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Still with music (well, it is the CopyKat's thing after all), MEPs have strongly backed a new bill that will allow music download sites to secure single music rights licences from collective management organisations that are valid across the EU, voting 640-18 in favour of adopting the Collective Rights Management Directive . Organisations managing authors' works will be required to prove that they can process data from service providers showing when music is downloaded or streamed online, and that they can match this data to the music by their clients. MEPs say the law should stimulate the development of EU-wide online music services and that lower licensing costs will mean cheaper prices and greater access for consumers. Meanwhile, collective rights societies will be required to pay artists within nine months of the end of each financial year to ensure that artists' performing rights are paid out faster. The EU recorded music market was worth around €4.1 billion in 2012, while the industry is also responsible for an estimated 6.7 million jobs. The European Commission, which proposed the law, says this should facilitate the rolling out of new online services and Single Market Commissioner Michel Barnier described the bill as "a cornerstone of the digital single market," adding that it would "contribute to wider availability and better choice of offers of online music in Europe." The new Directive, due to come into force in 2016, now needs the final sign off from The European Council, expected to happen within the next couple of weeks. There are currently more than 250 collective management organizations in the E.U.
Tom Cruise is reportedly being sued for £610million ($1billion) by screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan who claims the Top Gun star stole his idea for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. McLanahan claims he came up with the concept for the 2011 box office smash in his own script for a film titled Head On in 1998. He is now seeking damages from Cruise, Paramount Pictures and various production companies after filing a lawsuit in December. And in a federal lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages and injunctive relief, writers Bernard Hiller and Gabriel Bologna claim Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki, who was hired to direct their screenplay "Brundibar", "swiped" the gist of a screenplay set in a Nazi concentration camp to develop a competing story of his own. The writers say that whilst their story is based on historical events and characters, they created original material which has been infringed. Mandoki, Informant Media, it's partner and producer Judy Cairo, and producer and actress Athena Ashburn are all listed as defendants.
And OK - nowt to do with the law - BUT it is the CopyKat's day job and he is a bit proud - The BBC's coverage of Glastonbury 2013, including the fab Arctic Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons, picked up a prestigious Broadcast Award at a ceremony hosted by Alexander Armstrong at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night. The judges commented that the BBC's coverage on TV, radio, red button, on demand and live web streaming made it "feel as if you were right there" and was "ambitious in scale and executed brilliantly". The Glastonbury coverage beat off strong challenges from The Mercury Music Prize Sessions (Channel 4), Later With Jools (BBC2) and Bollywood Carmen Live (BBC/Asian Network). Other winners in the night included Mr Stink (Best Children's programme), Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (Best Entertainment Programme), Coronation Street (Best Soap), The Ryder Cup (Best Sports Programmes), Educating Yorkshire (Best Documentary Series), Broadchurch (Best Drama Series) and Googlebox (Best Original Programmes).