Copyright & Media Update 7/20/2018

Is Instagram About To Become The Music Industry’s New Best Friend

BY DAVID TURNER: Jaden Smith last week quietly dropped Electric, a surprise five track project. This particular news unsurprisingly didn’t generate endless headlines like other major out-of-nowhere album releases, but the method of release should’ve grabbed some more attention. The project was an exclusive, but not to Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, or even Tidal. No, instead Smith’s music could only be heard on Instagram. READ MORE…

As Clock Ticks, New Hurdles Mount Against the Music Modernization Act

BY ED CHRISTMAN: The Senate needs to act on the bill before this Congressional term ends, otherwise lawmakers and music industry lobbyists must start the legislative process again next year. READ MORE…

YouTube Expands Music Credits

BY VINCE SEIBERT: YouTube has taken a big step forward in pursuit of greater visibility in regards to surfacing and crediting artists and publishers featured in videos uploaded to the platform. Just this past May, they’ve added a section in the video description, populated with information meant to benefit both the viewer and artist alike. READ MORE…

How to Get Your Music to the Top of the Pile When Submitting It for Licensing

BY EVAN ZWISLER: These days, music licensing seems to be one of the most lucrative ways to make money as a musician. Record deals usually just amount to distribution, earning money playing shows can be spotty, and merch sales are unreliable. But selling one of your songs to a movie, TV show, or video game is a great way to earn a solid chunk of royalties that could last the entirety of your career, if you’re lucky. If you’re someone who is able to write and produce your own songs, this is a particularly reliable way to earn a living. READ MORE…

The Streaming Exclusive Is Crawling Back — But Is That Good for the Business?

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Last year, a surge in album release exclusives on rival platforms raised some serious concerns within the industry.  And chief among those concerns was the impact on the paying customer. After all, if someone is paying for Apple Music, but still can’t get a Post Malone exclusive on Spotify, what’s the point? READ MORE…

Appeals Court Won’t Take Up Copyright Decision That Raised Alarm About Embedding, Linking

BY ERIQ GARDNER: The 2nd Circuit denies an immediate appeal in a case that challenges how news organizations used embedded photos of Tom Brady. READ MORE…

About Christian Copyright Solutions: CCS’s quest is to help churches and Christian ministries “do music right.” CCS is an expert on church music copyrights and our primary focus is providing licensing and clear educational resources to churches, as well as representation, administration, and advocacy for copyright owners. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.