Warner/Chappell Vows to Defeat Spotify’s CRB Appeal — Here’s Their Open Letter to the Industry

Warner/Chappell has lent its support against Spotify’s decision to appeal the CRB songwriter royalty increase. Last month, in a split decision, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled in favor of a 44% songwriter royalty increase on streaming musi… Continue Reading

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MelodyVR Inks Usage Deals With Universal Music Group Publishing, ASCAP, BMI, SACEM

 As music-related VR sets sail, four very important publishing groups are on board. At this early stage, music-related VR is mostly about unknowns. For starters, it’s nearly impossible to predict how this format will emerge and interact with existing m… Continue Reading

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NMPA President Accuses Spotify of ‘Black and White Falsehoods,’ ‘Misleading Spin,’ and ‘Deceiving Songwriters’

Yesterday, Spotify issued a statement clarifying why it appealed the Copyright Royalty Board’s songwriter royalty increase.  That prompted a point-by-point, furious response from the president of the National Music Publishers’ Association. The retort w… Continue Reading

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Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google Unilaterally Challenge the CRB’s 44% Songwriter Royalty Increase

Last month, National Music Publishers’ Association president David Israelite stated that any challenge to the CRB’s proposed mechanical royalty increases would be ‘declaring war on songwriters‘. Well, if that’s the case, the enemy assault is coming fro… Continue Reading

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World’s Largest Music Publishers Offer ‘Full Support of Warner/Chappell’ Against Spotify — Here’s Their Statement

Major music publishers like Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Sony/ATV, and BMG are solidly backing Warner/Chappell Music in its dispute with Spotify. The demonstration of support is echoing out of Madrid, where the International Confederation o… Continue Reading

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US Radio Stations, Restaurants, Spotify, Tech Giants Speak Out on PRO Consent Decrees: ‘They Are More Critical Than Ever’

ASCAP and BMI say they’re stodgy, antiquated laws.  But a consortium of radio stations, restaurants, hotels, and and major tech giants like Spotify and Google/Alphabet are defending the Department of Justice’s long-running Consent Decrees as necessary … Continue Reading

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The DOJ’s Consent Decrees Might Get Lifted After 78 Years — Here’s a Statement from the CEOs of ASCAP and BMI

The U.S. Department of Justice is seriously considering the removal of 1941-dated performance royalty consent decrees. That’s music — and money — to the ears of mega-PROs ASCAP and BMI, who have spent most of their lives under the restrictive decrees. … Continue Reading

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NMPA Urges Members to Support the ‘Industry Consensus’ MLC — ‘We Urgently Need Your Help’

Now that the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is law, who should be implementing it? Maybe passing the Music Modernization Act into law was the easy part. Now, attention has shifted towards critical implementation details, with major publishers arguing th… Continue Reading

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