Copyright & Media Update 10/27/17

Breaking: Florida Supreme Court Rules That Oldies Recordings are Public Domain

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: So this complicates things a bit.  A bombshell decision from the Florida Supreme Court effectively says that recording copyrights didn’t exist before 1972. Should oldie recordings enjoy copyright protection? Absolutely not, according to a unanimous decision by the Florida Supreme Court.  Effectively, anything recorded before the year 1972 is in the public domain and can be used freely.  At least in the state of Florida. READ MORE…

Independent Music Labels Capture Growing 38.4% Market Share Thanks To Streaming

BY BRUCE HOUGHTON: [UPDATED] A new study commissioned by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) looks at the global market share of independent music labels based on copyright, rather than distribution, and reveals a very healthy indie sector on the rise. READ MORE…

Land Ahoy! Does Blackbeard Signal the End of State Immunity for Copyright Infringement?

BY JOHANNES MUNTER: Although the age of actual pirates is long gone, a case involving Blackbeard highlights copyright infringement by states, acting with apparent impunity, and the harmful impact it can have on the creative community. READ MORE…

Music Publishers Want to Create a Comprehensive Song Database — 15 Years Too Late

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Last week, the largest music publishers in the world disclosed plans to create a centralized song database.  Seriously? It’s getting harder and harder to feel sorry for music publishers. In July, we wrote about an extremely suspect deal that major music publishers arranged with Spotify, back when streaming was still taking off.  The deal involved the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and its then-owned Harry Fox Agency, which oversees mechanical publishing licenses. READ MORE…

NMPA Chief David Israelite on Music Licensing Issues: ‘The Value of the Song Is More Important Than the Process

BY ED CHRISTMAN: A proposed fix: a blanket mechanical licensing for the U.S. The National Music Publishers Assn., the Digital Media Assn. and various songwriter and record label groups are negotiating legislation that they hope will solve the mechanical licensing problems that have plagued digital music services, while hopefully achieving higher rates for music publishers and songwriters. READ MORE…

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