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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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Nina Radojewski promoted to Head of Membership at the UK’s AIM

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The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Nina Radojewski as Head of Membership at the, a new position regrouping AIM’s membership, events, and marketing and communications functions.

Radojewski — who previously served as AIM’s Professional Development Lead — will be responsible for managing these areas, as well as continuing to lead professional development initiatives for members such as the AIM Academy and the Associate Members’ Knowledge Base.

In her new role, Radoj...

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Canadian veteran industry executive Alexander Mair dies aged 82

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Alexander Mair, the Canadian music industry executive who co-founded Attic Records with Tom Williams in 1974, has died of cancer aged 82 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2022.

The Globe and Mail described him as "a titan of the Canadian music industry as a savvy entrepreneur and an indefatigable figure in the establishment and growth of independent record companies in this country."

During his long career, Mair contributed to the growth of the independent music sector. He was...

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Musical chairs — Week 46, 2022

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Reservoir's Rell Lafargue

NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has joined the board of ICMP, the global trade body representing the music publishing industry. Reservoir Media’s President and Chief Operating Officer Rell Lafargue will join the ICMP board, chaired by Universal Music Publishing‘s Jackie Alway. Reservoir was founded in 2007 and represents over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings. “ICMP is delighted to welcome Reservoir President and COO R...

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