United States copyright law

  1. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  2. Steely Dan Sued By Former Singer David Palmer Over Digital Royalties

    March 01, 2014 4:21 PM EST David Palmer, an original member of Steely Dan, is going to court against his former bandmates with claims of being cheated on digital performance royalties. Related Articles LMFAO's $7 Million Fight With Ex-Manager Advances (Here's the ...

  3. SoundExchange to Make Monthly Royalty Distributions

    January 14, 2014 2:13 PM EST Artists and record labels won't have to wait so long between SoundExchange royalty checks. This month the Washington D.C. performing rights organization will begin paying royalties monthly rather than quarterly to member artists, labels and ...

  4. SoundExchange Turns Ten: From Humble Beginnings, Half a Billion (From the Magazine)

    October 21, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Proof of the record industry’s life after near-death can be seen in the trend of payouts from SoundExchange, the Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties from noninteractive webcasters and ...

  5. SoundExchange Distributes Record $153 Million in Q3, Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

    October 04, 2013 4:48 PM EDT SoundExchange set another record for distributions in the third quarter, sending $153.7 million to record labels and artists in the third quarter. The figure was 25.5% greater than the same period last year and 74.7% above the $88 million dist ...

  6. Rep. Mel Watt Introduces Performance Right Legislation

    September 30, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt has introduced legislation that would create a performance right for sound recordings at broadcast radio and create a new revenue stream for record labels and artists. The Free Market Royalty Act, introduced Monday morning, would ...

  7. Business Matters: Clear Channel/Warner Deal Not a Substitute for Performance Right (Updated)

    September 13, 2013 4:14 PM EDT Update : Billboard is told the Warner-Clear Channel deal will pay artists' share of royalties to SoundExchange. This process means artists' royalties for broadcast radio follow the same route as digital performance royalties and will ...

  8. SoundExchange Paid Out Record $149 Million in Q2

    July 10, 2013 10:17 AM EDT Signaling the strength of Internet and satellite radio, SoundExchange paid out a record $149 million to record labels and artists in the second quarter of 2013, 55% increase over the same period in 2012.   SoundExchange is the non-profit organi ...

  9. Business Matters: How Pandora Pays Less -- And More -- Than Radio

    July 01, 2013 6:55 PM EDT Terrestrial radio pays roughly 28% more to publishers per play, per listener than Pandora, according to Billboard estimates from numbers provided in blog posts by David Lowery and Jay Frank . But publishing is a small part of Pandora's roya ...

  10. Business Matters: Apple iRadio's Licensing Vs. Pandora's Licensing

    June 03, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google and Amazon can follow Apple's example should they choose to launch their own radio services. Apple’s upcoming Internet radio service, unofficially dubbed iRadio, will differ from Pandora in how the music is licensed and the feature ...

  11. Business Matters: 7 Areas for Possible Copyright Reform in the Music Business

    March 20, 2013 9:45 PM EDT Wednesday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property was a primer of the hot copyright issues to be discussed in the coming years. The comments of Register of Copyrig ...

  12. Business Matters: Congressional Hearing Hints of Upcoming Copyright Changes

    March 15, 2013 8:02 PM EDT If major copyright reform happens in the next six years, it will start next Wednesday when the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearingon the subject of “The Register’s Call for Updates t ...

  13. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  14. Exclusive - SoundExchange Financials: How Much Paid vs. How Much in Limbo?

    December 24, 2012 4:03 PM EST SoundExchange had a $363 million balance of funds on December 31, 2011 on its form 990, the annual reporting form for non-profits in the U.S., according to Billboard.biz's review of the document. That large balance, representing royalties to ...

  15. Business Matters: What Sirius XM's New Statutory Rates Mean for Labels, Artists

    December 17, 2012 6:38 PM EST The Copyright Royalty Board established new rates for satellite radio on Friday for the years 2013 through 2017. The rates are based on Sirius XM's revenue, so the faster Sirius XM grows its revenue, the more revenue will be paid to record la ...

  16. Sirius XM Will Pay More for Music Through 2017 (Updated)

    December 14, 2012 6:08 PM EST Sirius XM will be paying a bit more to play music for the next five years. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced Friday new statutory royalty rates for satellite radio that cover 2013 through 2017. The CRB set the statutory royalty rates for ...

  17. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  18. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  19. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  22. Internet Radio Fairness Act Would Spur Innovation: Guest Post by AccuRadio's Kurt Hanson

    November 27, 2012 4:43 PM EST As the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet prepares for tomorrow's hearing on music licensing, the debate within the music community has rapidly gained momentum. Following a related post by Down ...

  23. House Judiciary Subcommittee Announces Internet Royalties Hearing For Nov. 28

    November 21, 2012 6:05 PM EST The debate over Internet radio royalties is headed to Washington D.C. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 28 on the topic of music licensing. No witness ...

