Copyright collection societies

  1. SACEM Signs-Up To W/C's Pan-Euro Licensing Project

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) has joined Warner/Chappell Music's pan-European digital licensing (PEDL) initiative. As a result of the accord, unveiled today, the French Collection Rights Society i ...

  2. GEMA To Establish Germany's 'Ivors'

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German authors rights society GEMA is planning to launch an awards gala from next May, which will be loosely based on the model of Britain's esteemed Ivor Novello Awards. A committee comprising the likes of Dagmar Sikorski, president of the G ...

  3. Israelite Confirms Royalty Rates Breakthroughs

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The publishers, record labels and digital music providers have hammered out a settlement on two of the five royalty rates currently scheduled to be set this October by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), according to National Music Publishers& ...

  4. ASCAP Ups Grimmett

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Randall Grimmett has been promoted to the position of senior VP of domestic membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP). Grimmett, who is based in Los Angeles, will directly report to executive VP of membershi ...

  5. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  6. Nimbit, ASCAP Enhance Member Services

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and Nimbit are offering more tools for ASCAP members to benefit from the Internet. Through a new two-year partnership, Nimbit and ASCAP are providing songwriters and publishers direct-to-fan sales and catalog management Web tools as part of ...

  7. CISAC Slams China's Copyright 'Violations'

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC president Robin Gibb has called on the Chinese government to end what he says are copyright-law violations. "How is it and how can it be that in China, the most populated country in the world and the organizer of the 2008 Olympic Games, ...

  8. Performance, Digital Royalties Top Mechanicals

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The collecting arm for U.K. mechanical and performance rights societies MCPS and PRS today reports that combined revenue from broadcasting and digital uses for the first time have out-performed revenue from recorded physical product. In announcing ...

  9. Int'l Performance Right Community Gathers In London

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Getting a fair deal for music" was the underlying theme of a two-day international industry summit this week in central London which focused on the steadily growing income stream that is performance rights revenue. Public performance ri ...

  10. JASRAC Reports Full Year Growth

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japanese authors society JASRAC today (May 14) reported that copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31 rose 4.1% year-on-year to ¥115.7 billion ($1.1 billion), reversing the previous year's 2.2% decline. Performance right royalti ...

  11. Commentary: Court's Decision Is A Landmark For The Digital Age

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently handed down a landmark decision upholding the rights of music creators in the Digital Age. By setting compensation rates for the public performance of music on three Internet s ...

  12. PPL Reports Double-Digital 2007 Growth

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Phonographic Performance Ltd has reported a broadly positive set of results for 2007, a year in which the U.K. neighboring rights collecting society's license fee income exceeded the £100 million ($196 million) mark for the first time. Licens ...

  13. Authors’ Pain In Spain Eases

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors body SGAE is claiming that publishers' reliance on physical product sales is a thing of the past after revealing a 10% rise in rights collections to €344 million ($534 million) during 2007. Speaking at the 91,000-member collec ...

  14. Judge Sets ASCAP Streaming Fees

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT License fees that AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! must pay to ASCAP for streaming music of the performing rights organization's members have now been set by a federal court judge. The three services, which are parties to a rate-setting proceedin ...

  15. GEMA Records Massive Revenue Drop

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German authors rights society GEMA has reported a €24.8 million ($39.67 million) shortfall in 2007 revenue. The Berlin-based organization collected €849.6 million ($1.35 billion) for its 60,000 author/publisher members during the year, down 2.83% ...

  16. ASCAP Unveils 'Bill of Rights' Initiative

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP unveiled a new advocacy initiative -- "Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers" -- during its third annual "I Create Music" EXPO at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles (April 10-12). Targeting established ...

  17. Societies Promote Pan-European Licensing

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Over the last three years, the way music publishing rights in Europe are licensed for online uses has been going through a process of change. It's the subject of a feature article in Billboard magazine that hit the street on April 11 (Billboa ...

  18. ASCAP: Payments Up 9% In '07

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP made 741 million in payments to its members in 2007, a 9 percent increase in distributions from 2006. The announcement was made Thursday at the ASCAP annual general membership meeting, part of the three-day I Create Music Expo at Hollywood a ...

  19. BMI Eyes Ringback Tones For Mobile Growth

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI expects ringback tones to lead the way in mobile music growth this year as ringtone revenues begin to decline. The performing rights organization projects ringback tones will exceed $210 million in U.S. sales in 2008, a 50% increase over 2007 ...

  20. ASCAP Sues 29 Establishments

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has filed 29 separate copyright infringement lawsuits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have publicly performed the songs of the performing rights organization's songwriter, composer and music ...

  21. Bon Jovi, Sambora, Miller To Hit ASCAP Expo

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has just added Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Steve Miller to their lineup of songwriters who will be part of the I Create Music Expo in April. They join Jackson Browne for a special series of interviews. The three-day expo for songwriting ...

  22. Bareilles To Receive ASCAP Award

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Sara Bareilles at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9. Bareilles will be given the association's Vanguard Award and will perform during the awards ceremony. ...

  23. Royalty Discussions To The Fore At CMW

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The value of music and the rate radio in Canada should pay for it have been among the hot topics at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. "It is allegedly 2008 and we're still discussing whether radio gathers value from music," says David ...

  24. ASCAP To Honor Richie, Miller

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Lionel Richie and Steve Miller at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards next month in Los Angeles. Richie and Miller will be presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which ...

  25. SGAE, Hoodiny Forge Digital Deal

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE has reached a digital distribution deal with Hoodiny Entertainment Group, the U.S.-based full-service technology and content production company. SGAE has licensed for Spain the repertoire of ...

