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
Pursued by the NMPA, Rap Genius signs first licensing deal
We reported earlier this week on the US National Music Publisher Association's campaign against unlicensed lyrics sites.
November 15, 2013
NMPA cracks down on unlicensed lyrics site, including Rap Genius
The US National Music Publishers Association is taking aim at unlicensed lyrics sites, sending takedown notices to 50 sites recently.
November 13, 2013
NMPA hopes new Pandora boss will play nicer with creators
The National Music Publishers Association has welcomed new Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews to his job with… No, not with a lawsuit, you cynics.
September 13, 2013
ASCAP and NMPA go on the attack against Pandora
"Any shred of credibility that Pandora had is gone. They are at war with songwriters," said NMPA boss David Israelite
June 13, 2013
Music publisher unrest growing at YouTube Multi-Channel Networks
The licensing deal announced in February between Universal Music Publishing Group and YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios didn't quite mask the increasing unrest from other publishers at the growth of such companies. SONGS...
March 20, 2013
NMPA cuts deal with UMG for publisher royalties on Vevo/YouTube vids
Just days after publicly complaining about the lack of royalties flowing from Vevo to music publishers, the US National Music Publishers' Association has cut a deal with Universal Music Group to start rectifying the issue.
June 20, 2012