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Blowback as Article 13 gets binned by UK Government

Independent music body IMPALA issued a statement (see below) today (January 28) arguing that it’s “illogical not to deliver the results now”. On Friday (January 24), Tom Kiehl, Deputy CEO of UK Music (an umbrella body that represents the recording, publishing and live sectors) wrote to Skidmore “to request an urgent meeting to discuss the music industry’s concerns”.

Source: Article 13 binned by UK Government as Brexit looms

Impala Criticizes the UK’s Unwillingness to Enforce EU Copyright Directive

Impala, a leading advocate of independent record labels in Europe, is protesting the United Kingdom’s decision to not enforce the EU’s Copyright Directive. In a statement, Impala said that the Copyright Directive “brings clear benefits” and that all, including “creators, citizens, and of course start-ups,” have something to gain from the law.

Source: Impala Criticizes the UK’s Unwillingness to Enforce EU Copyright Directive

After suing Spotify Pro Music Rights files 10 infringement lawsuits against YouTube, Apple and others

PMR has now revealed, via a press release, that it has filed 10 separate copyright infringement actions against other music streaming services, for “the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works”. Lodged with the U.S. District Court in New York, the 10 lawsuits, filed name Apple, Google, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Pandora, Deezer, 7digital, iHeartradio and Rhapsody as defendants.

Source: After suing Spotify for mistreatment, independent music company files 10 copyright infringement lawsuits against YouTube, Apple and others

BMG responds to artist streaming revolt in Germany: ‘It is time for record companies to change.’

A group of managers and lawyers representing some of Germany’s biggest artists have written a joint letter to the leaders of the four largest music rights companies in the market – Universal, Sony, Warner and BMG. The artist reps are demanding “more money from the booming business [created by] music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music”.

Source: BMG responds to artist streaming revolt in Germany: ‘It is time for record companies to change.’

Victory for composers as Discovery Networks U-turns on rights buyout plan

Media company Discovery Networks has scrapped controversial plans to stop paying performance royalties to composers for shows aired in the US across its channels including Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. As first reported by Variety in December, Discovery Networks was planning to start asking composers to agree to “direct source licenses” for their music, (i.e. having their rights bought outright ), or risk having their work removed from programming.

Source: Victory for composers as Discovery Networks U-turns on rights buyout plan

UK Government has ‘no plans’ to implement Copyright Directive 

Following last year’s success in modernising copyright laws for the digital age, the government has made clear it has no plans to implement the Copyright Directive in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January. MP Chris Skidmore, confirmed that any changes to the UK’s copyright framework would fall under the domestic policy process.

Source: Government has ‘no plans’ to implement Copyright Directive – M Magazine

Everyone invited: `Great Gatsby’ copyright to end in 2021

The novel’s copyright is set to expire at the end of 2020, meaning that anyone will be allowed to publish the book, adapt it to a movie, make it into an opera or stage a Broadway musical. No longer will you need to permission to write a sequel, a prequel, a Jay Gatsby detective novel or a Gatsby narrative populated with Zombies.

Source: Everyone invited: `Great Gatsby’ copyright to end in 2021

Audible, Publishers Say They’ve Settled ‘Captions’ Lawsuit

Attorneys for Audible and seven major publishers told the court this week that they have resolved their high profile copyright lawsuit over Audible’s proposed ‘Captions’ program. In a January 13 letter, Audible attorney Emily Reisbaum “writing on behalf of all parties,” informed Judge Valerie Caproni that the sides “have resolved their disputes,”

Source: Audible, Publishers Say They’ve Settled ‘Captions’ Lawsuit

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