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BMG promotes Allegra Willis Knerr to EVP, Global Synch Licensing

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BMG has promoted Allegra Willis Knerr to Executive Vice President, Global Synch Licensing. Based in Los Angeles, she will continue to report directly to Dominique Casimir, BMG Chief Content Officer.

In her new role, she will serve as the lead senior executive managing BMG's synch licensing teams around the world. Willis Knerr was previously SVP, Global Synch Licensing.

She is responsible for "overseeing and supporting BMG’s global synch licensing business, all licensing initiatives and po...

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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).

Copyright & Regulation

EU adopts the Artificial Intelligence Act

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The Council of Europe has approved the AI Act, a legislation aimed at harmonising rules on artificial intelligence in the Union. All 27 EU members have approved on May 21 the compromised text presented by the Belgian Presidency. A minimum of 15 countries representing 65% of the EU's population was necessary to get the text through.

The legislation — which sets a precedent in the world — relies on a "risk-based" approach. The Council said the Act "can set a global standard for AI regulation."...

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Collective Management Organisations

Licensing hub ICE reaches €1 billion in distributions over a period of 12 months

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ICE — the digital licensing platform co-owned by the UK's PRS for Music, Germany's GEMA and Sweden's STIM — has disclosed that for the first time it has distributed more than €1 billion to rights holders in a consecutive 12-month period (May 2023-April 2024 inclusive). ICE has now delivered a cumulative amount of €4.5bn to its members and clients since its first royalty distributions in 2016.

"It took just under 3½ years to reach the first €1bn in distributions, just over two more years to...

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MCPS distributed £204.3 million to its members in 2023, up 8.5% year-on-year

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The UK's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), paid out £204.3 million (€240.1m) in mechanical royalties in 2023 to music publishers, songwriters and composers, up 8.5% (or £15.9 million) on 2022 and marking a 43% increase in annual distributions over the last five years.

The 2023 growth was driven by "streaming, the continued popularity of vinyl and increasing international royalty collections," said the London-based organisation. MCPS, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this ...

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