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Main stories — Week 32, 2022

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

LEAD STORIES
US Justice Department urges court to block $2.2 billion merger of Penguin Random House with Simon & Schuster
Thailand’s new amended copyright law took effect on August 23; introduces new term of protection and online piracy provisions
Publishers ‘concerned’ by UK government proposal to introduce a new copyright exception for text and data mining
Cosynd and A2IM seal partnership to provide indie labels and publishers tools to automate copyright agreements
Web3 platform OneOf seals partnership with Globe Entertainment and Media
Kobalt puts out a Lyric NFT collection with visual artist Afroscope and Dawn Richard
Artists Rights Society launches NFT platform with works from Frank Stella
OFCOM data shows linear TV viewing in the UK dropped significantly in 2019-2021
WIN targets Latin America, Asia, and Africa as growth areas for the indie music sector
East Goes Global secures $1 million funding round and opens a digital distribution division focused on Chinese DSPs
Africa, MENA to experience a boom in SVoD subscriptions by 2027 — report
Twitch ends exclusive agreements with partner creators, allowing them to stream their content on other platforms

BRIEF NEWS
– California’s Senate passes bill AB 2799 limiting the use of ‘creative expression’ as evidence in criminal proceedings
– New York State enacts Tax Credit scheme for the benefit of the digital game industry
– FACT report exposes the danger of using illegal streaming sport services
– Music tech platform LANDR has launched LANDR Studio
– Shazam celebrates 70 billion song recognitions as the app turns 20
– Anghami revenues up 29% in H1 2022
– Video games sales continued to drop in July 2022, going back to their pre-Covid levels
– Walmart to add Paramount+ to its membership programme

DEALS
– Warner Recorded Music sets up joint venture with Lee Daniels Music
– Mascot Label Group picks Proper Music Group for sales and distribution in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
– Kobalt has signed UK-based producer and mixer Tom Demac to a worldwide publishing administration agreement
– Willie Morrison has signed a global publishing deal with Edgehill Music Publishing

IN THE NEWS
– Nvak Collective has hired Tamir Diab as Chief Computer Graphics Officer
– Alison Dannenberg Frost named Head of Sync and Licensing at Glassnote Records
– Allison Hamamura has been appointed General Manager of ONErpm‘s Los Angeles office
– PIXELYNX appoints David Clark-Joseph as Vice President of Investments
– Warner Records promotes Sean Stevens to VP, A&R and Head of Research & Analytics
– Comscore promotes David Algranati to Chief Innovation Officer

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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Ian Barter signs global music publishing agreement with Notting Hill Music

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British independent music publisher Notting Hill Music has signed producer and writer Ian Barter to a long-term worldwide music publishing deal.

Barter produced and co-wrote the upcoming Gabrielle album including the recent single 'A Place In Your Heart' as well as her brand new single 'Sorry'. Barter has worked in the past with Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith & Dermot Kennedy amongst many others.

Notting Hill's Head of Creative Services, John Saunderson, said, “As soon as we heard Ian ...

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Concord wins bid to acquire Hipgnosis Songs Fund for $1.4 billion in cash

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The Board of Directors of Hipgnosis Songs Fund (HSF), the London-listed portfolio of music assets, has agreed to sell to Concord in an all-cash transaction worth $1.402 billion, equivalent to £0.932 per share.

The deal is made by Concord Chorus Ltd, an entity indirectly controlled by Alchemy Copyrights, LLC, and trading as Concord. The deal will be financed by private equity group Apollo through debt and a minority stake in Concord Chorus. The transaction represents a premium of approximatel...

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Warner Chappell Music signs The Red Clay Strays a global publishing agreement

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Country-rock band The Red Clay Strays have signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM).

With roots in Mobile, Alabama, The Red Clay Strays have been playing together since 2016. The band is comprised of lead singer Brandon Coleman, electric guitarist Zach Rishel, guitarist/vocalist Drew Nix, bassist Andrew Bishop, and drummer John Hall.

The band also includes its main songwriting partner and videographer Matthew Coleman, who commented: “We’re looking forward to part...

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