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Apple suggests shakeup for songwriter streaming revenues

What if music-streaming services in the US paid a statutory rate of $0.00091 per stream in songwriting royalties, regardless of whether the stream came from a paying or free user? That’s one of the suggestions filed...
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US publishing industry rages at consent-decree decision

The US Department of Justice’s decision to bar music publishers from partially withdrawing from PROs ASCAP and BMI’s blanket licences, as well as to introduce 100% licensing rules, continues to be met by a barrage of...
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Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt: ‘I don’t like lazy people…’ (#midem)

Jon Platt recently took the top job at publisher Warner/Chappell, and gave his first public presentation at Midem this afternoon, alongside top songwriter Justin Tranter. The pair were interviewed by Music Business Worldwide's...
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BMG buys publisher Basement Brazil for new push in Brazil

BMG is setting up shop in Brazil, after acquiring the assets of local publisher Basement Brazil. Its founder John Telfer will now be managing director of BMG Brazil, based in São Paolo. He described the launch as “one...
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As Kobalt app launches, CEO talks streams, YouTube and rivals

Kobalt’s publishing royalties? There’s now an app for that. The company’s new app for its clients has been released today on Apple’s iOS devices, with an Android version to follow soon. Artists and songwriters...
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Magic Instruments launches ‘digital rhythm’ guitar

The latest startup trying to sell app-enabled guitars is Magic Instruments. The company has launched a $299 device that it’s describing as a “digital rhythm” guitar, which aims to get people playing music – even...
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New Lowery v Spotify filing seeks more details of NMPA deal

The class-action lawsuit against Spotify filed by musician David Lowery has taken another twist. A new filing on behalf of Lowery and his co-plaintiffs is seeking more details of the streaming service’s proposed publishing-royalties...
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SoundCloud secures European deal with Sony/ATV

SoundCloud’s global dealmaking continues as it works towards launching its new SoundCloud Go premium tier outside the US. Its latest agreement is with publisher Sony/ATV: a multi-territory agreement for Europe that extends...
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Downtown strikes publishing performance deal with YouTube

2016: the year databases of publishing rights finally made the headlines! Spotify continues to put its plans together to create a publishing administration system to solve its mechanicals headache in the US, but YouTube...
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Kobalt revenues rise but its losses have increased too

Kobalt’s soon-to-be-published financial results reveal that its revenues rose by 25.6% to $245.1m in its last full financial year, which ended on 30 June 2015. The company ended that year with more than $46m of cash...
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SoundCloud is now publishing boss Jane Dyball’s cup of tea

Back in May 2015, MCPS CEO Jane Dyball caused a rumpus with this comment in an interview with Music Ally: “SoundCloud present themselves as the musicians’ friend, for example. I am friends with musicians and I buy...
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David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming

“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...