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Main stories — Week 47, 2022

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

LEAD STORY
American Music Fairness Act passes the hurdle of the House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Jerry Nadler: ‘Providing a long-overdue legislative fix for this problem’
Harry Belafonte, Common, Elvis Costello add their voices to artists asking Congress to pass the American Music Fairness Act

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION
Australia’s government judges positively the impact of the News Media Mandatory Bargaining Code a year after its enactment
Hong Kong’s LegCo passes the proposed Copyright (Amendment) Bill
Canada’s new term of copyright protection will come into force on Dec. 30, 2022

LITIGATION
Greg Perry slaps US rapper Roddy Ricch with copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of parts of ‘Come On Down’ in ‘The Box’

CMOs & LICENSING
Merlin licenses indie repertoire to Supernatural
PRS for Music renews licensing agreement with Jamaican society JACAP
Amazon Prime Video signs agreements with France’s audiovisual production sector
NetEase Cloud Music renews licensing agreement with Japan’s Avex

DATA
Bad Bunny tops Spotify Wrapped’s listing as most streamed artist in 2022

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Universal Music Group-owned Spinefarm Records joins [PIAS]’ roster of labels
French indie organisation UPFI calls on music sector to end ‘fake streams’
Stax Records founder Jim Stewart dies
US law firms Mark Music and Media Law and Roberts and Hafitz join forces
Canadian veteran industry executive Alexander Mair dies aged 82

DIGITAL ECONOMY
LGND.io partners with Warner Music Group and Polygon to launch music and collectibles platform LGND Music

DEALS
 Iconic Artists Group inks deal with the Dean Martin Family Trust to manage, develop and expand the artist’s legacy
– BMG acquires Peter Frampton’s publishing and recording interests
 Dirty Hit extends global distribution agreement with Ingrooves Music Group
– BMG has acquired the music interests of Chris Rea
– Warner Chappell Music Mexico signs publishing agreement with Danna Paola
– Bucks Music Group sign global publishing deal with Balimaya Project’s creator and leader Yahael Camara-Onono
– Concord Music Publishing and Chromatic Music seal co-publishing deal with songwriter and producer Aaron Chafin
– Kassner Music seals global agreement to represent JEM Music Publishing’s catalogue

IN THE NEWS
 Ben Drury becomes ERA’s new Chair
The UK’s Association of Independent Music taps AFEM’s Silvia Montello as its new CEO
– Mark Ommanney-Terry has been appointed Head of Europe at beatBread
– Sony Music UK promotes Dipesh Parmar to President and Amy Wheatley to Managing Director of Columbia Records UK
– Nina Radojewski promoted to Head of Membership at the UK’s AIM
– Sony Music appoints Christel Kayibi as Director of Repertoire Strategy for Africa

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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Universal Music Group takes a majority stake in Nigeria’s label Mavin Global

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken a majority share in Mavin Global, an independent music company from Nigeria. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of Q3 2024. The Lagos, Nigeria-based label was founded in 2012 by artist, producer, music executive and entrepreneur Michael Collins Ajereh (aka Don Jazzy), and many of the continent's Afrobeats artists.

Mavin's Don Jazzy

UNG said that Mavin wi...

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Disney and Reliance sign agreement to merge their media operations in India

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The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. will be merging their media operations in India. The two companies have signed a binding agreement, which will see Reliance's media unit and its affiliates will own at least 61% of the combined entity, according to a Bloomberg report.

According to the report, the stake split could still change depending "on how Disney’s other local assets are factored in by the time the deal is closed." The report also suggests Reliance — controlled by billion...

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Warner Music Group signs global recording deal with Bollywood artist Nora Fatehi

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Warner Music Group has signed Bollywood singer, dancer, and actress Nora Fatehi to an agreement to promote her global music career, working with teams in the US and across the world.

The deal is Fatehi's first agreement with a major global record company. She will remain signed to T-Series, the Indian music label and movie studio, for her Bollywood projects. Her recordings will be promoted globally through the WMG network of companies. WMG is focused on "expanding her fanbase through a range...

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