Covid-19 to ‘wipe out’ five years of songwriter royalties growth
Good morning! It's us again, bringing you a whopping serving of bad news. Well, there are positive things in global collecting societies body Cisac's latest annual report too, for last year, but the organisation makes it...
October 28, 2020
Cisac launches its long-awaited upgrade of ISWC system
This morning is the big unveiling for a new version of the ‘ISWC’ system of codes identifying music works, which global collecting societies body Cisac says will “improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency...
September 24, 2020
Meet CISAC’s new president, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus: ‘I’ll be outspoken!’
CISAC is the global body representing collecting societies. Its last president was Jean-Michel Jarre, and before him it was Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees. Big shoes to fill for its next president, right? Step forward......
May 29, 2020
Report: global value of music copyright reached $30.1bn in 2018
One of the quirks of the way the music industry makes its market data available is that we tend to talk about the ‘value of the industry’ purely in terms of recordings: thanks to the IFPI’s annual Global Music Report....
March 2, 2020
CISAC report reveals growth in global music collections
CISAC, the global collecting-societies body, has published its annual 'Global Collections Report' setting out the collections of its 239 members in more than 120 countries. As ever, it's a useful counterpart to the IFPI's...
November 7, 2019
CISAC says SGAE expulsion was ‘regrettable but essential’
In May this year, the general assembly of collecting-societies body CISAC voted to expel Spanish society SGAE, temporarily, in the wake of the long-running controversy around ‘The Wheel’ (a system that saw some of the...
June 13, 2019
European copyright directive responses are, well, as expected
We fired out a quick alert yesterday with the news that the European Copyright Directive had been approved by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by 348 votes to 274. Since then, reactions have been flooding in from...
March 27, 2019
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
CISAC-commissioned study criticises safe harbour rules
It will come as no surprise that a study commissioned by collecting-societies body CISAC criticises ‘safe harbour’ exceptions in copyright law. But the study, from Ashbel Smith Professor Stan Liebowitz of the University...
February 28, 2018
CISAC boss: ‘We are in a medieval dark digital age’
CISAC president and laser-spurting musician Jean-Michel Jarre has been speaking out again about the ‘value gap’ and the music industry’s relationships with big-tech giants. “We must solve the problem of the sustainable...
June 20, 2017
CISAC and ARIPO launch drive for creator rights in Africa
Information on the size of recorded-music markets in Africa remains hard to come by: even the IFPI only tracks figures for one country (South Africa) in its annual RIN report. However, collecting societies body CISAC is launching...
February 15, 2017
CISAC collected €7.5bn in music royalties last year
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has published its annual collections report, outlining the royalties it collected for creators in 2015. The total was €8.6bn, up 8.9% year-on-year....
November 28, 2016