Property law

  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. The Key Women Behind ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC

    November 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST The performing rights organizations -- ASCAP, BMI and SESAC -- play a crucial role in the financial health of the music industry, paying performance royalties to songwriters, composers and publishers. At each of the PROs, numerous female executive ...

  3. SoundExchange Pays Out $122.5 Million In Q3 -- Its Largest Sum Yet

    November 14, 2012 8:25 PM EST SoundExchange continues to grow its payout, hitting $122.5 million in royalty payouts to artists and labels in the third quarter. That figure makes it the largest quarterly payout by the organization since its inception. In the first quarter of 20 ...

  4. Are You One of 50K Artists Not Claiming Your SoundExchange Royalties?

    August 15, 2012 11:50 AM EDT SoundExchange has released an updated list of more than 50,000 sound recording owners and performing artists who have yet to register with the organization. Rights owners and performing artists can use SoundExchange's searchable database to r ...

  5. SoundExchange Partners With Foreign Societies For Royalty Collections

    July 25, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SoundExchange, an organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties in the U.S., has signed two groups of reciprocal agreements with foreign collecting societies. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members This ...

  6. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members

    July 13, 2012 8:17 AM EDT SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization, has announced the appointment of three new members, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Ray Hair and Paul Robinson to its Board of Directors. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland serves as the chief administr ...

  7. Canada's Supreme Court Shakes Up Copyright Laws

    July 12, 2012 3:27 PM EDT The Supreme Court of Canada has come out with five big copyright decisions on Thursday that will shake up licensing of entertainment content in the country. The decisions deal with music used on TV shows and in movies, music and video games downlo ...

  8. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  9. U.S. Appeals Court Rules Copyright Royalty Board Was Unconstitutional

    July 06, 2012 7:42 PM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled on Friday that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) was unconstitutional when it passed rates for non-commercial web broadcasts, like college and high school radio stations, leaving in quest ...

  10. UK's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Lost $3.9 Million in 2011 As Financial Woes Continue

    July 05, 2012 2:19 PM EDT The plummeting sales of physical CDs in 2011 are hurting the U.K.'s MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) and are expected to continue this year, the society's officials disclosed at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual ...

  11. Copyright Royalty Board Appoints Suzanne M. Barnett to Chief Copyright Judge

    April 13, 2012 4:06 PM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be led by a new chief copyright judge with the appointment of Suzanne M. Barnett to that position. She was picked by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to replace outgoing Chief Copyright Royalty James S ...

  12. SoundExchange Responds To SiriusXM Lawsuit, Calling Allegations 'Entirely False'

    March 29, 2012 8:27 AM EDT In response to a SiriusXM lawsuit that alleges antitrust behavior by SoundExchange and A2IM, SoundExchange has issued a statement after reviewing the complaint. The lawsuit was filed March 27 in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New Y ...

  13. SiriusXM Files Lawsuit Against SoundExchange and A2IM, Alleging Licensing Interference

    March 28, 2012 9:28 AM EDT SiriusXM has filed a lawsuit against SoundExchange and A2IM. The company alleges that the two organizations violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act and acted in concert with other organizations to interfere with the satellite's channel efforts ...

  14. TuneCore Offers Royalty Collection Service in Canada

    February 22, 2012 12:05 PM EST Online distribution service TuneCore launched its service for Canadian acts last month and is now offering Canadian songwriters and music publishers an administrative service to collect any unpaid royalties from online sales and streaming. The pre ...

  15. NARM's Digitalmusic.org Names First Affiliate Partners

    December 06, 2011 2:00 PM EST Digitalmusic.org (DMO,) NARM's hub for digital music initiatives, announced their first Affiliate Partners earlier today. They are: the American Association of Independemnt Music (A2IM), the American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists ...

  16. Sirius' Direct-Licensing Efforts Come Under Attack From Recording Academy, AFTRA

    October 27, 2011 7:30 PM EDT In what appears to be a coordinated response to Sirius XM's attempt to bypass SoundExchange and license music directly from labels, leading artist groups have issued alerts to their members denouncing the gambit, which was first reported by B ...

  17. Supreme Court Rejects ASCAP Download Appeal

    October 03, 2011 6:07 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of a case in which the download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance. As a result, the membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ...

