Love ISN’T in the air as DSPs’ US royalty-rates appeal kicks off
David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US, has never been a man to pull his verbal punches when taking digital services to task. “Songwriters: This week, Spotify and Amazon are...
March 10, 2020
NMPA and Peloton settle publishing lawsuit with new partnership
The US National Music Publishers Association has settled the copyright infringement lawsuit with fitness firm Peloton, which was brought last year by 14 of its publisher members. The terms have not been announced, but the...
February 28, 2020
US Congress launches new attempt to pay artists for radio plays
With the Music Modernization Act passed – and (most of) the arguments over the funding of its new Mechanical Licensing Collective settled – the US music industry is turning its attention to another long-running legislative...
November 22, 2019
NMPA throws weight behind possible US investigation into TikTok
TikTok is currently under intense scrutiny in the US over its recently-revealed censorship policies, with prominent senator Marco Rubio having called for a formal investigation into the company. Now the National Music Publishers...
October 17, 2019
NMPA attacks Spotify and Amazon in latest royalties battle
Ding ding! Round… well, we’re not sure what round we’re into now if the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Spotify were having a boxing match. But the slugs keep on coming. Remember how Spotify announced that...
August 28, 2019
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