Music licensing

  1. Our Best Bet for Screwing Up Copyright Reform? More Government Intervention (Guest Post)

    July 14, 2014 12:10 PM EDT A recent guest post  by Craig Havighurst on Billboard.biz offered six suggestions for not screwing up copyright reform. While some of the suggestions were on point, it included an idea that is perhaps the best way to screw up copyright reform – ...

  2. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  3. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees

    June 27, 2014 12:34 PM EDT In a move to address potential changes in music licensing, Universal Music Publishing Group will make its entire song database more transparent and easily accessible to music licensees. The enhancement to the company's data repository will ev ...

  4. Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony

    June 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT A Congressional hearing on music licensing Wednesday turned up mostly the same themes, frustrations and proposed solutions as the hearing two weeks earlier. Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters ...

  5. Two New Breakthroughs Aim at Easy Music Publishing Solutions

    May 01, 2014 7:12 PM EDT SongLily offers easy sync licensing to game/app developers while the termination and reversion calculator helps you figure out just that. Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilit ...

  6. FCC Shelves Pandora's Bid For South Dakota Radio Station

    January 15, 2014 3:45 PM EST In another minor setback to its music licensing plans, Pandora has received word from the FCC that it is no longer processing its application for the transfer of the ownership of broadcasting license for KXMZ, the Rapid City, South Dakota radio st ...

  7. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: YouTube's Free Tracks, Amazon's Cloud Store, Siemer's Big Prize

    September 25, 2013 8:11 PM EDT YouTube's Free Offerings Google, it would seem, loves giving stuff away. Last week, it was QuickOffice, a suite of productivity apps it purchased in June and is now distributing as a free download. Today, it's more than 150 audio track ...

  8. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  9. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: CISAC Summit, Kobalt, Paul McCartney, Wonderlous, Jingle Punks, More

    October 16, 2012 5:16 PM EDT CISAC Summit Set for June 2013 CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as t ...

  11. NMPA CEO David Israelite On What He'll Discuss At Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2012 8:46 PM EDT As music publishers convene in New York Wednesday for the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) annual meeting, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite says he will address some of the same issues that he covered in his Congressional testimony last we ...

  12. BMI, Radio Industry Announce Settlement

    June 11, 2012 4:41 PM EDT In a settlement announced today between U.S. radio stations and BMI, the performance right organization will receive performance royalty compensation of 1.7% of radio revenue less certain standard deductions going forward through 2016. The settlem ...

  13. ASCAP Inks TV Licensing Deal Through 2016

    June 06, 2012 6:34 PM EDT ASCAP signed a deal today with the Television Music License Committee (TMLC) to allow local U.S. television stations access to its 8.5 million tracks for licensing purposes through 2016. The deal is retroactive to January 1, 2010, and sets undiscl ...

  14. Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

    February 14, 2012 10:19 AM EST While most of the music industry basked in the Monday afterglow of a raucous Grammy Awards, a panel discussion with BMI, SoundExchange, TuneCore and others turned fiery Monday afternoon at the SF MusicTech Summit, over the heated issue of just how ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Canadian Broadcast Corporation Reaches Major Online Licensing Deal With AVLA

    January 25, 2012 3:50 PM EST The Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), the country's oldest public broadcasting network, and Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA) have reached the first negotiated collective license deal in Canada for online streaming and podcasting of rad ...

  17. ASCAP, Radio Music License Committee Announce Settlement in Principle

    December 06, 2011 8:31 AM EST American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced a settlement in principle concerning the fees U.S. radio stations pay to publicly perform ASCAP's more than 8.5 million plus ...

  18. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  19. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  20. Rick Riccoboo Responds to Jim Griffin's Call for WIPO to Create International Music Registry: Guest Post

    July 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT ( Rick Riccobono is an International Rights Licensing Consultant at the U.K.'s New Media Law .) An Open Letter in Response to Jim Griffin's Comments Regarding WIPO's International Music Registry It was with mixed feelings that I rec ...

  21. Tuhin Roy of MXP4 on Blanket Digital Music Licensing From a Developer's Perspective

    June 29, 2011 12:13 PM EDT (Tuhin Roy is Chief Strategy Officer of MXP4, the developer of Bopler Games, a Facebook application that enables users to play multiple music games across a large catalog of music. Tuhin practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins ...

  22. Jim Routh from Smule Guest Post: Why Blanket Licensing Legislation Is Not the Answer to Publishing Quandary

    June 24, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Jim Routh, VP of Business Development at Smule , a leading mobile social app company, has over 18-years experience in business development and product management in software, web services, mobile ventures. He is responsible for managing all Smule& ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Eric Benet Signs Management Deal With Primary Wave

    May 05, 2011 9:49 PM EDT Eric Benet Inks Management Deal With Primary Wave -- Grammy Nominated R&B singer Eric Benet has signed a management deal with New York City-based Primary Wave Talent Management ( PrimaryWaveMusic.com ). This new management deal reunites Benet ...

