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  1. SoundExchange Partners With Foreign Societies For Royalty Collections

    July 25, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SoundExchange, an organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties in the U.S., has signed two groups of reciprocal agreements with foreign collecting societies. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members This ...

  2. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  3. UK's PRS For Music Says Digital Royalties To Match Physical By 2014

    June 01, 2012 7:43 AM EDT On the heels of yesterday's announcement by the British Phonographic Institute that digital sales have overtaken physical sales comes news from the UK's PRS For Music, Britain's collection society, that digital royalty payments will ...

  4. Jez Bell, Peter Bradbury, Matt DeFlippis Discuss: Do We Need Music Collecting Societies in the Digital Age? @SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Jez Bell, Director of Licensing Omnifone; Matt DeFilippis VP New Media & Technology ASCAP; Peter Bradbury Head of Rights BBC (Photo: Jason Gross) Who cares about companies who collect royalties for songwriters and publishers (i.e. ASCAP, BMI)? ...

  5. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  6. YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers

    November 17, 2011 6:11 PM EST The independent music publisher agreement with YouTube first reported in August is finally ready to be implemented, according to the National Music Publishers' Association. Advance payments are expected to follow shortly. In anticipation of p ...

  7. Two of South Africa's Largest Royalty Collection Agencies Join Forces

    April 29, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two leading South African royalty collection societies have signed a memorandum of understanding as the first step to forming the country's first joint mechanical rights collecting society. In what marks the first major agreement between Sout ...

  8. Russian Music Rights Collection Agencies Shuttered by Courts

    March 07, 2011 11:35 AM EST MOSCOW - Attempts by the Russian authorities to bring order to royalty collection and payment have resulted in utter chaos with rights holders standing to lose significant revenue. Under recent court orders state accreditations issued to VOIS (to ...

  9. Universal Switches To SDRM Across Europe

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM) has not renewed its pan-European licensing agreement with Universal Music Group International (UMGI) for the collection of mechanical royalties. SABAM collected mechanical royalties ...

  10. Spanish Authorities Demand Digital Levy Refund

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Catalan regional government and several other local administrations in Spain have demanded collecting society SGAE return taxes paid since 1987 on purchased devices that can be used to record protected cultural content. The European Union' ...

  11. YouTube Signs With France's Sacem

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French songwriters' and publishers' collecting society Sacem has announced a licensing deal with Youtube France, after three years of negotiations. The deal, described by Sacem as a blanket license, includes Sacem's worldwide repert ...

  12. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. SGAE's Copying Levy Income Outstrips Record Sales

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a miserable year for Spanish sales, for the first time ever Spanish authors body SGAE collected more money from a home-copying levy on consumer electronics/blank media than it did in mechanical royalties from records. The collecting society ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Spanish Collecting Societies Back I.P. Reform Plan

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recently created group of four Spanish collecting societies, Ibercrea, has applauded the decision by the parliamentary culture commission to approve unanimously all the conclusions reached last week by the sub-commission on intellectual proper ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. @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 & ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. @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 ...

  22. French Societies Reveal Neighboring Rights Income

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST French labels' collecting societies SCPP (which includes the four majors) and SPPF unveiled initial figures for 2009, both subject to later fine-tuning. SCPP income was down 11.3% year-on-year to €61.9 million ($89.6 million), a drop SCPP att ...

  23. French Labels, Artists Secure Licensing Rate Rise

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST The fee paid to the music industry by French public establishments that play recorded music will be significantly raised from Feb. 1, 2010, a government-led commission has ruled. The Jan. 5 ruling covers establishments such as bars, restaurants an ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Italian Collecting Society IMAIE Shut Down

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italian collecting society IMAIE (Institute for the Protection of Performing Artists Rights) has officially been closed, following a ruling by a senior court, the Council of State. According to the ruling, three court-appointed commissioners will ...

  27. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  30. French Producers Call For Increased Private Copying Tax

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST French producers' collecting societies SPPF and SCPP (which includes the four majors) unveiled contrasted figures for 2008, both subject to later fine-tuning. SCPP income was down 4.8% to €58.3 million ($76.5 million). According to SCPP, the ...

  31. Canadian Copyright Board Opens Hearing On Music Tariffs

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Copyright Board kicked off a large-scale hearing today in Ottawa over arguments about multiple tariffs that cover everything from performing rights in songs to mechanical reproduction rights. "It's sure to be a landmark hear ...

  32. GEMA Appeals EC Competition Ruling

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has submitted an appeal to the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to have a prohibition order issued by the European Commission overturned. GEMA has also applied for suspension of the execution of the Com ...

  33. Popkomm Day 1: Delegates Debate Rights

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rights issues were at the top of the agenda at the first day of Popkomm in Berlin. A total of 15,000 exhibitors and trade visitors are expected, according to managing director Ralf Kleinhenz, although the opening day was a fairly relaxed start to ...

  34. Gibb Raps EC In Popkomm Keynote

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb has opened Popkomm 2008 in Berlin with a keynote speech in his role as president of CISAC, the umbrella group which represents 222 authors' societies in 118 countries. He accused the European Commission of behaving i ...

  35. PRS To Appeal EC Decision On Pan-European Licences

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Performing Right Society (PRS) has confirmed that it will appeal a decision by the European Commission in July on representation agreements between collecting societies in Europe. The U.K. collecting society says it will challenge the EC rulin ...

  36. PRS Wins Legal Battle To Halt Pan-Euro Licence

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society the Performing Right Society (PRS) has a won a court case to prevent its Dutch equivalent, Buma, from issuing an unauthorised pan-European licence for online rights. Buma announced on July 19 that it had issued such a licen ...

  37. EC Hands Down CISAC Decision

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella trade groups for performing right societies, must reform its royalty collection practises and has been told to remove all obstacles impeding the pan-European licensing system after losing its long-running battle with European r ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Universal Partners With SACEM For Pan-Euro Licenses

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ending days of intense speculation at MIDEM, Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a digital licensing scheme in Europe. The publisher has formed a joint venture with French society SACEM which allows that society and France's mechanica ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. EU Parliament Votes On Pan-Euro Music Licensing

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament today voted for binding legislation on the online music market, but warned that collective online licensing should be opened-up gradually. The European members of parliament said that a "big bang" opening of onlin ...

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