  24. Business Matters: If Big Radio Had Pandora's Royalty Rate, It Would Owe Billions

    November 20, 2012 4:26 PM EST What if terrestrial radio stations were treated like webcasters and had to pay a royalty similar to the one Pandora pays to SoundExchange for the performance of sound recordings? David Touve, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Washi ...

  25. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  26. Music Publishers, Congressmen Send Letter Protesting Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 16, 2012 4:48 PM EST While Congress gets ready to consider the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012 later this month, which some say is designed to lower pureplay webcasters royalty rates to record labels, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and other songwriter ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, 122 Other Artists Tell Pandora: 'That's Not How Partners Work Together'

    November 14, 2012 12:15 PM EST The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Zac Brown Band wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates a ...

  29. Pandora Sues ASCAP for Lower Rates

    November 06, 2012 12:29 PM EST Internet radio company Pandora has sued ASCAP in a federal court in New York in an effort to get lower rates for the performance of ASCAP's songwriters' and composers' works. The move is the latest by the Internet radio company to l ...

  30. Business Matters: Internet Radio Bill is About Fairness -- and Money

    November 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT The language in the debate about the Internet Radio Fairness Act might not be about money, but you can be certain the issue is ultimately about money. The bill would change how the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) determines webcasters' statutor ...

  31. House Subcommittee To Hear Testimony on Internet Radio Fairness Act In Late November: Sources

    November 02, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is likely to hold a hearing on the issue of music and copyright on or around November 27, 28 or 29, sources tell Billboard.biz. A representative for the House Judiciary ...

  32. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  33. Supreme Court to Consider Copyright Case Today, Despite Hurricane Sandy

    October 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Despite a hurricane that threatens much of the Northeast, the U.S. Supreme Court opened as usual this morning. Justice John Roberts, just named as a "Brave Thinker" by The Atlantic Magazine for his role in upholding the Affordable Care A ...

  34. Major Labels, Artist Managers to Meet in New York, Nashville To Discuss Webcasting Rates

    October 26, 2012 6:12 PM EDT Labels and managers will meet in New York and Nashville next week to discuss their plans for addressing the Internet Radio Fairness Act and the coalition of webcasters and trade groups that support both versions of the bill, according to sources. ...

  35. Pandora, Clear Channel, Others Form Advocacy Group for Lower Web Radio Payments; MusicFirst Pushes Back

    October 25, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Pandora and Clear Channel are among the founding members of the Internet Radio Fairness Coalition, a collection of companies, trade associations and advocacy groups announced today that are throwing their weight behind bills that aim to lower the ...

  36. Opening Pandora's Box

    October 15, 2012 7:40 AM EDT The headlines say the Web radio leader is paying artists big bucks -- not so fast. When it comes to digital royalties, the devil is in the details. Pandora founder Tim Westergren continued his campaign for a change in royalty rates on Oct. 9 wit ...

  37. Will Internet Radio Raise Or Shrink Royalties?

    October 08, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Two opposing bills on Capitol Hill could determine the future of the webcasting market for Pandora and its rivals The current lame-duck session of Congress represents the calm before a storm that's expected to erupt in full force next year ...

  38. Spotify Now Paying SoundExchange for Mobile Radio Streams in U.S., Lowers Royalty Bill

    September 24, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Spotify is lowering its royalty obligation in the U.S. The digital service is now paying webcasting royalties to SoundExchange for the streams on the free Internet radio service on its mobile app it launched in June . A company spokesperson confir ...

  39. New Bills Seek Internet Radio Royalty Parity

    September 21, 2012 8:50 PM EDT U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced versions of Internet Radio Fairness Act on Friday to address the high royalties paid by some digital radio platforms. Billboard's FutureSou ...

  40. BMI Releases Results, Revenue Down 3.5% Due to Radio Rate Settlement

    September 20, 2012 6:02 PM EDT In the year ended June 30, 2012, Broadcast Music, Inc. reported $898.8 million in revenue, a nearly 3.5% decline from the $931 million collected in the prior year. The organization attributed the decline to " settling a rate litigation" ...

  41. Business Matters: SoundExchange Pays Out $95.8 Million in Q2, But Is That Good Enough?

    August 24, 2012 11:14 AM EDT Labels and performing artists are seeing good growth from digital performance royalties these days. But could they do better? SoundExchange, the performance rights organization for non-interactive digital music services like Pandora and SiriusXM, ...

  42. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Brookings Institution Calls for Different (And Pandora-Friendly) Standard in Webcast Royalties

    August 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Weighing in on the debate over webcasting royalties, Washington D.C. think tank Brookings Institution has called for a different standard for setting digital performance royalties that would result in big cost savings for companies like Pandora. & ...

  45. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Bits and Briefs: Eventbrite's $1B, Indiegogo's $15M, and SoundExchange's New Record

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Eventbrite Passes $1B Mark Online ticketing service Eventbrite recently surpassed $1 billion in sales in slightly more than four years of operation. Its platform offers a solution for ticketing events at a low cost, including conferences, fund-rai ...

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