Spotify embroiled in publishing royalties row with Victory Records
Artists including La Roux, Joanna Newsom and James Blunt may be keeping the Spotify royalties rows bubbling, but the streaming service may have a bigger problem to deal with focused on publishing royalties. It all kicked...
October 21, 2015
NMPA boss hits back at Pandora over free music
We reported yesterday on Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews’ defence of free streaming music. It only took a day for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to hit back, also in an op-ed piece for Billboard. Boss David...
September 25, 2015
NMPA boss hopes Apple Music can grow streaming subscriptions
It sounds like a slightly doleful AGM for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), with the body talking about last year’s 2.5% drop in revenues for the US music publishing industry to $2.14bn. President David...
June 18, 2015
Wolfgang’s Vaults faces infringement suit from NMPA
The National Music Publishers’ Association is taking legal action against Wolfgang’s Vaults and its related sites (such as Daytrotter) over copyright concerns. “Wolfgang’s Vault calls itself the ‘largest...
May 28, 2015
Songwriters speak up over publisher withdrawals and safe harbour
There’s another row brewing involving songwriters, and this time the target of their ire is… publishers. The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to be specific. A group of songwriter representative bodies...
March 30, 2015
Songwriter Equity Act returns to US houses of Congress
2015 is certainly the year when the debate about songwriter royalties steps up a few notches. This week saw the return in the US of the proposed Songwriter Equity Act, including changes to current copyright legislation that...
March 5, 2015
US music publishers sue lyrics websites SeekLyrics and LyricsTime
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two big lyrics websites, SeekLyrics and LyricsTime. It’s the latest step in the body’s battle against unlicensed...
July 30, 2014
Rap Genius settles with US music publishers
Last year, the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) had Rap Genius squarely in its sights, after the startup came top of a table of popular unlicensed lyrics sites (Bulletin, 12-Nov-13). Rap Genius quickly announced...
July 8, 2014
Rap Genius signs licensing deal with Warner/Chappell
Having been criticised as the most high-profile unlicensed lyrics website last year, Rap Genius has been striking a series of deals with publishers – the latest of which is Warner/Chappell Music. Announced last night, it...
July 4, 2014
NMPA reaches licensing settlement with YouTube MCN Fullscreen
The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has announced a settlement with YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen
January 29, 2014
NMPA and Rap Genius to meet over licensing row
Last week, the US National Music Publishers Association announced a hitlist of unlicensed lyrics sites.
November 20, 2013