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Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper announced he will step down in 2023

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Steve Cooper the Chief Executive of Warner Music Group, will be stepping down next year, according to an email Cooper sent to WMG employees and seen by The Wall Street Journal.

Cooper, 75, has been running WMG since 2011, after Len Blavatnik's Access Industries acquired the company. Under his leadership, Warner confirmed its status as the third largest music company in the world, and successfully took the company public on the NASDAQ stock market in June 2020.

"Mr. Cooper inherited a com...

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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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As CRB III rate setting decision looms, stakeholders react to the DLC’s request to delay making retroactive payments

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The music publishing world is expecting with anticipation what will be the final mechanical rates applied to the digital use of music for the period 2018-2022, as part of the CRB III rate-setting proceedings, but another front has emerged in the on-going fight between music publishers and digital music providers (DMPs).

DMPs, through the Digital Licensee Coordinator (DLC) have requested from the Copyright Office to delay their obligation of making retroactive royalty payments to copyright ow...

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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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