Copyright collection societies

  1. ASCAP Passes 300,000 Member Mark

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has reached a new milestone, now counting more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members. The performing rights organization, founded in 1914, licenses a repertory of more than 8.5 million songs. It reported record ...

  2. ASCAP, BMI Launch RapidCue

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and BMI have jointly launched RapidCue, a secure Web site that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data to the performing rights organizations (PROs) for television, cable and film productions. PROs rely o ...

  3. MCPS Offers License For Indie TV Producers

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society is extending the licensing rights available to TV-program producers. The collecting society has launched the Independent Production Company License (IPC), which is aimed at independent product ...

  4. GEMA Strikes Alliance With Austrian Rights Bodies

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German authors' rights society GEMA and its Austrian counterparts AKM and Austro Mechana are to forge a new partnership in 2008 to promote music from German-speaking Europe, Billboard.biz has learned. The creation of the alliance follows ongo ...

  5. MCPS Launches License For Small Biz, Individuals

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MCPS, the U.K. mechanical rights collecting society, has launched a new license for small businesses and consumers who want to press their own physical copies of copyright-protected music. The Limited Manufacture Licence is targeted at schools, we ...

  6. MCPS-PRS, MTV Europe Forge 'Landmark' Deal

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has signed its first blanket TV license agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN) Europe. The deal, which covers the use of the Alliance's catalog of 10 million music works on 35 MTVN channels Europe-wide, i ...

  7. Yahoo! Blasts U.K. Online Royalty Decision

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music has attacked the per-track minimum payments structure for U.K. digital sales which was endorsed earlier this week by the Copyright Tribunal. The U.K. Tribunal, which settles copyright disputes, approved the settlement reached between ...

  8. CISAC Responds To Royalty Reform Critics

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella organization for the world's collection societies, today (July 19) responded to severe objections to its planned reforms. It accused its critics of cynically seeking any means possible to drive down the fees required for t ...

  9. Copyright Tribunal Endorses Online Royalty Settlement

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has endorsed the settlement agreement for online and mobile royalty rates reached between the MCPS-PRS Alliance and a string of online music companies. According to the Alliance, the Tribunal decision confirms an agreem ...

  10. Societies Challenge CISAC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC's planned reforms on the way royalties are collected has been met with opposition from a collection of European societies. A group representing 21 small and medium-sized royalty collecting organizations has called for global repertoires ...

  11. Feedback Mixed Over CISAC, EC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Composer and performer groups have backed the provisional deal CISAC agreed with the European Commission to reform the way royalties are collected. However, the plans are being vigorously opposed by media and telecom giants, who say the changes wi ...

  12. U.K.'s MPA Calls For Stronger Bonds With BPI

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. publishing industry must place greater value in partnership and unity moving forward, attendees heard at today's annual general meeting of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) in London. MPA chairman Paul Curran, re-elected for his ...

  13. Geyer Exits Germany's GEMA

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Hans Herwig Geyer, head of the communications department at GEMA, is leaving the German collection society at the end of the year. Geyer, who has been head of communication since 1993, is quitting voluntarily but has given no details of his fu ...

  14. Sacem Posts Collections Decline

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of 755.9 million euros ($1.02 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2006, a decrease of 0.2% on 2005. "This is the first time since 1992 that collected revenue decreases fr ...

  15. Windswept CEO Joins ASCAP Board

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) board of directors has elected Evan Medow as director. He currently serves as president and CEO at Windswept. Medow helped found Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. in 1988. He serv ...

  16. PPL's Nevrkla Joins U.S. Copyright Alliance Board

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO of U.K. collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd, has become the first European-based executive to be appointed to the board of the U.S.-based Copyright Alliance. Nevrkla is now the seventh member on the board ...

  17. EC, CISAC Make Progress On Royalties Issue

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has appealed to the music sector to say whether the planned reforms in the way royalties are collected are enough to ensure that collecting societies are not operating a de facto monopoly. The market testing call comes afte ...

  18. Digital Talk Takes Over Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of copyright in the digital age was top of the agenda during the morning session of Day 2 of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. In a keynote address, Nikesh Aroha, Google's newly-appointed president for Europe, the Middle East a ...

  19. Gibb Outlines CISAC Ambitions

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music business needs to rebrand and reposition itself to counter its image as a corporate leviathan, Robin Gibb, the newly-elected president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), tells Billboard.biz. ...

  20. Numbers In For Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels attracted 582 delegates, according to figures issued by the confederation of authors‚ societies today. Delegates were drawn from 263 different companies and 53 countries. CISAC director general Eric ...

  21. Gibb, Cuaron To Take CISAC Role

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Robin Gibb will become CISAC's president, subject to a vote at the confederation's General Assembly tomorrow (June 1). The Bee Gees singer/songwriter, who is speaking today at CISAC's Copyright Summit in Brussels, will be joined by ...

  22. Copyright Row Dominates Summit

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has wrapped, after an afternoon session dominated by a stand-off between delegates and controversial Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons issues copyright licenses that al ...

  23. MCPS-PRS General Counsel Evans Exits

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crispin Evans will exit as general counsel of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, with immediate effect, after his post was made redundant. In a statement issued today, the Alliance paid respect to Evans for having dealt with "a number of significant issu ...

  24. Record Results For PPL

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phonographic Performance Ltd has unveiled best-ever financial results. The U.K. collecting society, which licenses sound recordings for the country's record labels and performers, reported license fee income of £97.9 million ($193 million) in ...

  25. Groups Increase Efforts For Performance Right

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artist and label groups amped up their efforts on Capitol Hill to gain a performance right for over-the-air broadcasts of their recordings. A letter signed by seven groups went to 535 Congressional offices on Friday (May 11), urging support for pe ...

