June 17, 2011:NMPA boss calls for blanket licensing of mechanical and sync rights

The National Music Publishers Association’s president and CEO David Israelite made a speech yesterday calling for blanket licensing for mechanical and sync rights in the US. “If you look at the challenges of the industry,” the way we license doesn’t work: it is broken,” said Israelite at the NMPA’s annual meeting. He wants new laws to create designated agents to act on behalf of the music publishers for sync and mechanical rights, although he said that publishers should still be free to cut individual deals in certain situations. Israelite hopes to work with labels and digital music services on drafting potential legislation. “We are far along in concept, but there is nothing on paper yet. This shouldn’t be controversial. We will all come together to support it.” Source: Billboard



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