India May Drop eCommerce Policy due to Lack of Unanimity, TikTok Star Gets Signed to Universal Music Group, US Will Not Scrap Old Music Licensing Decrees and more.

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India May Drop eCommerce Policy due to Lack of Unanimity, TikTok Star Gets Signed to Universal Music Group, US Will Not Scrap Old Music Licensing Decrees, Uppbeat to License Music to YouTube, Hipgnosis Buys Rights to Metallica and Michael Bublé and Classic Bands Accused of Crowding Out New Music.

India May Drop eCommerce Policy due to Lack of Unanimity

An inter-ministerial group, consisting of the ministries of electronics and IT, corporate affairs, finance, agriculture and commerce and industry, discussed details pertaining to the draft ecommerce policy in January 2021. The policy seeks to set up a regulator for the e-commerce sector and implement a new law to regulate the manner in which eCommerce companies store, use, transfer, process and analyse user and non-user data.

One of the provisions in the draft policy states that companies which share data of Indian users overseas would be subject to periodic audits. Further, these companies would be required to provide any data that the government seeks, failing which they will be fined. The draft policy further states that medical data and information regarding defence and other sensitive matters cannot be stored offshore without approvals, adding that local storage of data will be made mandatory in these fields.

There was no convergence on several of these issues and the commerce and industry minister questioned the rationale behind the policy. Other ministers raised concerns over the role and reach of the regulator, provisions relating to consumer data protection in the policy and possible overlaps with other legislation.

Experts, however, think that an analysis of the EU’s Digital Markets Act is a good starting point for India to purpose a policy that regulates the sector.

TikTok Star Gets Signed to Universal Music Group

Former Mailman, Nathan Evans, recently got signed to Universal Music Group (UMG) after he went viral for posting his performances of sea shanties to TikTok.

His “Wellerman” rendition garnered north of 1.4 million likes and close to 20,000 comments on TikTok. UMG released his single, “Wellerman”, the 155-second-long track, which has generated over 153,000 YouTube views and around 151,000 Spotify plays.

US Will Not Scrap Old Music Licensing Decrees

The US Justice Department’s top antitrust official stated that, the administration will not scrap old agreements with music licensing groups, such as, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), which hold down costs for Spotify and other music streaming websites. In absence of these agreements, companies would have to negotiate rights in a chaotic transition, w