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CRB judges (finally) approve Phonorecords III rates for the period 2018-2022

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Songwriters and music publishers in the US will finally be paid in 2023 with the mechanical rates that were due to have been applied from 2018 but dould not due to ongoing litigation from the main digital services providers (DSPs).

On August 10, the US Copyright Royalty Judges have announce their final determination — published in the Federal Register — after remand of the rates and terms for making and distributing phonorecords for the period beginning January 1, 2018, and ending on Decemb...

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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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Chinese authorities launch campaign to crack down on copyright infringement

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The Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee and several other Chinese government's departments have launched a new campaign to crackdown on copyright infringement.

This campaign specifically targets illegal activities such as pirating, unauthorised sales and online dissemination of textbooks, picture books, cartoons, and exam materials. According to Xinhua news agency, the campaign will "strengthen inspections and investigations in the publishing market, pri...

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British House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee reflects on its achievements during the past legislature

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As the country prepares for general elections on July 4, the Chair of the Committee on Culture, Media and Sports, Caroline Dinenage, outlined in a public statement some key achievements of the Committee and work that could be taken forward in the new Parliament.

"Over the last five years, our Committee has been at the forefront of standing up for our world class creative industries, supporting strong, independent media and working to ensure that our sporting heritage is protected for generat...

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Spanish police takes action against IPTV service TVMucho/Teeveeing

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Global anti-piracy coalition, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), has welcomed the action taken by the Spanish National Police against the large-scale illegal IPTV service TVMucho, also known as Teeveeing.

ACE said the Spanish initiative was "the first criminal action in Spain against an operation of this size and scope." Following a criminal referral from ACE in January 2023, Spanish authorities raided on April 22 the operators’ facilities, disrupting access to the IPTV ser...

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