Radio Broadcasters, Streaming Services Demand a Truly Comprehensive Music Rights Database

The National Association of Broadcasters, DiMA, and dozens of other organizations are demanding the creation of a far more comprehensive music rights database. Since the passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law in 2018, publishers and stre… Continue Reading

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Streaming Giant Balks at Mechanical Licensing Collective’s $66.25 Million Startup Budget

The Mechanical Licensing Collective’s healthy startup budget is meeting resistance from at least one major streaming platform. Just how much does it cost to start a US-based licensing agency for streaming mechanicals? The newly-minted Mechanical … Continue Reading

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House of Representatives Passes Small Claims Copyright Bill for Infringements Under $30,000

There’s big news on the copyright front — for small infractions. Small claims court systems exist throughout the world and are a fixture in every U.S. state and county. The processes are streamlined and quick, with judges typically reviewing doze… Continue Reading

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Artist Activist David Lowery Quits the Mechanical Licensing Collective After Just 4 Months

David Lowery, a longtime champion for artists and outspoken critic of major streaming platforms, has abruptly departed the Mechanical Licensing Collective’s Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee. The news comes as the paint is still drying on t… Continue Reading

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U.S. Congress Is Getting Involved In Spotify’s Complaint Against Apple  

Just ahead of the weekend, U.S. Congress officially requested information from Spotify as part of a broader antitrust investigation being conducting on Apple. The Congressional inquiry aims to determine if Apple employs anti-competitive behavior in sup… Continue Reading

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More Than 200 Quebec Musicians Demand Government Action Against Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Other Streaming Giants

Over 200 musicians signed a letter demanding that the Québécois government take action so that they can receive fair compensation from music streaming services such as Spotify. Recording industry revenues are surging, with the US-based market enjoying … Continue Reading

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