Performance rights organisation

  1. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  2. ASCAP Collections, Payouts Increase

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers collected $933 million last year, an 8% increase from the $863.3 million gathered in 2007, management of the member-owned organization announced at the annual meeting that kicked off its New ...

  3. Nokia's Unlimited Service Heads Down Under

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Comes With Music service should arrive in Australia later this month, following a groundbreaking licensing arrangement struck with the Australasian Performing Right Association and sister organization the Australasian Mechanical Copyr ...

  4. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-Euro Latin & Spanish License

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has partnered with Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE on a pan-European digital and online license. It will cover the rights to Spanish and Latin repertoire owned, controlled or administered by Sony/A ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. ASCAP Realigns Membership Group, Adds To Board

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) is in the midst of realigning its membership group. As a result, Jeanie Weems, senior VP/creative affairs for ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul division, has exited the performance r ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Authors’ Pain In Spain Eases

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors body SGAE is claiming that publishers' reliance on physical product sales is a thing of the past after revealing a 10% rise in rights collections to €344 million ($534 million) during 2007. Speaking at the 91,000-member collec ...

  11. Judge Sets ASCAP Streaming Fees

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT License fees that AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! must pay to ASCAP for streaming music of the performing rights organization's members have now been set by a federal court judge. The three services, which are parties to a rate-setting proceedin ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. ASCAP Sues 29 Establishments

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has filed 29 separate copyright infringement lawsuits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have publicly performed the songs of the performing rights organization's songwriter, composer and music ...

  14. Lee Rises At SESAC

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST SESAC VP of licensing Bill Lee rises to senior VP of licensing operations for the Nashville-based performing rights organization. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the licensing department including the administrative, cable, br ...

  15. ASCAP Passes 300,000 Member Mark

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has reached a new milestone, now counting more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members. The performing rights organization, founded in 1914, licenses a repertory of more than 8.5 million songs. It reported record ...

  16. ASCAP, BMI Launch RapidCue

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and BMI have jointly launched RapidCue, a secure Web site that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data to the performing rights organizations (PROs) for television, cable and film productions. PROs rely o ...

  17. GEMA Strikes Alliance With Austrian Rights Bodies

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German authors' rights society GEMA and its Austrian counterparts AKM and Austro Mechana are to forge a new partnership in 2008 to promote music from German-speaking Europe, Billboard.biz has learned. The creation of the alliance follows ongo ...

  18. Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Rec ...

  19. Jones Rises At SESAC

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SESAC senior director of corporate relations Ellen Bligh Jones rises to associate VP for the department. Jones, who has been with SESAC for 11 years, will continue to oversee the performing rights organization's advertising, promotion, sponso ...

  20. Copyright Chief Urges Licensing Reform

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright chief today spoke out against the way the music publishing industry is set up to license digital music services. Testifying before members of a House Subcommittee, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters called it "archaic, ...

  21. ASCAP Reports Record Revenues

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST ASCAP has reported record revenues of $785 million for 2006, royalty payments to members of $680 million, and an all-time low operating expense ratio of 12.0%, the performing rights organization revealed today (March 6). Revenues exceeded those of ...

  22. ASCAP, Digital Services Kick Off Rate Proceedings

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what promises to be one of the most hotly contested copyright issues this year, the question of whether downloading a song means that there is a "public performance" of a composition is now officially for a federal court judge in New ...

  23. Nielsen, SOCAN Forge Data Deal

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nielsen Entertainment and the Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) have struck a data and information services agreement. Effective immediately, Nielsen BDS data has been integrated into SOCAN's performance anal ...

  24. ASCAP Files Suits In Eight States

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed copyright infringement suits against 10 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in eight states. Although all establishments licensed rights from the performing rights organizati ...

  25. THE PUBLISHERS' PLACE: SESAC GOES SOUTH

    October 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SESAC is heading south for that all-important face-to-face time. The performing rights organization is opening an Atlanta office this month to work more closely with the R&B and hip-hop communitie SESAC is heading south for that all-import ...

  26. ASCAP Earmarks $2.6m For Songwriters

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Payments to be made in January. ASCAP has awarded nearly 5,600 songwriters with $2.68 million for 2006-2007. The payments—which will be made in January—are part of a program to reward writers in the early and middle stages of their careers whose m ...

  27. Medress Joins SoundExchange

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work to contact performers owed royalties. Hank Medress has joined the performance rights organization SoundExchange as a special consultant of artist membership. Medress, a songwriter, producer, music industry executive and original member o ...

  28. ASCAP Files 24 Copyright Infringement Suits

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nightclubs, bars and restaurants are being targetted. ASCAP filed 24 copyright infringement lawsuits today (Feb. 27) against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 11 states. The performing rights organization claims that the establishments have refu ...

  29. Motsatse Named CEO Of SAMRO

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nicholas Motsatse has been named CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organization with effect from July 1. Until now, he had been marketing director and joint deputy CEO with Alan Johnston. Nicholas Motsatse has been named CEO of the Southern ...

