Copyright & Media Update 1/26/18

Bipartisan Senators Introduce “Most Significant Change in Music Licensing Laws in Decades”

ASCAP: A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Orrin Hatch and Lamar Alexander today introduced legislation they said would be the “most significant change in music licensing laws in decades” to help songwriters get paid fair value for their songs. The Music Modernization Act would create a new, simplified licensing entity to make it easier for digital music companies to obtain a license for and play songs. The entity will also ensure songwriters are paid the royalties they are owed. In addition, the bill would revise outdated songwriter royalty standards to ensure that songwriters are paid a fair market value for their work. READ MORE…

Opportunity in the Global Music Industry Brings New Challenges as Services Find One Size Doesn’t Fit All

BY ED CHRISTMAN: Even with the turnaround news of the last few years, there could be more good news ahead for the music industry, according to panelists at the Ny:Lon Connect event staged by the Music Business Association and Music Ally on Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Manhattan. The industry has some very deep platforms either entering into the space, engaged in improving and/or building out their music services, like Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Pandora, Universal Music Group senior VP of digital strategy and business development Jonathan Dworkin told attendees. READ MORE…

NAFTA Renegotiation Triggers New ‘Safe Harbor’ Copyright Battle

BY TED JOHNSON: Much of the attention around the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement has focused on President Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw if no substantive progress is made.But there is yet another copyright battle emerging between showbiz and tech, this time over just what kind of provisions will be put in any deals relating to the extent of liability that internet companies face when they post or host infringing content. READ MORE…

Indie Songwriters Feeling Left Out as the ‘Music Modernization Act’ Moves to the Senate

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: The ‘Music Modernization Act’ is being heralded as groundbreaking legislation for music and tech.  But indie songwriters and publishers feel like they’re getting the shaft. Most music industry bills face brutal deaths, outmatched by stronger, smarter opponents.  The RIAA has been flopping on the Hill for decades, despite seven-figure salaries and pricey DC offices. READ MORE…

 

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