US music bodies welcome progress of Music Modernization Act
The US Music Modernization Act (MMA) has taken its next step towards becoming law, with a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve it. Not without changes, however: the National Music Publishers Association...
June 29, 2018
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...
August 3, 2017
ASCAP / BMI database plans are already sparking a row
ASCAP and BMI are fielding criticism for not including other US performing rights organisations (PROs) in their partnership to create a new database of song rights. Sesac and Global Music Rights are both currently not...
July 31, 2017
ASCAP and BMI to work on joint musical-works database
The latest initiative to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems is a collaboration between American PROs ASCAP and BMI. Focused on the US - put away those ‘Global Repertoire Database’ comparisons now please...
July 27, 2017
ASCAP says YouTube deal will boost its video payouts
When YouTube appointed Lyor Cohen as its head of music – and again recently when it poached SoundCloud content boss Stephen Bryan – there were cautious hopes expressed within the music industry that Google’s video service...
June 14, 2017
ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project
Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
April 7, 2017
Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music
We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is another one for the list,...
December 7, 2016
Department of Justice appeals consent-decree decision
The US Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the US music-publishing sector has been met with fury by publishers. Unsurprisingly, then, its decision to appeal a September ruling barring the change hasn’t...
November 14, 2016
ASCAP creates a new digital team
ASCAP is the latest collecting society to beef up its tech capabilities, announcing a new digital team that it promises will make its service “more transparent and efficient” for members. The team is actually two teams:...
September 26, 2016
BMI rate-court judge rules against 100% licensing
The US publishing industry is rejoicing after BMI’s rate-court judge ruled against the Department of Justice over 100% licensing. According to Judge Louis Stanton, ‘fractional’ licensing IS acceptable under the consent...
September 21, 2016
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...
August 8, 2016
US DOJ backs “100% licensing” = PROs up in arms but DSPs unruffled
Both ASCAP and BMI have come out and said they would fight against the antitrust office of the Department Of Justice’s argument that 100% licensing (aka “full-works licensing”) is required under the consent decree in...
August 5, 2016