Downtown strikes publishing performance deal with YouTube
2016: the year databases of publishing rights finally made the headlines! Spotify continues to put its plans together to create a publishing administration system to solve its mechanicals headache in the US, but YouTube...
April 14, 2016
Kobalt revenues rise but its losses have increased too
Kobalt’s soon-to-be-published financial results reveal that its revenues rose by 25.6% to $245.1m in its last full financial year, which ended on 30 June 2015. The company ended that year with more than $46m of cash...
April 4, 2016
SoundCloud is now publishing boss Jane Dyball’s cup of tea
Back in May 2015, MCPS CEO Jane Dyball caused a rumpus with this comment in an interview with Music Ally: “SoundCloud present themselves as the musicians’ friend, for example. I am friends with musicians and I buy...
March 31, 2016
David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming
“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...
March 31, 2016
UPPM digitises archives to launch Bruton Vaults label
Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM) is launching a new label called Bruton Vaults, to digitally release a catalogue of original library music originally created in the 1970s and 1980s. The albums – complete...
March 18, 2016
NMPA and Spotify strike $30m mechanicals settlement
Spotify has taken a step closer to resolving its mechanical-royalties problems in the US, via an anticipated agreement with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). As expected, the settlement will involve publishers...
March 18, 2016
Sony buys Michael Jackson estate share of Sony/ATV for $750m
After a 2015 in which Sony was tipped to sell its stake in publishing company Sony/ATV, 2016 has brought a different story: Sony buying out the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% share in the publisher instead. Sony has agreed...
March 15, 2016
Melissa Ferrick to Spotify: Why haven’t you paid us already?’
Artist Melissa Ferrick has been talking to Billboard about her class-action lawsuit against Spotify over mechanical licensing. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s a cool way to listen to music, they’re just not...
March 14, 2016
Settlement may be in sight for US publishing royalties row
Right up front, the caveat here is that the disputes around mechanical royalties payments from streaming services may defy an attempt to reach a settlement that makes all parties happy. So while the National Music Publishers...
March 8, 2016
David Lowery Spotify takedowns spark new disagreement
US Spotify users can’t stream music by David Lowery’s two bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, after the service removed them as part of its legal dispute with the musician over publishing royalties. However, the...
February 23, 2016
Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next?
2016 was supposed to be the year when Spotify reached 100m active users, en route to an IPO. The former will happen soon while the latter may still be on the cards this year. But 2016 is now also the year when Spotify...
January 25, 2016
Songwriter Melissa Ferrick speaks out on Spotify lawsuit
US musician Melissa Ferrick is the frontperson for the second songwriter class-action lawsuit against Spotify – the $200m one, as opposed to David Lowery’s $150m one. She’s been speaking to Hypebot about the motivation...
January 13, 2016