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  1. 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. ...

  2. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, 122 Other Artists Tell Pandora: 'That's Not How Partners Work Together'

    November 14, 2012 12:15 PM EST The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Zac Brown Band wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates a ...

  3. Michael S. Simon Named President/CEO Of Harry Fox Agency

    October 15, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Michael S. Simon has been promoted to president and CEO for the Harry Fox Agency, succeeding Gary Churgin, who is leaving the company. Simon, previously the organization's senior VP of business affairs/ general counsel/chief strategic officer ...

  4. Op-Ed: Cutting But Not Running

    October 15, 2012 8:29 AM EDT During the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter about Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing's decision to withdraw certain digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. Since some of the facts have been distorted by nonauthoritative sour ...

  5. Opening Pandora's Box

    October 15, 2012 7:40 AM EDT The headlines say the Web radio leader is paying artists big bucks -- not so fast. When it comes to digital royalties, the devil is in the details. Pandora founder Tim Westergren continued his campaign for a change in royalty rates on Oct. 9 wit ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights

    October 09, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months in paying advances and buying copyrights. Through its subsidiary Kobalt Capi ...

  7. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  8. Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties

    August 30, 2012 12:21 PM EDT Spotify's per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band t he Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band's CD Baby royal ...

  9. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  10. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  11. How To Best Support The Artists You Love: Show Them The Money

    July 12, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Earlier this summer, the Internet was lit up-even more than usual-with debate about music in the digital age. The inciting moment was NPR intern Emily White's June 16 blog post, "I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With." White wrote a ...

  12. Business Matters: Six Things in SoundScan's 2012 Mid-Year Report to Be Optimistic About

    July 05, 2012 3:48 PM EDT Six Things to Be Optimistic About in SoundScan's Mid-Year Report -- We're halfway through 2012 and the sales results are in: As Billboard.biz reported Wednesday and Thursday , album sales were down 3.2% and overall sales - albums plus tr ...

  13. NMPA's David Israelite To Congress: A More Efficient Mechanical Licensing System

    June 13, 2012 9:31 PM EDT National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite called for the U.S. Congress to fix section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act so the industry can construct a more efficient mechanical licensing system during the organization' ...

  14. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Fintage House and Rights Agency Limited Joining Forces

    June 08, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Fintage House, a music publishing and digital rights management firm based in the Netherlands has made an investment in the U.K.-based Rights Agency Limited, which specializes in neighboring rights management. Terms of the deal weren't disclo ...

  18. Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald Files Royalty Lawsuit Against Warner Music Group

    May 21, 2012 9:55 PM EDT King & Ballow's Richard S. Busch continues his assault upon the major label tradition of paying standard artist royalties for downloads instead of a 50% licensing royalty. The attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Doobie Brothers sing ...

  19. Copyright Royalty Board To Set Mechanical Royalty Rates For Digital Music Services

    April 11, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In a major settlement between the music industry trade associations for record labels, music publishers and digital music providers, the Copyright Royalty Board, is expected to maintain the mechanical rate structure set forth from prior proceeding ...

  20. PRS For Music Reports 3.2% Rise in Royalties in 2011

    April 02, 2012 8:14 AM EDT An upbeat U.K. collecting society PRS for Music is attributing the 3.2% increase in the amount of royalties collected in 2011 to growth in income from legitimate digital-music services and the continued popularity of U.K. repertoire overseas. PRS ...

  21. The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers

    March 27, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Growth in digital and synchronization revenue slightly outpaced the decline in physical revenue, leaving the U.S. recorded music business up 0.2% in 2011, according to figures released Monday by the RIAA . For its annual year-end shipments report, ...

  22. Sony BMG Files Motion To Dismiss Toto's Digital Music Lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Major record labels continue to fight recording artists on the issue of compensation for digital downloads. Most recently, The Temptations filed perhaps the biggest lawsuit on this front yet. Meanwhile, Sony BMG, which just agreed to pay $8 millio ...

  23. BMI, Songwriter Battle Over Cue Sheets, Royalties Heats Up

    December 07, 2011 8:26 PM EST Deyon Davis is a songwriter and the head of a business that claims responsibility for representing hundreds of songwriters in placing their music in films and on hit TV shows like "American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance" a ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Judge Declines Universal Music Group's Bid to Dismiss Class Action Over Digital Revenue

    November 02, 2011 1:24 PM EDT A federal judge in California is allowing a big class action lawsuit to go forward against Universal Music Group that alleges the record label has underpaid royalties on digital downloads and ringtones. Spearheaded by Rob Zombie and the estate of ...

  26. Streaming Services Are Cutting Big Checks for Rights Holders: Guest Post by Rhapsody President Jon Irwin

    October 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT (The rise of the music-streaming market has brought with it apprehension about size of royalties paid to artists. People are simply concerned about the value of music, and it has been an increasingly common topic in news articles and blog posts in ...

  27. Business Matters: Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever

    September 07, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever -- With the help of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV," digital albums topped digital track sales for only the second time in the digital era. Put another way, la ...

  28. SiriusXM Attempting to License Directly From Labels

    August 11, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SiriusXM Radio, via Music Reports Inc., is attempting to directly license music from record labels, bypassing SoundExchange, Billboard.biz has learned. Currently, SiriusXM operates under a statutory license and pays royalties to SoundExchange. In ...