  30. The Publishers' Place

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST American collecting societies are stepping up to the challenges of a digital world. One day they will no longer be neatly categorized into performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) or a mech American collecting societies are stepping up ...

  31. Royalty Fees Rise For Canadian Radio Stations

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Canadian broadcasters have slammed an Oct. 14 decision by the Copyright Board of Canada -- a federal government regulatory tribunal -- that significantly boosts royalty fees that Canadian radio statio TORONTO -- Canadian broadcasters have slammed ...

  32. Royalty Fees Rise For Canadian Radio Stations

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters call decision "unreasonable." Canadian broadcasters have slammed a decision on Friday (Oct. 14) by the Copyright Board of Canada--a federal government regulatory tribunal--that significantly boosts royalty fees that Canadian ...

  33. ASCAP Files 30 Lawsuits Against Bars, Nightclubs

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Suits filed in 15 states and District of Columbia. ASCAP filed 30 copyright infringement lawsuits today (July 13) against nightclubs, bars and restaurants for playing songs written by members of the performing right organization without securing p ...

  34. SESAC Under Fire At Oversight Hearing

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT SESAC was in the cross hairs of a Congressional oversight hearing panel May 11, as lawmakers responded to complaints from broadcasters that when dealing with performing right organizations (PROs), it' WASHINGTON, D.C. -- SESAC was in the cros ...

  35. SESAC Under Fire

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lawmakers respond to broadcasters' complaints. SESAC was in the cross hairs of a Congressional oversight hearing panel today (May 11), as lawmakers responded to complaints from broadcasters that when dealing with performing right organization ...

  36. Behind the Deal: Licensing, Tracking and Paying Royalties for Recorded Music

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST As wireless delivery of music promises to be a big driver of entertainment revenue in the coming years, publishers, labels and artists are actively licensing their rights in music for digital entertai As wireless delivery of music promises to be a ...

  37. SoundExchange Names General Counsel

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gary R. Greenstein has been named general counsel of digital performing rights body SoundExchange in Washington, D.C. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs for the Recording Industry A Gary R. Greenstein has been named general coun ...

  38. ASCAP Reports Record Year

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. LOS ANGELES -- ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights org ...

  39. SoundExchange Names General Counsel

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Gary R. Greenstein has been named general counsel of digital performing rights body SoundExchange in Washington, D.C. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs for the RIAA, where he handl Gary R. Greenstein has been named general coun ...

  40. ASCAP Reports Record Year

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. ASCAP royalty distributions to members reached a record $610 million in 2004, the U.S. performing rights organization says. ...

  41. The Digital Rights Bundle: Real Progress For Copyright Owners?

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST In April 2005, BMI will mark the 10th anniversary of the music industry's first license for the digital performance of music over the Internet. Del Bryant is president/CEO of BMI. In April 2005, BMI will mark the 10th anniversary of the music ...

  42. ASCAP, Radio Stations Reach $1.7B Deal

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In what is being touted as the largest single licensing deal in radio history, ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced Oct. 18 a $1.7 billion agreement covering commercial radio s NEW YORK -- In what is being touted as the lar ...

  43. ASCAP, Radio Stations Reach $1.7B Deal

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Agreement covers licenses for broadcasts, simulcasts. In what is being touted as the largest single licensing deal in radio history, ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced today (Oct. 18) a $1.7 billion agreement covering com ...

  44. ASCAP, TV Stations Come To Terms

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and local U.S. television stations have reached a performance royalty agreement that covers an unprecedented 11-year period. NEW YORK -- ASCAP and local U.S. television stations have reached a performance royalty agreement that covers an unp ...

  45. ASCAP, T.V. Stations Come To Terms

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and local U.S. television stations have reached a performance royalty agreement that covers an unprecedented 11-year period. ASCAP and local U.S. television stations have reached a performance royalty agreement that covers an unprecedented 1 ...

  46. ASCAP, TV Stations Come To Terms

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and local U.S. television stations have reached a performance royalty agreement that covers an unprecedented 11-year period. ASCAP and local U.S. television stations have reached a performance royalty agreement that covers an unprecedented 1 ...

  47. PRS Taps Rich As Chairman

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Performing Right Society, the U.K. organization that collects public-performance license fees for composers, songwriters and music publishers, has named Independent Music Group CEO Ellis Rich as i The Performing Right Society, the U.K. organiz ...

  48. Blanket License For File Sharing: Easier Said Than Done

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Despite all of the efforts by the record industry -- including educational initiatives, Congressional lobbying and lawsuits -- illegal file sharing of copyrighted music continues to thrive and poses a Despite all of the efforts by the record indus ...

  49. Pat Collins Upped To SESAC Chief

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bill Velez exits after 11 years. Pat Collins has been promoted to president/COO of Nashville-based performing rights organization SESAC, Billboard.biz has learned. Collins succeeds Bill Velez, who has stepped down after 11 years with the company, ...

  50. SoundExchange Names Membership Director

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Digital performance rights organization SoundExchange has named Neeta Ragoowansi to the new post of membership director. Based in Washington, D.C., Ragoowansi reports to executive director John L. Sim Digital performance rights organization SoundE ...

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