NMPA

  1. NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites

    May 21, 2014 2:38 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders. T ...

  2. New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters

    February 25, 2014 11:31 AM EST 47 1.09 k 271 17 A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was int ...

  3. Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive)

    November 14, 2013 8:45 AM EST Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Ge ...

  4. NMPA: David Israelite, RIAA's Cary Sherman Work to Mend Fences Between Publishers, Labels

    June 13, 2013 11:39 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, NMPA president David Israelite pointed out that the music industry has moved beyond the period of copyright theft and denial of ...

  5. ASCAP, NMPA Respond to Pandora's Acquisition of Radio Station

    June 12, 2013 11:29 AM EDT ASCAP and the National Music Publishers' Association have responded harshly to Pandora's purchase of a small-market radio station in an attempt to lower its ASCAP royalties.   Pandora announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid ...

  6. Music Publishers, Congressmen Send Letter Protesting Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 16, 2012 4:48 PM EST While Congress gets ready to consider the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012 later this month, which some say is designed to lower pureplay webcasters royalty rates to record labels, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and other songwriter ...

  7. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  8. Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference, presented in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Wilson is managing partner at New York-base ...

  9. Deadmau5 Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 18, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Global dance music superstar Deadmau5 has been added as a keynote speaker to the star-studded Billboard FutureSound Conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA. Billboard's Fut ...

  10. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  11. YouTube Seeks Label Aid to Secure Artists' Publishing Rights for Videos

    June 21, 2012 7:20 PM EDT YouTube seeks label aid to secure artists' publishing rights for videos YouTube's appearance at the "Indie Week" convention recently held by the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) in New York was the meet's best-at ...

  12. NMPA Inks Deal With Universal Music Group Over VEVO, YouTube Videos

    June 19, 2012 11:32 AM EDT Less than a week after the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting, when president and CEO David Israelite said the organization was chasing the major labels to pay indie music publishers for videos streamed on VEVO and Youtube, ...

  13. SOPA/Protect-IP Acts Fuels the Fire of Disgruntled Music Fans: Guest Column by Manager Ryan Chisholm

    December 07, 2011 6:15 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Ryan Chisholm, a manager at Bill Silva Entertainment in Los Angeles, in response to an earlier guest column by NMPA President/CEO David Israelite . Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. New Report Emphasizes Importance of Copyright Industries to U.S. Economy

    November 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright industries, including music, television, film, book, radio, and newspaper and magazine industries employed more than 10.6 million workers and contributed more than $1.6 trillion, to the U.S. economy in 2010, or 11.1% of GDP, acc ...

  16. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  17. Billboard FutureSound Update: More Speakers, Topics Confirmed

    September 28, 2011 1:32 PM EDT There are a lot of music-industry conferences these days, but we're aiming to do something really different with Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference , taking place Nov. 17-18 in San Francisco. This conference is designed to driv ...

  18. Business Matters: China, Canada Among 40-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List

    May 02, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Forty-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List -- The U.S. Trade Representative's Ron Kirk released the annual "Special 301" report, a list of countries whose I.P. rights protections do not meet its approval. ...

  19. Bill Proposes New Anti-Piracy Powers for DOJ

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Justice a new level of expediency in shutting down websites with pirated content. R ...

  20. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  21. Diane Warren To Receive NMPA's 2010 Songwriter Icon Award

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers’ Association will honor Diane Warren with its 2010 Songwriter Icon Award at the organization's annual meeting, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on June 16. The Icon Award recognizes out ...

  22. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  23. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  24. Music Publishers Urge Victoria Espinel's Confirmation As IP Czar

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on nominations for tomorrow, including that of Victoria Espinel as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen ...

  25. Publishing Executive Freddy Bienstock Dies

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a long illness, Freddy Bienstock, a music publishing industry legend and founder of Carlin Music, died yesterday at his Manhattan home. He was 86. Bienstock, who served on the National Music Publishers Assn.'s board of directors for nea ...

  26. Publishers File Suit Against Lyric Sites

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music filed copyright infringement lawsuits today against two businesses exploiting unlicensed lyrics for profit through their operation of four Web sites. The lawsuits alleged that LiveUniverse, Inc. and its own ...

