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Publishers hail ‘critical victory’ over Wolfgang’s Vault

The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) says its members have won a “critical victory” in their nearly-three-year legal battle with the Wolfgang’s Vault website. The site specialises in archive live recordings,...
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NMPA boss on production music: ‘The licensing system is broken’

The National Music Publishers Association’s boss has criticised something in public. No, not Spotify this time. David Israelite has been casting his eye over the way publishing works with the production-music sector, and...
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Spotify mechanical-licensing woes mount with new legal filings

Spotify’s mechanical-licensing problems in the US aren’t easing. In fact, they’re escalating. Hundreds of artists and songwriters have put their names to a legal objection to Spotify’s proposed $43m settlement over...
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NMPA boss ramps up the pressure on Spotify over mechanicals

Did we report yesterday on quotes from National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) boss David Israelite that suggested he was fairly relaxed about Spotify’s latest mechanical-licensing controversy? Yes, we did. But...
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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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Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify

Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
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Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming

We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
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Rightsholders could ‘turn very quickly’ over Facebook licensing

Bloomberg’s piece on Facebook’s music-licensing efforts offers some good colour to the negotiations that are kicking off in earnest between the social network and rightsholders. It emphasises the fact that deals covering...
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US music industry bodies lobby Trump ahead of tech summit

US president-elect Donald Trump is meeting a group of tech leaders today in New York, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Alphabet’s Larry Page and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Ahead of the event, a group of US music-industry...
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NMPA calls for Trump administration to protect copyright

We wrote about lobbying body The Internet Association’s letter to US president-elect Donald Trump outlining its priorities for his incoming administration. Now the National Music Publishers Association has sent its own...
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NMPA calls for Facebook to sign music publishing deals

The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) is training its sights on Facebook, calling for the social network to adopt a more proactive approach towards licensing publishing rights. In an op-ed piece for Billboard,...
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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...