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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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Warner Chappell Music UK promotes Andrew Howell to VP of Sync

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Andrew Howell has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Sync at Warner Chappell Music UK (WCM UK). In his new role, effective June 1, Howell will continue to report to Rich Robinson, EVP and Global Head of Sync, WCM, and Shani Gonzales, Managing Director of WCM UK and Head of International A&R at WCM.

Howell joined the WCM UK team in 2016, after a career at Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV. WCM said Howell has "a great track record in placing songs from the publisher's va...

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South Korea’s KOMCA prepares to host CISAC’s May 30 General Assembly

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CEOs, creators and staff from more than 72 societies and collective management organisations from around the world will gather on May 30 in Seoul for the General Assembly of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

The meeting is hosted by South Korea's music authors’ society Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) and coincides with the 60th anniversary celebrations of KOMCA, which holds a seat on the CISAC Board.

“I’m delighted that this year’s...

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S10 Publishing and Avex USA sign a global co-publishing deal with producer Kavi

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Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Publishing and Avex USA have signed producer and songwriter Kavi to a worldwide co-publishing deal. Kavi is the producer behind Tommy Richman's single 'Million Dollar Baby' (ISO Supremacy/Pulse Records), which has topped both Spotify and Apple Music's charts globally.

“Kavi is a creative force of nature and I am so excited to be working with Benny, Alix and the Avex team on this,” says Silverstein, Founder & CEO of S10. “We are so humbled to partner with an ama...

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