Tag: publishing

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Reprtoir launches works-management software for publishers

Music Ally spotted French startup Reprtoir back in September 2017, with its plans to launch “a breakthrough online music industry platform that lets artists, producers, labels and publishers administer, license,...
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Publishing-rights platform Blokur emerges from beta mode

The last time we heard from startup Blokur, it was helping Massive Attack track remix rights using blockchain technology in December 2018. However, the British company has also been building its business to help music...
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Spotify faces new publishing lawsuit from Eminem’s Eight Mile Style

When a company connected with Eminem gets legal over digital music, the industry sits up and takes notice, thanks to a dispute between publisher Eight Mile Style and Apple more than a decade ago, as well as an equally-famous...
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Sony/ATV promises ‘major’ upgrades to royalty-processing system

Faster payments and more-transparent reporting has been the clarion call for a number of companies hoping to disrupt the world of publishing. The implicit (and sometimes explicit) criticism contained within their promises...
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Publishers slam Peloton over its copyright-infringement defence

Fitness startup Peloton’s decision to respond to music publishers’ copyright-infringement lawsuit with a counter-claim alleging anti-competitive behaviour has – and you may wish to sit down for this bombshell – not...
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Hipgnosis reveals its first set of financial results

Music-rights company Hipgnosis has gone on a spree of publishing-catalogue acquisitions over the last year. Now the company has provided an update on its business, through its first set of financial results. They reveal that...
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Spotify’s relationship with publishers hits the rocks – again

A new Spotify / music publishing story broke on Friday, but there’s a bigger picture here: the increasingly-dispiriting story of the streaming service’s approach towards the publishing community, as well as the perception...
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AIMP conference offers new stats on indie publishing business

This week saw the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) in the US hold its latest Indie Music Publishing Summit in New York. The event included a presentation with Massarsky Consulting offering some new stats...
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Elena Segal on Apple Music and improving payments to songwriters

MBW has an interview with Elena Segal, Apple Music’s global director of music publishing, and asks her about the reasoning behind setting up a dedicated publishing division in the company, why Apple accepted the recent...
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Spotify’s global head of publishing is stepping down

2019 thus far has been a nadir in Spotify’s relationships with music publishers. Certainly in the US, where its decision to appeal (alongside several other streaming services) against new songwriter royalty rates has sparked...
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MMF wants to ‘shine a light’ on songwriter streaming royalties

The UK’s Music Managers Forum (MMF) has published a new guide, in partnership with CMU, focusing on songwriter royalties. It claims that “inefficient payment systems are drastically reducing the royalties that creators...
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WMG sees streaming push up recorded numbers but publishing slips

Warner Music Group has published its numbers for the fiscal second quarter (ending 31st March 2019) and the headlines are that total revenue across all parts of the business was up 13.2% and that it saw net income of $67m...