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John Asein renewed for four years at the helm of the Nigerian Copyright Commission

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the mandate of John Asein as Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC). Asein will serve for another final four-year term, in accordance with the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act.

NCC is the government agency responsible for all copyright matters in Nigeria, including the administration, regulation, promotion, enforcement and prosecution of copyright.

The NCC operates the Nigerian Copyright e-Registration System...

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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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The American Music Fairness Act gets re-introduced in the US House and Senate

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After a major setback at the end of 2022, the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA) is back on track — the legislation that will bring into the US copyright framework a performance rights on sound recordings when played on AM and FM radio stations has been reintroduced in both the US Senate and House of Representatives.

Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in the House of Representatives and Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the Senate have re-in...

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Australian government launches ambitious A$286m five-year plan for culture

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Tony Burke, the Minister for the Arts, have unveiled an ambitious A$286 million five-year plan for the creative sector and the arts, which includes the creation of a new organisation, Creative Australia, dedicated to supporting artistic projects, with a A$200m budget.

Labor Government’s new National Cultural Policy – Revive – also includes the creation of Music Australia and Writers Australia, to directly support the music and literary sectors, ...

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USTR’s Notorious Markets Report identifies 39 online markets and 33 physical markets engaging in copyright piracy

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The '2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy' — published yearly by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) — identified 39 online markets and 33 physical markets that are reportedly engaging in or facilitating substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

“The widespread trade in counterfeit and pirated goods harms the economic security of American workers and undermines our work to craft equitable and inclusive trade policy,” said Amb...

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