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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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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Pirate Radio Station Crackdown Continues — House Passes the ‘PIRATE’ Act

The FCC wants a bigger stick to crack down on pirate radio stations across the United States. The Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act (PIRATE) gives the FCC more tools to tackle illegal pirate operations.  The bill recently passed th… Continue Reading

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Indian Lawmakers Call for a Ban on TikTok for Causing ‘Cultural Degradation’

Lip-syncing app TikTok has become a worldwide phenomenon after it merged with Musical.ly last year. Now, lawmakers in India are asking the government to ban the app for allowing young adults to participate in “cultural degradation.” A report in The Eco… Continue Reading

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Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan Fined $609,810 for Federal Reporting Violations

Madison Square Garden’s Chairman and CEO has settled charges with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). More money, more problems — and a lot more fines for even the slightest of federal reporting errors. In this case, Madison Square Garden chairman… Continue Reading

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Admits That Russians Interfered In the Net Neutrality Commenting Process

As litigation pressure mounts, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has admitted that Russians interfered with the agency’s open commenting process related to the repeal of net neutrality. An extremely contentious battle over net neutrality in the United States has a… Continue Reading

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Live Nation’s Stock Keeps Slipping Following the FTC’s Ticketmaster Examination

After the FTC’s decision to examine consumer protection surrounding Ticketmaster’s collusion with scalpers, parent company Live Nation’s stock is taking a beating. Investors fear regulatory interference could hit Live Nation’s bottom line.  Ticketmaste… Continue Reading

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