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Main stories — Week 48, 2022

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

LEAD STORY
Canada’s CRTC maintains local content and French-language music requirements for commercial radio stations

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION
FTC moves to block Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of games company Activision Blizzard
The PEACE For Music Diplomacy Act passes through the House and the Senate
Japan government plans to create a new office to license works for which rights holders cannot be identified
Italy’s creative sector fights Meloni government’s plans to scratch the €500 allocation for 18-y-o to buy cultural goods
French government allocates €30 million to support news publishers hit by rising costs

LITIGATION
BMG, UMG and Concord sue Altice for copyright infringement in $1bn lawsuit
Nathan Butler and Sean Hall’s case against Taylor Swift dismissed with prejudice
Japanese court fines two individuals ¥500m for posting unlicensed ‘fast movies’
US Attorney’s Office in Maryland takes down 55 sites streaming World Cup games

CMOs & LICENSING
IMPEL renews its admin deal with SACEM
SACD and Meta sign agreement covering France, Belgium and Luxembourg
PPL distributed £43.2 million in the last quarter of 2022
Merlin’s partnership with STYNGR opens access to a new business model
PRS for Music distributed over £200m in royalties in December 2022
SACD signs agreement with French media regulator ARCOM enforcing author’s rights
AKM joins digital licensing hub ICE Core
France’s neighbouring rights society SCPP welcomes its 4,000th label member

DATA
IMPEL strikes strategic partnership with music rights and data platform Blokur
Sony Music appoints Rachel Chernoff to the new role of SVP of Data Science & Analytics

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Zebralution, LyricFind, Deezer and other industry players launch BELEM to democratise and monetise access to lyrics
5 questions to Robert Singerman about the BELEM project: ‘To give music subtitles’
Concord raises $1.8 billion with the issuance of senior notes secured by catalogue assets
Kader Attia elected President of CISAC’s creators’ council for visual arts CIAGP
ANote Music will list the soundtrack of ‘Cadillac Records’ from Matthew KnowlesMusic World Entertainment catalogue
Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment welcomes 11 new members including France Televisions and RTL Deutschland
> Italy’s 2022 book sales to reach €1.67bn

DIGITAL ECONOMY
Web3 music platform Public Pressure closes $6m funding round led by Scytale
Amazon Prime Video overtakes Netflix as the leading US video streaming service
Vevo extends partnership with Amazon Freevee to launch new channels

DEALS
– Litmus Music acquires Keith Urban’s catalogue of master rights
 Sony Music Publishing UK signs Naomi Kimpenu to a global publishing deal
– Beyond Music acquires the catalogue of Canadian producer and songwriter Greg Wells
– Downtown Music Services signs a raft of new artists for distribution, marketing and sync licensing services

IN THE NEWS
 Kurt Deutsch appointed to the newly created post of SVP, Warner Music Entertainment & Theatrical Ventures
 Melanie Ainsworth named Chief Financial Officer at Position Music
– Lauren Harman appointed President, Film/TV Licensing for Silo Music
– UMG beefs up its digital strategy team
– Cosynd promotes Rhea Ghosh to the position of Chief Marketing Officer
– Kobalt has named Kate Loesch as Senior Director, Creative
– Nikisha Bailey appointed General Manager of creators-centric label Nvak Collective
– Claus Thune has joined Podimo as Global Director of Programming
– PPL strengthens its Member Services department with the promotion of Titania Altius and Dan Millington to new roles
– Sony Music Publishing UK names Naomi Asher to Vice President, Songwriter Services and Neighbouring Rights
– Fruits Music appoints Arno Van Berkel to the position of Managing Director
– Sean Warner named President of Universal Music Australia & New Zealandas George Ash leaves the company

VIEWPOINT
> Terry Hart: ‘Copyright Under Pressure’

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’

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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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Russell Sutton and Tommy Karlas sign global deals with Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Droptine Music Publishing

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Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Droptine Music Publishing have partnered to sign country songwriters and performers Russell Sutton and Tommy Karlas to global publishing deals.

Sutton has penned songs such as his his first No.1 single 'My Boy' by Elvie Shane and 'Whiskey On You' by Nate Smith. Karlas has written songs for artists including Blake Shelton, Warren Zeiders, Old Dominion, Randy Travis, and Montgomery Gentry. He released his debut songwriter album entitled 'Put It In Drive'.
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BMI promotes a group of executives from within its creative team

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US music rights society Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has announced a series of promotions within the company’s Creative team.

Rafael Martinez has been appointed to newly created roles as Vice President, Strategy and Business Affairs, Creative. Based in New York, he reports to BMI’s Executive Vice President, Creative and Licensing, Mike Steinberg. Martinez joined BMI in 2014 as a Director of Business Affairs and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Business Affairs and Creative in 2019.
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Musical chairs — Week 5, 2023

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BMG's Thomas Coesfeld

German entertainment and media group Bertelsmann has picked Thomas Coesfeld to succeed Hartwig Masuch as CEO of music division BMG, effective January 1, 2024. Coesfeld has served as CFO of BMG since April 2021. The change in leadership is part of “a long-term succession plan,” according to Bertelsmann. Masuch will remain associated with Bertelsmann in an advisory capacity. Coesfeld will also take a seat on the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee (GMC), whic...

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