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Zebralution CEO Kurt Thielen to step down at the end of the year; COO Tina Jürgens and Konrad von Löhneysen named co-CEOs

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GEMA-owned German independent digital distributor Zebralution is going through leadership changes, with company co-Founder and current CEO Kurt Thielen stepping down at the end of 2023, to be replaced by current COO Tina Jürgens and industry veteran Konrad von Löhneysen as co-CEOs.

As co-CEO, Jürgens will take over management of the Zebralution Group in January 2024. She has coordinated the company’s day-to-day operations as COO since October 2022. She originally joined in 2018 as Managing D...

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ADAMI pays tribute to its Director of Legal and International Affairs Blaise Lefeuvre

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French neighbouring rights society for performers ADAMI has reported that its Director of Legal and International Affairs Blaise Lefeuvre has died following an unspecified illness.

"ADAMI's teams, its Board of Directors, its President Anne Bouvier, for whom Blaise was in all their thoughts in recent months, are immensely sad to lose their comrade, colleague, and friend. Few words can express our dismay today," said the Paris-based organisation in a statement.

Lefeuvre joined ADAMI...

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US Copyright Office rules on mechanical royalties in the case of termination rights

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The US Copyright Office (USCO) has ruled in favour of songwriters regarding the allocation of mechanical royalties from The MLC in the case of songwriters had exercised their termination rights. In a final ruling, the USCO has instructed The MLC to distribute royalties accordingly, effective from August 8, 2024..

The MLC, which administers the blanket license and collects digital mechanical rights on behalf of publishers and songwriters, had set up a policy that let the publishers who contro...

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IMRO’s revenue reached an all-time high in 2023, up 8% year-on-year to €45.8 million

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The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) posted revenue of €45.8 million in 2023, up 8% compared to 2022. The Dublin-based society said financial results for 2023 reached an all-time high.

Media Licensing accounted for the largest share of revenue, up by 8% to €25.2m, driven primarily by "increases in online and international revenue." Collections from the live concert industry experienced "a significant resurgence," up 27% to €7. International revenue also witnessed "significant growth,"...

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