The next big row over digital music royalties looks set to focus on the clips used to preview songs on stores like iTunes. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) are lobbying to be paid performance royalties for such clips, as well as for full music downloads and downloads of films and TV shows in which music is used. The question of whether a download counts as a performance looks set to spark plenty of debate – Digital Media Association boss Jonathan Potter has already hit back: “They are saying, ”The songwriters aren’t getting paid.” Baloney. Songwriters are getting paid. They’re paid sync rights and (mechanical) rights. They aren’t getting paid for the public performance in a download because there is no public performance in a download.”

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