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Main stories — Week 42, 2022

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

LEAD STORY
>EU’s Digital Market Act came into force November 1 and opens a new era in the regulation of online platforms

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION
> Senators Thom Tillis and Chris Coons ask USPTO and the Copyright Office to jointly set up a national AI commission
US Copyright Office issues notice of proposed rulemaking related to termination rights and the Music Modernisation Act
Creators urge Congress to pass the American Music Fairness Act
ACE shuts down a Latin American video piracy ring and seizes 48 domain names
Malaysia seizes over 600 illegal streaming devices containing unlicensed content

LITIGATION
US court blocks the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster; Bertelsmann plans to appeal
> Andy Stone drops lawsuit against Mariah Carey over ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’

CMOs & LICENSING
Tracklib celebrates new milestones with 400th rights holders agreement and over 100,000 songs available for sampling

DATA
Jaxsta to match ISWCs with recordings
Bridger launches new registration tool for collaborative musical works
Ingrooves Music Group’s new AI patented technology facilitates the detection of activity on short-form video platforms

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Universal Music Group could end the year with revenues in excess of €10 billion
> Paramount Global revenue up 5% to $6.92bn in Q3; Paramount+ counts 46 million subscribers globally
Concord opens headquarters in Nashville and unveils new visual identity
Wise Music Group opens a company in Iceland led by Inga Weisshappel
The Worldwide Independent Network launches two initiatives to improve the representation of indie music companies

DIGITAL ECONOMY
Apple’s services division now accounts for 20% of the company’s total revenues
Amazon expands Prime’s offer to 100 million songs and ad-free podcasts
Deezer forecasts revenue up 14% to €455m by the end of 2022
Meta spooks the markets with heavier than anticipated investments in the metaverse
Metaverse start-up Tetavi re-brands as Yoom and secures a $15m financing round

DEALS
– Universal Music Publishing Group inks global publishing agreement to represent the catalogue of songs by Irving Berlin
– Marathon Music partners with Radio Nova to curate archive sessions from the station
– Primary Wave Music closes publishing deal with Huey Lewis and The News
– BMG renews global publishing agreement with Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack
– Warner Music Chappell France sign a global co-publishing deal with composers and producers Some 1ne and Machynist
– Sony Music Entertainment sets up a joint venture with ONEWAY. Records to develop Israeli talent
– Songwriter and producer Luis Cruz signs publishing agreement with BMG

IN THE NEWS
– Merlin appoints CAA executive Adam Wright as its new Chief Financial Officer
– Camila Santamaria Balen joins law firm Holland & Knight in Colombia
– Bucks Music Group has appointed Howard Price as its new Head of Media
– AIM CEO Paul Pacifico to become the new CEO of the Saudi Music Commission

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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