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Kobalt re-signs Tash Sultana to a global publishing administration agreement

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Kobalt has re-signed songwriter and singer Tash Sultana to a worldwide publishing administration agreement. The deal includes global synch and creative services for future songs.

Sultana had signed initially to Kobalt in 2017. Sultana said, "I love working with the Kobalt team and am happy to continue a partnership globally. I'm excited for my new songs I've been working on for so long see the light of day.”

The career of the multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer-songwriter, engineer, ...

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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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