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  1. Chrysalis Q1 Royalty Income Rises

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Chrysalis said its share of income from royalties rose 9% in the first quarter, helped by successful records from Robbie Williams, Jay-Z and JLS. The company, which publishes some Michael Jackson hits including "Thrill ...

  2. @MIDEM: Publishers Spotlight Successful New Initiatives

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST While the industry is grappling with a litany of challenges, it's not surprising that music publishers flocked to the new initiatives panel at MIDEM's publishing summit Tuesday morning (Jan. 26). Among the woes publishers are facing: mec ...

  3. @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 ...

  4. Chrysalis Sees Lower Rate Of Royalty Growth For 2010

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Chrysalis expects to boost its share of income from royalties in 2010, although not quite at the 2009 rate, due to a host of album releases and the surge in demand for Michael Jackson songs. The British firm, which publishe ...

  5. Man Made Music Opens Doors On 'The Ledge'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Man Made Music, the company behind NBC's theme for the Super Bowl and artist partnerships like Ice-T teaming with the History Channel for music for their show "Gangland," is debuting a new invitation-only music production library, a ...

  6. RightsFlow, INgrooves In Deal

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow has cut a deal with INgrooves to provide its distributed labels with mechanical licensing and royalty payment services, if they so choose. INgrooves clients will be able to use RightsFlow's proprietary licensing, accounting and roy ...

  7. Senate Panel OKs Bill To Make Radio Pay Fees

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to make radio stations pay royalties to performers when they broadcast their music won the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval Thursday. Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels already pay fees to performers ...

  8. Analysis: Recorded Music Revenue In Catch-22

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music is caught in a catch-22. As products have become more innovative, revenue declines. Streaming services offer legal alternatives to piracy. Downloads offer an inexpensive way to enjoy digital music. Track prices top out at an afforda ...

  9. NMPA, Major Labels Sign On Terms Of Agreement

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. and the four majors-with Recording Industry Assn of America acting on their behalf-have signed a terms of agreement sheet that will result in better business practices being enacted to ensure prompter mechanical ...

  10. Op-Ed: Streaming Vs. Downloading, The Coming Cash-Flow Crisis

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT First it was, "Fans want to feel it." Then it was, "Fans want to own it." Now it's, "Why own when I can save?" One of the unforeseen impacts of the global economic downturn on the music industry is the accelerate ...

  11. Digital Briefs: 'The Colbert Report,' UMG, Allman Brothers

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Web site for the Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" is now streaming the full albums of musical guests appearing on the show. The first band to do so is The Flaming Lips, who will exclusively debut their new album "Embr ...

  12. Music Publishers, RIAA To Continue Royalty Negotiations

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ongoing negotiations between music publishers and the RIAA regarding mechanical royalties will continue Oct. 1 at an event sponsored by the Assn. of Independent Music Publishers. The negotiations are expected to result in the disbursement of up to ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Marilyn Manson, Music Reports, HFA

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In three separate administration agreements, the Bicycle Music Company has landed exclusive rights to 100% of the songs included on the Marilyn Manson album 'The High End of Low', released May 26 on Interscope Records. The administrat ...

  14. Copyright Tribunal Reduces CSC's TV Royalty Rate

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has ruled in favor of music television company CSC Media Group Limited over its royalty rate dispute with Video Performance Ltd (VPL), which licenses public performance of music videos. London-based CSC operates digital ...

  15. Harry Fox Grows Digital Base

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. says online music services such as Microsoft, RealNetwork's Rhapsody, la la, Last.fm, and Slacker are choosing HFA as their primary mechanical licensing provider for interactive streams and limited and permanent dow ...

  16. Editorial: Let The Seller Beware

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In recent months, industry publications have been full of stories about veteran songwriters and other independent catalog owners selling most or all of their publishing catalogs. This isn't a completely surprising development. Plenty of buyer ...

  17. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

  18. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

  19. YouTube Welcomes PRS Rate Cut

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has reacted positively to U.K. authors rights body PRS for Music's new performance right rates for streaming services in the United Kingdom, but discussions about a new licensing deal are ongoing. YouTube began blocking premium music ...

  20. Harry Fox Agency Enhances eSongs Management Application

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has enhanced its eSongs online publisher catalog management application. The update now has the ability to accept file uploads, which will speed the processing of larger catalog changes. Esong, which became operational i ...

  21. Analysis: What Can Replace Falling CD Revenues?

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. album sales are down 13% through May 10 and industry insiders and watchers are wondering what can close the gap and end the slide of recorded music revenue. CD sales are down 19.3% during this period, translating to roughly $270 million in lo ...

  22. Latin Radio Broadcasters Lobby Against Royalty Act

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lazer Broadcasting is a significant player in the Hispanic radio world on the West Coast. The Oxnard, Calif.-based operation, headed by president/CEO Alfredo Plascencia, owns and operates 18 Spanish language radio stations in 10 California markets ...

  23. Business Briefs: Nokia Comes With Music, Live Nation, Virgin Megastore

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A royalty statement acquired by Music Ally shows Comes With Music users in the U.K. downloaded an average of 61 songs per month. Compare that to the range Nokia gave for new users, between 200 and 300 songs per month. Those numbers suggest that ...

  24. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  25. HFA Collections Slip In 2008

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. said its 2008 royalty collections from all sources was $307.1 million, a 22% decline from the $393.5 million collected in 2007. "2008 was another tough year for the music industry, and HFA was no exception," HF ...

