European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13
If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
July 6, 2018
RIAA and BASCA shoot down Lyor Cohen’s pro-YouTube blog
At the end of last week, YouTube music boss Lyor Cohen published a blog that outlined why YouTube was good for music and why the music business was wrong to attack it on issues such as safe harbour and the value gap. The...
August 21, 2017
BASCA issues response to Lyor Cohen YouTube blog
BASCA – the body representing songwriters, composers and lyricists – has outlined its criticisms of Lyor Cohen’s recent blog about YouTube. The full statement is below. BASCA response to Lyor Cohen Safe harbour a mere...
August 20, 2017
Music rightsholders attack ‘complete tomfoolery’ of YouTube
"There is a massive contradiction in the messages they are giving out... It is complete tomfoolery." BASCA chairman Crispin Hunt was speaking at an event held in London last night by British collecting society PRS for...
June 30, 2017
BASCA chair Crispin Hunt: ‘Rules won’t break the internet, they’ll mend it’
YouTube and Facebook were squarely in the sights of Crispin Hunt, chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), as he delivered the opening address at yesterday’s Ivor Novello Awards in...
May 19, 2017
BASCA bosses join criticism of SoundCloud ‘intransigence’
British songwriting body BASCA has weighed back in to the debate about SoundCloud, following news that PRS for Music is suing the streaming service for copyright infringement. “We acknowledge that streaming is a fantastic...
September 1, 2015
Songwriters speak up over publisher withdrawals and safe harbour
There’s another row brewing involving songwriters, and this time the target of their ire is… publishers. The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to be specific. A group of songwriter representative bodies...
March 30, 2015
Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore
After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, we can say that it wasn’t just stars who upped their profile – the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever. Recording Academy president...
February 9, 2015
UK music bodies hit back after private copying exception
There’s a new row brewing within the UK music industry over recent changes to copyright laws – and specifically the private copying exception that finally made it legal for people to copy music for private use. UK Music,...
November 30, 2014
New website for BASCA with uploading and social features
British music writers association BASCA has revamped its website, with new interactive features aimd at its songwriting members.
February 10, 2011