Copyright collection societies

  1. U.K. Govt Changes Licensing Rules For Charities

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Performing rights society PRS for Music and neighboring rights society PPL will develop a pilot joint licensing scheme for charities a not-for-profit organizations in the U.K., after the government announced a shake-up of the music licensing rules ...

  2. TV Broadcasters Sue SESAC

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of television broadcasters have filed a class-action anti-trust complaint against SESAC, according to the Television Music License Committee, a non-profit organization which represents 1,200 local television broadcasters in negotiations on ...

  3. German Biz Welcomes Copyright Proposals

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry has welcomed plans for tighter copyright restrictions proposed by the Germany's new coalition government. Germany's new coalition government, comprising the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Soci ...

  4. SABAM Joins Warner/Chappell's Pan-European Initiative

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers SABAM has joined Warner/Chappell's Pan-European Digital Licensing (PEDL) initiative. The society will now be authorised to offer pan-European digital licenses in Warner/Chappell ...

  5. EC Secures Digital Licensing Agreement

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's (EC) Online Roundtable on Music has resulted in a joint statement between the EC and music publishers, collecting societies and digital retailers pledging to improve online music opportunities for European consumers. ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Songwriters Hall, ASCAP

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT --Garth Brooks, U2, John Mellencamp, Cat Stevens, and songwriting members of Earth Wind and Fire are among the big name performers/songwriters nominated for the 2010 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ballots have been mailed to the orga ...

  7. Business Matters: ASCAP, Spotify, Wolfgang's Vault

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a summary judgment that is part of a larger case between ASCAP and mobile carriers, a federal court said ringtones played in public do not constitute public performances and therefore are not due performance royalties. The judgement states & ...

  8. NMPA, Major Labels Sign On Terms Of Agreement

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. and the four majors-with Recording Industry Assn of America acting on their behalf-have signed a terms of agreement sheet that will result in better business practices being enacted to ensure prompter mechanical ...

  9. Music Publishers, RIAA To Continue Royalty Negotiations

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ongoing negotiations between music publishers and the RIAA regarding mechanical royalties will continue Oct. 1 at an event sponsored by the Assn. of Independent Music Publishers. The negotiations are expected to result in the disbursement of up to ...

  10. YouTube, PRS Agree Licensing Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. users of YouTube will once again be able to watch premium music videos on the service, six months after Google's video streaming site blocked access in the territory as a result of a licensing rate dispute. U.K. authors' and publish ...

  11. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  12. BMI Reports .4% Fiscal-Year Revenue Increase

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. managed to eke out its 25th year in a row of growth, generating $905 million in revenue in its fiscal year ended June 30. That represents an 0.4% increase over the $901 million it collected in the prior fiscal year. Likewise, ...

  13. SESAC, Barcelona Music Sign Technology Pact

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SESAC has signed Barcelona Music and Audio Technology (BMAT) as a technology partner to capture performances of its reportoire in programming on broadcast and cable television. The pilot program will use BMAT's Vericast, a digital pattern-rec ...

  14. 100,000-Plus Online Protests Lodged Against GEMA

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An uprising against GEMA on account of its business practices is being organized on the official Web site of the German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin. A petition against the German collection society has already attracted over ...

  15. IFPI Concern About Russian Collecting Society

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Chairman John Kennedy has sent a letter to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, expressing his concerns about the fact that a Russian collecting society has begun collecting royalties for IFPI members without having proper agreements with t ...

  16. PRS for Music Revenues Down 3%

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has issued unaudited results for the six months to June 30, 2009, which show revenues down 3% to £282.1 million ($463.7 million) from £289.9 million ($476.5 million) in the first half of 2008. In a statement, ...

  17. PRS For Music Launches Code Of Practise

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K. collecting society for authors, composers and publishers, has launched code of practise for its customers. It is the first time the organization has formally issued a mission statement and aims to provide a clear commitment ...

  18. Europe's Younison Demands Digital Transparency

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Younison, a pressure group for the European music industry that formed last year, has issued a charter demanding that artists receive their fair share of digital revenues and calling for more transparency in the accounting and distribution of thes ...

  19. MCPS Finances Hit By Interest Rate Slump

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The sudden fall in interest rates has forced the U.K.'s Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) to implement a far-reaching review of operations in order to cut costs. Speaking at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual general m ...

  20. GEMA Predicts 6% Income Fall

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT GEMA expects income for 2009 to be down 6% compared to last year. GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker made the projection at the collection society's annual assembly in Munich. GEMA had total income of €823 million ($1.1 billion) in 2008, down 3 ...

  21. PRS For Music Tour Income Up 30%

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PRS For Music has reported a 30% rise in touring revenues to £403 million ($662.8 million), up from £311 million ($511.5 million) the year before. The U.K. songwriters' and publishers' collecting society published its 2008 tour revenue f ...

  22. German Court Rules Against Rapidshare

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Regional Court of Hamburg has ruled in favor of German collecting society GEMA, which had requested that the court issue an order prohibiting file-hosting service rapidshare.com from making around 5,000 music tracks available on the Internet. ...

  23. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  24. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  25. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

  26. YouTube Welcomes PRS Rate Cut

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has reacted positively to U.K. authors rights body PRS for Music's new performance right rates for streaming services in the United Kingdom, but discussions about a new licensing deal are ongoing. YouTube began blocking premium music ...

