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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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?
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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...