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RIAA and NMPA working on their own song-database project

One of the big challenges in any project to build a comprehensive database of music rights is the many cooks involved in such a recipe. Infighting, competition and mutual suspicion aren’t a smooth path to solving this particular...
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ASCAP / BMI database plans are already sparking a row

ASCAP and BMI are fielding criticism for not including other US performing rights organisations (PROs) in their partnership to create a new database of song rights. Sesac and Global Music Rights are both currently not...
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ASCAP and BMI to work on joint musical-works database

The latest initiative to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems is a collaboration between American PROs ASCAP and BMI. Focused on the US - put away those ‘Global Repertoire Database’ comparisons now please...
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ASCAP says YouTube deal will boost its video payouts

When YouTube appointed Lyor Cohen as its head of music – and again recently when it poached SoundCloud content boss Stephen Bryan – there were cautious hopes expressed within the music industry that Google’s video service...
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ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project

Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
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Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music

We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is  another one for the list,...
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Department of Justice appeals consent-decree decision

The US Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the US music-publishing sector has been met with fury by publishers. Unsurprisingly, then, its decision to appeal a September ruling barring the change hasn’t...
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ASCAP creates a new digital team

ASCAP is the latest collecting society to beef up its tech capabilities, announcing a new digital team that it promises will make its service “more transparent and efficient” for members. The team is actually two teams:...
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BMI rate-court judge rules against 100% licensing

The US publishing industry is rejoicing after BMI’s rate-court judge ruled against the Department of Justice over 100% licensing. According to Judge Louis Stanton, ‘fractional’ licensing IS acceptable under the consent...
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US publishing industry in uproar over DoJ licensing plans

Music Ally reported on the official confirmation late last week that the US Department of Justice will enforce “100% licensing” under its consent decrees. Since then, members of the publishing community have been having...
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US DOJ backs “100% licensing” = PROs up in arms but DSPs unruffled

Both ASCAP and BMI have come out and said they would fight against the antitrust office of the Department Of Justice’s argument that 100% licensing (aka “full-works licensing”) is required under the consent decree in...
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ASCAP boss hits back against prospect of 100% licensing

ASCAP chief executive Elizabeth Matthews has been talking about the potential impact if “100% licensing” is forced upon publishers and PROs in the US.