1. 'Down Under' Copyright Dispute Still Heading To Court

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian copyright case involving Men At Work's anthem "Down Under" is still heading for the Federal Court, despite a confidential agreement struck between two of the parties, Billboard.biz has learned. Sydney-based Larrikin Mu ...

  2. Cockerham Named RightsFlow COO

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Benjamin Cockerham has been named COO of New York-based RightsFlow, a company specializes in intellectual property licensing and copyright management. As part of his responsibilities, he oversees the development, growth, and implementation of Righ ...

  3. Who Will Be Obama's Copyright Czar?

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST From Bruce Springsteen to Stevie Wonder, plenty of musicians supported President-elect Barack Obama. Now music executives are wondering what kind of support they'll see from the Obama administration. Soon after an inauguration that Washington ...

  4. ASCAP To Honor Judy Collins

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer, recording artist and songwriter Judy Collins will be presented with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award on Dec. 10 in New York. The presentation will highlight the 13th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards Ceremony which will honor a variety of ...

  5. BMI Carpenter Fellowship Taking Applications

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The 21st annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring film composers under the age of 35 has opened and is taking applications. The fellowship winner will have an opportunity to work for four to five weeks with composer Mike Post, and will receiv ...

  6. ASCAP Distributes $2.7 Million In Special Awards

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Approximately $2.7 million in cash awards for 2008 - 2009 has been made to writer members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) by the society's ASCAPlus Awards Panels. These cash awards are meant to "rewar ...

  7. Back Yard Enters Publishing Field

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent Back Yard Recordings, the label behind U.S. alternative act Gossip, has launched a publishing arm called Back Yard Music. The new venture will be administered worldwide by London-based Blue Mountain Music, which also administers t ...

  8. Lionsgate, Wind-Up Form Publishing Venture

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Filmed entertainment studio Lionsgate and Wind-Up Records have announced a joint publishing venture. The deal continues Lionsgate's expansion in to the music publishing business. Under the terms of the deal, Lionsgate will have an option to b ...

  9. Hall & Oates Sue Over 'Maneater' Recording

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daryl Hall and John Oates have filed a lawsuit saying their music publisher failed to protect their rights to their 1982 hit "Maneater." The pop duo's lawsuit says they learned in April 2007 that an unidentified singer-songwriter ha ...

  10. ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO Set For April

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will stage its fourth annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on April 23-25. The activities and events at the music creator conference covers a ...

  11. Universal Production Music Unit Pacts With Immediate Music

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Publishing Production Music, a division of Universal Group Music Publishing, has signed a worldwide deal to represent Immediate Music catalog in all territories outside the U.S., Japan, Korea, and Benelux. Immediate Music, a supplier of ...

  12. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  13. Universal Music Publishing Signs Costello

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with Elvis Costello. The long-term deal means UMPG will administer his entire back catalog of 27 albums as well as his future recordings. Universal inherited Cost ...

  14. BFM Digital Taps RightsFlow

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BFM Digital, a Valley Village, Calif.-based digital music aggregator, has hired New York-based RightsFlow, to handle their mechanical, streaming, ringtone, and digital phonorecord delivery licensing. BFM in turn will offer the service to its label ...

  15. RealNetworks Signs Pan-Euro Licensing Deal With CELAS

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks has signed a pan-European licensing deal for its Real Music services with CELAS, the company set up to represent EMI Music Publishing's repertoire for online and mobile in Europe. The partnership covers the digital entertainment ...

  16. Ende Of An Era At EMI Publishing

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Ende, president and CEO of EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe, has stepped down after 28 years with the company. He will remain in his post until the end of November and will then have a consultancy role. European execs at EMI Music Pub ...

  17. Canada Extends Online Royalties

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canada has extended music royalties to broadcasters on the Internet in a move that will encompass commercial TV and radio station Web sites, as well as electronic gaming sites and online radio stations. But the Copyright Board of Canada stopped sh ...

