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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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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...
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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Publishers up in arms over consent-decree plans

A row is brewing – yes, another one – in the US publishing sector. It concerns changes being made to the consent decree there, or rather, the decision NOT to make anticipated changes allowing publishers to withdraw digital...