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Main stories — Week 41, 2022

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Here’s a list of the main stories published this week by Creative Industries News:

LEAD STORY
>CISAC members’ global collections grew 5.8% in 2021 to €9.58bn boosted by a 27.9% rise in digital revenues to €3.12bn

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION
> Mathieu Lacombe appointed as Minister of Culture and Communications of Quebec
Facebook threatens to block the circulation of news content in Canada if the Online News Act is voted by Parliament
South Korea legislators plan to make global content providers contribute to the financing of telecom networks

LITIGATION
Japan Supreme Court delivers a blow to rights society JASRAC in the case of performance rights paid by music schools
UK Court sentences hacker to 18 months imprisonment for copyright offences
London Hight Court gives Lara Prescott a win in copyright infringement case

CMOs & LICENSING
> Neighbouring rights collected on behalf of performers by SCAPR members up 3% in 2021 to €800m, 6% below 2019 levels
Composer Julian Nott appointed as Chair of PRS for Music’s Members’ Council
Merlin signs licensing deal with China’s short-format platform Kuaishou
The MLC has collected $1 billion and distributed more than $800 million to date
SoundExchange has distributed $238.9m in Q3 2022 to performers and rights holders
South Africa’s SAMRO calls for compliance of copyright laws by public transport sector

DATA
Universal Music Group signs up to SCAPR’s International Performer Number scheme

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
> A2IM elects Concord’s Victor Zaraya as the new Chair of its Executive Committee
ANote Music plans listing German record label Ever Ever Music’s catalogue
Vivendi has confirmed plans to spin off its books publishing branch Editis

DIGITAL ECONOMY
Apple hikes subscription prices for Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple One
Spotify had 456m users in the world at the end of Q3 2022, with 195m paid subscribers
Talenthouse to invest up to $7 million in US digital SME banking provider Nerve

DEALS
– Reservoir Media signs a new global publishing agreement with KayGee
– Kobalt and Tyler Brown’s new publishing company Funfair Publishing sign James Essien to a global publishing agreement
– Rêve Music has signed a global distribution deal with The Orchard
– Bucks Music Group signs dance act Watch The Ride to a global publishing deal
– Sony Music Entertainment Middle East seals partnership with Kuwait-based Ghmza
– Warner Music Poland has announced a partnership with Groupa STEP
– Sony Music Publishing signs Baby Queen to to a worldwide publishing agreement

IN THE NEWS
– Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson honored as 2023 MusiCares Persons of the Year
– Robert Louis Gordy Sr. , brother of Motown founder Berry Gordy, dies aged 91
– Exceleration Music has appointed former former Amazon Music‘s executive David Gorman as its Creative Director
– Create Music Group has appointed Brian Glover to the newly created position of Senior Director of Streaming
– SXSW names co-founder Roland Swenson Executive Chairman with Jann Baskett and Hugh Forrest elevated to co-Presidents
– Jean-François Renaud elected President of Québec’s music industry body ADISQ
– Mike Edwards becomes a member of Audible Magic’s advisory board
– Ahmed Nureni named General Manager of Warner Music Middle East

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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