Copyright & Media Update 7/12/2019

What every songwriter and publisher needs to know about the Music Modernization Act

FADER: The laws and regulations governing the music industry are like a central nervous system: full of circuits, endlessly complicated, and in need of expert attention when it breaks. Something that unites most of us, though, is the movement to put more money in the pockets of creators, be they the artists themselves or the songwriters – lyricists, composers, etc – behind the scenes. READ MORE…

Spotify Criticized For ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Paying’ Ad Campaign

BILLBOARD: Spotify is drawing heat from artists and music execs for an ad campaign that urges listeners to “dance like nobody’s paying,” a pitch for its free 30-day Spotify Premium trial. READ MORE…

What YouTube’s Content ID Changes Mean

PLAGIARISM TODAY: Yesterday, YouTube announced on their Creator Blog that they were implementing new systems to let YouTubers better resolve manual Content ID claims. READ MORE…

YouTube ‘Blocks’ Popular MP3 Stream-Ripping Sites

TORRENT FREAK: Several stream-ripping sites have been unable to download and convert files from YouTube starting a few hours ago. It appears that the video streaming platform is actively blocking requests from these sites. While the reason for the sudden blocking efforts is unknown, the music industry would certainly welcome a more aggressive stance from YouTube. READ MORE…

NMPA, NSAI, SONA Praise Copyright Office Designation of Industry-Consensus MLC

NMPA: The United States Copyright Office (USCO) today designated the industry-consensus Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), created by U.S. music publishers and songwriters and backed by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the Songwriters of North America (SONA), as the new entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the Music Modernization Act (MMA). READ MORE…

Your Spotify and Apple Music subscriptions pay artists you never listen to

QUARTZ: Anna, a fictional Spotify subscriber, is a big jazz fan. She recently fell in love with a jazz trio called The Expressionists (also fictional). The Expressionist’s new album accounted for 100% of her time listening to music last month on Spotify. Anna might reasonably assume that of the money that went to artists from her $10 monthly subscription, nearly all of it went to The Expressionists. She would be wrong. READ MORE…

AMLC, SGA Respond to the U.S. Copyright Office’s MLC Decision — And Promise to Keep Fighting

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: On July 5th, Digital Music News first revealed that the U.S. Copyright Office had chosen the winning bid to run the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC). The winner — perhaps unsurprisingly — was the ‘industry consensus’ coalition led by major music publishers like Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony/ATV.  That group was the favored pick, though the heavyweight coalition was assailed by rival American Mechanical Licensing Collective (AMLC) as harboring numerous conflicts of interest. READ MORE…

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