Tag: songwriters

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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”...
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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...
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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...