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US Copyright Office seeks comments regarding fees for late royalty payments

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The US Copyright Office (USCO) is seeking comments on questions regarding when fees for late royalty payments should "be assessed in connection with reporting by digital music providers under the Music Modernisation Act’s blanket mechanical license."

According to the notification, comments should concern "the interplay between the CRJs’ late fee regulations and the Office’s reporting and payment rules."

Reads the notice: "Under section 115, the Copyright Royalty Judges (‘‘CRJs’’) are resp...

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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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Copyright registrations in China in 2023 were up 40.5% year-on-year to 8.92 million

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The number of copyright registrations for works in visual arts, photography, video, music, modeling, opera and architecture in China reached 8.92 million in 2023, up 40.46% year-on-year, according to data from the National Copyright Administration (NCA) disclosed by news agency Xinhua.

Artworks accounted for the majority of the registered works, with 51% of total registrations, followed by photographic works at 39% and film works. The NCA said the remaining registered works included video, m...

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Thai police closes torrent site Siambit.me

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The Royal Thai Police’s Economic Crimes Department (ECD) has shut down the site Siambit.me, believed to be the largest torrent tracker site in Thailand. The action was supported by global anti-piracy organisation the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

The police raided four locations in Bangkok, Surin Province and Surat Thani, taking four Thai nationals into custody. The unnamed individuals are expected to be formally charged with copyright offenses "in the coming days," accor...

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CISAC, IFRRO, IFPI, IMPF, and SCAPR object to Georgia’s decision to replace the Georgian Copyright Association by IPOA

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Organisations representing creators and rights holders — CISAC, IFRRO, IFPI, IMPF, and SCAPR — have sent a letter to Soso Giorgadze, the Chairman of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI) to strongly oppose its decision to exclude the established Georgian Copyright Association (GCA), from the country’s process for accrediting collective management organisations (CMOs) and replace it with IPOA, a newly accredited CMO in Georgia.

In the letter, they expressed concer...

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