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Main stories — Week 40, 2022

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Here’s a list of the main stories published by Creative Industries News in the past week.

LEAD STORY
>US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Andy Warhol Foundation v. Lynn Goldsmith case and struggles with transformative use theory

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION
Live Content Coalition disappointed by European Commission’s lack of action to tackle the online piracy of live events
The ARTS Act gets signed into US law
Millicom’s Tigo joins the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment
France’s Prime Minister appoints Senator Julien Bargeton to a mission on the financing of the music sector

LITIGATION
US court finds Slacker failed to pay $9.7 million in royalties to SoundExchange
More artists sue Chicago House label Trax

CMOs & LICENSING
SACEM unveils blockchain-powered copyright protection tool MusicStart
Pinterest inks licensing deals with Warner Music Group, Merlin and BMG
APRA AMCOS reports record revenues for Australasia, up 21.6% to A$616.5 million
SACEM dropped its first NFT campaign

DATA
Data specialist Audoo beefs up leadership in Asia Pacific and North America
Muserk launches publishing administration platform using AI machine learning tech

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
> IMPF’s inaugural Summit in Palma addresses market growth and data issues
IMPALA calls for industry-wide collaboration on revenue growth, digital fairness and risk-taking
Universal Music Group launches Mercury Classics Soundtrack & Score to support today’s leading score composers
Magic Star becomes The Orchard’s global division of children and family entertainment

DIGITAL ECONOMY
Netflix added 2.4m subscribers in Q3 2022
ByteDance plans to launch a global music streaming service alongside TikTok
Audius ventures into the metaverse with the acquisition of SoundStage.fm
India’s Artium Academy raises $3 million in funding round led VC firm Chiratae Ventures
Africa’s streaming service Mdundo claimed 21.5m active users at the end of Q3 2022
Netflix will release theatrically the movie ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’
Canada’s BeatConnect raises CA$3 million in a round led by FICC and Anges Québec

DEALS
– Reservoir Media has acquired the catalogue of Louis Prima
 British rapper Stefflon Don signs global recording agreement with BMG
– CD Baby seals partnership with fan engagement platform Laylo
– Warner Music invests in Serbia’s independent label Mascom Records

IN THE NEWS
– peermusic promotes Michael Knox to President of its Nashville operations
– Peter Walther Walthinsen promoted to Head of A&R for Warner Chappell Music Nordics
– Tuned Global has named Hazel Savage as a non-executive board member

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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Nina Radojewski promoted to Head of Membership at the UK’s AIM

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The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Nina Radojewski as Head of Membership at the, a new position regrouping AIM’s membership, events, and marketing and communications functions.

Radojewski — who previously served as AIM’s Professional Development Lead — will be responsible for managing these areas, as well as continuing to lead professional development initiatives for members such as the AIM Academy and the Associate Members’ Knowledge Base.

In her new role, Radoj...

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Canadian veteran industry executive Alexander Mair dies aged 82

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Alexander Mair, the Canadian music industry executive who co-founded Attic Records with Tom Williams in 1974, has died of cancer aged 82 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2022.

The Globe and Mail described him as "a titan of the Canadian music industry as a savvy entrepreneur and an indefatigable figure in the establishment and growth of independent record companies in this country."

During his long career, Mair contributed to the growth of the independent music sector. He was...

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Musical chairs — Week 46, 2022

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Reservoir's Rell Lafargue

NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has joined the board of ICMP, the global trade body representing the music publishing industry. Reservoir Media’s President and Chief Operating Officer Rell Lafargue will join the ICMP board, chaired by Universal Music Publishing‘s Jackie Alway. Reservoir was founded in 2007 and represents over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings. “ICMP is delighted to welcome Reservoir President and COO R...

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