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Sony/ATV on Pentatonix publishing deal: ‘They’re in their own lane’

For a long time, the world of YouTube musicians – as in YouTubers who make music, rather than established musicians' videos being added to Google's service – has been most heavily associated with cover versions. For...
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YouTube stars Pentatonix sign publishing deal with Sony/ATV

For a long time, the world of YouTube musicians has been heavy on cover versions, meaning that publishers’ interactions with the space have focused on their efforts to get paid royalties by the multi-channel networks (MCNs)...
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Despite troubles, Rightscorp bags Sony/ATV as a client

2015 hasn’t been the happiest year for anti-piracy firm Rightscorp. The company began the year enmeshed in a lawsuit over ‘robocalls’ to people suspected of online infringement, and has been reporting financial losses...
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Sony/ATV boss warns songwriters of consent-decree changes

We’ve lost count of the different arguments around streaming licensing in the US in recent years, but this week a new one has blown up. It focuses on the US Department of Justice’s decision to consider a “100% licensing”...
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SESAC buys the Harry Fox Agency

Consolidation in the publishing world this week, as rights body SESAC acquired the Harry Fox Agency, creating a single entity to process radio, streaming and mechanical licences for publishers and songwriters. SESAC is presenting...
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Smule talks music apps, Jessie J, subscriptions and songwriters

“How important is a record deal now? Bieber was one of the first discovered through social media, then he went off and signed the record deals and the rest, but I wonder how important those deals are now, and in the future?” Jeff...
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Hachette tests selling books via Twitter

We’ve seen a few artists experiment with selling music directly from tweets through companies like Chirpify and Gumroad. Now the idea is spreading to the book publishing world. Major publisher Hachette announced plans yesterday...
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s ‘Space Oddity’ cover is back on YouTube

Astronaut Chris Hadfield had a big viral hit with his floating-in-actual-space YouTube cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in 2013, but the video was taken down in May 2014 after a year-long publishing licence for...
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Kobalt songwriters’ Spotify royalties overtake iTunes in Europe

Watch out for some lazy ‘Spotify overtakes iTunes’ headlines this morning: the story is more specific than that, but still interesting. Publisher and label services firm Kobalt is the source, having announced that in...
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Kobalt songwriters’ Spotify royalties overtake iTunes in Europe

Watch out for some lazy ‘Spotify overtakes iTunes’ headlines this morning: the story is more specific than that, but still interesting. Publisher and label services firm Kobalt is the source, having announced that...
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Anonymous claims it made Atlantic release the new Lupe Fiasco album

Lupe Fiasco is releasing a new album, ‘Tetsuo and Youth’. Nothing strange about that, you might think, but the story behind the album’s release on 20 January 2015 is an intriguing one, involving online...
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Forget albums as apps: iamamiwhoami’s new album is a website

We’ve seen a lot of talk about the notion of albums as apps in recent years, but (formerly) mysterious Swedish artist iamamiwhoami is trying something different: album as website. Their new album ‘Blue’...