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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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Avex USA and Brandon Silverstein Publishing sign worldwide publishing deal with US producer Jasper Harris

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Avex USA and Brandon Silverstein Publishing (formerly S10 Publishing) have signed producer Jasper Harris to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement will come into effect later this year.

“I am incredibly grateful to be joining the Avex and Silverstein publishing team," said Harris. "They’re such a strong and dynamic group, and their passion for my music combined with their global reach feels like the most natural combination as I enter the next phase of my career. We are so like-minded ...

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Warner Chappell Production Music expands in Brazil with the hiring of Renato Moraes

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Warner Chappell Production Music (WCPM) has expanded into Brazil with a new team based in São Paulo led by Renato Moraes..

Moraes will report to Sinéad Hartmann, Vice President, Licensing & Music Creative, in addition to working closely with Warner Chappell Music Brazil’s sync team — led by Flávia Cesar, Director of Strategic, Commercial, Film, Sync, and Licensing.

“I’ve seen production in Brazil grow tremendously since I started out in this business, and I know this is just the begi...

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Universal Music Group promotes Roey Hershkovitz to the newly created position of Vice President of Sound & Picture

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Universal Music Group has promoted Roey Hershkovitz to Vice President of Sound & Picture. In this newly created role, Hershkovitz will "lead visual content capture across the company’s studios, develop new programming and build on the company’s leadership in immersive audio."

Based out of Santa Monica, Hershkovitz will continue to report to Christopher Jenkins, Executive Vice President of Digital Studios, and Pat Kraus, Senior Vice President of Recording Studios & Archive Management....

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