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Pokémon Company sues Chinese video games publishers for infringement

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Japanese video game publisher Pokémon Company has sued six Chinese mobile game operators for copyright infringement and unfair competition over the released of a mobile game called 'Pocket Monster Reissue' or 'Koudaiyaoguai Fuke'.

Pokémon Company — which licenses the Pokémon franchise worldwide — argued in a lawsuit filed with the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court that the title has similarities with the Japanese franchise.

The Pokémon Company has asked the court to grant an order to s...

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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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Colin Rushing named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at DiMA

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The Digital Media Association (DiMA) has appointed Colin Rushing to the newly established position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He reports to newly appointed President and CEO Graham Davies.

“I am thrilled for Colin to join DiMA as we embark on our new strategy," Davies said. "He brings all his invaluable expertise of US copyright law and a reputation for achieving consensus solutions. Colin’s knowledge of the US licensing system combined with his passion for championing ...

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IMPALA urges Apple to reconsider plans to enhance royalty rates via spatial audio

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European independent music companies' organisation IMPALA has described Apple Music's proposal to apply a 10% stream rate uplift for music available in spatial audio as a move that will have "negative consequences for parts of the industry, particularly for independent labels and their artists."

“We support moves by services to recognise sound quality in a way that is objectively fair and sustainable," said IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith. "Our invitation to Apple on this proposal is to...

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Music Story seals data partnership with Japan’s streaming service Line Music

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France's music metadata company Music Story has sealed a partnership with Japan’s subscription-based music streaming service Line Music, in a deal that will allow Line Music to improve the customer experience with Music Story’s metadata.

"Music Story will provide Line Music with the technology to improve the quality of its music metadata over a broad, Japan-centric footprint," said the company. Music Story datasets combines automated processing, including AI, with music expertise.

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