David Lowery asks NY attorney general to investigate Spotify
Musician and artists’ rights campaigner David Lowery has written to the attorney general of New York calling for an investigation into unpaid songwriter royalties from streaming service Spotify. His move follows the company’s...
November 10, 2015
UK Music counts music’s £4.1bn contribution to UK economy
Industry body UK Music has published its latest report, Measuring Music 2015, with the headline claim that music contributed £4.1bn to the UK economy in 2014. That included a 17% rise in British music exports thanks to...
November 5, 2015
Victory Records ups its ‘rhetoric’ on Spotify battle
Two weeks after having its catalogue removed from Spotify, Victory Records is upping the stakes in its dispute with the streaming service over unpaid royalties. Founder Tony Brummel has told staff that the row will lead...
November 3, 2015
ICE is nice for PRS, STIM and GEMA licensing hub
European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA have confirmed that the brand for their joint licensing and processing hub will be ICE, matching that of their copyright database. PRS is playing a big role in...
November 2, 2015
Songs Music CEO warns of ‘two-class’ system in publishing
Songs Music boss Matt Pincus has warned that if digital services adopt a ‘two-class’ system for paying large and small publishers, the songwriting industry as a whole will suffer. He cites the direct deals being offered...
October 30, 2015
SACEM excited by SVOD growth, less so by YouTube
Songwriters and composers will benefit from the growth of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services following in Netflix and Hulu’s footsteps. That’s according to Cécile Rap-Veber, director of licensing and international...
October 7, 2015
NMPA boss hits back at Pandora over free music
We reported yesterday on Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews’ defence of free streaming music. It only took a day for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to hit back, also in an op-ed piece for Billboard. Boss David...
September 25, 2015
Happy Birthday to you (but not to your copyright owner)
It’s safe to say there won’t be celebratory cakes, champagne or presents in the offices of Warner/Chappell following a ruling about its ownership of the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’. A US court ruling appears to...
September 23, 2015
BMI revenues topped $1bn in its last financial year
US performance rights body BMI has announced its latest financials, revealing revenues of just over $1bn for its last fiscal year, which ended on 30 June. The company says it paid out $877m to its songwriters, composers and...
September 11, 2015
Sony/ATV boss warns songwriters of consent-decree changes
We’ve lost count of the different arguments around streaming licensing in the US in recent years, but this week a new one has blown up. It focuses on the US Department of Justice’s decision to consider a “100% licensing”...
September 9, 2015
PRS for Music to shake up its public performance tariffs
Our digital focus means Music Ally doesn’t write much about the public performance royalty collections side of organisations like PRS for Music, beyond raising an eyebrow when someone seizes the mic at a conference to demand...
September 8, 2015
UMPG boss wants to find ‘common ground’ over creators’ rights
Universal Music Publishing Group boss Jody Gerson has been talking about her first six months in the role, including her optimism that industry rows about songwriters’ rights can be solved. “The music industry has not...
July 21, 2015