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Main stories — Week 31, 2022

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

LEAD STORIES
BMI no longer considering plans to sell the music rights society
French Constitutional Council validates the law suppressing the TV license
US Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduces a motion in the House to establish a new royalty programme for music on streaming services
Philippines Supreme Court affirms the right of FILSCAP to collect royalties for the public performances of music works
Over 20 organisations file an amicus brief opposing Internet Archive’s programme of digitising and lending books
Karl Vestli named CEO of Norway’s TONO
APRA-AMCOS will use Audoo’s technology to track public performances of music in Australia and New Zealand
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico will step down at the end of 2022 after six years in the job
Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global sell 75% of The CW to Nexstar
Disney+ added 14.4 million subscribers in Q2 2022 for a global total of 152.2 million
US teens favour TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat instead of Facebook and Twitter

BRIEF NEWS
– Vietnam authorities concerned by the increasing levels of online piracy
– Soundstripe launches app allowing creators to license and sync music on the go
– UK record labels spent £494.8 million in 2021 to support artists’ careers — BPI
– Deezer to roll out a new partnership in Germany with broadcaster RTL
– Sony Music Publishing opens office in Lagos with Godwin Tom as Managing Director
– Spotify and Samsung renew and expand their partnership 
– Tencent Music Entertainment’s revenues and profits were down in Q2 2022

DEALS
– Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello taps PPL to administer his neighbouring rights
– Reservoir Media has signed writer and producer Nick Lee to a new global publishing deal
– ROBA Music Publishing and AP Music Royalties Fund have acquired the catalogues German Publisher GERIG Music Publishing
– Sentric’s Black Rock will administer Adesso Music’s new publishing operation
– GoDigital Media Group, in partnership with MEP Capital, has acquired NGL Collective
– Universal Production Music launches label with film composer Harry Gregson-Williams

IN THE NEWS
– Monti Olson named President of Litmus Music in charge of acquisitions
– Exceleration Music has named Jennifer Newman Sharpe as its Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel
– Holly Zabka promoted to President of Sony Music’s Provident Entertainment
– Megan Joyce joins Big Machine Label Group as SVP Business and Legal Affairs
– Feed Media Group has named technology executive Roxy Kellogg Vice President of Product
– Verve Label Group promotes Jamie Krents and Dawn Olejar
– Valeisha Butterfield Jones is leaving the Recording Academy to join to Google
– Gilad Woltsovitch has joined Revelator as Web3 Experience Lead
– Position Music beefs up its A&R team with the arrival of Samantha Sklar

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)
– Paul Pacifico (AIM)
Spek (PopArabia)
– Merk Mercuriadis (Hipgnosis) (Part 1)
– Merk Mercuriadis (Hipgnosis) (Part 2)

OPINION
In case you missed it, Creative Industries News published recent opinion pieces from:
– Susan Cotchin (Good Neighbour Rights): ‘Australia’s decision to limit the application of Art. 15 of WIPO’s WPPT has impacted Australian artists in a big way’
– Helen Smith (IMPALA): ‘We don’t believe equitable remuneration is equitable at all’
– Jonathan Reichman and Jeremy King (Hunton Andrews Kurth): ‘Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith is an opportunity for US Supreme Court to clarify fair use’
– Kevin Casini: ‘Stakeholders need to take a long-term view with the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate-setting proceedings’
– Barry Scannell (IMRO): ‘Royalty-based NFTs have limited fungibility’

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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Sony Music Entertainment promotes Angela Lopes to SVP, Strategy and Investments

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Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has promoted Angela Lopes to Senior Vice President, Strategy and Investments. Based in New York, she reports to Kevin Kelleher, Chief Operating Officer and Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business.

The company said the promotion was part of plans to combine its corporate and digital investments, M&A and strategic planning teams. Lopes served most recently as SME's Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Investments

Kelleher said, “A...

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Ralph W. Peer appointed Managing Director of peermusic’s Australian operations

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Ralph W. Peer has been named Managing Director of peermusic Australia. In his new role, he will be expanding his activities to oversee creative and administrative operations for the independent music company in the Australasia region.

peermusic said the appointment marks "an increased focus by the global publishing firm in the region." Based in Sydney, he reports jointly to Kathy Spanberger, peermusic’s President of the region, and to Bill Gorjance, peermusic’s worldwide Chief Financial Offi...

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The UK’s PPL distributed £14.7 million in international royalties in Q3 2022

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British neighbouring rights society PPL has paid £14.7 million (€16.86) as part of its Q3 2022 distribution of international revenue to more than 33,000 performers and recording rights holders, either as direct members of PPL or indirectly through other collective management organisations (CMOs).

PPL said the quarter’s total is made up of international revenues collected from 73 CMOs around the world, with "significant payments" from CMOs in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherl...

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