  26. Radio, Artists Urged To Negotiate On Royalties

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins lead vocalist Billy Corgan was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 10) to support pending legislation that could force new fees on broadcasters. Corgan's appearance, which advocated "fairness" for providing intellect ...

  27. Harry Fox To Deliver Payments May 15

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the new statutory rates now in effect, the Harry Fox is gearing up to collect digital mechanical royalties from digital service providers and then send payment to members on May 15. That date represents 45 days after the end of the quarter, w ...

  28. Harry Fox Agency Enhances Online Services

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. is now making available to its members the ability to check pending royalty payments, which are updated daily. The report, part of the organization's suite of online reporting tools, gives affiliated publishers the ...

  29. RIAA Wants Second Look At Mechanical Late Fees

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move to change issues related to the timing of late fees on mechanical payments - established by the U.S. Copyright Board in its Oct. 2 determination on royalty payments - the RIAA has filed a motion for the court to reconsider its decision t ...

  30. Fate Of CD Debated At Confab

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Panelists at the Media & Money conference agreed the music industry is on its way to new business models—but they had different opinions about what happens to the old model. There is optimism in the music industry because it used to be depende ...

  31. CRB Day 2: Industry Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry reacted favorably to the Copyright Royalty Board's release Thursday of new mechanical royalty rates. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time a statutory rate for pe ...

  32. Online Retailers Await Royalty Decision

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to vote whether to increase royalty rates on digital downloads this Thursday. The outcome of the vote is likely to have a major impact on such digital retailers as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com as its hike on ...

  33. RoyaltyShare Reveals New Tracking Service

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RoyaltyShare Inc. moved quickly to capitalize on the landmark agreement that proposes royalty rates for interactive streams and downloads by announcing a new service designed to track and make payments for licenses covered in the agreement. In tha ...

  34. Industry, Online Services Reach Royalty Deal

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry, music publishers and online music services have revealed the details of a landmark royalty deal for streaming and limited downloads of music, which was first announced June 18 . The agreement proposes a mechanical royalty r ...

  35. South African Collecting Society Sues Over Mobile Royalties

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A war of words between one of South Africa's biggest mobile phone content providers and the territory's leading publishers' association is setting the scene for a court battle over digital royalties. The Johannesburg-based National ...

  36. Opinion: Rates Should Reflect Music's True Value

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT How successful would a nightclub be if it didn't play music? That was one of the questions facing Australia's Copyright Tribunal last year when it had to decide on setting a new royalty rate for nightclubs to pay for using recorded music ...

  37. Harry Fox Passes Hits Milestone

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency has surpassed the 2 million mark in songs licensed with the organizations by nearly 36,000 publishers. Since each song can be in a variety of formats, including CDs, digital downloads, lyrics, tableatures, ringtones, and even ...

  38. UMPG Previews New Royalty Tool

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group is demoing its RoyaltyWindow.com system, which allows for flexible reporting and transparent access to tracking royalties, in anticipation of a Fall rollout. According to a press release, the system will allow ...

  39. Kobalt Offers Online Pipeline Royalty Advances

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing rights administrator Kobalt Music Group has launched a new online tool that allows its copyright holders to view their publishing accounts in real time. The new online pipeline royalty advances tool, which goes live tomorrow (June ...

  40. Berman Blasts Broadcasters Over Rights Bill

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that record companies "have put a ring through the nose of artists" and are leading them to fight for royalties from radio broadcasters "ain't the world today," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) charged to broadcast ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. AMRA To Collect For ACUM

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Israeli mechanical rights society ACUM has signed an agreement for American Mechanical Rights Agency to handle licensing and royalty collections for the organization in the United States. ACUM represents Israeli writers and publishers of music ...

  43. JASRAC Reports Full Year Growth

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japanese authors society JASRAC today (May 14) reported that copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31 rose 4.1% year-on-year to ¥115.7 billion ($1.1 billion), reversing the previous year's 2.2% decline. Performance right royalti ...

  44. HFA Licenses RightsFlow

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency has made a licensing arrangement with RightsFlow for full-length permanent downloads. RightsFlow, which is an outsourced licensing and royalty-collection company for labels and digital services, will use HFA's bulk licens ...

  45. RoyaltyShare Signs With Australia's Destra

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fast growing Australian independent music company and artist development firm DestraMusic has tapped San Diego-based RoyaltyShare Inc. to manage the digital sales processing and royalties for its array of indie labels. These include labels DestraM ...

  46. HFA Reports Increasing Collections

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency is reporting $393.5 million in 2007 royalty collections, up nearly 4% from the previous year. Excluding collections from royalty compliance examinations (audits), collections still reached $361.2 million, an increase of 3.4%. ...

  47. International Artists Petition For Performance Right

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST More than 6,000 international artists who want U.S. copyright law changed delivered a petition today to Congress. They want prompt enactment of legislation to grant artists, musicians and record labels in the United States a right to be compensate ...

  48. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  49. Aussie Digital Distributor Musicadium Launches

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Australian-based digital distributor Musicadium launched in its hometown Brisbane Feb. 13 with a showcase of three of its signings at the Zoo club. One of these, Ranger, is made up of past members of Brisbane bands the Go-Betweens and Regurgit ...

  50. AFTRA, Labels Reach New Accord

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with record labels on the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code. The national contract covers royalty artists and session singers who work with the more than 1,200 record companies, including the four major labels. Th ...

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