Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore
After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, we can say that it wasn’t just stars who upped their profile – the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever. Recording Academy president...
February 9, 2015
Sony/ATV boss attacks ‘unacceptable’ Pandora and Spotify rates
Not the most surprising headline you’ll read this week, in fairness. Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier remains unimpressed with streaming payouts, with his latest criticism coming in an internal memo celebrating...
December 22, 2014
Sony/ATV still mulling plans to withdraw from BMI and ASCAP
Publisher Sony/ATV has already signalled its willingness to withdraw from collecting societies BMI and ASCAP in order to negotiate deals directly with digital music services like Pandora. An attempt to partially withdraw...
October 15, 2014
Sony/ATV beats UMPG to the punch in releasing entire catalogue in list form
Looking for some light bedtime reading this week? How about Sony/ATV’s complete catalogue of works in a big list? Okay, perhaps it’s not a thrilling page-turner, but the move is welcome news to the publisher’s...
July 17, 2014
Sony/ATV still considering withdrawal from ASCAP and BMI
Music publisher Sony/ATV is still hopeful that it will be allowed to partially withdraw its rights from US collecting societies ASCAP and BMI in order to strike direct deals with digital music services like Pandora. It’s...
July 15, 2014
Rap Genius settles with US music publishers
Last year, the US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) had Rap Genius squarely in its sights, after the startup came top of a table of popular unlicensed lyrics sites (Bulletin, 12-Nov-13). Rap Genius quickly announced...
July 8, 2014
MCN We Are The Hits signs Kobalt and Metrolyrics deals
Music publishers and multi-channel networks (MCNs) have had an interesting relationship over the last couple of years, with publishers often complaining about MCNs’ lack of licensing deals for songs covered by their...
June 24, 2014
gTar maker inks publishing deals with Sony/ATV and EMI
We’ve written about the gTar in the past: a gadgety guitar that teaches people to play various songs with the help of LED lights and a smartphone app.
February 27, 2014
Grooveshark signs Sony/ATV deal
Grooveshark has signed a licensing deal with Sony/ATV Publishing that also ends prior legal disputes between the two companies and comes were weeks after a settlement with EMI Music Publishing. Grooveshark founder Sam...
August 29, 2013
Pandora opens up new battle with ASCAP over licensing
Pandora and ASCAP are hardly the best of friends in 2013, thanks to the former's desire to lower its royalty rates.
June 21, 2013
Sony/ATV seeks ‘fair and reasonable royalty’ from Apple iRadio
Sony/ATV seeks 'fair and reasonable royalty' from Apple iRadio.
October 2, 2012