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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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RIAA puts forward proposals to “fix music licensing” for the digital age

In response to the US Copyright Office’s request for comments on the state of music licensing, the RIAA has filed a 52-page report with its proposals for modernising the system – including creating parity between digital...