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The UK’s competition authority CMA rejects Microsoft’s merger with Activision Blizzard

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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided to prevent Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion purchase of video game company Activision Blizzard over "concerns the deal would alter the future of the fast-growing cloud gaming market, leading to reduced innovation and less choice for UK gamers over the years to come."

The CMA decision comes as a surprised because Microsoft had offered a series of remedies, not least the decision to continue to license some of Activision's leading ...

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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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RIAA sues AI-powered music generation services Suno AI and Udio for infringing copyrighted sound recordings

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) — on behalf of Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Warner Music Group (WMG) — has filed two separate lawsuits in US federal court against two companies operating AI-powered music generation services — Suno AI and Udio — for the alleged "mass infringement of copyrighted sound recordings copied and exploited without permission."

The case against Suno, Inc., developer of Suno AI, was filed in the United States Dist...

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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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USPTO taps Farheena Y. Rasheed as Deputy General Counsel for IP Law and Solicitor

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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has promoted Farheena Y. Rasheed to the position of Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor. She most recently served as the acting Solicitor at the USPTO.

The Office of the Solicitor serves as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property law matters and works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters. It also coordinates with the Department of Justice in advoc...

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