MLC confirms data partners and identity of its CIO
Launch-funding secured, the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is continuing to build its team and partnerships. Yesterday, the body announced that Richard Thompson will be its chief information officer. He’s...
November 27, 2019
David Lowery calls for songwriter input to MLC/DLC settlement
Artist and musician-rights advocate David Lowery has criticised last week’s announcement of an agreed budget for the new US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC). Agreed with the body that represents the digital music services,...
November 18, 2019
MLC and digital music services reach deal over budget
We reported before on the (sadly inevitable) squabbling over the budget for the new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) in the US, with the bill to be footed by digital music services. However, the latter’s representative...
November 15, 2019
An argument is brewing over the costs of the US’ new MLC
Well, this was predictable: the predicted costs of the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) are meeting resistance from the digital music services that will be paying for it. That’s according to Digital Music...
October 31, 2019
Peloton share-price falls by 11% on first day after IPO
We reported yesterday on Peloton’s IPO, with the company pricing its shares at $29 for a valuation of $8.1bn. How did that go once the market opened? Not so well. At the time of writing, Peloton’s market cap is...
September 27, 2019
Spotify says ‘marketplace services’ are focus for licensing renewals
“I would say if you’re a drama queen, knock yourselves out! It’s going to be a great show,” said Spotify’s CFO Barry McCarthy in September 2018, about the streaming service’s upcoming round of licence-renewal...
September 18, 2019
Partisan co-founder talks music-licensing for podcasts
When Music Ally and British industry body the BPI held an event about music and podcasts earlier this year, one of the main talking points was about the difficulty of licensing music for podcasts. “Rights are a disaster,”...
September 2, 2019
Tencent Music under pressure over exclusive licensing deals
One of the quirks of China’s music-streaming market has been the system of exclusive licensing deals: where a label will license its catalogue exclusively to one streaming firm, which will then sub-license it to its rivals....
August 28, 2019
Audiomack gets its first major licensing deal – with WMG
US-based streaming service Audiomack has spent much of its life since launch (in 2012) flying under the industry’s radar, starting as a mixtape-hosting site before becoming more of a SoundCloud-style direct-artist-uploads...
August 23, 2019
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