  18. ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Set For Next Month

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A radio show, WRTI (Philadelphia); a book, "The End of Early Music: A period Performer's History Of Music For the Twenty-First Century;" and a deceased television star, Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood;" are amon ...

  19. Cherry Lane, Warren Haynes Ink Deal

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warren Haynes, in a deal that includes his nearly 150-song catalog as well as new compositions going forward. Haynes, a 20-year veteran of the Allman Brothers, a ...

  20. MAMA Group, Nettwerk Form Publishing Partnership

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based music and media company MAMA Group has formed a new publishing joint venture with Canadian label and management company Nettwerk Music Group. Manett Publishing Limited will be based in MAMA's London headquarters and will be admin ...

  21. MCPS-PRS Reveals Physical Product Revenue Decline

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The MCPS-PRS Alliance has released figures for the 2008 year-to-date collection of revenue that show a 9% decline in revenue from physical products. It also predicts that physical product will be only the fourth highest revenue stream by the end o ...

  22. RIAA Wants Second Look At Mechanical Late Fees

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move to change issues related to the timing of late fees on mechanical payments - established by the U.S. Copyright Board in its Oct. 2 determination on royalty payments - the RIAA has filed a motion for the court to reconsider its decision t ...

  23. GEMA Appoints Harbich Marketing Director

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joachim Harbich will take the helm as marketing director in the head office of the German collecting society GEMA in Munich, effective Nov. 1. Harbich succeeds Henrik Horning, who left GEMA in May 2008. Harbich reports to Dr. Harald Heker, chairma ...

  24. RightsFlow Signs Up Zebralution, X5

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A couple of European digital aggregators have signed up to use RightsFlow for digital phonorecord delivery licensing and royalty services for the U.S. marketplace. Berlin-based Zebralution, which serves as a digital distributor for independent lab ...

  25. Dido, Kate Nash Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored U.K. artists including Dido, Kate Nash and pop-rock band The Kooks at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel tonight (Oct. 15), reco ...

  26. EverGreen Acquires Sidney Lawrence Catalog

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EverGreen Copyrights has acquired the Sidney Lawrence back catalog from veteran bluegrass songwriter/performer Sidney Cox. As part of the deal, EverGreen will administer the songs and additionally signed Cox to a publishing deal for new works goin ...

  27. Kings Of Leon Gets Bug Deal

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bug Music Publishing has signed a new deal with Tennessee rock act Kings Of Leon. Under the terms of the deal, Bug Music and Kings Of Leon have entered into both a publishing agreement, bringing all four band members exclusively under the Bug Wind ...

  28. MCPS Unveils 'One-Stop-Shop' For Independent U.K. Production Companies

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors' collecting society the MCPS has announced the Independent Production Company (IPC) licence, a 'one-stop-shop' system that simplifies the application process undertaken by independent U.K. production companies when usin ...

  29. Bush Signs Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on h ...

  30. EMI Music Publishing Partners With Global Music Project

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Global One, a worldwide music project featuring acts from five continents on one album, has signed a worldwide deal with EMI Music Publishing. The deal was announced at the Popkomm music conference and entertainment business trade fair in Berlin. ...

  31. Clothing Line To Feature Classic Song Lyrics

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing will license lyrics from classic songs in its more than 1.3 million song catalog to a clothing line operated by the 545-unit UK-based retailer Sainsbury. The merchant's Tu Clothing division, which is featured in 281 of th ...

  32. Getty Images Rolls Out Online Music Licensing Service

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Getty Images, a leading distributor/clearing house of film footage, stock photo images and other digital media, is launching Premium Playlist, a one-stop online service for film makers, advertising agencies and others looking to license music. Pre ...

  33. CRB Day 2: Blog Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited decision from the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) concerning mechanical royalty rates came down yesterday and not much changed. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time ...

  34. CRB Day 2: Industry Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry reacted favorably to the Copyright Royalty Board's release Thursday of new mechanical royalty rates. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time a statutory rate for pe ...

