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  1. 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 ...

  2. BMI To Honor Will.I.Am

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) will present their President’s Award to will.i.am during the organization’s annual Urban Awards ceremony on September 10. The event takes place at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The invitation-only event salutes the ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Copyright Society Annual Meeting Set

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is holding it annual meeting on June 13-15 at the Crystal Springs Resort Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, New Jersey. The meeting will include discussions of statutory damage awards, the Digital Millennium Copyr ...

  6. Business Matters: WMG, Myxer, The National, U2 and More

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group ’s stock price has given up a good portion of its gains this year. Since reaching a high of $8.01 on April 14, shares of Warner have dropped 30.2% to $6.15 at Wednesday’s close. The stock was down 6.68% on Tuesday and 4.35% o ...

  7. What You Need To Know About Performance Royalties

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How important are performance royalties to the industry's overall revenue mix? As sales and mechanical revenues decline, performance royalties take on greater importance. Consider these numbers to get a sense of its recent growth: -- Performa ...

  8. Stakes Are High as Labels, Broadcasters Lobby Over Performance Royalties

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How high are the stakes in battle for terrestrial radio royalties? Estimates of what labels would reap vary wildly, but it’s an important enough matter that Universal Music Group spent $2.81 million lobbying the U.S. government in 2009, according ...

  9. Michigan Congressmen Speak Out On Performance Rights Act

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two Michigan Democrats spoke out on opposing sides of the Performance Rights Act on Tuesday as the PR campaign on both sides begins to heat up. Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a MusicFirst Coalition press ...

  10. 301 Report: Spanish Biz Down 65% In 5 Years

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain is suffering "a virtual collapse" of its recorded music market because of online piracy, with a drop in overall music sales of more than 65% in the past five years, says the latest report from U.S. culture industry lobby, the Inter ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. U.S. TV Stations Sue BMI Over Music Licensing Fees

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The owners of about 1,200 local television stations have sued BMI, seeking for lower broadcast fees to reflect declining television viewership and advertising revenue. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, demanded a & ...

  13. TV Broadcasters Sue SESAC

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of television broadcasters have filed a class-action anti-trust complaint against SESAC, according to the Television Music License Committee, a non-profit organization which represents 1,200 local television broadcasters in negotiations on ...

  14. Op-Ed: Working Together To Save The Music

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Record labels took another shot to the gut Aug. 21, this time from the Second Circuit Court's ruling in Arista Records, et al. v. Launch Media. The court held that Yahoo's Launchcast wasn't an interactive service as defined by the C ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. News Briefs: New Music Seminar, Bug Music

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -The speaker line-up is set for the Oct. 6 New Music Seminar in Chicago, with Yahoo! Music GM Michael Spiegelman slated to make the keynote address. Like the NMS held in New York in July, the Chicago program is called a Symphony and will feature f ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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, ...

  20. SESAC, Barcelona Music Sign Technology Pact

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SESAC has signed Barcelona Music and Audio Technology (BMAT) as a technology partner to capture performances of its reportoire in programming on broadcast and cable television. The pilot program will use BMAT's Vericast, a digital pattern-rec ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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' ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Digital Briefs: NPR, Jonas Brothers

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- National Public Radio 's public interactive unit will collect and report online streaming music activity to SoundExchange, as directed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public interactive will serve as the central reporting vehic ...

  28. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. SESAC Latina Summit Set For March

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST SESAC Latina is presenting a one-day conference that will discuss digital distribution specifically as it pertains to the Latin marketplace. The "Latin Music Digital Summit" 2009 will consist of one industry panel and a showcase featurin ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. NAB, SoundExchange Agree On Streaming

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and SoundExchange announced Monday (Feb. 16) an agreement on Internet streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast programming over the Internet or that create new stand-alone Internet stat ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. CRB Day 2: Blog Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited decision from the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) concerning mechanical royalty rates came down yesterday and not much changed. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time ...

  44. CRB Day 2: Industry Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry reacted favorably to the Copyright Royalty Board's release Thursday of new mechanical royalty rates. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time a statutory rate for pe ...

  45. Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is standing pat with the 9.1 cents mechanical royalty song rate for both physical and digital albums, sources say. Meanwhile, it is setting the mastertone rate at 24 cents, according to sources. The Board also adopted t ...

  46. Online Retailers Await Royalty Decision

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to vote whether to increase royalty rates on digital downloads this Thursday. The outcome of the vote is likely to have a major impact on such digital retailers as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com as its hike on ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. BMI Posts $901 Million Annual Revenue

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI kept alive its 24-year record-breaking revenue and payouts streak by posting $901 million in revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, a 7.4% increase from what it collected in the prior year. What's more, BMI will disperse $786 million ...

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