DSPs and NMPA filings are in over new CRB royalty rates
Breaking news: there isn’t just one appeal against the new songwriter-royalty rates proposed by the Copyright Royalty Board in the US. The one from Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon we all know about – it was officially...
August 16, 2019
Spotify’s relationship with publishers hits the rocks – again
A new Spotify / music publishing story broke on Friday, but there’s a bigger picture here: the increasingly-dispiriting story of the streaming service’s approach towards the publishing community, as well as the perception...
June 24, 2019
NMPA boss fires new shot at Spotify by comparing it to Uber
Uber went public on Friday, and the event spurred David Israelite, the boss of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) in the US, to voice his latest criticism of Spotify. “Question: what are the differences...
May 13, 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
Publishers planning own ‘town hall’ event on CRB rates appeals
Spotify is rumoured (although not, as yet, confirmed) to be holding some ‘town-hall’ events to explain to songwriters why it’s appealing against new royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board (CRB). Now publishing/songwriting...
March 27, 2019
NMPA posts ‘fact check’ on Spotify’s CRB-rates defence
The National Music Publishers Association *really* isn’t happy about Spotify’s recent blog post defending its decision to appeal the new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board. The NMPA published...
March 13, 2019
Spotify defends its CRB-rates appeal – but NMPA boss isn’t impressed
Under fire from US publishers, Spotify made its case for why its appeal against new songwriter-royalty rates isn’t an attack on that community yesterday. But it was met with a swift, furious response from NMPA boss David...
March 12, 2019
NMPA boss on why he sees Spotify and Amazon as CRB villains
If Google and Pandora have joined Spotify in Amazon in appealing against the US Copyright Royalty Board’s recent decision to raise songwriting royalties for streaming services, why were Spotify and Amazon the main focus...
March 11, 2019
US publishers slam streaming services over CRB rates appeal
The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) in the US has given Amazon and Spotify both barrels over their decision to appeal against the recent songwriter royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Yet it seems...
March 7, 2019
NMPA lambasts ALI’s Copyright Restatement Project as “written by extremist anti-copyright lawyers”
The National Music Publishers’ Association has come out swinging against the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Copyright Restatement Project (which could be considered for adoption by the Council of the American Law Institute),...
October 18, 2018
NMPA boss says it’s ‘now or never’ for Music Modernization Act
In Europe, the lobbying is intensifying around Article 13 and copyright reform, but in the US there’s also a heightening of the industry pressure for politicians to get a move on with passing the Music Modernization Act...
September 11, 2018