  26. Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Rec ...

  27. Yahoo! Defeats Sony BMG Infringement Suit

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury in New York decided late today that Yahoo!'s Launchcast is not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. After a six-year litigation, the jury decided that Launchcast was not required to negotiate licen ...

  28. IFPI Declares Pan-Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI today unveiled what it heralds as a "major step forward" in pan-European music licensing. The international recording industry trade body says that, along with an undisclosed number of European collecting societies representing ...

  29. Porter Takes Charge Of MCPS-PRS

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The search for a successor to former MCPS-PRS Alliance chief executive Adam Singer is over. The U.K. collecting society today confirmed the elevation of Steve Porter to CEO, with immediate effect. Porter has served with the Alliance as managing di ...

  30. No Performance Fees For Music Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A senior federal court judge, who has often sided with copyright holders, ruled against ASCAP today (April 25). Digital music services AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! won a summary judgment declaring that downloading music files is not a public perfo ...

  31. Judge: No Performance Right In Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several sources tell Billboard.biz that a federal court has ruled that there is no performance right for publishers and songwriters in a download. The decision came during a proceeding to determine royalty rates between ASCAP and digital services ...

  32. Bishop Exits PPL

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Clive Bishop has exited the U.K. collecting society Phonographic Performance Limited. The London-based executive has served with PPL since 2001, most recently as director of business development for IT and International. Going forward, the society ...

  33. PPL Forges Pacts In Russia, Japan

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) has struck new, separate agreements with societies in Russia and Japan. The collecting society's bilateral deal with the Russian Phonographic Assn. (RPA) ensures that record companies whose r ...

  34. PPL Ink Podcast Deal

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phonographic Performance Ltd., the collecting society for the U.K.'s record labels and performers, has clinched a groundbreaking agreement with Britain's commercial radio stations, to allow recorded music to be downloaded with radio prog ...

  35. U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Posts 'Best-Ever' Results

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance has reported banner revenues for the year 2006. The Alliance's collections exceeded £545 million ($1.067 billion) for the year, up marginally from a "best-ever" year in 2005, the collecting society r ...

  36. PPL Avoids Ad Petition Rap

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) has escaped censure from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the music industry services firm drew complaints over a full-page advertisement placed in a broadsheet newspaper. PPL's ...

  37. ASCAP Reports Record Revenues

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST ASCAP has reported record revenues of $785 million for 2006, royalty payments to members of $680 million, and an all-time low operating expense ratio of 12.0%, the performing rights organization revealed today (March 6). Revenues exceeded those of ...

  38. Euro Societies Call YouTube, MySpace To The Table

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST European copyright societies have asked YouTube and MySpace to bring discussions to a climax on back-payments for unauthorized use of copyright works. Paris-based CISAC and its ally BIEM say they have sent letters to the respective user-generated ...

  39. ASCAP, Digital Services Kick Off Rate Proceedings

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what promises to be one of the most hotly contested copyright issues this year, the question of whether downloading a song means that there is a "public performance" of a composition is now officially for a federal court judge in New ...

  40. Warner/Chappell To Offer Pan-Euro Licensing

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music is setting up a system for pan-European licensing for digital and mobile uses of its Anglo-American repertoire, Billboard.biz has learned. The publisher has been in talks with European collecting societies, offering them non- ...

  41. CISAC Organzies 'Copyright Summit'

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST French crooner Charles Aznavour, English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, film-maker Michael Apted, British Telecom CEO Ben Verwaayen, and EMI Music Publishing president Roger Faxon will take part in a two-day 'Copyright Summit' in Brussel ...

  42. SACEM, SGAE Form Venture For Pan-Euro Licensing

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST French and Spanish authors' rights societies are forming a joint venture to offer pan-European publishing licenses to digital and mobile services. SACEM president/CEO Bernard Miyet and SGAE chairman Eduardo Bautista announced their plans toda ...

  43. PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger Completed

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST PPL has completed its merger with PAMRA and AURA, creating a new body which it says represent the "most fundamental change" in the U.K. collecting society's seventy-three year history. London-based PPL (Phonographic Performance Limi ...

  44. MPA, MCPS-PRS Launch Pan-European Digital License

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a significant development which could help shape licensing in the online age, Britain's Music Publisher's Assn. and MCPS-PRS Alliance have launched a one-stop pan-European digital licensing template. The MPA and Alliance used the plat ...

  45. HFA Halts Negotiations With MusicNet

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a letter obtained by Billboard.biz, the Harry Fox Agency notified MusicNet late yesterday (Dec. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposed license for interactive streams from the service, which supplies music for Microsoft, MTV, Yahoo! and others ...

  46. Germany's GEMA To Launch Political Office

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Maren Ruhfus will take the helm of the newly-created political information offices for German collection society GEMA, with effect from Feb. 1, 2007. Since 1998, Ruhfus has served as chief of the Berlin office of the German Boersenverein, the asso ...

  47. Asian Music Expert Moviebox Teams With MCPS

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Birmingham, U.K.-based Moviebox, one of the world's leading Asian music publishing companies, has joined British composer/publisher collecting agency MCPS-PRS Alliance as a direct member for the world. "A substantial and successful Asian ...

  48. ASCAP Files Suits In Eight States

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed copyright infringement suits against 10 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in eight states. Although all establishments licensed rights from the performing rights organizati ...

  49. Progress In PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Harris joins as performer affairs directors. The proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers has moved a stage closer to completion. The formal contractual documentation to form a single entity between Phon ...

  50. Progress In PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers has moved a stage closer to completion. The proposed merger of Britain's three collecting societies representing performers has moved a stage closer to c ...

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