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Spain initiates inquiry process against Google for possible anti-competitive practices in the licensing of news content

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Following a complaint from the Spanish Center for Reprographic Rights (Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos or CEDRO), Spain's competition authority CNMC has initiated an investigation into Google possible anti-competitive practices regarding the licensing of news content from the country's press and news agencies.

The investigation could lead the CNMC to rule of a potential abusive exploitation of Spanish news publishers due to Google's dominant position in the Spanish market. The CNMC ...

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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 MLC and the NMPA are all in against Spotify over the platform’s new royalty calculation scheme tied to bundles

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The past few weeks have been testing for Spotify's lawyers. The streaming service has been served a lawsuit by The MLC over alleged unpaid royalties linked to Spotify's new bundles including audiobooks.

In addition, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Spotify on May 15 requesting that the streaming service removes unlicensed music files that allegedly infringe upon its members’ copyrights.

And the NMPA ha...

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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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Worldwide Independent Network adopts five key principles on generative AI

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Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation representing the global independent music community, has unveiled a new guidance on generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and has called upon developers and policymakers around the world "to work together with the independent music community to achieve responsible and ethical GenAI development."

The guidance consists in a set of five key principles: i) Respect for copyright; ii) Prioritisation of a human-centered approach; iii) A foc...

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