  35. EMI Music Publishing Launches Songwriting Camp

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has launched its second European Songwriting Camp, bringing together songwriters from 11 countries for the event, which will be held in Gibson Guitar's Berlin showroom from Oct. 2-8. Writers attending the event include Li ...

  36. Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is standing pat with the 9.1 cents mechanical royalty song rate for both physical and digital albums, sources say. Meanwhile, it is setting the mastertone rate at 24 cents, according to sources. The Board also adopted t ...

  37. Online Retailers Await Royalty Decision

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to vote whether to increase royalty rates on digital downloads this Thursday. The outcome of the vote is likely to have a major impact on such digital retailers as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com as its hike on ...

  38. Senate Passes Webcaster Settlement Act

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, sending it to President Bush's desk for signature two days after the U.S. House of Representatives okayed the bill. The bill allows for SoundExchange, on behalf of copyright owners ...

  39. BMI Appoints Aldridge To Euro Role

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI has appointed Simon Aldridge as senior executive, writer/publisher relations, Europe. Aldridge will be based in the U.S. performing right society’s London office. He will be responsible for sourcing new songwriters and publishers from Europe, ...

  40. SGAE Joins Warner/Chappell Pan-Euro Digital Licence

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers collecting society SGAE has signed an accord with Warner/Chappell Music to distribute its English-language catalog via continental Europe on Internet and mobile suppliers. Warner/Chappell Music has issued SGAE with t ...

  41. RightsFlow Upgrades 'Flow' System

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RightsFlow is upgrading its "Flow" system to handle licensing, accounting and payment solutions for labels, distributors and online music services to license and pay songwriters and music publishers. The launch of the turnkey product fol ...

  42. Kobalt, Kid Rock Partner For 'Rock N Roll Jesus' Songs

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to administer Kid Rock's songs on his most recent album "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic). Kid Rock wrote or co-wrote 11 of 12 songs on the album, which ...

  43. RoyaltyShare Reveals New Tracking Service

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RoyaltyShare Inc. moved quickly to capitalize on the landmark agreement that proposes royalty rates for interactive streams and downloads by announcing a new service designed to track and make payments for licenses covered in the agreement. In tha ...

  44. Boosey & Hawkes Appoints Synch Manager

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boosey & Hawkes has appointed Lucy Heyman to the role of digital synch manager within their synch and marketing consultancy team. The London-based music publisher has been expanding its synch activities, with recent tie-ups with brands includi ...

  45. ASCAP Realigns Membership Group, Adds To Board

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) is in the midst of realigning its membership group. As a result, Jeanie Weems, senior VP/creative affairs for ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul division, has exited the performance r ...

  46. Industry, Online Services Reach Royalty Deal

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry, music publishers and online music services have revealed the details of a landmark royalty deal for streaming and limited downloads of music, which was first announced June 18 . The agreement proposes a mechanical royalty r ...

  47. Bug Music Secures $200M Credit Line

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent publisher Bug Music has secured a $200 million credit line from nine banks led by JP Morgan. The credit line can be increased to $250 million. In a statement, Bug Music CEO John Rudolph noted that the credit, priced at a London interba ...

  48. Stargate United At EMI

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has signed a global co-publishing deal with Mikkel Eriksen, bringing both members of the Stargate production team under one roof. Eriksen's Stargate partner Tor Erick Hermansen has had an EMI Music Publishing deal since 1 ...

  49. Silverman Hails Jimmy Kimmel Emmy Win

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Yeah, the FCC decency folks are crying themselves to sleep tonight: "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" won for outstanding original music and lyrics at Saturday's ceremony for the 2008 Primetime Creativ ...

  50. Billboard’s Christman Expands Duties

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard senior retail correspondent Ed Christman is adding the publishing beat to his reporting duties. In his new role, Christman will be responsible for leading the coverage of publishing issues for all Billboard products, including the weekly ...

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