Copyright collection societies

  1. Publishing Briefs: AFTRA, SoundExchange, Harry Fox, Ultra and More

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In yet another move to expand royalty payments, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) will help SoundExchange to identify and distribute royalties due to its members. Starting today, June 2, AFTRA, will begin ...

  2. GEMA Reports Fraud To Authorities, Fires Employees

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ten members and two employees have been accused of involvement in the heavy case of fraud that has affected the German collection society GEMA in Berlin. This was confirmed today in Munich by GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker at a press conference. ...

  3. GEMA Hit By Fraud Case

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has apparently been affected by a heavy case of fraud. The Munich-based society confirmed the fraud inquiry to Billboard.biz today (May 27). Two of its employees have already been suspended pending an investigati ...

  4. GEMA Charges For World Cup Screens

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has published special tariffs covering music played at public screenings in Germany of broadcasts from the soccer World Cup 2010, held in South Africa. GEMA is collecting those licenses on behalf of the German co ...

  5. Buma/Stemra Offers Pessimistic Outlook

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra said performing rights income was stable in 2009 compared to the previous year, but mechanical rights income dropped as a result of declining physical sales. Buma, which focuses on performing rights for musical ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: BMG, EMI, SESAC, NMPA, Taylor Swift and More.

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - BMG Rights Management has launched a joint venture with veteran music industry executives Steve Backer and Michael to create One Haven Music Publishing, LLC. Backer’s background includes stints at Epic Records, Giant/Warner Brothers Records, EMI ...

  7. GEMA Talks With YouTube Break Down

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members from the video-sharing platform's German service, after contract renewal talks broke down. GEMA has taken a defiant stand against YouTube and won the suppo ...

  8. What You Need To Know About Performance Royalties

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How important are performance royalties to the industry's overall revenue mix? As sales and mechanical revenues decline, performance royalties take on greater importance. Consider these numbers to get a sense of its recent growth: -- Performa ...

  9. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  10. VIDEO: Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, Patti Smith @ASCAP Awards

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 5th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo kicked off Wednesday night with the ASCAP Pop Music Awards - read the full wrap here - which honored Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz and Patti Smith, among others. Below, highlights from the awards. Billbo ...

  11. Tokio Hotel Songwriters Snag German Authors' Award

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock band Tokio Hotel's songwriters David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner received a German Music Authors' Award from collection society GEMA in front of 250 guests in Berlin. The German Music Authors' Awards jury honored ...

  12. ASCAP: 2009 Revenues Top $995 Million

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights organization ASCAP may have experienced a successful year in 2009 with revenues of $995 million, an increase of $62 million over the previous year, but ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento stressed Thursday morning in Los Angeles that the o ...

  13. Patti Smith Rescued From Penury By Song Royalties

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Not every rock 'n' roll icon is awash in cash. Some, like rock poetess Patti Smith, have endured hard times fairly recently in their careers. Smith, receiving a lifetime achievement award in Hollywood on Wednesday (April 21) from songwri ...

  14. Music Reports, Audible Magic Partner On Licensing, Royalty Data

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Reports, the music administration and licensing service for music users, and Audible Magic, a provider of electronic media identification, have formed a strategic partnership to expand music publishing licensing and reporting solutions for b ...

  15. Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz, EMI, Patti Smith Among ASCAP Honorees

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz and Patti Smith were among those honored at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards show Wednesday night. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who was named songwriter of the year, while Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" was na ...

  16. Spotify Teams With Metric, Responds To Gaga Reports

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming service Spotify has partnered with Canadian rock act Metric on a promotion for the band's album and tour. The promotion includes a 25% discount on Metric shows for Spotify users, and an offer to buy the current album " ...

  17. PRS For Music Teams With MySpace

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has made a strategic partnership with MySpace. The partnership aims to promote MySpace as the online destination to share and discover music, and underline the importance of PRS for Music membership for songwriters on MySpace. With m ...

