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:...
September 26, 2016
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...
September 21, 2016
Pandora to live-stream upcoming Metallica concert
Remember when Metallica and Spotify were sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G? Oh, alright, exclusively L-I-C-E-N-S-I-N-G. In 2016, though, Metallica are exploring the wider field of digital services, announcing a new partnership...
August 11, 2016
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...
August 5, 2016
The problem with blockchain ‘smart contracts’ for music
One of the elements of blockchain technology that’s been getting some people in the music world excited are ‘smart contracts’ – rights contract that are automatically executed for every payout from a stream or sale.
July 27, 2016
Vevo may finally get a WMG licensing deal
It’s an open secret that Vevo’s CEO Erik Huggers has been lobbying hard to secure a licensing deal with Warner Music Group – the sole major holdout from the music-videos service.
July 26, 2016
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.
July 25, 2016
US Department of Justice consent-decree review ‘ongoing’
American publishers and PROs are up in arms over reports that the Department of Justice will force them into a ‘100% licensing’ system where any publisher with a share of a song can license the track to a digital service...
July 19, 2016
Report claims UMG closing in on vKontakte licensing deal
Russian social network vKontakte has been a controversial entity for the music industry thanks to songs being shared on its platform. Its launch of a licensed (by Sony Music and Warner Music) streaming app in May was a big...
July 19, 2016
YouTube’s per-stream music payouts have halved – report
Here’s some more ammunition for the ‘value gap’ debate: a report from Midia Research claiming that the effective per-stream payouts from YouTube to music rightsholders halved in 2015.
July 13, 2016
NMPA and ASCAP bosses speak out on DoJ 100% licensing move
Recent news that the US Department of Justice is moving forward with requirements for ‘100% licensing’ of music continues to make waves within the publishing world. The bosses of the NMPA and ASCAP have both explained...
July 13, 2016