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TTIP talks happening this week in New York

NEW YORK - Trade negotiators are meeting in New York this week to somehow find common ground on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU-US trade deal, which has of late come under much negative scrutiny.

ICMP pushes for songwriter headline rate increase

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON – With the United States Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) in the process of defining the mechanical rates paid by digital services and other non-recorded music entities, ICMP, the International Confederation of Music Publishers has today called on the CRB to increase the headline rate for songwriters.

Copyright package ‘a step in the right direction’, says ICMP

BRUSSELS - The European Commission has today outlined its vision for ‘promoting a fair and efficient European copyright-based economy’. ICMP, the International Confederation of Music Publishers, welcomes the various proposals as a first step but says that there is still more to be done before rightsholders, consumers and cultural diversity are fully protected across the European Union.

ICMP on global impact of DoJ decision: Disastrous. Destructive. Legal?

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON - The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has released the following statement on the international impact of the Department of Justice’s decision on the consent decrees review.

Canadian music industry reaches settlement with torrent site

VANCOUVER - Gary Fung, the founder of Canadian file-sharing site isohunt has settled a lawsuit with the music industry for $66 million. Fung agreed to a consent order that found him liable for infringing the copyrights of some 12 Canadian and international labels.

EUIPO publishes research on online business models

BRUSSELS - The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published its so-called “Research on Online Business Models Infringing Intellectual Property Rights”. The findings give details on infringing business models, such as how they function, how they are financed, how they generate profits and the types of content they share.

Consent decree decision 'hard to understand'

After a two-year process to amend the consent decrees that have governed performing rights organisations (PROs) ASCAP and BMI since 1941, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that it will maintain key elements of the music market’s consent decrees and that all works must be licensed on a 100 percent basis.

NMPA holds Annual General Meeting

Washington DC, 28 June 2016 - At the National Music Publishers' Association's (NMPA) recent annual meeting, industry unity, fair rates for songwriters, reforming the consent decrees and safe harbour were all discussed.

58 MEPs want Commission to address transfer of value

Brussels, 22 June 2016 – With the EU’s copyright reform looming, 58 MEPs have signed an open letter urging the European Commission to stop the transfer of value (value gap) from wreaking havoc with creators’ livelihoods. The transfer of value is the mismatch between the value that certain digital platforms extract from music, and the value that is returned to rightsholders.

ICMP elects new Board and Bureaux

Cannes/Brussels, 8 June 2016 - ICMP held its Annual General Assembly (GA) during Midem on 4 June in the presence of some 60 publishers from across the globe. A new Board and Bureaux for the term of 2016-2018 were duly elected:

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