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European Parliament adopts the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act

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The European Parliament adopted on July 5 two major pieces of legislation — the Digital Service Act (DSA) and the Digital Market Act (DMA) — that are strengthening consumer rights against online platforms and gives the European Commission new tools to monitor and sanction the activities of big tech companies.

The DSA was adopted with 539 votes in favour, 54 against and 30 abstentions, while the DMA was adopted with 588 votes in favour, 11 against and 31 abstentions.

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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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+1 Records seals global strategic partnership with Exceleration Music

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Independent label +1 Records has signed a strategic, global partnership with Exceleration Music, the structure dedicated to enhancing the future of independent music.

Exceleration has made an investment in +1’s catalogue and will provide the resources and operational support the label’s upcoming releases. New York and Los Angeles-based +1 Records was Co-founded in 2008 by Jonny Kaps, Nat Hays Boas and and Josh Swade.

The two partners said that Kaps would continue as CEO of the company, w...

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US Justice Department starts legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behaviour in the digital advertising market

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The US Justice Department — alongside eight States — have filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the Alphabet-owned company of "monopolising multiple digital advertising technology products in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act."

The suit — in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — alleges that through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation, Google "subverted competition in Internet advertising technologies."

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John Asein renewed for four years at the helm of the Nigerian Copyright Commission

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the mandate of John Asein as Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC). Asein will serve for another final four-year term, in accordance with the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act.

NCC is the government agency responsible for all copyright matters in Nigeria, including the administration, regulation, promotion, enforcement and prosecution of copyright.

The NCC operates the Nigerian Copyright e-Registration System...

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