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,...
November 7, 2019
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...
October 29, 2019
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...
August 22, 2019
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...
August 1, 2019
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...
June 27, 2019
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...
June 25, 2019
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...
June 24, 2019
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...
June 12, 2019
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...
May 31, 2019
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...
May 24, 2019
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...
May 9, 2019
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...
May 8, 2019