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Business News CMU Digest

By Chris Cooke | Published on Sunday 17 July 2022

The most important stories of the past week in the music business…

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The BPI announced that web blocking in the UK was being extended to mobile networks, starting with the EE network owned by BT. Web blocking — where Internet service providers are ordered by the courts to block their users from accessing copyright-infringing websites — is an anti-piracy tactic of choice for music and movie companies in the countries where it’s available. In the UK, record label trading group BPI has now secured web blocking orders targeting more than 70 sites and thousands of connected domain names. But until now, those web blocks only applied to fixed Internet connections. With so many people now accessing digital content via mobile devices, it is an important development that EE agrees to extend webblocks to its mobile internet network – which also powers BT Mobile and Plusnet Mobile. BPI now hopes other UK mobile networks will follow suit. [READ MORE]

A US judge ruled that energy drink Bang is liable for copyright infringement for including songs released by Universal Music in its promotional TikTok videos without a license. Bang’s legal representatives said the drinks brand was under the impression that its videos were covered by TikTok’s music licenses — but those only pertain to user-generated content, not branded content. And while that ignorance of the restriction on TikTok’s licenses may affect any damages Bang has to pay, it doesn’t stop the company from being liable for infringement. However, the same judge said Universal had failed to establish that Bang was liable for complicit infringements related to influencer videos it commissioned that also contained unlicensed music. [READ MORE]

Britain’s House Of Lords Liaison Committee called for further reforms to the way bars, clubs and venues in England and Wales are licensed. It said the government had yet to implement some of the reforms proposed in a 2017 Lords report, which raised a number of issues with the 2003 Licensing Act. There needs to be better communication between different licensing and planning systems, the Lords said. committee in its new document, and better training for councilors participating in the licensing committee proceedings. It also said that although the ‘agent of change’ principle was added to the National Planning Policy Framework for England in 2018 – so that property developers should consider existing adjacent sites when developing new housing – the principle remains vague and is therefore not being implemented consistently. applied throughout the country. [READ MORE]

The American collecting society BMI presented legal arguments as to why there should not be a combined rate court hearing involving both the company and ASCAP. The US radio industry is seeking such a hearing to consider what royalties radio stations must pay to the two song rights associations. Previously, disputes over royalty rates related to BMI or ASCAP were dealt with separately in court with different judges, and the music community fears that a combined hearing like the one now being proposed could depress the total royalties paid by US radio stations. The radio industry is taking advantage of provisions in the Music Modernization Act of 2018 to try to get a combined hearing, but in a new legal filing, BMI insisted that that law didn’t change the consent decree governing its activities, which clearly states that BMI judicial hearings should be separate from ASCAP hearings. [READ MORE]

The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has announced partnerships with SACEM and Peermusic to help it manage the various song catalogs it has acquired. The French collecting society SACEM will manage digital licenses and digital royalties throughout Europe, while Peermusic will act as a sub-publisher outside the US, providing both management and synchronization services. Hipgnosis already has its own on-site operation in the US after acquiring music publishing company Big Deal Music in 2020. The Songs Fund also released several stats related to its last financial year, stating that its music catalog is now worth $2.7 billion. , while the company posted a “9.9 percent increase in operating NAV to $1.8491 per share.” [READ MORE]



READ MORE ABOUT: Bang | BMI | British Phonographic Industry (BPI) | Fund Hipgnosis Songs | House of Lords | Pear music | SACEM | TikTok | Universal music


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