly jumped on the Taylor Swift-Ticketmaster fiasco to express their indignation and called for an investigation into the potential abuse of dominant position from the ticketing company, owned by Live Nation.

To start with, let's get out of the way the fiasco itself. What happened had nothing to do with Ticketmaster's dominant position but all to do with Taylor Swift's market power — it was a technology snafu, provoked by an over abundance of people (and a sig...

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US Senators Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar and Edward J. Markey urge the Department of Justice to consider breaking up Live Nation and Ticketmaster

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US Senators have urged the Department of Justice to "consider unwinding the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and breaking up the company."

In a letter to the US Attorney General Merrick Garland, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) said the DoJ should investigate Live Nation — the largest concert promoter and venue owner in the US, as well as the operator of ticketing company Ticketmaster — and consider breaking up the company "if misconduct i...

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