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Main stories — Week 30, 2022

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These are the top stories published this week by Creative Industries News.

LEAD STORIES
Canada plans to introduce a resale right for visual artists in the amended Copyright Act
US Copyright Office concludes against adopting deferred registration examination process for copyright applications
UK Music calls for British Conservative leadership contenders Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to support six key pledges to grow the industry and help drive jobs
California district court denies motion to dismiss from YouTube in copyright case filed by composer Maria Schneider
Six takeaways from The MLC’s first annual report for 2021
DACS distributed £17.2 million in royalties to 79,000 visual artists and estates in 2021
ONErpm launches new publishing administration service ONE Publishing
Warner Music Group Q2 2022 revenue affected by slower streaming growth
Believe’s revenues for H1 2022 were up 35.4% year-over-year to €352.2 million
Warner Bros. Discovery to merge HBO Max and Discovery+ in the summer of 2023
Concord acquires independent Australian music publisher Native Tongue and sets up shop in the Australasian region

BRIEF NEWS
– Rep. Rashida Tlaib proposes legislation to guarantee a minimum royalty payment to musicians for the streaming of recordings
– BREIN’s Annual Report 2021 illustrates the ongoing popularity of torrent sites, cyberlockers and illegal IPTV platforms
– SoundExchange has distributed $230.4m in digital royalties to creators in Q2 2022
– Crunch Digital has launched a beta version of music publishing clearance platform Tempo
– MUSO has received a $3.2 million investment from Puma Private Equity
– Distiller Music Group opens new division dedicated to Virtual Reality projects
– MUSEXPO to be held in Burbank, CA March 19-22, 2023 with a focus on A&R and sync
– Livestreaming platform FanTracks Digital has acquired London-based Jazzed
– US gaming market down 13% in Q2 2022
– SoundCloud will reduce its workforce by 20%
– Sony’s Crunchyroll has acquired anime publisher and distributor Right Stuf
– Cyanite raises €800,000 in a seed round
– Walmart in talks to add a video streaming service to its Walmart+ programme

DEALS
– Big Machine Music signs Anna Vaus to an exclusive songwriting agreement
– Dru ‘Falconry’ DeCaro signs global publishing deal with Position Music
– Bucks Music Group signs songwriter Marvee Woods to a global publishing deal
– BMG is acquiring German independent record label Telamo specialised in Schlager music

IN THE NEWS
– Geoff Taylor will leave the BPI in 2023 for ‘a more directly commercial role’
– Sarah Landy has been appointed as SVP Americas of digital distributor FUGA
– ASCAP has promoted Deepak Mohite to Chief Technology Officer
– Merlin has appointed Kyle Elwin to the a newly-created role of People & Culture Lead
– Creative Artists Agency has appointed Joanna Popper as the talent agency’s first Chief Metaverse Officer
– PULSE Music Group has promoted Annie Aberle to Vice President, A&R
– Universal Music Group has promoted Frederic Voillemot to CFO and EVP of Business Development for Africa, Middle East, and Asia

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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Creative Industries

Calendar — Week 21, 2024

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MAY 2024

- May 28

Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Seoul, South Korea.

- May 30

General Assembly of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Seoul, South Korea.

JUNE 2024

– June 2-8

Canadian Music Week conference (June 3-5) and festival (June 2-8) at the The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario.

– June 10-13

Indie Week in New York, organis...

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Copyright & Regulation

EU adopts the Artificial Intelligence Act

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The Council of Europe has approved the AI Act, a legislation aimed at harmonising rules on artificial intelligence in the Union. All 27 EU members have approved on May 21 the compromised text presented by the Belgian Presidency. A minimum of 15 countries representing 65% of the EU's population was necessary to get the text through.

The legislation — which sets a precedent in the world — relies on a "risk-based" approach. The Council said the Act "can set a global standard for AI regulation."...

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Collective Management Organisations

Licensing hub ICE reaches €1 billion in distributions over a period of 12 months

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ICE — the digital licensing platform co-owned by the UK's PRS for Music, Germany's GEMA and Sweden's STIM — has disclosed that for the first time it has distributed more than €1 billion to rights holders in a consecutive 12-month period (May 2023-April 2024 inclusive). ICE has now delivered a cumulative amount of €4.5bn to its members and clients since its first royalty distributions in 2016.

"It took just under 3½ years to reach the first €1bn in distributions, just over two more years to...

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