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After 2017 growth, Sacem boss talks YouTube, Facebook and blockchain

French collecting society Sacem has reported that in 2017, its collections from online surpassed those from physical music products for the first time. But both revenue sources are still behind that coming in from private-copying...
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German PRO GEMA reports 5% growth in revenues for 2017

German collecting society GEMA announced its latest financials yesterday, with its revenues growing by 5% to €1.07bn in 2017. The PRO also hailed the latest lowering in its costs – now down to 15% – despite continued...
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Facebook signs licensing deals with Sacem, Socan and Wixen

Facebook’s music-licensing efforts continue apace, with the announcement of three more deals this weekend. The social network now has agreements with French collecting society Sacem; Canadian PRO Socan; and music publisher...
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PRS for Music CEO: ‘How to unlock rightsholders’ money around the world’

This guest column comes from Robert Ashcroft, CEO of PRS for Music: "The issues of data, value and protection for songwriters have never been so high on the agenda. In early 2016 I had a conversation with George Howard...
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YouTube music videos back online in Finland after blockage

YouTube and Finnish collecting society Teosto have resolved a situation that saw a number of music videos on the service blocked from being watched in Finland. The message shown to users pointed to Teosto as the cause,...
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2017 was a billion-dollar distribution year for BMI

US performance-rights organisation BMI has announced a strong set of figures for its 2017 fiscal year, which ended recently. The company generated $1.13bn of revenues, distributing just over $1.02bn to songwriters, composers...
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MelodyVR signs European collecting-society deals

British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest set of deals this morning: with various European collecting societies. The agreements, covering use of songwriter copyrights in MelodyVR’s upcoming service,...
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STIM Spotify royalty payouts delayed after ‘unmatched tracks’ dispute

The relationship of Spotify and Swedish collecting society STIM has encountered a bump in the road, relating to the terms of their royalties agreement. "We have informed our rightsholders that the royalties from Spotify...
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Sacem breaks its royalty-distribution record with €1.2bn

French collecting society Sacem is the latest among its peers to announce more growth in 2016. The society saw its collections rise by 3.9% year-on-year to €1.37bn ($1.53bn), while its distributions rose by 1.9% to €1.21bn. Like...
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GEMA collected more than €1bn for first time in 2016

German collecting society GEMA has published its figures for 2016, reporting a new milestone: €1.02bn of collections on behalf of its members. It’s the first time GEMA has passed the billion-euros mark in a year. “GEMA...
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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...
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PPL and PRS for Music reveal plan to link data sets

Breaking down the walls between different data silos remains one of the music industry’s key challenges in 2017. Now British collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music are taking a step in the right direction, with plans...