  18. PPL International Revenues Up 40%

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. recorded music licensing body PPL collected £21.6 million ($33.2 million) of international revenues in 2009, an increase of 40% on 2008. PPL has 45 deals across 24 different countries, which represent 90% in value terms of the performance rig ...

  19. MPs Dismiss Radio Industry's 'Double Taxation' Claim

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it is "not convinced" by arguments made by the commercial radio sector about the impact of the music licensing system in the U.K. Andrew Harrison, chief executive of trade body ...

  20. ASCAP To Honor The Killers With Vanguard Award

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will honor The Killers at its 27th annual Pop Music Awards— to be held on April 21, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.—with its Vanguard award, which rec ...

  21. Madonna Is Most Played In U.K.

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Madonna has been revealed as the artist whose recordings have been played in public in the U.K. more than any other over the past 10 years. The People's Artist Chart, which aired on Radio 2, counted down the top 50 most played acts from 2000 ...

  22. Stakes Are High as Labels, Broadcasters Lobby Over Performance Royalties

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How high are the stakes in battle for terrestrial radio royalties? Estimates of what labels would reap vary wildly, but it’s an important enough matter that Universal Music Group spent $2.81 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2009, according ...

  23. New Structure For PRS For Music

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has unveiled a new structure, as part of an operational review led by new chief executive Robert Ashcroft. Two key divisions at the center of the organization will be Licensing (generating revenue) and Operati ...

  24. Rogue Jukebox Firm Shut Down

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing organization PPL and trade body the BPI have succeeded in their prosecution of Access All Areas, a company involved in illegally manufacturing and distributing digital audio and video jukeboxes within the U.K. leisure industry. Gate ...

  25. EMI Publishing Wins German Mastertone Case

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Germany has won a guiding lawsuit against the German mobile network T-Mobile at the Federal High Court (BGH) in Karlsruhe. The court decided that T-Mobile is not allowed to offer mastertones or ringtones with works from the EM ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: Dave Grohl, Warner/Chapell, Greg Wells, Kobalt Music

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Dave Grohl to oversee the publishing rights for the first four records by Grohl's Foo Fighters . Warner/Chappell Music will also administer Grohl's interest in ...

  27. Court Ruling Forces GEMA Vote On Ad Licensing

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At an extraordinary meeting of GEMA members in Berlin, the German collecting society's members voted in favor of a new version of GEMA's deed of assignment, which its CEO says restores "legal certainty" in relation to synchs an ...

  28. Download Growth Boosts 2009 U.K. Music Royalties

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned £623 million ($937.5 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6% on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings. But PRS for Music, the g ...

  29. Publishing Briefs: Warner/Chappell, Gucci Mane, BMI, John Fogerty, NMPA

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Warner Bros. Records/Asylum recording artist, Gucci Mane . The deal covers Mane's catalog of work, his recently-released second studio album, "The State vs. Ra ...

  30. Digital Radio U.K. Appoints Chairman

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital Radio U.K. has appointed Adam Singer as its chairman. The radio industry body tasked with preparing the U.K. for digital switchover said Singer will take up the role with immediate effect. He will work alongside chief executive Ford Ennals ...

  31. Job Losses Expected At PRS for Music

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Back-office job losses are imminent at U.K. authors' body PRS for Music, which is due to unveil its results for 2009 within the next few days. The cuts emanate from the transfer of the responsibilities of the collecting society's copyrig ...

  32. Op-Ed: The Cost Of Bad Data

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The new digital music economy consists of fractions of pennies, multiplied by billions of transactions, to cover mechanical, master-use and performing royalties. But without a centralized database of artist and track information, performance right ...

  33. Indies Group Takes Stand, Will Not Sip Wine From LimeWire’s Open Bar

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A2IM president Richard Bengloff sent an e-mail to over a dozen members attending this week’s Digital Music Forum East conference highly critical of participating companies LimeWire and Myxer. While it stopped short of outright recommending that me ...

