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  1. U.K. Consumer Group Urges EU Licensing Reform

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, the independent watchdog for U.K. consumers, has called for an online database to make information on licensing freely available. The recommendation is part of Consumer Focus's response to the consultation document issued by t ...

  2. Kontor New Media Partners With RightsFlow

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Kontor New Media, a European digital distributor of independent music and movies, has cut a deal that allows its distributed lines to use New York-based RightsFlow for mechanical licensing, accounting and royalty payment services. By offering labe ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Labels Facing $5.7 Billion Canadian Copyright Lawsuit

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST A lawsuit seeking class action status launched by the estate of jazz musician Chet Baker against Canadian major labels and publishers is seeking damages for unpaid royalties. The claim could reach $6 billion Canadian ($5.7 billion) for 300,000 wor ...

  5. Russian Collecting Society Signs Radio Deals

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST VOIS, Russia's newly accredited sole neighboring rights collecting society, has signed licensing agreements with the country's main FM radio stations, under which between 0.5% and 1.4% of their advertising revenues will be paid to rights ...

  6. Business Matters: Spotify, Best Online Marketing Practices, Musicadium

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Spotify has reportedly postponed its launch in the U.S. The company had often said it planned for a launch by the end of 2009. ( TechCrunch ) - ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Publishing Briefs: Songwriters Hall, ASCAP

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT --Garth Brooks, U2, John Mellencamp, Cat Stevens, and songwriting members of Earth Wind and Fire are among the big name performers/songwriters nominated for the 2010 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ballots have been mailed to the orga ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Business Matters: Sky Songs, iTunes LP, We7

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- British Sky Broadcasting will launch its long-awaited ISP-based music service next week. The specifics about the quality of the store and its user experience are still emerging, but details are out about the pricing structure. And they are unde ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Bug Music, Songfile, Muzak

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bug Music has hit the top 100 rankings of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing privately-held companies. The company was acknowledged for its 1,564.5% three-year growth to $77 million in revenues in its most recent fiscal year. It was also the ...

  14. Analysis: The Cost of Streaming Billions of Songs

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How much does it cost to run a streaming music service? If you’re Spotify and you’re streaming billions of songs every month, as the company disclosed in a blog post on Wednesday , you’re spending millions in royalties while seeking to find the ri ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: CRB, Imeem, Pearl Jam, MySpace

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by Live365.com that challenged the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board . Members of the Copyri ...

  18. Business Matters: U2, Blackberry, Mitch Bainwol

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Technology blog Boy Genius Report skewers the U2-Blackberry marketing partnership at the band's recent Soldier Field concert in Chicago. Here's the gist of the report from the event: "Sure, there were a couple banners strewn abou ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Canadian Publishers Suing XM Satellite Radio

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian music publishers are suing XM Satellite Radio seeking unpaid royalties dating back to 2005. CSI, a group representing the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) and Montreal-based Society for Reproduction Rights of Autho ...

  24. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  25. RightsFlow Closes Round Of Funding

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RightsFlow, a provider of mechanical licensing, accounting and royalty payment services for companies that sell or distribute music worldwide, has completed a $1.5 million Series A financing round with Originate Ventures of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ...

  26. BMI Reports .4% Fiscal-Year Revenue Increase

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. managed to eke out its 25th year in a row of growth, generating $905 million in revenue in its fiscal year ended June 30. That represents an 0.4% increase over the $901 million it collected in the prior fiscal year. Likewise, ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. SoundExchange, Public Broadcasting Reach Deal

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have announced an agreement to govern royalty rates for webcasting through 2015. Under the agreement, CPB will pay SoundExchange a total of $2.4 million for the term 2011-2015, based upon a ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Publishing Briefs: Harry Fox, Extreme, Primary Wave

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency has cut a deal to provide royalty administration services to Napster. HFA will calculate and distribute mechanical royalties to publishers for Napster's subscription music service and will provide copyright research se ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. UK Court Rules In Favor Of Procol Harum Organist

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He didn't skip the light fandango, but Procol Harum's former keyboardist said he was delighted Thursday after Britain's top court ruled he was entitled to a share of royalties from the band's hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale.&q ...

  33. Belgian Collecting Society SABAM Under Fire

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Brussels public prosecutor has accused authors' and publishers collecting society SABAM of the incorrect distribution of royalties to the rightful authors, composers and publishers. The decision of the prosecutor is based on the results o ...

  34. IFPI Concern About Russian Collecting Society

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Chairman John Kennedy has sent a letter to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, expressing his concerns about the fact that a Russian collecting society has begun collecting royalties for IFPI members without having proper agreements with t ...

  35. Report: B2B Fueled 4.7% U.K. Growth In 2008

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. pie grew in 2008 but an increasingly fractured music industry means more pie slices and a greater disparity between top earners and everybody else. According to a new paper by PRS for Music, "Adding Up The Music Industry for 2008,&qu ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Pandora, Microsoft

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Personalized Internet radio service Pandora has raised $34 million in its latest funding round, bringing the total amount raised in it's nine-year existence to $64 million. While the news of the investment comes just days after the company ...

  37. Court Declines To Rule On CRB

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. declined to rule on a motion that questioned the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board. The motion was filed late by Royalty Logic during an appeal hearing on CRB's royalty rate determin ...

  38. SoundExchange, Web Radio Services Reach Agreement

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has reached an agreement on the long-simmering Webcaster royalty dispute with several Internet radio services that dramatically reduces the per-stream payments from those set by the Copyright Royalty Board in March of 2007. The new a ...

  39. Briefs: CMT Impact On Sales, A Look At Zune HD

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CMT Awards show resulted in sales bumps for winning and featured artists. Three-trophy winner Brad Paisley got a 72% increase for his song "Waitin' On A Woman" and his album "Play" jumped 52%. Percent increases, how ...

  40. Analysis: Why Variable Pricing Is Bad For Publishers

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new feature , Billboard analyzed sales after the introduction of variable pricing and found that unit sales had slightly decreased but overall spending at retail and net revenue to labels had increased. While total track sales dropped about 5 ...

  41. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  42. Publishing Briefs: Cherry Lane, RightsFlow

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. has signed a worldwide, long-term publishing agreement with 2008 "American Idol" winner and songwriter David Cook. As part of the deal, Cherry Lane will be administering Cook’s current catalog and will h ...

  43. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  44. 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' ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Australasian Societies Sign With RightsFlow

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australasian Performing Right Association and sister organization the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society has struck a digital royalty collecting accord with RightsFlow, the N.Y.-based bulk mechanical licensing, royalty services and a ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Livekick, Clear Channel, Sirius XM

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Concert recommendation and search engine Livekick has emerged from beta mode, going live with a service that notifies members when their favorite artists are playing locally and helps them search for the lowest-cost tickets online. The search e ...

  48. Industry, Educators Connect On Licensing

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and the Music Publishers Association (MPA) have reached a collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (MENC) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to connect America's music educator ...

  49. Briefs: eMusic, RIAA, 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- eMusic has raised its rates, but it's possible per-track payouts might not increase at all or much. The addition of the well-known Sony catalog may reduce unused tracks that expire at the end of the month, or "breakage," as subsc ...

  50. Govt Minister Backs 'Regulation' To Tackle Piracy

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is a need for further regulation to help tackle piracy, a U.K. government cabinet member told the annual general meeting for PPL, the record labels' and performers' royalties collecting society. Member of parliament Alan Johnson, t ...

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