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EUIPO survey: Widespread support for intellectual property rights among EU citizens

Alicante, 28 March 2017 - An EU-wide survey carried out by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that 97% of all EU citizens believe it is important that inventors, creators and performing artists can protect their rights and be paid for their work.

Petition: ICMP and ECSA urge CRB to set fair rates for composers, songwriters and publishers

The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) are calling on big tech companies to pay composers, songwriters and publishers a fair mechanical rate for their work.

peermusic turns 90

2017 sees independent music publisher peermusic celebrating its 90th year.

Founded by Ralph S. Peer and his wife Monique I. Peer, the company is led by their son, CEO Ralph Peer II and granddaughter, deputy CEO, Mary Megan Peer.

ICMP urges Copyright Royalty Board to set fair rates

Brussels/Washington DC, 8 March 2017 –  The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is this week starting the process of defining the mechanical rates paid by digital services and other non-recorded music entities for the next five years.

WIPO IGC seeks to protect folklore

The 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) took place from 27 February to 3 March.

ICMP condemns AEPI’s collective management practices

ICMP is unhappy about Greece’s plans to introduce a Bill that exempts AEPI from a Europe-wide obligation of collective management entities to provide a fair and balanced representation of rightsholders in their decision making bodies.

Search engines and creative industries develop anti-piracy code of practice

Rightsholders and search-engines in the UK have agreed on a new voluntary code of practice to curb links to copyright-infringing content.

The code aims at demoting illegal sites once search engines receive notices from rightsholders. It also promotes technical consultation, more co-operation and information sharing.

Russia CMO to be independently audited

Moscow, 7 February 2017 - Russia’s state sponsored collective management organisation RAO, has ordered an independent audit of its finances, while its new general director Maxim Dmitriyev has placed his music industry assets in a blind trust "to avoid conflict of interest”.

First look at Midem 2017

Join publishers from all around the world at Midem, the leading B2B event for the music ecosystem, in Cannes (France) from Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 June 2017.

Bulgarian radio station and CMO in row over royalties

Bulgaria's state national radio station, BNR, is no longer permitted to play millions of contemporary songs due to a row over copyright remuneration. The broadcaster is at loggerheads with Collective Management Organisation (CMO) Musicautor, which manages the rights of 14 million pieces of music.

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