Royalties

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Michael Simon of Harry Fox Agency: Digital Music's Slingshot

    November 19, 2012 12:55 PM EST Michael Simon, the new president/CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, says he has a simple goal for HFA: combine his deep love of music with his desire to build the industry's digital infrastructure to help young people discover musicians like Hal ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. WME's Marc Geiger: Have Faith, There Will Be a 'Billion Paying Music Subscribers at Some Point'

    November 16, 2012 3:44 PM EST Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor head of music (left), with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde during a Billboard FutureSound Conference keynote Q&A. (Photo: Arnold Turner) William Morris Endeavor head of music Marc Geiger said global ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City's Adam Young Sued for Copyright Infringement Over 'Good Time'

    October 30, 2012 6:48 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's Adam Young as well as several publishing companies and performing rights groups are being sued in a new copyright infringement lawsuit filed in California federal court. The claims come from Allyson Nichole Bur ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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. ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Michael S. Simon Named President/CEO Of Harry Fox Agency

    October 15, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Michael S. Simon has been promoted to president and CEO for the Harry Fox Agency, succeeding Gary Churgin, who is leaving the company. Simon, previously the organization's senior VP of business affairs/ general counsel/chief strategic officer ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Business Matters: Sirius XM Raises Forecast for Subscriber Growth

    October 11, 2012 7:33 PM EDT Sirius XM upped its forecast for net subscriber growth for the third time this year. The satellite radio company announced on Wednesday that net additions in the third quarter jumped 34% to 445,921% from 3334,000 in the prior-year period. Sirius e ...

  20. Business Matters: The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

    October 10, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the amounts of royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how much money those artists are actually collecting). The company is putting its politic ...

  21. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights

    October 09, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months in paying advances and buying copyrights. Through its subsidiary Kobalt Capi ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Business Matters: Accounting Explains How Spotify's Business Model Can Succeed

    October 05, 2012 6:15 PM EDT A website that posts the financials of privately held companies has revived the debate about the sustainability about Spotify's business model. This is a debate worth having, but a tweak to Spotify's income statement may lead to a more i ...

  24. Rdio Embarks on Experiment to Gain Subscribers Through Artists

    October 02, 2012 9:24 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio has launched a program Tuesday that pays artists directly for the new subscribers they bring to the service. The program is a creative attempt to solve two of subscription service's biggest problems: lack of su ...

  25. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  26. Clear Channel Inks Second Radio Royalties Label Deal, This Time With Glassnote

    September 27, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Clear Channel has signed its second deal with an independent record label, teaming up with Glassnote Entertainment Group to pay out digital and terrestrial revenues to the label and its artists. The partnership comes on the heels of the radio gian ...

  27. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  28. REO Speedwagon, Boz Scaggs Latest To Sue Sony Music Over Digital Downloads

    September 24, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Sony Music has been hit with more litigation over the way artists are compensated whenever consumers buy songs on iTunes and other digital outlets. Late last week, separate lawsuits were filed in New York federal court by REO Speedwagon and Willia ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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" ...

  32. Business Matters: No Ceiling in Sight for Subscription Services

    September 20, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Independent music analyst Mark Mulligan, formerly with Forrester Research, raised some eyebrows when he told the Future Music Forum in Barcelona that today's music subscription services have a "natural ceiling" that prevent the sort ...

  33. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  34. From This Week's Billboard: Apple's iRadio Blossoms Into Internet Radio Market

    September 14, 2012 12:38 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "Apple's iRadio Blossoms" -- an in-depth look at Apple's forays into the online radio market -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features an in-depth loo ...

  35. Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties

    August 30, 2012 12:21 PM EDT Spotify's per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band t he Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band's CD Baby royal ...

  36. 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, ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Business Matters: New Report Predicts Digital-Vs.-Physical Tipping Point That Already Happened

    August 16, 2012 6:56 PM EDT Being a day behind the news was acceptable before the rise of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle. But there's really no excuse for being a year behind major forecasts and trends. The press has been drawn to a new report by Strategy Analy ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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. & ...

  41. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  42. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. How To Best Support The Artists You Love: Show Them The Money

    July 12, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Earlier this summer, the Internet was lit up-even more than usual-with debate about music in the digital age. The inciting moment was NPR intern Emily White's June 16 blog post, "I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With." White wrote a ...

  48. Canada's Supreme Court Shakes Up Copyright Laws

    July 12, 2012 3:27 PM EDT The Supreme Court of Canada has come out with five big copyright decisions on Thursday that will shake up licensing of entertainment content in the country. The decisions deal with music used on TV shows and in movies, music and video games downlo ...

  49. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  50. 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 ...

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