  26. PPL, ACTRA PRS Strike Reciprocal Pact

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST British music services organization PPL has forged a reciprocal deal with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Performers' Rights Society (ACTRA PRS). Through the retroactive accord, unveiled today, members of PPL and ...

  27. AFTRA, Labels Reach New Accord

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with record labels on the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code. The national contract covers royalty artists and session singers who work with the more than 1,200 record companies, including the four major labels. Th ...

  28. Warner/Chappell Strikes Three Pan-European Deals

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music has signed three separate deals at MIDEM for European collecting societies to grant pan-European licenses for digital uses. The deals follow the publisher's announcement last year at this time that it was talking to coll ...

  29. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  30. Peermusic, MCPS-PRS, SGAE Forge Euro Alliance

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leading independent music publisher Peermusic today used the platform of Midem to unveil a pan-European online and mobile licensing accord with Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance and Spanish society SGAE. Through the agreement, SGAE will represent P ...

  31. MTV Strikes European Video Licensing Deal

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV has struck a new pan-European rights deal covering payment for the use of music videos from independent record labels. The multi-platform deal, replacing and expanding upon one made three years ago, has been struck with London-based Video Perf ...

  32. Lee Rises At SESAC

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST SESAC VP of licensing Bill Lee rises to senior VP of licensing operations for the Nashville-based performing rights organization. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the licensing department including the administrative, cable, br ...

  33. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  34. EU Executive Stays Above Online Music Rights Fray

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said it has no date for reviewing its voluntary guidelines on managing online music rights despite new calls on Thursday for a mandatory shake-up of the system. The guidelines are not legally binding on EU states and music ...

  35. PPL Adds Two More International Partners

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. Collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd has signed reciprocal licensing deals with Greece and Ukraine as part of its expanding list of international agreements. The London-based company, which licenses recorded music on behalf of 47,0 ...

  36. Rich Reappointed PRS Chairman

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Performing Right Society board has re-appointed Ellis Rich as its chairman for a second three-year term. Rich's reign will cover the 2008-2010 period. "It continues to be an honor to be PRS chairman during a period of fast ...

  37. PRS Launches Royalty Educational Clip

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Performing Right Society has created a viral marketing clip which depicts how music creators are paid when their music is played in public. Beginning with a slogan "Everything starts with creation," the 30-second animated ...

  38. CMRRA, CRIA Strike New Licensing Agreement

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. and the Canadian Recording Industry Association have entered into a new mechanical licensing agreement that will run through 2012. The deal, which was concluded after a lengthy negotiation, will ...

  39. Senators Take On Performance Right Debate

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Artists and broadcasters today continued their fight over a performance right to play recordings over terrestrial radio during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Singer-songwriter Alice Peacock urged members of the Senate Judiciary C ...

  40. YouTube Launches In Germany

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Online video-sharing platform YouTube has launched a German version. YouTube.de went live yesterday, having forged licensing partnerships with more than 60 content providers, including Universal Music and Sony BMG. "The high click rates of vi ...

  41. Evans Joins Virtual Law

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Crispin Evans, former general counsel of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, will be serving as a consultant to Virtual Law in London. Virtual Law, founded by Oliver Brice, is a legal business that provides clients with an out-sourced "in-house" lega ...

  42. Sony/ATV Wins Triple Performance Crown

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing achieved a historical place among country music awards this week. After being named BMI's country publisher of the year in Nashville, Sony/ATV officially became the first publisher to sweep the award from BMI, ASCAP ...

  43. PPL Backs Anti-Gun Campaign

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PPL has teamed with Urban Concepts to back the socially-conscious body's national anti-gun campaign. Music is at the nub of a new annual project, "Don't Trigger," which intends to alert Britons on the ri ...

  44. Broadcasters Oppose 'Abusive' Royalty Structure

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today called for a resolution to oppose a new royalty structure proposed by Canada's record labels. The resolution, adopted at the organization's annual meeting in Ottawa, states that, " ...

  45. Texas Congressmen Oppose Performance Right

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two Texas Congressmen introduced a House concurrent resolution late yesterday opposing a performance right for artists and record companies to receive royalties for recordings played over terrestrial radio. Fifty-one others co-sponsored the resolu ...

  46. Publisher Broido Dies

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Publisher Arnold Broido died last Thursday after a long series of illnesses. Broido, a member of the National Music Publishers' Assn. board of directors, was president of Theodore Presser Co. since 1969, the oldest continually-operated music ...

  47. Canada's Copyright Board Sets Royalty Rate

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Copyright Board ruled Wednesday on the decade long battle over the royalty rates for online downloading and streaming to be paid to the Society of Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (Socan). In a ruling that will like ...

  48. U.K.'s PRS Sues Garage Firm For License Dodging

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Performing Right Society is suing British car repair group Kwik-Fit for £200,000 ($400,000) in damages claiming employees played music in its garages nationwide without a relevant license. Lord Emslie, the judge at the Court of Sess ...

  49. Popkomm Panelists: Music, Auto Industries Must Align

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vehicles will drive a viable revenue stream for record labels in the coming years, panelists said at the "Auto Mobile Music: The Dashboard Jukebox" session today, on day one of Popkomm , the international music and entertainment conferen ...

  50. MCPS-PRS Strikes Accord With YouTube

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance has become the first collecting society outside the U.S. to strike a license deal with YouTube. The U.K. agreement, unveiled today, applies to more than 10 million works available through YouTube, including music ...

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