  24. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  25. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  26. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  27. @Film and TV Conference: Five Panel Takeaways From Day One

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles opened today (Oct. 27) with numerous tips from composers and music supervisors who spend their days sifting through music submissions. Here are five takeaways from the op ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. @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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. U.K. Govt Compromises On Small Venue Licensing

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has announced a compromise measure that will mean venues such as pubs and bars will no longer need licenses for live music, as stipulated by the 2003 Licensing Act. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe confirmed that the government ...

  33. U.K. Govt Rejects MPs' Verdict On Small Venues

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade organization for the British music industry, has reacted with dismay after the government refused to act on recommendations for the live sector by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In their review of the 2003 L ...

  34. Parliamentary Committee: Live Music Policing 'Authoritarian'

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended the scrapping of a controversial policing system for live music events, and has urged the government to exempt small venues from the need to obtain a license for the performance of live m ...

  35. RightsFlow Inks New Indie Deals

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow has signed on three new clients for its Outsourced Music Licensing system, FLOW: CAM, Creazioni Artistiche Musicale, an independent record label and music publisher based in Rome; La Cupula Music, or House Of Music, an independent digit ...

  36. HFA Signs Reciprocal Licensing Deals

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency has entered into two foreign reciprocal agreements-one with the Russia Authors Society (RAO) and one with southern Africa Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)-for the licensing and collection of music copyright royalties in each ...

  37. RightsFlow Signs Up Zebralution, X5

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A couple of European digital aggregators have signed up to use RightsFlow for digital phonorecord delivery licensing and royalty services for the U.S. marketplace. Berlin-based Zebralution, which serves as a digital distributor for independent lab ...

  38. Rights Management Firms Expand Reach

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With music rights, licensing, and fees becoming top-of-mind issues lately, rights management firms RightsFlow and RoyaltyShare are expanding their footprint in the space. RoyaltyShare has acquired Broad Street Digital from Arbinet to gain access t ...

  39. YouLicense Closes Funding Round

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music licensing firm YouLicense has received an undisclosed round of funding from Israel's Ofer Media. The YouLicense platform lets artist and record labels place music available for advertisements and other purposes online, with a set ...

  40. Brit Gov't Launches C'right Exemption Consultation

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government is launching a new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions applied to not-for-profit organizations and charitable group for the performance of recorded music in public. The Government says it is aware that ce ...

  41. Sexton To Oversee Global Brand Partnerships For EMI

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cynthia Sexton, former senior VP, strategic marketing and licensing for EMI Music North America, has been upped to executive VP, global brand partnership, licensing, synchronization for EMI Music, a newly created position. Sexton, who will continu ...

  42. Harry Fox Launches Spanish Web Offering

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music rights licensing organization The Harry Fox Agency has added a Spanish-language section to its Web site, which can be found at harryfox.com/espanol . HFA en Español answers questions about music licensing and provides information about its o ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Publishing Exec Walter Joins Ricall

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ben Walter, a former senior marketing executive with Extreme Music, has joined Ricall as the online music licensing marketplace's business development executive. Based in London, Walter is tasked with helping raise the company's internat ...

  45. Ricall Adds Big Life, Blue Mountain Rosters

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music licensing marketplace Ricall has struck deals with independent music publishers Big Life Music and Blue Mountain Music. Through the agreements, unveiled today, the two publishers will upload onto the Ricall online music licensing data ...

  46. Ricall Floats Into China With Ocean Butterflies

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Online music licensing marketplace Ricall has expanded into China through a joint venture partnership with independent music company Ocean Butterflies. Through the agreement, announced Wednesday during the Midem trade fair in Cannes, Ocean Butterf ...

  47. Ricall Hires Razzano To Lead U.S. Plans

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ricall is expanding into the United States. The online music marketplace has appointed Ed Razzano to lead the new stateside operations as VP of business development. Razzano, until recently senior director of film and TV licensing for BMG Music Pu ...

  48. Getty Unveils New Licensing Service

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Getty Images unveiled its new music licensing service gained though it's acquisition of Pump Audio this June. Called Soundtrack, the system provides an online, direct licensing platform for music provided by a host of independent and unsigned ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Report: Licensing Laws Hinder U.K. Live Biz

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s new live-music licensing laws are too restrictive for small-scale events to thrive. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Live Music Forum (LMF), the independent initiative launched by the U.K. government's Departmen ...

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