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MelodyVR keen for more publishing deals after Warner/Chappell

Music virtual-reality company MelodyVR announced a multi-year licensing deal with publisher Warner/Chappell yesterday. The agreement covers VR distribution of the publisher’s catalogue of songs around “an extensive...
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Facebook signs music deals for Irving Azoff’s GMR, Kobalt and indie publishers

Facebook's latest music-licensing deal, following its agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, is something a corker: it's with Irving Azoff's Global Music Rights. That would be the Irving Azoff who's regularly...
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NMPA boss ramps up the pressure on Spotify over mechanicals

Did we report yesterday on quotes from National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) boss David Israelite that suggested he was fairly relaxed about Spotify’s latest mechanical-licensing controversy? Yes, we did. But...
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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...
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Spotify and Max Martin launch diversity-focused The Equalizer Project

Spotify is launching a new initiative in Sweden called The Equalizer Project, which will focus on the role of women in the music industry. The streaming service is working with partners the Swedish Music Publishers’...
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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...
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Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier: ‘YouTube should have paid us $5bn’

With its $750m buyout of the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% stake in the company, 2016 has been a big year for Sony/ATV. It has also consolidated its position in the publishing market, with subscription streaming revenues...
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Music publishers gear up for Facebook licensing push

If 2016 was the year of the ‘value gap’ debate around YouTube and music licensing, could 2017 see music rightsholders shift some of their pressure on to Facebook? According to Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier, the social...
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Relive Midem 2016 with official review posts

Some of the key quotes and trends of this year’s Midem conference are being revived on Reed Midem’s official blog, courtesy of Music Ally contributing editor Stuart Dredge.
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ASCAP boss hits back against prospect of 100% licensing

ASCAP chief executive Elizabeth Matthews has been talking about the potential impact if “100% licensing” is forced upon publishers and PROs in the US.
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‘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.
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Publishers up in arms over consent-decree plans

A row is brewing – yes, another one – in the US publishing sector. It concerns changes being made to the consent decree there, or rather, the decision NOT to make anticipated changes allowing publishers to withdraw digital...