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Last-minute negotiations see Music Modernization Act passed

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t just one of the greatest football managers of all-time: he also came up with some of the best soundbites. Particularly “squeaky bum time” – the phrase he...
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Article 13 passed by European Parliament – what happens next?

As we reported yesterday, the European Parliament voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of its European Copyright Directive yesterday, with 438 MEPs voting in favour of the article focused on internet platforms and...
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Music bodies make final push ahead of Article 13 vote today

Today’s the day for the crucial vote in the European Parliament on copyright reform, including the much-discussed Article 13 – which is being presented by music bodies as the means to fix the ‘value gap’ between music...
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NMPA boss says it’s ‘now or never’ for Music Modernization Act

In Europe, the lobbying is intensifying around Article 13 and copyright reform, but in the US there’s also a heightening of the industry pressure for politicians to get a move on with passing the Music Modernization Act...
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GEMA survey claims 87% of Europeans support copyright protection

As we move towards the pivotal vote on European copyright reform, the lobbying is intensifying. German collecting society GEMA published the results of a survey that it commissioned on European citizens’ attitudes towards...
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‘Death of Copyright’ author follows up his 2001 article

In 2001, American law professor Glynn S. Lunney Jr wrote an article called ‘The Death of Copyright: Digital Technology, Private Copying, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’ in which he predicted that the DMCA legislation...
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European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13

If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
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Article 13 lobbying goes up to the wire – so what next?

Today sees the crucial European Parliament vote on the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, including the ‘Article 13’ that’s been the focus of so much attention for the music industry. Lobbying around the proposed...
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European Parliament proceeds on Article 13 of new copyright directive

We’ve covered the ‘value gap’ debate regularly and emphasised that it’s a slow-burning issue in terms of policymakers deciding how to modernise safe-harbour regulations in the US and in Europe alike. On the latter...
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Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’

“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
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Copyright report dings Canada as piracy ‘safe haven’

Oh Canada! The liberal world continues to flutter its eyes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but music and movie rightsholders aren’t so impressed with his country’s copyright regime. The latest ‘watch list’...
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Facebook licensing deals not expected before Spring

Facebook ended 2016 still under scrutiny for the role ‘fake news’ on its network played in the US presidential election. But the social network is going in to 2017 also under pressure from music rightsholders, eager to...