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Want to buy a slice of the rights to Shrek soundtracks?

If you do, it’s your lucky day – as long as you’ve got $2.3m to spare. Royalty Exchange’s latest auction is a slice of the rights to songs from the Shrek movie franchise, including all four films and...
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Round Hill raises $86.5m to continue buying music rights

A couple of days after the UK streaming inquiry’s report sparked more debate about musicians’ ‘right to recapture’ the rights to their work, we’ve got another reminder of the money being sunk...
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Italian band Le Vibrazioni to sell fans a share of image rights

We have seen artists sell off portions of their recorded music and publishing rights, but now Italian band Le Vibrazioni are exploring fans’ appetite for buying a slice of their image rights. The band, with music firm...
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Manager Quality Assurance – ICE – Berlin

What is ICE? ICE is the result of a big vision for the music industry that harnesses years of combined expertise in the multi-territory music market. We are the world’s first integrated processing hub offering copyright,...
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Easy Life to play Fortnite in virtual version of The O2 Arena

Epic Games is preparing the next high-profile music event to take place within Fortnite. This time it’s not just putting on a concert: it’s recreating an entire music venue. London’s O2 Arena to be specific,...
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EU Court of Justice ruling goes YouTube’s way on infringement

The long-running debate over YouTube and ‘safe harbours’ for internet platforms that let users upload content isn’t going to be settled any time soon. However, a new ruling from the European Union’s...
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The Jesus and Mary Chain sue WMG over copyright termination

Around the time of their 1985 debut album ’Psychocandy’ The Jesus and Mary Chain were famous for fighting – with the audience and with each other. Now, in 2021, they’re in a battle with Warner Music Group over...
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NMPA sues Roblox in $200m copyright infringement lawsuit

Games platform Roblox has enjoyed plenty of positive headlines for its push into music in partnership with labels and artists, but now the company is facing a battle with music publishers over licensing. Yesterday, the US...
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Deadline arrives for EU implementation of copyright directive

Call us naive in the ways of European legislation if you like, but this seems bizarre. Yesterday was the deadline for European Union member states to implement the bloc’s new copyright directive, so the European Commission published...
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Twitch warns streamers about new batch of takedown notices

Twitch has been making its case for playing a positive role in the careers of a growing number of musicians: the recent reports it commissioned from Midia Research and from former Spotify chief economist Will Page for...
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Downtown and eOne: a $700m+ day in copyright acquisitions

One day; two acquisitions; and more than $700m spent on music companies and copyrights. Downtown’s sale of its copyrights to Concord and Hasbro’s sale of eOne’s music business to Blackstone are different...
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‘Single Ladies’ choreographer is copyrighting his dance moves

As things to put on your CV go, inventing the dance moves in Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ video is nigh-on unbeatable. Well, if you’re a choreographer it is, if not perhaps quite as useful for a builder or an accountant....