Royalties

  1. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  2. Is Spotify Really Worth $1 Billion?

    February 22, 2011 11:35 AM EST Spotify has joined the $1 billion club, according to numerous media reports . Russian investor Yuri Milner, who has put money into Facebook, is said to have invested $100 million in Spotify through his Digital Sky Technologies fund. That investmen ...

  3. Publishing Briefs: YouTube & RightsFlow Announce Rights Mgm't Partnership

    February 15, 2011 10:28 AM EST -- YouTube & RightsFlow Announce Rights Management Partnership RightsFlow has just announced an agreement with YouTube to assist with music rights management. The deal allows YouTube to enlist RightsFlow's help in processing and managing ...

  4. New SoundExchange President Michael Huppe Talks About Future Challenges

    February 09, 2011 3:00 PM EST SoundExchange announced on Wednesday that Michael Huppe, the organization's long-time executive VP and general counsel, has been named its president. Huppe replaces outgoing president John Simson. "Mike's proven leadership ability a ...

  5. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Optimistic About Spotify, Digital Despite 14% Revenue Drop

    February 08, 2011 11:51 AM EST Even though Warner Music Group's revenues dropped 14% in its last quarter, chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. used the company's Tuesday earnings call to express hope for diversified revenue and new cloud-based music services. "We ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt, Harry Fox, Cooking Vinyl, Imagem, Fig, Eastbeach, BMG, Notable, Jimmy Webb, Primary Wave

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Grows Its Business In a move to expand its business platform beyond music publishing, the Kobalt Music Group has added new capabilities, including the administration and marketing of master recordings, synch rights and neighboring rights, a ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Canadian Labels Agree to Pay Songwriters $47.5 Million

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Canada's four major record labels have agreed to pay $47.5 million (U.S. $48 million) in damages to songwriters for copyright infringement and overdue royalties, the Toronto Sun reports . As part of their settlements the labels also agree to ...

  10. Slacker Unveils On-Demand Service, Achieves Freemium Model With a Twist

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Slacker is branching out from its Internet radio roots. At CES in Las Vegas , Slacker unveiled details of its upcoming on-demand subscription service to VentureBeat. No specific date for the launch was given, but VentureBeat reports it will happen ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Business Matters: Live365 Will Survive Webcasting Royalty Rates But May Appeal Ruling

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live365 Internet Radio Network Says It Will Survive New Webcasting Royalty Rates -- Internet radio network Live365 will survive with the new webcasting royalty rates, general counsel David Rosenberg tells Billboard. The company, which opted out of ...

  13. Analysis: Why a Pandora IPO Would Work

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST While 2010 lacked the type of big-dollar digital music deals of earlier years, 2011 may be different. Personalized online radio service Pandora is said to be considering a mid-2011 initial public offering, according to TechCrunch . These rumors ha ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Copyright Royalty Board Releases Non-Settlement Webcasting Rates

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board has released the rates for 2011 through 2015 for those webcasters not covered by last year's Webcaster Settlement Act agreements. The rates are currently set at $0.0019 per performance per performance in 2010 and w ...

  16. ole Prez Hits Out At Canada's Bill C-32

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The president of ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher with more than 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of television music, has criticized the current proposed legislation to modernize the nation's Copyright Act. In a statement, ...

  17. South African Probe Into Collecting Societies

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST South Africa's Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) has announced details of a Copyright Review Commission that will investigate collecting societies and the distribution of royalties. The remit of the Commission is more wide-ranging than ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: RightsFlow, Liz Rose Music, Paul Rodgers and more

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- SoundExchange is tapping the RightsFlow database to help find recording artists who are due royalties collected by the organization. The New York-based music licensing and royalty service provider has responded by matching 1,675 artists and 63 ...

  20. Apple Poised To Extend Song Clips on iTunes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Better late than never. One of the expected announcements that didn’t make it in Apple’s September music event was lengthening the iTunes song samples played from 30 to 90 seconds. But according to a recent communication to Apple’s record label pa ...

  21. Business Matters: Spotify, Spotlight, WMG and more

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Ad Firm Must Pay Studios In Infringement Settlement -- A federal judge has approved the settlement reached between online advertising firm Triton Media of Scotsdale, Arizona (not to be confused wi ...

  22. Broadcasters Prepared to Show Music Biz the Money

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters are expected to formally approve Tuesday (Oct. 26) a set of terms that could bring to a close the years-long fight between broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees for music played on the air. The terms were voted on Mond ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. '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 ...