  27. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  28. NMPA Honors Amy Lee, Sen. Leahy

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. will honor Grammy Award-winning songwriter/singer Amy Lee with its 2008 Songwriter Icon Award and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) with the 2008 President's Award. The group will present Lee with her award ...

  29. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. NMPA To Honor Songwriters

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. will be awarding songwriters the first-ever gold and platinum certifications based on sales of their recorded compositions beginning this week in Nashville. The awards program will be launched on Oct. 18 w ...

  33. NMPA, Journalist Join YouTube Suit

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several copyright holders are joining a class action infringement suit against YouTube, including the National Music Publishers' Assn., investigative journalist Robert Tur and the U.K.'s Rugby Football League. Following a suit filed by V ...

  34. NMPA Adds Legal VP

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. has added another lawyer to its legal team. Kathryn Wagner joins the trade group as VP/counsel. Wagner will help manage NMPA's litigation efforts on behalf of music publishers and songwriters. She wil ...

  35. NMPA Salutes Sedaka, Berman

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Neil Sedaka will be the recipient of the National Music Publishers' Assn. Songwriter Icon Award to be presented at the trade group's annual meeting on June 6 in New York City. Congressman Howard Berman, D-Calif., will be receiving the Pr ...

  36. NMPA Board Shifts Seats

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With changes at the helm of three major publishers over the last four months, membership on the board of the National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) is also shifting. NMPA board members have voted to fill three vacant seats. Marty Bandier, So ...

  37. NMPA Extends Israelite's Term

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Israelite, president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has accepted a contract extension to continue leading the organization through 2010. The 18-member NMPA board of directors, made up of executives with indie and major mus ...

  38. Music Publishers, Kazaa Reach Settlement

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, according to the National Music Publishers' Association ...

  39. Congressman, Jimmy Webb To Be Honored By NMPA

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To be presented June 19 in New York City. Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will be receiving the 2006 NMPA President’s Award. Jimmy Webb will receive the NMPA Influential Songwriter Award. Smith, a long-time champion of music publishers and songw ...

  40. Sirius Settles Receiver Dispute With Two Majors

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sirius Satellite Radio has confirmed that it has come to an agreement with Universal Music Group over the ability to save individual songs to portable satellite receivers that double as MP3 players. M Sirius Satellite Radio has confirmed that it h ...

  41. Charlesworth Joins NMPA As General Counsel

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The National Music Publishers' Assn. has named Jacqueline Charlesworth as its new general counsel/senior VP. The appointment was made today (Jan. 23) follows a reorganization of the legal departments The National Music Publishers' Assn. ...

  42. First Lady Of Music Publishing Dies

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Services for Beebe Bourne to be held on Nov. 4. Beebe Bourne, part of the legendary Bourne music publishing family, died Tuesday (Nov. 1) after a battle with cancer. Bourne helmed the New York-based Bourne Co., one of the largest privately owned i ...

  43. NMPA Mulls Blanket License For Sub Services

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The head of the National Music Publishers' Assn. told House lawmakers yesterday (March 8) that the group is open to licensing changes and has entered into discussions with labels and online companies The head of the National Music Publishers& ...

  44. Behind the Deal: Israelite To Set Tone For NMPA

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The National Music Publishers' Assn. envisions a transformation under David Israelite, its new president/CEO. The National Music Publishers' Assn. envisions a transformation under David Israelite, its new president/CEO. Israelite was dep ...

  45. Israelite New NMPA President

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have reached inside the Bush administration to tap one of the most influential advocates on Capitol Hill for their team. NEW YORK -- Music publishers have reached inside the Bush administration to tap one of the most influential a ...

  46. Israelite To Take Over As NMPA Chief

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the U.S. Attorney General, will become president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn. on Feb. 7, Billboard.biz has learned. David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to ...

  47. NMPA President/CEO Edward Murphy Leaves His Post

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Edward P. Murphy is leaving his post as president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn. - NEW YORK -- A strong advocate for songwriters' and music publishers' rights is retiring from the National Music Publishers' Assn. ( ...

  48. NMPA's Murphy Near Contract End

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The board of directors of the Natonal Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) will meet July 21 to discuss how the organization will proceed when the contract for president/CEO Ed Murphy expires in December. The board of directors of the Natonal Music Publi ...