Publishing and rights: ‘Everybody needs to play ball in order for this tech to work’
“You can choose to grow one copyright at a time. That’s going to take a really, really long time. We went to look for solutions that would help us scale more quickly. And what drove that was really find likeminded people,...
January 17, 2020
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
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
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
Zoë Keating raises conflict-of-interest question over US MLC
We’ve reported on the process that’s going on in the US to choose a group to oversee the new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) that is being created as a result of last year’s Music Modernization Act. Musician Zoë...
April 15, 2019
Groups still competing to run US Mechanical Licensing Collective
As part of the recently-passed Music Modernization Act (MMA) in the US, a new ‘Mechanical Licensing Collective’ (MLC) will be created to license and administer mechanical rights in that country. Two groups are competing...
March 25, 2019