  18. Guest Post: Artist Revenue Stream Survey -- The Importance of Being Data, by John Simson

    September 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from John Simson, former executive director of SoundExchange now operating as an independent consultant for the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Stream project . As revenue diversification is seen as t ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. SOCAN Members to Receive Highest Ever Royalties This Month

    August 10, 2011 10:55 AM EDT The next quarterly payment of royalties to SOCAN members this month is a record high at $75 million (CAD), Canada's performing rights organization, the Society of Music Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Canada, reports. That figure includ ...

  21. Future of Music Coalition to Launch Survey on Artist Revenue Streams

    July 27, 2011 11:46 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition is undertaking a project that will answer two basic questions: what percentage of musicians' income comes from each possible revenue source and how has that changed over the last ten years? From September 6 to Oc ...

  22. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  23. 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, ...

  24. SoundExchange Payments Up 55% In 2009

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for streaming sound recordings, increased its payouts to artists and rights owners by 55% in 2009, according to information in its recently filed IRS Form 990. Distributions to artists increa ...

  25. 'Record Year' For APRA, AMCOS

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australasian Performing Right Association and its sister rights body the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society have reported a "record year" for the 12 months ending June 30, 2010, with new highs generated in top-line reve ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: AFTRA, SoundExchange, Harry Fox, Ultra and More

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In yet another move to expand royalty payments, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) will help SoundExchange to identify and distribute royalties due to its members. Starting today, June 2, AFTRA, will begin ...

  27. NARM Legal Conference To Explore ISP Issues, Digital Tickets

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NARM will hold its first-ever Continuing Legal Education conference as a separate event during the organization's upcoming convention, which will be held May 15- 17 at the Chicago Hilton. The event, NARM Music Law 2010: Clouds, ISPs and Royal ...

  28. Op-Ed: The Cost Of Bad Data

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The new digital music economy consists of fractions of pennies, multiplied by billions of transactions, to cover mechanical, master-use and performing royalties. But without a centralized database of artist and track information, performance right ...

  29. @MIDEM: New PRS Euro Licensing Scheme; Kobalt Unveils Portal 3 Digital

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- With the major music companies about a year into their respective pan-European licensing initiative, PRS for Music has launched the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. IMPEL will directly license Anglo-Amer ...

  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. 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 ...

  32. SoundExchange, Webcasters Reach New Agreements

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has completed agreements with various types of webcasters -including Sirius-XM; College Broadcasters, Inc; and the National Religious Broadcasters Music License Committee - governing the royalty rates of sound recordings through 2015 ...

  33. 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' ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. RIAA Appeals Royalty Rate Determination

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today filed an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board’s Final Determination on Royalty Rates in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the appeal, which lists the Librarian of Congress as the appellee, the RIAA ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Performance Rights Act To Be Reintroduced

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Performance Rights Act - which would require radio stations to pay royalties to artists and labels for songs they broadcast over the air - will be reintroduced into the new 111th Congress this week, according to a letter signed by members of t ...

  38. Senate Passes Webcaster Settlement Act

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, sending it to President Bush's desk for signature two days after the U.S. House of Representatives okayed the bill. The bill allows for SoundExchange, on behalf of copyright owners ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. House Committee Approves Performance Rights Act

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today approved the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 4789), which will establish that terrestrial radio should compensate recording artist with a perfo ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  43. CRB Denies DiMA Legal Question Request

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board today rejected a request by the Digital Media Assn. to have the Register of Copyrights decide whether interactive streams should fall under a compulsory license, Billboard.biz has learned. The order came during the init ...

  44. 'Performance Rights Act' Introduced

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) jointly introduced legislation today that would end the exemption of terrestrial radio stations from current copyright law which ...

  45. Texas Congressmen Oppose Performance Right

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two Texas Congressmen introduced a House concurrent resolution late yesterday opposing a performance right for artists and record companies to receive royalties for recordings played over terrestrial radio. Fifty-one others co-sponsored the resolu ...

  46. Canada's Copyright Board Sets Royalty Rate

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Copyright Board ruled Wednesday on the decade long battle over the royalty rates for online downloading and streaming to be paid to the Society of Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (Socan). In a ruling that will like ...

  47. Small Webcasters Signing SoundExchange Deals

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange is reporting that 24 small webcasters have signed agreements accepting settlement terms to pay royalties for streamed recordings at rates lower than those set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) earlier this year. The agreements cov ...

  48. Large Webcasters To Enhance Royalty Reporting

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following the deal reached earlier today over crucial terms covering large webcasters' royalties they must pay to stream recordings over the next few years, the Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) revealed that its member services will begin providing ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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