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Deborah Ross’ Protect Working Musicians Act of 2023 will allow artists to collectively negotiate with online platforms

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North Carolina Congresswoman Deborah Ross has introduced the Protect Working Musicians Act of 2023, a legislation that will "empower independent music creator owners to collectively negotiate with dominant online platforms regarding the terms on which their music may be distributed."

The Bill is meant to address the issue of independent artists' ability to negotiate terms with the main streaming services. A statement from the office of Congresswoman Ross described the Bill as giving "small i...

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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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European court confirms TikTok’s status as a ‘gatekeeper’ under the Digital Markets Act

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European Union's Luxembourg-based General Court has affirmed the European Commission's decision to name Bytedance-owned platform TikTok as a "gatekeeper" under the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

TikTok, alongside Meta, challenged in court the decision from the Commission to grant the platforms the "gatekeeper" status, which applies to large online platforms with a significant market share and comes with a specific set of rules — in particular the need to allow interoperability with competitors....

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AEPO-ARTIS outlines key priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the EU

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AEPO-ARTIS — the organisation representing 39 European performers' collective management organisations from 29 different countries — has urged the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union to focus on "strengthening cultural participation and the role of culture in society" as priorities of the European Work Plan forCulture 2023-2026.

In a letter to Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who acts as President of the Council for the European Union for the six months ending December 31, 2024...

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EU’s AI Act has entered into force on July 12

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The Official Journal of the European Union has published on July 12, 2024, the EU Artificial Intelligence Act, known as the AI Act. The regulation, which aims at harmonising rules on AI models and systems across the EU, is now the law of the Union.

According to Article 1 of the Act, the purpose of the regulation is "to improve the functioning of the internal market and promote the uptake of human-centric and trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI), while ensuring a high level of protection...

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