DiMA and RLMC warn DoJ off hasty removal of US consent decrees
Just the latest potential shakeup to the US system of music-licensing is the Department of Justice’s antitrust division’s review of the ‘consent decrees’ which govern collecting societies ASCAP and BMI. Now the body...
August 13, 2019
SoundExchange wants to help podcasts license music properly
Licensing music for use in podcasts is tough: in most countries there isn’t a standard (or blanket) licensing system to help shows use music while paying royalties to its rightsholders and creators. That’s why podcasters...
August 13, 2019
Amid TikTok dispute, Bytedance hired ICE’s head of rights & repertoire
TikTok has referred licensing hub ICE and its three founders – PRS for Music, GEMA and STIM – to the UK’s Copyright Tribunal, in a dispute over licensing terms. The social app will have some expert help in its corner,...
August 1, 2019
Lickd says Ed Sheeran is most-longed-for licence for YouTubers
Ed Sheeran is big on YouTube: as Music Ally recently reported, his channel has just passed the milestone of 40 million subscribers, while it’s now also past the 17bn views mark. However, Sheeran is also the top artist cited...
July 10, 2019
NMPA-backed consortium wins race to be the US’ new MLC
The keenly (and very publicly) fought race to oversee the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has been won by the consortium led by publishing bodies the NMPA, NSAI and SONA. The group prevailed over the rival...
July 8, 2019
MelodyVR reveals content-licensing deal with Facebook
It’s a busy time for music-VR startup MelodyVR, with its smartphone app having just launched. Now it has announced an intriguing content-licensing deal… with Facebook. “The agreement will see MelodyVR’s content...
July 5, 2019
Epidemic Sound raises $20m and prepares for Asia expansion
Production-music firm Epidemic Sound has raised a $20m funding round, which the company says will fuel its expansion to Asia. The round includes equity funding from Korean investor DS Asset Management, and debt funding from...
July 1, 2019
Replica will help artists ‘license their own voices at scale’
Earlier this year, Australian startup Replica was announced as one of the latest cohort for accelerator Techstars Music: a company using AI “to create the next generation of games, films, music, and other media” providing...
June 24, 2019
Roli launches Kickstarter for Lumi educational instrument
British startup Roli has launched a series of inventive musical instruments. Its latest has been unveiled with a Kickstarter pre-orders campaign. The instrument is called Lumi, which is pitched as “the illuminated keyboard,...
June 19, 2019
Merlin CEO steps down after another record payouts year
The boss of indie licensing agency Merlin will step down at the end of 2019. Charles Caldas revealed the news yesterday, having led the organisation since its earliest days in 2007. It’s an amicable life-choice decision,...
June 19, 2019
Lil Nas X bought the underlying trap beat for Old Town Road for $30
Rolling Stone has an interesting feature on the backstory to ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X (a song we presume you’ve heard at least 853 times by now). It broke, of course, on TikTok and then got a second push when...
May 29, 2019
Report: Bytedance has Indian label deals for new music service
New details have emerged on TikTok’s parent company Bytedance’s plans to launch its own music-streaming service. Bloomberg reports that the new service will launch this autumn “in a handful of territories, mostly...
May 21, 2019