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Warner Bros. executive John Rogovin joins ByteDance as Global General Counsel

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ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, has appointed John Rogovin as the company's new Global General Counsel. Rogovin. served previously as General Counsel for Warner Bros. for more than a dozen years prior to leaving the Hollywood studio in 2022.

Based in Los Angeles, Rogovin will report to ByteDance CEO Liang Rubo, with a dotted line to Shou Chew, CEO of TikTok. His brief will encompass oversight of TikTok. His appointment comes after departing General Counsel Erich Andersen announced in Apr...

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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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Merlin renews licensing agreement with Meta; partnership includes access to a new suite of tools to drive fandom and discovery

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Independent labels' digital music licensing company Merlin has renewed its global licensing agreement with Meta Platforms, in a strategic partnership that includes access to a new suite of tools and features that will enable Meta users to discover artists and boost the visibility of new releases.

In a statement the two companies said the new agreement underscores Meta’s "recognition of the value and importance of the world’s leading independent labels and distributors," and "reinforces the ...

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DiMA outlines key reform proposals as part of the MLC’s redesignation process

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DiMA President and CEO Graham Davies has laid out the key reforms that the organisation representing the main DSPs is seeking in the redesignation process for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), which administers the blanket license for mechanical rights in the US.

The US Copyright Office has started the review procedures for The MLC, which was created as part of the Music Modernisation Act (MMA) of 2019. While expressing the organisation’s "strong and ongoing support" for the Mus...

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Twitch launches DJ streaming option with licenses from Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Merlin

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Gaming platform Twitch has launched a dedicated programme that will enable DJs to stream music from a vast catalogue of recordings.

The new DJ Category is made possible by a first-of-its-kind partnership and licensing agreements with with hundreds of companies, including all of three major labels — Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music — and a large number of independent labels and other rights holders represented by Merlin.

"We’ve worked with music partners over the p...

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