NMPA calls for Facebook to sign music publishing deals
The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) is training its sights on Facebook, calling for the social network to adopt a more proactive approach towards licensing publishing rights. In an op-ed piece for Billboard,...
October 28, 2016
Kobalt buys Fintage House neighbouring rights business
Kobalt is on the expansion trail again, buying the neighbouring rights and publishing businesses of Fintage House, leaving the latter company to focus on its TV and film business. “I really believe we can achieve more for...
September 28, 2016
Sandbox 164: Pub-listing – Why Publishers are Pushing Playlists
Lead: Record labels and streaming services themselves dominate in what playlists do and how they do it, but publishers are steadily becoming attuned to how they can help both break their new signings and also give a lift...
September 21, 2016
BMI rate-court judge rules against 100% licensing
The US publishing industry is rejoicing after BMI’s rate-court judge ruled against the Department of Justice over 100% licensing. According to Judge Louis Stanton, ‘fractional’ licensing IS acceptable under the consent...
September 21, 2016
SoundCloud Go gets its own $0.99-for-three-months offer
Spotify has made a habit of 99-cent premium trials, offering three months of its subscription tier for less than a dollar. Now SoundCloud is following suit with its first such deal for its SoundCloud Go subscription service.
September 14, 2016
Wrecking Ball co-writer Mozella criticises DoJ
Pop songwriter Maureen McDonald (aka Mozella) has joined the discussion about publishing licensing in the US, including the Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the sector. Her guest column for Daily...
August 22, 2016
ICMP questions legality of DoJ’s ‘100% licensing’ push
We’ve been writing about the fury among American publishers and PROs about the Department of Justice’s push for “100% licensing”, but is there likely to be an impact beyond the US?
August 11, 2016
US publishing industry in uproar over DoJ licensing plans
Music Ally reported on the official confirmation late last week that the US Department of Justice will enforce “100% licensing” under its consent decrees. Since then, members of the publishing community have been having...
August 8, 2016
Sony gets regulatory approval to buy Michael Jackson’s share of Sony/ATV
One of the biggest music publishing deals in living memory has been given unconditional approval by EU regulators. Sony Corp. can now buy out the 50% stake in Sony/ATV that was owned by Michael Jackson (and subsequently controlled...
August 2, 2016
SESAC creates new tool to “accelerate revenue” and speed up clearances
Rights organisation SESAC has launched a new “online song linking tool” that it claims will speed up revenue payments and also help to simplify as well as streamline clearances for both publishers and distributors.
August 1, 2016
Universal Music signs deal for Michael Hutchence movie
Major labels getting involved in Hollywood isn’t a new trend, but we’re interested in the news of Universal Music’s latest big-screen project.
July 26, 2016
SOCAN and Audiam talk tech, streaming and 21st-century PROs
Last week, Canadian performance rights body SOCAN announced that it was buying digital distributor Audiam, two months after it bought B2B firm MediaNet. It’s unusual to see a PRO acquiring a music/tech company, let alone...
July 26, 2016