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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.

MCPS sets out relationship with Collective Rights Management Directive

London, 16 January 2017 - Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Limited (MCPS) has outlined the extent of its alignment with the regulations implementing the Collective Rights Management (CRM) Directive in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Inclusion of copyright-protected content in geo-blocking draft report raises serious concerns

Today Roza Thun MEP issued her draft report on the Geo-blocking Regulation in the European Parliament. We are concerned that the draft report proposes to include copyright-protected content such as e-books, music and video-games in the scope of the Regulation, and to extend the scope of the review clause to audiovisual works.

Kramm vs GEMA: music publishers breathe a sigh of relief

The law concerning the so-called publisher`s share was passed yesterday evening in the German parliament. This means that there is now a legal basis for music publishers to receive a share of the monies German collecting management organisation (CMO) GEMA collects.  

ICMP comments on YouTube paying out $1bn in ad revenue to music industry

YouTube says it has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone over the past 12 months.  

EUR 83 billion and 790 000 jobs lost every year across the EU due to counterfeiting and piracy


EUR 83 billion and 790 000 jobs lost every year across the EU due to counterfeiting and piracy

Busy 33rd session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

Sylvie Forbin, the new WIPO Deputy Director General for Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, opened the 33rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), which was held from 14 to 18 November in Geneva. ICMP was in attendance.