Copyright & Media Update 12/28/18

Why Does It Take 8 to 12 Months to Receive a Copyright Registration?

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: Over the past several years the Registration Program has suffered a severe reduction in staff. In 2010, there were 125 copyright Examiners in the Registration Program (which includes the Literary Division, the Performing Arts Division, and the Visual Arts Division). By 2015, the number of copyright Examiners had fallen to 73 and the Office was not able to backfill these positions due to budgetary constraints and sequestration. READ MORE…

The US Copyright Office Starts the Process for Selecting the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Now that the Music Modernization Act (MMA) has become law, attention is shifting towards the all-important Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).  The MMA-ordained agency will oversee the collection and administration of streaming mechanical licenses from major streaming providers like Spotify and Apple Music. READ MORE…

The Ethics of Pressing Play: Navigating Popular Music When Alleged Misconduct Is Seemingly Everywhere

BILLBOARD: As streaming services link our every listen to someone’s financial benefit, we’ve become obsessed with making the “right” choices about music consumption. But how do we know we’re doing that? READ MORE…

50 Best Songs of 2018

ROLLING STONE: It was an excellent year for women with a sense of humor and ingenious ideas about how to remake classic styles in their own radiant image (Cardi B, Pistol Annies, Courtney Barnett), and a fine one for pop songs that questioned worn out sexual and social identities (Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel,” Hayley Kiyoko’s “Curious,” Christine and the Queens’ “Doesn’t Matter”); artists from Latin America (Karol G), continental Europe (Rosalía) and Asia (BTS) made the music scene feel like a global conversation; Sheck Wes fuck-shit-bitched his way into our heart; Carly Rae Jepsen kicked ecstatic self-care; and everyone from Lucy Dacus to Ariana Grande to Troye Sivan had us catching feelings we couldn’t shake.  READ MORE…

What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2019)

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Find out how much you’ll earn from the most popular streaming music services – Pandora, Napster, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and more. Early last year, Digital Music News published its streaming royalty payouts list. Thanks to information from third-party websites, we ranked streaming music services according to their per-stream rate. READ MORE…

Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Work

HYPEBOT: While the prohibitive costs of the necessary music licenses has made launching a new streaming service next to impossible, Neil Young is trying a different approach by rolling out a platform that only offers his own music, in joint venture with Warner music that might actually be successful. READ MORE…

Spotify Settles Its $1.6 Billion Publishing Lawsuit

ROLLING STONE: Spotify announced on Thursday that it has settled the lawsuit brought forth a year ago by Wixen Music Publishing, the publisher representing the works of artists including Neil Young, The Doors and Tom Petty. The massive lawsuit alleging that Spotify was using thousands of songs without the proper licensing and compensation — in which Wixen was reportedly seeking damages of up to $1.6 billion — has concluded with a final dismissal of the suit and a “broader business partnership between the parties.” READ MORE…

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