Royalties

  1. 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 ...

  2. U.K. Streaming Rates Rise And Fall

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors rights body PRS for Music has announced new performance right rates for streaming services in the United Kingdom, effective July 1. The headline royalty rate will increase from 8% to 10.5% of a streaming site's revenue, while the ...

  3. EU Commissioner Welcomes Pan-European Progress

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, has welcomed progress towards pan-European digital licensing solutions, including agreement by French collecting society SACEM that it will cooperate on such arrangements. The antitrust issue wa ...

  4. JASRAC Earnings Fall

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Authors rights' collections in Japan dropped 2.4% during 2008 compared to the previous year, according to figures released by the Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). In its 2008 report, JASRAC report ...

  5. Business Briefs: Target, Performance Royalties, Green Day

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Target said in its Q1 earnings call on Wednesday that it will soon overhaul the Target.com entertainment section. "As part of our continued commitment to multichannel integration, Target.com will completely reinvent our music, movies, book ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Copyright Alliance, NMPA, ASCAP

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - The Copyright Alliance launched the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, a new non-profit charitable extension of the Alliance that will develop educational programs for Americas next generation of creators. The goal of the foundation is to ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Business Briefs: Pandora, ASCAP, Sprialfrog, 'Drum King'

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pandora is the latest music service to adopt Gracenote's music lyrics licensing program. The deal will allow Pandora users to view the lyrics of any song streaming from the service at any time, so long as they are covered in Gracenote' ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Russia Set For Official Neighboring Rights Society

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rosochrankultura, the federal service controlling legal compliance in the field of cultural heritage protection in Russia, has announced that the new round of governmental accreditation for collecting societies will begin July 31, 2009. This time ...

  11. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Rupert Murdoch, Live Nation

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This does not mean that people aren't going to discover and then purchase songs at sites like MySpace or Imeem , but this study on grocery shoppers' unplanned purchases may make you rethink how many of those affiliate sales were actua ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. E1 In Deal With RightsFlow

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT E1 Entertainment Distribution has signed a deal that will allow its labels to use RightsFlow, a provider of bulk mechanical licensing, royalty services and accounting. "Partnering with RightsFlow allows E1 to provide its distributed labels wi ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. British Singer Bragg Blasts EU Copyright Extension

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British singer Billy Bragg blasted Wednesday a proposed European Union law to nearly double music copyright to 95 years, saying it would give a huge windfall to major recording labels. The European Parliament will vote Thursday on extending royalt ...

  17. Canadian Copyright Board Issues Royalty Decision

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Copyright Board issued a royalty decision dealing with satellite radio today, concluding these services should pay 6.2% of revenues for the use of music. "This is lower than the total equivalent rates of 7.1% set by the board, th ...

  18. Analysis: Strive for Transparency, Not Fairness

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As digital business models continue to evolve, compensating music creators continues to be a hot button topic and the recently released guidelines for artist contracts, "Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models," from ...

  19. U.K. Songwriters' Overseas Earnings Up

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music members' earnings from performances of their works overseas have increased 15.2% year-on-year, from £121.2 million ($178.5 million) in 2007 to £139.6 million ($205.65 million) in 2008. The U.K. collecting society for songwriters ...

  20. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  23. Last.fm Opens Restricted App Progam

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is working on releasing a set of software tools that will let third-party developers create applications using its music streaming service. As a first step in that process, the company is banning any applications currently using the Last.f ...

  24. Songwriters' Online Response To Google

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. songwriters and composers have launched a new Web site to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, fairplayforcreators.com, went live today (March 25) and has the backing of Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Robbie ...

  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. Federal Appeals Court Considers Motion Against CRB Judges

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royalty Logic motion filed almost a year ago questioning whether the Copyright Royalty Board Judges are constitutionally appointed had its day in court yesterday, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit considered the issue as part o ...

  27. PRS for Music, Google Still Talking

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from PRS for Music and Google will continue discussions following Google's decision to block premium music videos for British users of YouTube. The two sides are in dispute over the rates they are each seeking to secure a new ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. YouTube, Performing Right Society Dispute To Nix Music Videos

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music videos on YouTube in the UK will be silenced after negotiations between the Google-owned service and the countries' Performing Right Society failed to agree on new rates. Both YouTube and the PRS issued statements outlining their respec ...

  32. Universal Music Group Beats Eminem Suit

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group announced they won a jury verdict over digital royalties in a lawsuit brought by FBT Productions LLC, who worked with rapper Eminem early in his career. According to a source at Universal, the jury's verdict was unanimou ...

  33. Reality Of 'Price Discovery' Hitting Publishers

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the credit crunch and a difficult economy, those involved in the buying and selling of music copyrights are in a period of “price discovery,” peermusic CFO Bill Gorjance said at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium, held today at the St. ...

  34. PRS For Music Backs British Music Experience

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed on as a key sponsor of the British Music Experience (BME), a new exhibition at London's O2 site. As official and exclusive music industry sponsor of the BME, PRS for Music will actively promote ...

  35. RIAA Appeals Copyright Royalty Board Order

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, the RIAA today filed a notice of appeal in the the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Copyright Royalty Judges' order on the final determination for mechanical and digital phonorecord ...

  36. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  37. RIAA Ready To Appeal Copyright Royalty Board Decisions

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Assn. of America is getting set to appeal two aspects of the Copyright Royalty Judges final determinations for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery rates and terms, sources say. According to sources, the RIAA will fil ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. No Deal Reached For DIMA, SoundExchange

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Association and SoundExchange have failed to come to a compromise agreement on Internet radio royalty rates, setting the stage for a potentially massive realignment of the Internet radio industry. DiMA represents such companies a ...

  40. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  41. Artists, Pols Rally For Performance Rights Act

    February 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Grammy Town Hall meeting tonight (Feb. 6) sought to kick off a grassroots movement aimed at passage of the Performance Rights Act, a bill re-introduced two days ago that would require U.S. terrestrial radio stations to pay performance royalties ...

  42. SoundExchange Makes New Settlement Offer To Webcasters

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the Feb. 15 deadline to reach a compromise on webcasting royalty rates approaching, SoundExchange has made a new settlement offer to small webcasters, Billboard.biz has learned. Under the terms of the deal, different rates are being offered t ...

  43. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Copyright Royalty Judges Publishes Rates And Terms For DPD

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Judges final determination of rates and terms for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery (DPD) was published yesterday (Jan. 26) in the Federal Register, which means that interested parties now have only 30 days from tha ...

  46. RightsFlow Inks New Indie Deals

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow has signed on three new clients for its Outsourced Music Licensing system, FLOW: CAM, Creazioni Artistiche Musicale, an independent record label and music publisher based in Rome; La Cupula Music, or House Of Music, an independent digit ...

  47. Dynasty Expands To Canada

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST American indie record label and distributor, Dynasty Records, has launched a Canadian division, the company announced today. The company, which was operated in the U.S. for two decades says it will offer Canadian artists "unprecedented access ...

  48. MIDEM Day 1: Managers On Digital Revenue Trail

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Artist managers and entertainment lawyers voiced their concerns about digital music revenue -- how much their acts deserve and how much they're owed -- during the opening day of the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. T ...

  49. PRS For Music Launches In Cannes

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has re-branded and will now be called PRS for Music. The new name was announced during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes and becomes effective Monday (Jan. 19). A new writer ...

  50. SoundExchange, CPB Agree On New Royalty Rates

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have come to terms on new Internet royalty rates after almost a year of negotiation. According to the deal, SoundExchange will collect a one-time payment of $1.85 million to cover all royal ...

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