Apple cuts iTunes Radio deal with BMI, but reportedly strong-arms indies
BMI has inked a performance licensing deal for iTunes Radio that could bring it 10% of the advertising revenues from Apple's new personal radio service.
June 14, 2013
Universal Music Publishing pulling rights from ASCAP/BMI
Universal Music Publishing Group has announced that it is following Sony/ATV's lead in pulling its digital performance rights from ASCAP and BMI, in order to strike direct deals with services like Pandora.
February 5, 2013
Roqbot unveils its ’21st-Century Business Music App’
Roqbot: an app aimed at restaurants, bars, events, and other companies in the US helping them play music in their buildings without worrying about contracts, audio ads or extraneous hardware.
December 5, 2012
Music Ally Report: Beyond the Infringe (Issue 291)
The Pirate Bay has made some eccentric announcements in 2012 so far, but more seriously, we consider the shifting sands in the online piracy world, as sites and services look to become even more anonymous, decentralised and...
April 12, 2012
Turntable.fm closing in on major-label deals
Once-buzzy music startup Turntable.fm is on the verge of signing licensing deals with several major labels, according to a report on CNET.
March 9, 2012
Turntable.fm in ‘super eager’ licensing talks with major labels
Social music site Turntable.fm announced its $7 million funding round earlier this week, so how to spend it? Ah, licensing negotiations. CEO Billy Chasen tells Bloomberg that the company is in discussions with all four major...
September 15, 2011
Now BMI has a deal with Turntable.fm
What was that old chestnut about music licensing bodies being too slow to ink deals with interesting new startups? Hot on the heels of ASCAP's deal with Turntable.fm in the US, now BMI has announced its own licensing agreement...
July 22, 2011
BMI reveals ringback tone decline
BMI claims that the US ringback tone market dropped 7.2% in the year ended 30 June, from $195 million to $181 million. However, it clarifies that usage of RBTs isn't falling – just the revenues from selling them....
October 6, 2010
ASCAP and BMI back Viacom in YouTube lawsuit
A group of copyright owners has filed an amicus brief supporting Viacom in its copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube, including US collecting societies ASCAP and BMI.
May 11, 2010
BMI sues T-Mobile USA over ringback copyright infringement
US collecting body Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against T-Mobile USA, claiming that it has been using licensed copies of BMI's repertoire for its ringback tone service.
January 8, 2010
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.
September 18, 2009
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 brief claiming these preview clips should...
September 22, 2008