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
Publishers and streaming services square up over CRB rates
We don’t really want to talk about the dust ‘settling’ from last night’s news that Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon are appealing against the recent songwriter-royalty-rates decision by the US Copyright Royalty...
March 8, 2019
Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall to lead publisher Warner/Chappell
Last September, it emerged that Warner/Chappell’s boss Jon Platt was leaving the company, and shortly afterwards it was confirmed that he would be the successor to Martin Bandier as boss of Sony/ATV. Now there’s a move...
January 10, 2019
Publishers hail ‘critical victory’ over Wolfgang’s Vault
The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) says its members have won a “critical victory” in their nearly-three-year legal battle with the Wolfgang’s Vault website. The site specialises in archive live recordings,...
April 11, 2018
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...
February 22, 2018
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...
January 11, 2018
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...
September 7, 2017
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
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’...
June 12, 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
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...
December 22, 2016
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...
December 21, 2016