Copyright & Media Update 8/9/2019

Sign Our Letter: Tell the DOJ to Modernize the Consent Decrees

ASCAP: Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) opened a new review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that govern how we license our respective repertories to music users, including digital streaming services; radio, TV and cable companies; and bars, restaurants and retail stores.  These consent decrees were conceived in 1941 and are completely out of touch with the way music is listened to in today’s digital world. READ MORE…

The Two Victims of Plagiarism

PLAGIARISM TODAY: The narrative around plagiarism is often extremely simplified: There is a plagiarist and there is a victim. It’s a simple and compelling narrative. There is a bad person that has stolen or lifted from a good person by using their work without the decency of at least giving them proper credit. READ MORE…

Old Spice Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Its Whistle Theme

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: A lawsuit filed Monday in a California federal court by H. Scott Salinas alleges that P&G copied his tune — and of course, didn’t pay him.  The complaint alleges that P&G had a license to the whistled tune for a short period of time, and after that time expired, created a whistle melody that was very similar to the tune Salinas created. READ MORE…

The 5 W’s of Copyright Registration

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: “Yes, hello, I am interested in copyrighting my work. Can you help me?” This is a question we hear all the time at the Copyright Alliance. For many creators, applying to register for a copyright can be a confusing and daunting task. You put a lot of time, energy, creativity, and investment into your creation, and now you want to protect it with copyright. But where do you start? READ MORE…

A Coalition of ‘Free Market’ Organizations Urges the U.S. Department of Justice to Maintain Its ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS: Several free-market-focused lobbying groups and organizations have asked the Department of Justice to keep consent decrees that regulate ASCAP and BMI. The coalition of organizations and lobbying groups feel the age-old regulations are required to address ongoing anticompetitive concerns.  In statements issued earlier today, the message was clear: the music licensing market is “inherently anti-competitive” and needs regulations to function. READ MORE…

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