Could an overhaul of payola rules be on the horizon? Majors asked to explain anti-payola practices to FCC

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has written to Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group in the United States to request information from the companies about their current payola-prevention ‘mechanisms’ … Continue Reading

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FCC Asks RIAA To Invesitgate Payola (Again)

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Reilly has sent a letter to the RIAA asking it to investigate recent reports of payola – the practice of paying radio stations and other music services to play music. The request came on the heels of a Rolling Stone piece that suggested that payola, which some… Continue Reading

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

In this cycle back through important music industry happenings which occurred over the holidays, we revisit how streaming faired in the fourth quarter, five important music biz predictions for the coming year, the FCC’s suspension of operations, and much more! 2018 On-Demand Music Streams +42%, Paid Streams +50% In Q4… Continue Reading

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FCC Suspends Operations, Copyright Office Remains Open As Government Shutdown Enters Day 13

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations midday today, January 3rd, because of the partial government shutdown. The closure comes as the shutdown over border wall funding enters Day 13. Employees will be given up to four hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. "However, work required… Continue Reading

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FCC To Suspend Operations Due To Government Shutdown, Copyright Office To Stay Open

UPDATED: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3rd. The suspension announcement comes as the US government shutdown over the funding of a border wall enters Day 12. Employees will be given up to four hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. "However, work… Continue Reading

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207.1 Million Americans Want Net Neutrality to Stay

Should the FCC axe net neutrality tomorrow, expect a lot of disappointed and possibly infuriated Americans. Ajit Pai isn’t a popular person right now. Several weeks ago, the FCC Chairman unveiled his plan to roll back Obama-era rules on net neutrality…. Continue Reading

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Racial Attacks from Indian Americans

Indian-Americans attack Ajit Pai’s lack of “Indian-ness” over his position on net neutrality. Most people aren’t happy with Ajit Pai. The FCC Chairman set off a firestorm after introducing his proposals last week to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality r… Continue Reading

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Goodbye, Net Neutrality? What This Could Mean For the Music Industry

If the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules, expect indie artists and publishers to feel the pain. Will net neutrality soon become a thing of the past? According to multiple reports, the FCC will roll out their plans to do away with Obama-era rules, spe… Continue Reading

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Breaking: FCC Votes to Dismantle Obama Net Neutrality Laws

Net neutrality provisions crafted under the Obama Administration are now getting dismantled.  Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a measure that would wipe out almost all of the provisions adopted in 2015. It’s the first step in a massive rollback of Obama-era net neutrality provisions. This morning, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a measure […]

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