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Universal Music Central Europe and web3 start-up Centaurify partner to explore new forms of digital engagement with fans

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Universal Music Central Europe (UMG) has partnered with web3 music company Centaurify to deliver a range of solutions for UMG artists who want to explore new forms of digital engagement with fans.

As part of the partnership, UMG will release a series of exclusive, limited-edition collectibles celebrating their artists' achievements. These collectibles "celebrate achievements in the artist's career and give fans a chance to own a piece of music history," according to UMG.

A UMG collectibl...

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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

European Commission opens probe into Apple’s commercial terms imposed on app developers using the iOS platform

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European Commission's antitrust division has opened on June 24 two new fronts against Apple — the first by informing Apple of its preliminary view that its App Store rules are in breach of the Digital Markets Act (DMA); and the second by starting an investigation into Apple's new fees charged to app developers who use the iOS platform.

If confirmed, these breach of rules could result in Apple being fined up to 10% of its global turnover. Apple can address these issues and avoid a fine if the...

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Creative Industries

Music deals — Week 25, 2024

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Independent labels’ digital music licensing company Merlin has renewed its global licensing agreement with Meta Platforms, in a strategic partnership that includes access to a new suite of tools and features that will enable Meta users to discover artists and boost the visibility of new releases. In a statement the two companies said the new agreement underscores Meta’s “recognition of the value and importance of the world’s leading independent labels and distributors,” and “reinforces the p...

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Creative Industries

Quotes of the week — Week 25, 2024

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"[Major streaming companies] are pushing the misguided idea that the MLC was meant to be 'neutral' when it comes to enforcing the rights of copyright owners. Nothing could be further from our objective. This definition of neutral is simply another way to take the voice away from those who have struggled to be heard when it comes to receiving what they are owed for their labors. This was never the intent. This notion of neutrality would make the MLC toothless and completely undermine the importa...

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