  27. U.K. Streaming Rates Rise And Fall

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors rights body PRS for Music has announced new performance right rates for streaming services in the United Kingdom, effective July 1. The headline royalty rate will increase from 8% to 10.5% of a streaming site's revenue, while the ...

  28. EU Commissioner Welcomes Pan-European Progress

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, has welcomed progress towards pan-European digital licensing solutions, including agreement by French collecting society SACEM that it will cooperate on such arrangements. The antitrust issue wa ...

  29. Royalties Inch Upwards In Netherlands

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dutch authors' rights society Buma/Stemra saw revenues rise 2% in 2008, despite a 13% decline in mechanical right collections. In a statement, the body claimed it had "managed to achieve satisfying results over 2008 in turbulent market c ...

  30. Publishing Briefs: Copyright Alliance, NMPA, ASCAP

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - The Copyright Alliance launched the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, a new non-profit charitable extension of the Alliance that will develop educational programs for Americas next generation of creators. The goal of the foundation is to ...

  31. European Licensing Deals For Comes With Music

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music service Comes With Music can roll out across Europe after authors' and publishers' collecting society PRS For Music brokered licensing deals with several publishers. Working with PRS for Music, Warner/Chappel ...

  32. German Lifetime Honor For Peter Thomas

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German composer Peter Thomas will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the collecting society GEMA on May 28 in Berlin. GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker announced the honor for 83-yea ...

  33. PPL Licensing Revenue Up 11%

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PPL, the U.K. licensing body for record companies and performers, has issued financial results that show revenue for 2008 up 11% year-on-year, from £115 million ($173.8 million) to £127.6 million ($192.8 million). The licensing revenue - from U.K. ...

  34. Russia Set For Official Neighboring Rights Society

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rosochrankultura, the federal service controlling legal compliance in the field of cultural heritage protection in Russia, has announced that the new round of governmental accreditation for collecting societies will begin July 31, 2009. This time ...

  35. Lord Carter Delivers PRS For Music AGM Keynote

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Carter, the U.K. government minister preparing the country's copyright law for the digital age, has promised to meet the complex needs of content creators within new legislation. Speaking during a keynote today (April 30) at the annual g ...

  36. Canadian Copyright Board Issues Royalty Decision

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Copyright Board issued a royalty decision dealing with satellite radio today, concluding these services should pay 6.2% of revenues for the use of music. "This is lower than the total equivalent rates of 7.1% set by the board, th ...

  37. German Publishers Back GEMA Over YouTube Row

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers are backing the German collection society GEMA in its dispute with YouTube. Google has blocked access to music videos on YouTube in Germany, following a similar move last month in the U.K. where negotiations for a new licen ...

  38. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  39. CISAC To Stage World Copyright Summit in June

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers will hold its second annual World Copyright Summit on June 9 and 10 in Washington D.C., with a line-up of more than 100 speakers including the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, songwri ...

  40. U.K. Songwriters' Overseas Earnings Up

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music members' earnings from performances of their works overseas have increased 15.2% year-on-year, from £121.2 million ($178.5 million) in 2007 to £139.6 million ($205.65 million) in 2008. The U.K. collecting society for songwriters ...

  41. YouTube Blocks Music Videos In Germany

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Negotiations between Google subsidiary YouTube and the German collection society GEMA about the extension of their licensing agreement have broken down, according to a statement from GEMA's Munich-based CEO Dr. Harald Heker. GEMA reported tha ...

  42. COTT To Collect For EMI Music Publishing UK

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) has reached a deal with EMI Music Publishing UK to become its collection society on the islands. COTT will administer all royalties from the broadcast and live performance of songs wri ...

  43. Songwriters' Online Response To Google

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. songwriters and composers have launched a new Web site to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, fairplayforcreators.com, went live today (March 25) and has the backing of Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Robbie ...

  44. Dozens Of U.K. Acts Set For SXSW

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 members of U.K. songwriters' collecting society PRS for Music will be performing at SXSW this year, with some British acts benefiting directly from the support of the society. Overall, the U.K. is the second biggest represented ...

  45. U.K. Music Slams 'Cynical' Google

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella organization for the British music industry, has criticized Google's decision to block access to premium music videos on YouTube for users in the U.K. As previously reported, Google began blocking videos March 9 after ...

  46. Canadian Music Week Kicks Off

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Music Week conference kicked off today (March 12) with industry leaders debating the role Internet service providers will play in the Canadian music business, as well as having Kiss bassist Gene Simmons flex his promotional muscle for ...

  47. PRS for Music, Google Still Talking

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from PRS for Music and Google will continue discussions following Google's decision to block premium music videos for British users of YouTube. The two sides are in dispute over the rates they are each seeking to secure a new ...

  48. ASCAP Collections, Payouts Increase

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers collected $933 million last year, an 8% increase from the $863.3 million gathered in 2007, management of the member-owned organization announced at the annual meeting that kicked off its New ...

  49. Publishers 'Dismayed' At YouTube Decision

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Music Publishers Association (MPA) has voiced its concern at Google's decision to remove music videos from YouTube over a rates row with collecting society PRS for Music, while there are reports the dispute could affect the My ...

  50. YouTube, Performing Right Society Dispute To Nix Music Videos

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music videos on YouTube in the UK will be silenced after negotiations between the Google-owned service and the countries' Performing Right Society failed to agree on new rates. Both YouTube and the PRS issued statements outlining their respec ...

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