Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify
Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
July 19, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017
Rightsholders could ‘turn very quickly’ over Facebook licensing
Bloomberg’s piece on Facebook’s music-licensing efforts offers some good colour to the negotiations that are kicking off in earnest between the social network and rightsholders. It emphasises the fact that deals covering...
February 14, 2017
US music industry bodies lobby Trump ahead of tech summit
US president-elect Donald Trump is meeting a group of tech leaders today in New York, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Alphabet’s Larry Page and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Ahead of the event, a group of US music-industry...
December 14, 2016
NMPA calls for Trump administration to protect copyright
We wrote about lobbying body The Internet Association’s letter to US president-elect Donald Trump outlining its priorities for his incoming administration. Now the National Music Publishers Association has sent its own...
November 21, 2016
NMPA calls for Facebook to sign music publishing deals
The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) is training its sights on Facebook, calling for the social network to adopt a more proactive approach towards licensing publishing rights. In an op-ed piece for Billboard,...
October 28, 2016
US publishing industry in uproar over DoJ licensing plans
Music Ally reported on the official confirmation late last week that the US Department of Justice will enforce “100% licensing” under its consent decrees. Since then, members of the publishing community have been having...
August 8, 2016
NMPA and ASCAP bosses speak out on DoJ 100% licensing move
Recent news that the US Department of Justice is moving forward with requirements for ‘100% licensing’ of music continues to make waves within the publishing world. The bosses of the NMPA and ASCAP have both explained...
July 13, 2016
‘Vast majority’ of NMPA members opt in to Spotify settlement
The National Music Publishers Association’s (NMPA) proposed settlement with Spotify over mechanical royalties has attracted the “vast majority” of its members.
July 13, 2016
New Lowery v Spotify filing seeks more details of NMPA deal
The class-action lawsuit against Spotify filed by musician David Lowery has taken another twist. A new filing on behalf of Lowery and his co-plaintiffs is seeking more details of the streaming service’s proposed publishing-royalties...
April 20, 2016
NMPA and Spotify strike $30m mechanicals settlement
Spotify has taken a step closer to resolving its mechanical-royalties problems in the US, via an anticipated agreement with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). As expected, the settlement will involve publishers...
March 18, 2016
Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next?
2016 was supposed to be the year when Spotify reached 100m active users, en route to an IPO. The former will happen soon while the latter may still be on the cards this year. But 2016 is now also the year when Spotify...
January 25, 2016