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...
July 1, 2016
Music Ally Report 386 – SoundCloud: all systems Go
In our cover feature we pick apart SoundCloud’s move into subscriptions. It has been a long – and often tense – journey to go from a free UGC platform to one fully licensed by all the majors and key indies. Now with...
March 30, 2016
Now Tidal and Slacker face US class-action royalties lawsuits
The two class-action songwriter lawsuits against Spotify over US mechanical royalties filed by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick continue, but as predicted, the net is widening to other streaming services in the US. Tidal...
March 1, 2016
BPI and MPA hail £497m investment from UK rightsholders
The question of how much money music rightsholders have to invest in artists and songwriters in the modern era bubbles up regularly, but now British music bodies the BPI and MPA have provided a new answer. In a joint report,...
November 9, 2015
What is Pandora paying publishers?
Billboard attempts to answer that very question in this lengthy piece. Undoubtedly something for the lawyers and accountants to get in a fizz about, but equally interesting to everyone else in the industry. It comes off the...
June 26, 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
SoundCloud licensing contract with publishers leaks
2015: the year music industry licensing contracts popped up all over the web. The latest is SoundCloud’s deal with US music publishers, which has been published by Digital Music News and subsequently other sites. Among...
June 2, 2015
Facebook says sharing dip for news publishers was analytics blip
Remember how organic reach for Facebook pages dropped steadily, nudging more page owners to spend money on Facebook ads to boost that reach back up again? Yesterday, a report claimed news publishers are experiencing a similar...
April 2, 2015
Sony/ATV boss attacks ‘unacceptable’ Pandora and Spotify rates
Not the most surprising headline you’ll read this week, in fairness. Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier remains unimpressed with streaming payouts, with his latest criticism coming in an internal memo celebrating...
December 22, 2014
Music publishers sue ISP for copyright infringement
The latest lawsuit involving music publishers is a significant one: a copyright infringement action (PDF) targeted at American ISP Cox Communications, with BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music the plaintiffs. The key...
December 1, 2014
Audiam launches new association for publishers
Since its launch earlier in the year, Audiam has been making waves in the digital music community with its focus on YouTube royalties collection. Now it’s turning its attention to publishers, setting up what it’s describing...
November 13, 2014
Authors take aim at Amazon in new letter over Hachette dispute
The Authors United collective of writers has published another open letter about Amazon’s dispute with book publisher Hachette, addressed to Amazon’s board of directors. It claims Amazon’s sanctions against...
September 18, 2014