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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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Penske Media Eldridge acquires TV producer Dick Clark Productions

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Penske Media Eldridge (PME) — a joint venture between Penske Media and investment fund Elridge — has finalised the acquisition of Dick Clark Productions (dcp), the live events and media producer.

As part of the deal, Adam Stotsky will be stepping down as President after a period of transition. Penske Media Eldridge said it will "assume full control" of dcp’s operations in the coming weeks. Elridge was the previous owner of dcp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Stephanie McGuire named Senior A&R International at CTM Publishing

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Stephanie McGuire has been promoted to Senior A&R International at Dutch music publishing company CTM Publishing.

CTM said McGuire's promotion is the result "of the experience McGuire has gained over the past few years and successes that CTM Publishing has achieved partly because of her."

Based in Amsterdam, McGuire will continue to guide CTM's composers, authors, and producers. Within her new role she will focus on establishing more international collaborations and create new overs...

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Avex USA and Brandon Silverstein Publishing sign worldwide publishing deal with US producer Jasper Harris

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Avex USA and Brandon Silverstein Publishing (formerly S10 Publishing) have signed producer Jasper Harris to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement will come into effect later this year.

“I am incredibly grateful to be joining the Avex and Silverstein publishing team," said Harris. "They’re such a strong and dynamic group, and their passion for my music combined with their global reach feels like the most natural combination as I enter the next phase of my career. We are so like-minded ...

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