Copyright Directive Saga: EU Court of Justice states that Article 17 does not violate the right to freedom of expression and information of users

As you readers so well know, on 14 September 2016, in line with the digital single market strategy, the European Commission presented a legislative package for the modernisation of EU copyright rules aiming to adapt EU copyright rules in a context where tech was rapidly changing the way works were created, produced, distributed and exploited. …

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‘For Ukraine’, an album in support of ucranians victims

Ukraine needs everyone’s support, and what better way than to arouse public solidarity through music. For this reason, from Unison we support the initiative ‘For Ukraine’, a charity music compilation album of Ukrainian artists, musicians and creatives whose aim is to raise funds for Ukrainian humanitarian organisations. 100% of the profits generated by this project…

An anecdote about John Lennon and 5 fallacies about IMEs

Among the beatlemaniacs there is a well-known legend about the song “Sexie Sadie”, composed by John Lennon in 1968 and included in the so-called “White Album”. The Beatles were in Rishikesh (India), on a spiritual retreat to practice transcendental meditation under the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, along with other celebrities of the time such…

The Dilemma: how to cooperate for the benefit of the Music Industry

Last Tuesday, February 1, the Verifi Rights Data Alliance (VRDA) was announced, the project led by Verify Media for the creation of a data exchange system for music rights ownership between different agents in the digital value chain. The alliance’s inaugural members are a rights holder (Warner Music Group), an independent copyright management operator (UNISON),…

We join the “Verifi Rights Data Alliance” initiative with Warner Music Group, Deezer and FUGA

We are part of the inaugural members of “Verifi Rights Data Alliance” initiative of Verifi Media, a global leader in modern media rights data management services. This alliance will streamline the exchange of information for music catalogues throughout the digital value chain, allowing each entity to maintain its own data source. In addition, Warner Music…

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The Spanish Competition Authorities open a new file against SGAE for “Abuse of Dominant Position”.

In December we informed about our request to the Commercial Court nº3 of Barcelona to comply with the precautionary measures of December 20, 2019, which determined the anti-competitive nature of certain clause of SGAE. Now, the Spanish Competition Authorities (CNMC) has agreed to initiate, at the request of Unison Rights, a new antitrust proceeding against…

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SGAE obliged to withdraw exclusive management from their new contract model at the request of Unison

As a result of the latest modification of the SGAE management contract model, from Unison we requested the Commercial Court No. 3 of Barcelona to comply with the precautionary measures of December 20, 2019, which determined the anti-competitive nature of certain clauses. Specifically, we denounced that SGAE’s new management contract model imposed the exclusive management…

The transposition of the new Copyright Directive and its impact on the music industry

On Tuesday 2 November 2021, the Council of Ministers approved by Royal Decree-Law 24/2021 the transposition into Spanish law of a series of Directives, including Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (hereinafter “Directive 2019/790”) on which we will focus in this article, the transposition of this directive has…

Celebrating 2 Million Musical Works

In Unison we are celebrating one further achievement: we now manage rights in an excess of 2 million musical works. Behind this milestone figure there are more than 300 clients that have trusted Unison for the management of their music publishing rights.  In the last 18 months we have become a true digital rights licensing…