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CISAC’s VP Yvonne Chaka Chaka calls for African countries to adopt private copying schemes to support creators

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South Africa's singer and songwriter Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Vice-President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has made a call for African countries to adopt private copying legislation to support the creative sector.

Chaka Chaka was a guest and speaker at an event organised by the West African economic block UEMOA (West African Economic Monetary Union), as the members of the union are moving forward with plans to introduce private copying levies acr...

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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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Copyright Board of Canada’s Nathalie Théberge named Vice-Chairperson of broadcasting and telco regulator CRTC

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The Minister of Canadian Heritage Pascale St-Onge has appointed Nathalie Théberge as Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the broadcasting and telco regulator. She takes over from Alicia Barin who left the organisation earlier this year.

Théberge’s term of office will last five years, starting April 3, 2024. She will serve alongside CRTC Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Vicky Eatrides. "This appointment is the result of the Govern...

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Copyright registrations in China in 2023 were up 40.5% year-on-year to 8.92 million

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The number of copyright registrations for works in visual arts, photography, video, music, modeling, opera and architecture in China reached 8.92 million in 2023, up 40.46% year-on-year, according to data from the National Copyright Administration (NCA) disclosed by news agency Xinhua.

Artworks accounted for the majority of the registered works, with 51% of total registrations, followed by photographic works at 39% and film works. The NCA said the remaining registered works included video, m...

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Thai police closes torrent site Siambit.me

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The Royal Thai Police’s Economic Crimes Department (ECD) has shut down the site Siambit.me, believed to be the largest torrent tracker site in Thailand. The action was supported by global anti-piracy organisation the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

The police raided four locations in Bangkok, Surin Province and Surat Thani, taking four Thai nationals into custody. The unnamed individuals are expected to be formally charged with copyright offenses "in the coming days," accor...

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