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Brussels’ Labour Court established that the former CEO of SABAM Christophe Depreter was dismissed without reason in 2018

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The Labour Court in Brussels has invalidated the sacking for serious misconduct by Belgian rights society SABAM of its then-CEO Christophe Depreter at the beginning of 2018.

The decision, which was made at the end of February 2023, is now final, since SABAM did not appeal the ruling. It is not know if the court decision will lead to financial compensation from SABAM.

In a LinkedIn post, Deperter welcomed the outcome.: "It is a great satisfaction to inform you that the Brussels Labour Cou...

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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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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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ECAD is seeking performance rights from music used at the Pernambuco carnival

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Brazil's umbrella organisation for music rights societies ECAD (Central Collection and Distribution Office) is seeking royalties from the organisers of the carnival events in the sate of Pernambuco, which have failed in recent years to pay performance rights.

The city hall of Recife is reportedly in default with the mandatory payments for public performance rights for the songs played during the festivities it organises, according to ECAD.

ECAD argued that the State of Pernambuco has be...

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The MLC files lawsuit against Pandora for alleged unpaid royalties and late fees

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) has initiated its legal action against music streaming platform Pandora Media. The Nashville-based rights society has filed a lawsuit against Pandora with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division.

The MLC brought this action "to recover unpaid royalties that Pandora owes for its Blanket License, as well as late fees on unpaid royalties and The MLC’s costs and attorney’s fees in bringing this action...

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