Indian Copyright Amendment Rules go against recent Wynk ruling
A recent high court ruling in India for a case involving streaming service Wynk Music seemed to make it clear that the country’s statutory licensing system for radio and TV broadcasters did *not* also apply to music-streaming...
June 19, 2019
Study asks Harvard lawyers for their attitudes towards piracy
What do “elite upcoming lawyers from around the world” really think about file-sharing and copyright? A new study based on a survey of international LL.M. (Masters of Law) students at Harvard University has been trying...
June 10, 2019
Takedowns amp up the pressure on Twitter over music-licensing
A complaint from a musician about Twitter taking down a clip he posted of himself playing Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ turns out to have a bigger significance. Scott Bradlee of the group Postmodern Jukebox actually...
May 17, 2019
Will Article 17 have unintended consequences for musicians?
The new European Copyright Directive, complete with its Article 17 (formerly 13) on liability for user-uploaded-content platforms, is about to be passed into law, and then transposed into the legislation of the EU’s member...
May 10, 2019
WeChat users can now add songs to the videos they post
Chinese messaging app WeChat has a new feature that allows people to add songs to the videos they are sharing with friends. The feature is drawing these background tracks from QQ Music, one of the streaming services operated...
May 9, 2019
ASCAP distributions grew by 10% in 2018 to $1.11bn
The latest collecting society to announced impressive numbers for 2018 is ASCAP in the US. Its total revenues grew by 7% to $1.23bn last year, while its distributions grew by 10% to $1.11bn – the second billion-dollar-plus...
May 2, 2019
Martin Bandier says Spotify CRB appeal is ‘dumbest PR move ever’
Spotify continues to take the most flak from the US music-publishing community over its recent decision to appeal against new songwriter royalty-rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) – co-appealers Pandora, Google...
May 2, 2019
Peloton files counter-claim against music-publishers lawsuit
Earlier this year, a group of US music-publishers sued fitness startup Peloton for copyright infringement, seeking damages of more than $150m for what they claimed was unlicensed use of some of their songs. The company...
May 1, 2019
Spotify CFO predicts ‘long, drawn-out’ CRB-rates appeal
Spotify’s decision (alongside other streaming services) to appeal against new songwriter-royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has caused fury among the music-publishing community. It’s unlikely to...
April 30, 2019
PRS for Music boss puts Fortnite on notice after record collections
British collecting society PRS for Music saw its collections grow by 4.4% to £746m (around $965.4m) in 2018, setting a new record. £603.6m was distributed to members, down 0.2% year-on-year “caused by processing delays...
April 29, 2019
MLC debate continues in the US with calls for more information
If you’re keen to follow the debate about which entity should run the soon-to-be-created Mechanical Licensing Collective in the US, fill your boots on the official Copyright Office regulations site: it has published hundreds...
April 25, 2019
Lawyers outline ‘messy questions’ around AI-created music
If you, like us, are curious about the implications of music generated by artificial-intelligence, then we can thoroughly recommend the latest article by The Verge journalist Dani Deahl. She’s been talking to lawyers about...
April 18, 2019