  34. PPL Fails To Overturn Fees Case Ruling

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. music licensing organization PPL has failed to overturn the July 2009 Copyright Tribunal ruling on three of its public performance tariffs. High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold today (Feb. 12) issued his judgment on PPL's appeal, stating t ...

  35. @MIDEM: GEMA Forms Coalition Of Authors' Societies

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST German collection society GEMA has formed a coalition of eight European authors' associations in a bid to harmonize administration rights in Europe. The seven authors' associations who have partnered with GEMA and signed the letter for & ...

  36. PRS For Music, iTunes, Strike Pan-European Deal

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed a pan-European performing rights licensing deal with iTunes. Effective immediately, the deal gives iTunes pan-European access to the repertoire of all PRS members for whom it handles performing righ ...

  37. @MIDEM: Collection Societies Bemoan Contradictory Mandate

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a MIDEM panel examining the progress of the multi-territorial licensing initiative that the European Commission mandated by directive and decisions over the last five years, copyright society executives agreed on one thing: confusion still reig ...

  38. @MIDEM: Global Royalties Down, But Still Topped €7 Billion

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Worldwide authors' royalties topped €7 billion for the second year running in 2008, despite an overall fall of 1.5%. According to figures released today (Jan. 25) by CISAC -- the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Compose ...

  39. @MIDEM: New PRS Euro Licensing Scheme; Kobalt Unveils Portal 3 Digital

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- With the major music companies about a year into their respective pan-European licensing initiative, PRS for Music has launched the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. IMPEL will directly license Anglo-Amer ...

  40. @MIDEM: Sacem Revenues Stable, Zelnick Disappoints

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sacem, the French licensing and collection society, estimates that royalty collections last year remained stable despite a challenging economic environment and the lack of the appropriate remuneration from music activity on the Internet. At a pres ...

  41. @MIDEM: RightsFlow, PRS For Music Sign Deal

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow, which provides mechanical licensing for labels and digital service providers, has signed a deal to identify and license PRS for Music works for mechanical uses in the U.S. Since digital service providers began paying for streaming, sub ...

  42. SOCAN Appoints Eric Baptiste Chief Exec

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Eric Baptiste is the new chief executive of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the organization has announced. Baptiste will join SOCAN in May, replacing André LeBel who announced his plans for retirement las ...

  43. CISAC Welcomes Indian Copyright Proposals

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST CISAC has issued a statement saying it is "extremely pleased" with the Indian Cabinet's recent approval of changes to the Indian Copyright Act, which would grant independent rights to authors of literary and musical works used in fi ...

  44. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  45. U.S. TV Stations Sue BMI Over Music Licensing Fees

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The owners of about 1,200 local television stations have sued BMI, seeking for lower broadcast fees to reflect declining television viewership and advertising revenue. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, demanded a & ...

  46. Israelite Contract With NMPA Extended

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The contract of National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite has been extended through 2014 by the group's board of directors. NMPA board of directors chairman Irwin Robinson said Isrealite has been "exceptional in s ...

  47. Don Black Honored By PRS For Music

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. performing rights society PRS for Music has awarded lyricist Don Black the PRS Award for extraordinary achievement. The award was presented in recognition of Black's exceptional contribution to British music and culture. Black attended a ...

  48. Music Boosts Sales At U.K. Pubs And Bars

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music has been credited by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music as a key factor in helping the British pubs and bars stay afloat during the current financial recession. According to research released by PRS For Music in association with pub data ...

  49. Buma/Stemra, Nokia Sign Pan-European Deal

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Netherlands' performing rights society Buma/Stemra has signed a pan-European licensing deal with Nokia, which will make the society's repertoire available on the mobile manufacturer's Comes With Music service. Comes With Music i ...

  50. The Billboard Q&A: UMPG Chairman/CEO David Renzer

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO David Renzer oversees a company with revenue nearing the $1 billion mark and a global presence that spans 53 offices and 56 countries. Since Renzer joined the company in 1996 when it was known as MCA M ...

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