  29. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  30. Nashville Publishers Say a Hit Is Still a Hit, But Album Cuts Alone Won't Cut It

    June 08, 2011 10:05 AM EDT In Synch (from left): Chris Dubois, Partner, Sea Gayle Music; Jody Williams, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, BMI; Carla Wallace, Co-Owner/VP Creative, Big Yellow Dog Music; David Ross, Publisher, Music Row Publications; John Barker, Fou ...

  31. Pub Briefs: Bug Lands Sugar Hill Catalog; Harry Fox Offers Discount; Plus, Danzig!

    May 25, 2011 4:23 PM EDT --Bug Music has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer the rights to Sugar Hill Records' music publishing catalog, which is comprised of 600 songs in the country, bluegrass and Americana genres. The rosters at Sugar Hill Records� ...

  32. Harry Fox Agency, Songtrust Cut Adminstrative Deal

    March 30, 2011 7:30 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and Songtrust, Downtown Music's publishing administration service for indie artists, have cut a deal whereby HFA will supply back-office support for the collection and distribution of royalties. What's more, th ...

  33. U.K. Royalty Collections Down, Falling CD Sales Trump Digital Gains

    March 28, 2011 1:46 PM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K. performing rights collection society says ollections were down 1% in 2010 . The organization collects both mechanical royalties and performance royalties. The slight decrease in collections stemmed from a familiar culprit, ...

  34. Royalty Trust: RightsFlow CEO Patrick Sullivan Answers FAQs

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When you secure licenses on behalf of clients, they're sometimes issued in your name, not the client's. If such a client switches to another licensing service provider, would they have to relicense those works? We allow the licensee to h ...

  35. CISAC Report: Revenues Up (With A Catch), Digital Stagnant

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CISAC, the trade group for performance rights and mechanical collection societies, reported today that member revenues from 229 authors' societies were 7.15 billion Euros ($9.734 billion) in 2009, up 1.7% from 2008's total of 7.04 billio ...

  36. Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. [As mentioned in Billboard.biz's MIDEM preview .] The industry estimates that 100 million euros ...

  37. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Lawsuit: Whitley Family Members Seek Unpaid Royalties From Sony

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lorrie Morgan, the widow of late country artist Keith Whitley, and their children, have filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment, claiming that the major label has underpaid Whitley royalties by $1 million. Most of the underpaid royalties appea ...

  40. Appeals Court Says Downloads Not Public Performances

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against ASCAP on Tuesday, saying that digital downloads of musical works do not constitute public performances. In a separate matter, the court sent back to the district court the issue of fee ...

  41. NAB, MusicFirst Mull Possible Compromise On Performance Royalties

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The consumer electronics industry is getting dragged into the ongoing battle over whether U.S. radio stations should pay a performance rights royalty to labels and artists. The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating among its members ...

  42. U.K. Court Overturns Video Royalty Ruling

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT VPL, which licenses the broadcast and performance of music videos in the U.K., has won its appeal against a Copyright Tribunal decision on royalty rates. In September 2009, the Tribunal ruled in favor of music television company CSC Media Group Li ...

  43. Report: Google Music Store Talks Have 'Accelerated'

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google is in “accelerated” talks regarding the launch of its Google Music Store, according to the New York Post. One aspect of those talks are said to be discussions with Harry Fox Agency, which the Post sees as a sign that discussions with labels ...

  44. Business Matters: Performance Rights Act, Record Store Day, UMPG, TuneSat and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a letter from the Copyright Office that weighs in on the Performance Rights Act, the bill that would establish a performance royalty for sound recordings played on broadcast radio. The letter dat ...

  45. What You Need To Know About Performance Royalties

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How important are performance royalties to the industry's overall revenue mix? As sales and mechanical revenues decline, performance royalties take on greater importance. Consider these numbers to get a sense of its recent growth: -- Performa ...

  46. Publishing Briefs: Ole Unveils New Online Tools, BMI Moves

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Ole , the independent music publisher, has enhanced its online tools for its songwriters and other rights holders doing business with the Toronto-based firm. It has introduced adminnow, an online e-tool characterized as a portal that allows son ...

  47. French Tours Boost SACEM Live Income

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French songwriters' and publishers' collecting society SACEM unveiled figures that show the growth of the country's live music sector. The live music sector generated €78.5 million ($104.4 million) of SACEM income, which accounted f ...

  48. Music Reports, TuneWiki In Subtitle Deal

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music Reports, Inc. will administer U.S. song lyrics licensing and royalty accounting for subtitled song lyrics appearing on TuneWiki's social music player for mobile phones. As part of the deal it cut with TuneWiki, Music Reports will use it ...

  49. Stakes Are High as Labels, Broadcasters Lobby Over Performance Royalties

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How high are the stakes in battle for terrestrial radio royalties? Estimates of what labels would reap vary wildly, but it’s an important enough matter that Universal Music Group spent $2.81 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2009, according ...

  50. Download Growth Boosts 2009 U.K. Music Royalties

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned £623 million ($937.5 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6% on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings. But PRS for Music, the g ...

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