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Main stories — Week 37, 2022

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LEAD STORY
> GESAC study puts authors and composers at the heart of the streaming economy

> GESAC report: The pricing of streaming services and its impact on authors and composers

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION
The American Music Fairness Act is introduced in the Senate by Marsha Blackburn and Alex Padilla
Senate Judiciary Committee approves by a 15-7 vote the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to support local news
Constitutional Court rules sections of South Africa’s Copyright Act are unconstitutional

LITIGATION
Netflix drops lawsuit against the creators of ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’
Mr. Probz and his company Left Lane accuse Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Records of withholding royalties

CMOs & LICENSING
The MLC unveils new portal for independent music distributors to help them identify unmatched recordings and claim royalties
Authors Guild welcomes Amazon’s decision to modify its return policy for ebooks

DATA
Luminate shuts down radio airplay monitoring system BDS and seals an agreement with iHeartMedia’s Mediabase

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Robert Kyncl’s Warner Music Group CEO job comes with a $2m annual salary, a yearly target bonus of $3m, plus $10m in shares
J.P. Morgan believes Hipgnosis is offering ‘compelling value’ to investors
Downtown Music Holdings names Pieter van Rijn President of its new professional services division Downtown Music
Hipgnosis Songs Fund’s Chief Catalogue Officer Amy Thomson quits to launch a catalogue-management platform

DIGITAL ECONOMY
Epix has been rebranded as MGM+
7digital Group Chair Tamir Koch steps down; company secures £500,000 loan
Global SVoD subscriptions to reach 1.68 billion by 2027, up from 1.20 billion in 2021

DEALS
– Universal Music Group acquires a majority stake in India’s TM Ventures
– Pophouse acquires 75% of Avicii’s master recordings and publishing rights
– Sony Music Publishing Nashville has signed Jamie Davis to a global publishing deal
– Position Music/Hive Music sign Blackway to a global record and co-publishing deal
– Big Machine Label Group signs Chris Janson in partnership with Harpeth 60 Records
– Dove Cameron has signed a global agreement with Sony Music Publishing

IN THE NEWS
– Napster appoints former Roblox Head of Music Jon Vlassopulos as its new CEO
– Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutterhas joined USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2)
PIXELYNX has named Chris Mendez Vice President of Ecosystems
– Leila Oliveira succeeds Sérgio Affonso as President of Warner Music Brazil
– Sony Music Publishing UK has promoted Rob Stratton to the position of Director of Visual & Media Rights
– Rodolphe Belmer has been appointed CEO of French commercial broadcaster TF1
– Believe beefs up management team in SE Asia under the leadership of Antoine El Iman

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:
– Chola Makgamathe (SAMRO): South Africa needs a comprehensive, multifaceted strategy to curb the economic impact of piracy
– 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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musicFIRST calls for US radio stations to provide ‘equal time’ for creators to promote the American Music Fairness Act

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American music creators have called on the largest commercial radio group in the country, iHeartMedia, and other broadcasters, to give them equal time on the network's radio stations to make the case for the remuneration of performers for the use of sound recordings.

The request was made through advocacy organisation musicFIRST, which regroups music rights holders such as record labels' organisations RIAA and A2IM, as well as rights society SoundExchange, the Recording Academy, creators' uni...

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Fire Records signs worldwide digital distribution deal with IDOL

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Independent digital distributor IDOL has signed British independent label Fire Records to a label services partnership which will see IDOL will handle the digital distribution of Fire Records’ repertoire to its global network of DSPs (excluding South Korea).

In addition, Fire Records will use IDOL's resources in retail marketing, dedicated audience development and back catalogue activation. "The partnership with IDOL will help support Fire Records’ continued growth and the execution of its ...

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Sony Music Publishing promotes Michèle Hamelink to Managing Director of Benelux

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Sony Music Publishing has appointed Michèle Hamelink as Managing Director of Benelux, effective immediately. She was Senior A&R Europe at the company.

Based in the company’s Benelux office, she reports to SMP's President, International Guy Henderson. As Managing Director, Hamelink is responsible for "overseeing and implementing creative strategy across Benelux; building and strengthening key relationships with clients, local societies, and industry partners; and expanding songwriter supp...

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