Compulsory license

  1. Our Best Bet for Screwing Up Copyright Reform? More Government Intervention (Guest Post)

    July 14, 2014 12:10 PM EDT A recent guest post  by Craig Havighurst on Billboard.biz offered six suggestions for not screwing up copyright reform. While some of the suggestions were on point, it included an idea that is perhaps the best way to screw up copyright reform – ...

  2. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  3. Guest Post: Meet the Free Market Royalty Act, an Elegant Solution to Some Complex Issues

    October 01, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Representative Mel Watt (D-NC-12) has introduced the Free Market Royalty Act (H.R. 3219), one of the most intriguing royalty proposals in years. The bill accomplishes two principal goals: Watt starts the process of getting the government out of ...

  4. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, 122 Other Artists Tell Pandora: 'That's Not How Partners Work Together'

    November 14, 2012 12:15 PM EST The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Zac Brown Band wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates a ...

  5. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  6. NMPA CEO David Israelite On What He'll Discuss At Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2012 8:46 PM EDT As music publishers convene in New York Wednesday for the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) annual meeting, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite says he will address some of the same issues that he covered in his Congressional testimony last we ...

  7. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  8. Royalty Trust: RightsFlow CEO Patrick Sullivan Answers FAQs

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When you secure licenses on behalf of clients, they're sometimes issued in your name, not the client's. If such a client switches to another licensing service provider, would they have to relicense those works? We allow the licensee to h ...

  9. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

  10. 'Performance Rights Act' Introduced

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) jointly introduced legislation today that would end the exemption of terrestrial radio stations from current copyright law which ...

  11. Copyright Chief Urges Licensing Reform

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright chief today spoke out against the way the music publishing industry is set up to license digital music services. Testifying before members of a House Subcommittee, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters called it "archaic, ...

  12. CRB Appoints SoundExchange Sole 'Collective'

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) formally made SoundExchange the sole "collective" to handle compulsory performance royalties for sound recording owners and performers. The CRB officially adopted a single-collective system to collect an ...

  13. EC Rounds On Taiwan Over CD Replicating

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has launched an investigation into Taiwan's alleged copying of compact-disc technology, and could start a World Trade Organization suit to stop what it calls unlicensed abuse of patents. Taiwan makes an estimated 80% o ...

  14. LEGAL MATTERS: COMPULSORY CONSIDERATIONS

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher community since the Copyright Office decided that compositions for ringtones are subject to a compulsory license. They must be strategizing It has been unusually quiet in the major publisher commu ...

  15. Compulsory Licenses Cover Ringtones

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Decision is a victory for record labels. The Copyright Office has decided that compositions used for ringtones may be subject to a compulsory license. The decision is a victory for record labels that want to offer ringtone operators the master rig ...

  16. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  17. LEGAL MATTERS: WRANGLING FOR RINGTONES

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A battle over who gets to license compositions for ringtones and master ringtones is moving to the U.S. Copyright Office. But the issue is broader than simply whether compositions for these uses fall A battle over who gets to license compositions ...

  18. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Board refers compulsory license question. News ...

  19. CRB: Ringtone Licenses A Copyright Office Decision

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Board refers compulsory license question. Whether a publisher must license a composition for ringtones or master ringtones under a compulsory license is now a question for the Copyright Office. The Copyright Royalty Board referred the question to ...

  20. NMPA, DiMA Offer Digital Licensing Solution

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Presented in hearing held by House Subcommittee. The National Music Publishers' Assn. and the Digital Media Assn. have come up with a proposed solution to streamline the licensing of compositions for audio-only digital deliveries of music. A ...

  21. Behind the Deal: Music Licensing Reform & Proposed Bills

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For more than a year, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has been holding hearings on music licensing needs in the digital age. It has For more than a year, the U.S. House Judic ...

  22. Hatch Puts Licensing In Industries' Hands

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given players in the music and digital-media industries involved in reforming the nation's music licensing laws for the WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The chairman of ...

  23. Copyright Office Proposes License Reform Bill

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Would abolish the compulsory mechanical license. The Copyright Office offered a proposed bill June 21 to House subcommittee leaders that would abolish the compulsory mechanical license for cover recordings and could transform performing right orga ...

  24. Behind the Deal: Setting European Mechanical Rates

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European mechanical royalty rates are not negotiated individually or set by law as they are set in the United States, where rates for the first recording and release of songs are negotiated between th European mechanical royalty rates are not nego ...

  25. Hill To Take Look At Licensing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers will soon introduce a bill dealing with streamlined digital music licensing for subscription services. A House panel has nailed down June 23 and June 30 as dates for debate on the prospectiv WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers will soon introd ...

  26. Copyright Office Seeks Comments On DAS Reporting

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the way certain digital audio services report their use of sound recordings to copyright owners is April 14. NEW YORK -- The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright O ...

  27. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  28. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  29. HFA Streamlines Live-CD Licensing

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Companies that want to make CDs or digital files of concerts available right after the show can now streamline the mechanical licensing process, which has presented hurdles for promoters in the past. Companies that want to make CDs or digital file ...

  30. HFA Streamlines Live-CD Licensing

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Companies that want to make CDs or digital files of concerts available right after the show can now streamline the mechanical licensing process, which <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archives Companies that want to make CDs or dig ...

  31. Behind the Deal: A Clearance Checklist

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST It may seem obvious that anyone who requests permission to use a composition or master recording for some purpose would know what to include in the letter asking for a license. However, representative It may seem obvious that anyone who requests p ...

  32. Senate Committee Passes CARP Reform Bill

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Sept. 21) passed the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000454388">House-approved</A> Copyright Royalty an The Senate Judiciary Com ...

  33. Harry Fox Agency Developing Live-Concert CD Licensing Program

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency Inc. (HFA) is developing a program to pre-license its repertoire to companies that record and manufacture CDs of live concert performances on-site, according to HFA senior VP/gene NEW YORK -- The Harry Fox Agency Inc. (HFA) is ...

  34. Live365 To Offer Licensing To Its Webcasters

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio network Live365 has inked deals with rights societies ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to offer discounted Internet licenses to select Live365 broadcasters. Internet radio network Live365 has inked deals with rights societies ASCAP, BMI and SES ...

  35. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are ha ...

  36. U.S. Copyright Office Issues Interim Rules

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office on March 11 published its long-awaited interim regulations announcing notice and recordkeeping requirements for the use of sound recordings under two statutory licenses under WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Copyright Office on ...

  37. House Ready To Pass CARP Replacement

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Copyright and Distribution Reform Act, which replaces the much-criticized Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP), has been placed on the House suspension calendar for expected voice-vote passa The Copyright and Distribution Reform Act, whi ...