US collecting society ASCAP has announced that it has a deal with hotly-tipped social music site Turntable.fm. “It’s great to see a tech start-up securing an ASCAP license from the outset, ensuring that songwriters, composers and publishers will be paid fairly if the site succeeds,” explains ASCAP’s director of marketing Jon Bahr in a blog post.
EMI Music Publishing takes digital rights back from ASCAP
EMI Music Publishing has announced that it will now take direct responsibility for licensing the digital rights previously represented by ASCAP. Specifically, it’s the EMI April Music catalogue that is being taken back in-house digitally…
EFF hits back at ASCAP and calls for voluntary collective licensing
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the latest member of ASCAP’s ‘axis of evil’ to hit back at the US collecting society, saying that it believes artists should be compensated for their work. ASCAP sent a letter to members singling out EFF, Creative Commons and Public Knowledge as promoting the idea that music should be free.
Creative Commons hits back at ASCAP campaign
We reported last week on US collecting society ASCAP declaring war on a host of ‘copyleft’ organisations, including Creative Commons. The latter has hit back now. “It’s very sad that ASCAP is falsely claiming that Creative Commons works to undermine copyright,” says spokesperson Eric Steuer.
ASCAP calls for donations to fight… Creative Commons?
US collecting society ASCAP is reportedly starting a donations drive to beef up its lobbying efforts, but judging by the letter sent out to members, it’s picking some curious bogeymen.
ASCAP collected $995m for its members in 2009
US performing rights body ASCAP has announced that it collected more than $995 million for its songwriter, composer and publisher members in 2009, paying out more than $863 million of it.
ASCAP seeking licensing fees from live Guitar Hero games
Pubs and clubs are increasingly holding Guitar Hero or Rock Band events, letting people play with a big screen to entertain other attendees. It’s the new karaoke! A bit….
Ringtones are NOT public performances, rules US judge
Songwriters and publishers won’t be due royalties from mobile operators every time a subscriber’s phone rings, according to a US federal court ruling.
ASCAP and BMI want performance royalties for downloads and preview clips
The next big row over digital music royalties looks set to focus on the clips used to preview songs on stores like iTunes.
ASCAP demanding royalties from sites embedding YouTube videos
Anyone running a commercial website that’s ever embedded a YouTube music video may be feeling a tad nervous right now, with news that US collecting society ASCAP is looking to collect royalties from them.
Is a ringtone a public performance?
If it is, should mobile phone users have licences to play their ringtones? That’s the question at issue in an ongoing court battle between ASCAP and AT&T.
Should 30-second music preview clips be counted as fair use?
Should songwriters and music publishers be paid every time someone streams a 30-second preview clip of a track? The Digital Media Association (DiMA) says not, and has filed a legal […]