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Main stories — Week 33, 2022

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

LEAD STORIES
NMPA, NSAI and DiMA hail ‘historic’ agreement setting mechanical rates for 2033-2027 at 15.35% of revenue
NAB claims 222 members of the House now support the Local Radio Freedom Act opposing any new performance fee
> Artist Rights Alliance, Copyright Alliance, and CreativeFuture urge Congress to pass the SMART Copyright Act
Sony Music Entertainment sues Triller for ‘massive’ copyright infringement
House music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens win back their recording and publishing copyrights from Trax Records
JASRAC to launch in October 2022 KENDRIX, a new blockchain-based data management system for musical works
RTL Group, BMG and Arvato contributed to Bertelsmann’s good H1 2022 performances
Triller completes ‘substantial’ pre-public financing prior to SEC filing
Deezer’s revenue up 12.1% in H1 2022 despite a slight decrease in subscribers

BRIEF NEWS
– Taylor Swift sued by US author and poet Teresa La Dart for copyright infringement
– Paramount files motion to dismiss in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ copyright infringement case
– Downtown’s found.ee adds pre-save function for Amazon Music
– The Mechanical Licensing Collective has launched a new Student Ambassador programme
– NetEase Cloud Music has signed a licensing agreement with Beijing Longtao Entertainment Culture
– Tracklib now offers more songs for sampling without increasing prices
– Licensing platform Soundstripe secures $9m in Series B funding round
– Audiomack launches Premiere Access allowing artists to pre-release (and monetise) new music to their superfans

DEALS
– Francisco Partners in talks to acquire Kobalt Music Group — report
Sony Group acquires mobile games company Savage Game Studios
– Guesstimate, Magic Records and sanah set up new publishing company in Poland
– Daphne Willis signs global publishing deal with Position Music
– Caroline van der Leeuw signs a global services deal with Cooking Vinyl
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IN THE NEWS
– Leadership changes at Exactuals with President/COO Bryan Walley promoted to CEO and Mike Hurst becoming Chairman
– Mary Ellen Coe to replace Robert Kyncl as YouTube’s Chief Business Officer
 Hipgnosis Song Management taps Ben Katovsky as President and COO
– Audiomack promotes Jason Johnson to SVP of Marketing & Brand Strategy
– Raoul Chatterjee is leaving SoundCloud

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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France’s music sector divided about a tax on streaming services to finance government-backed organisation CNM

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The French music industry is divided about the ways to fund government-backed Centre National de la Musique (CNM), which provides a wide range of schemes to support the music sector.

One of the avenues explored to guarantee a steady and substantial financing has been a tax on the revenues of music streaming services. However, the tax — which would be in the region of 1.5% of DSPs' revenues — is not met with a consensus from the industry.

Strongly opposing the move is trade body SNEP, whi...

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Influence Media Partners acquires the recording catalogue of Blake Shelton

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New York-based music and entertainment company Influence Media Partners has invested in the master recordings catalogue of country music singer and songwriter Blake Shelton.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers all of his commercial releases from 2001 to 2019, during which he accumulated 27 No. 1 singles on Billboard's Country Airplay chart and released f 11 studio LP's, including a Christmas album, and two EPs.

The two parties have also created a joint venture, par...

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US Supreme Court prepares to hear on Oct. 12 the fair use case involving the Andy Warhol Foundation and Lynn Goldsmith

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The US Supreme Court will hear on 12 October the arguments put forward by the parties involved in the legal case involving photographer Lynn Goldsmith, whose picture of Prince has been used by Andy Warhol for a series of works.

The case is considered as a benchmark for issues such as "fair use" and and the notion of "transformative" art. It has generated an unusually important number of amicus briefs.

The Second Circuit federal appeals court reversed a court decision that initially found...

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