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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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Quincy Jones’ Playground Sessions is raising $1.5m

We last wrote about Playground Sessions – a US music-education startup co-founded by Quincy Jones – back in 2013, when it launched as a $9.99-a-month subscription service teaching piano online (Bulletin, 20-Feb-13). Two...
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Sony/ATV exec questions value of ad-funded streaming

The latest rightsholder exec to speak out on the value of free on-demand streaming music is Sony/ATV’s European EVP of digital and society relations Antony Bebawi. In an interview with Music Week, he suggested that “the...
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Pandora prevails in latest court battle with ASCAP

Pandora won’t have to increase the rates that it pays royalty collection body ASCAP just yet, after the latter lost its latest appeal in the court battle between the two. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that...
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UMG lost recorded-music market share in 2014 as WMG gained

Ovum’s Music & Copyright publication has published its latest figures for recorded-music and publishing market share, covering 2014. Its key claim for last year is that Universal Music Group lost market share while...
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Former Mog boss launches his Chosen mobile talent-contest app

David Hyman was the long-time CEO of streaming music service Mog, before departing (acrimoniously, as it turned out) when it was acquired by Beats Music. His new thing is Chosen, an American Idol-style talent contest with...
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Sony cites streaming as key to its future music plans

Changes are afoot at Sony Music’s parent corporation, which has announced its “mid-term” strategy for the next three years. That will see the company spinning off its camera and music-player businesses into a new subsidiary,...
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Sony/ATV strikes new Spotify deal despite past Bandier criticism

“While the number of streams on market leader Spotify’s ad-supported, free service has grown by more than 70% in the past year, the royalties for songwriters and publishers have not come close to keeping pace with this...
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BMI / Pandora rates trial gets underway in New York

Performance rights organisation BMI is getting its day in court with Pandora, as the pair argue over the latter’s royalty rates. BMI wants a rate of 2.5% of revenue for the next four years, while Pandora is arguing for...