Copyright & Media Update – 10/28/16

It’s Time for Facebook to Accept Songwriters’ Friend Request: Op-Ed

BY DAVID ISRAELITE: One of the most commonly shared things on Facebook is music. Specifically, covers of songs. Fan versions of hits have produced some of today’s biggest stars, but — there’s one problem, Facebook hasn’t licensed with any of the publishers who represent the songwriters behind that music. READ MORE…

Maria Pallante Removed as U.S. Register of Copyrights

BY ROBERT LEVINE: U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was removed from her job Friday morning (Oct. 21) by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who has authority over the Copyright Office. Officially, Pallante has been appointed as a senior adviser for digital strategy for the Library of Congress, although it’s clear she was asked to step down. Karyn Temple Claggett, currently associate register of copyrights, has been appointed the acting register. READ MORE…

How to Get Featured on Music Streaming Popular Playlists

BY NICHOLAS RUBRIGHT: Music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are gaining traction in today’s world. People want more instant access to their music and don’t want to bother with transferring files between devices.As much as artists complain about low royalty payouts, these services offer a wide variety of ways for their users to discover new music – including playlists, which are today’s version of radio and are now more popular than albums. READ MORE…

Congress, If You Love Music Support Creators:

BY RODNEY ‘DARKCHILD’ JERKINS: Music is my life. Sometimes I think it is as important as air, food and water. It sustains me and gives my life meaning. And, I am not alone. This week more than 2,000 members of The Recording Academy will visit the home offices of their members of Congress—the largest music advocacy movement in history. Songwriters, performers, and producers will unite across the country to deliver a simple message: If you love music, you must support creators. READ MORE…

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