  25. Chrysalis Sees Royalties Growing Next Year

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis said on Friday (Oct. 15) it expected to grow its consolidated royalties next year as it would continue to build on its current year performance, driven by albums from artists like Cee-Lo Green. With a promising autumn/winter release sche ...

  26. Legal Matters Column: Ruling A Download Doesn't Constitute A Performance, Court Deals Blow To ASCAP

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Setting the licensing rates for music copyrights is usually the domain of high-priced lawyers, managers and business executives. But in the early '40s, a federal court in New York decided that, left to its own devices, ASCAP would behave as a ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. BMI Revenues Up Slightly

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. collected $917 million in revenues in its 2010 fiscal year ended June 30, a 1.3% increase from the $905 million generated during the prior year. During that period, BMI distributed $789 million, up slightly from the $788 mill ...

  29. A 90-Second Song Sample For Apple Could Be Pricey

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In trying to move to a 90-second song sample, iTunes may have to pay for the privilege, which is not out of line with the way things have been going lately in the music industry. Apple's move to a longer song clip was reported earlier this we ...

  30. Analysis: Government Needs To Spur Innovation As Well As Protect

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with local politicians and music industry leaders in Nashville on Monday to discuss piracy and global intellectual piracy protection. After his speech and the following Q&A session, there was no doubt where he ...

  31. GEMA Fails In YouTube Legal Challenge

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collection society GEMA's legal challenge to prevent YouTube from making 75 compositions available online has failed. The Regional Court of Hamburg today (Aug. 27) dismissed the application submitted by GEMA for an interim injunction a ...

  32. Kylie Minogue, Pendulum Boost Chrysalis In Q3

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music group Chrysalis enjoyed a financial third quarter 5.2% rise in its income from royalties on the prior year quarter, according to an interim management statement released today (Aug. 19). Company performance was in line with the board� ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Indaba Music Revamps Service

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music began the process of revamping its website and services today, a process the company says will remain ongoing through the rest of the year. Indaba Music is best known for its online music collaboration environment, allowing artists to ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace, Jamba and more

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Live Nation Earnings Coming Today -- Live Nation’s second quarter earnings call is after the bell on Thursday. The company’s stock has been inching up all week and closed at $9.72 on Wedn ...

  37. PRS Report Says U.K. Music Industry Up 5% In 2009

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has performed well during turbulent times. In fact, it was up 5% last year, according to a new report by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music. In "Adding Up the U.K. Music Industry for 2009," Will Page and Chris ...

  38. Business Matters: Rolling Stones, Ustream, DMX and more

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT FINDING SUCCESS IN THE SUMMER TOUR SEASON -- As people look at the challenging 2010 concert season – which is dominated by large venues – many people have drawn attention to the better situation at small venues. The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot take ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. PRS Extends Live Tariff Consultation

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has extended the deadline for its formal customer consultation on its royalty rates for popular music events in the U.K. In response to requests from some organizations, PRS for Music has decided to extend the 12-week consultation pe ...

  41. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  42. Business Matters: Live Nation, Ticket Pricing, Radio Royalties and more

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 'AN HONEST TALK ABOUT TICKET PRICES' -- “When 40% of tickets across the industry are going unsold, you have to have an honest talk about ticket prices,” says Jason Garner of Live Nation in an article at the Wall Street Journal. It’s the ...

  43. SoundExchange Executive Director Simson To Exit

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange executive director John Simson will leave the organization at the end of this year. By staying to the end of the year, it will allow the SoundExchange Board time to seek a replacement and also help in the transition to the new leader ...

  44. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  45. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  46. Report: Spotify Payouts Up Eightfold in Sweden

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Royalties paid to songwriters by the Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) for use at Spotify have greatly increased in the last year. Swedish news site the Local reports those songwriters have received more than $512,000 in the first quarter o ...

  47. MCPS Outlines Northern European Alliance Strategy

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation is key to growing rights revenue generated by U.K. collecting societies PRS For Music (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That was the central message from Robert Ashcroft , PRS CEO and executive director, M ...

  48. ASCAP Portal Gets Upgrade

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has upgraded its user portal to allow writers and publishers to manage their cue sheet data. The portal lists all the music performed in a particular film or television show. "America ...

  49. PRS Launches Live Rate Consultation

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has launched a customer consultation on its royalty rates more music events. The rate, which is currently 3% of ticket receipts, was last reviewed in 1988. PRS for Music points out that this is one of the lowe ...

  50. Copyright Tribunal 'Setback' Dominates PPL's AGM

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointment in the U.K. Copyright Tribunal's refusal to overturn its drastic reduction of tariffs charged to the hospitality sector dominated discussions at the Annual General Meeting of PPL , the U.K. music licensing organization, held to ...

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