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...
October 16, 2015
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)...
October 14, 2015
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...
October 6, 2015
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”...
September 9, 2015
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...
May 22, 2015
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...
May 8, 2015
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...
May 7, 2015
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...
May 1, 2015
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...
March 27, 2015
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,...
February 20, 2015
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...
February 18, 2015
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...
February 12, 2015