Copyright & Media Update – 8/5/16

What’s the Best Time of Day to Practice Music?

BY ANTHONY CERULLO: The correlation between time of day and productivity has always been a popular study. However, in the realm of music, there’s not much focus on what time to practice, but instead, for how long to practice. The key to getting the most out of your practice relates to your personal, internal clock. Everyone has a different biological clock, and it’ll help to find out your clock’s schedule. By pinpointing the times you’re most alert, you can take full advantage of productivity and get more done in less time. READ MORE…

USCO Must Be Modernized to Promote American Innovation

BY JESSICA HIBA AND ALDON ABBOTT: Today, if you wish to get a copyright for a musical composition or a book, don’t expect things to move at warp speed. A snail’s pace is more like it. You submit a form. Once eight to 14 months have elapsed, your claim finally may be processed. Why is this? Strangely enough, much of the U.S. Copyright Office is run on an antiquated, paper-driven bookkeeping system, and it does not deal at all with the enforcement of copyright. READ MORE…

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Dept. of Justice v. ASCAP

BY STEPHEN CARLISLE: Seems like very recently, June 24, 2016 to be exact, I posted about how the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that despite there being no language that appeared in any statute, any congressional history, and any opinion of the U.S. Copyright Office, somehow section 301 of the Copyright Act didn’t really say what it plainly said. In other words, they just made it up. Well, sad to say, they’re at it again, except this time, it’s the U.S. Department of Justice. READ MORE…

What Are Streaming Services Paying Artists?

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Sadly, most artists and labels have no idea what they should be getting paid by streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and none of these services are offering any guidance. So, we started publishing whatever royalty statements we could get our hands on (send us yours at news@digitalmusicnews.com and help the artist community out). Most recently, we’ve been working with an independent r&b, rap/hip-hop label to test the waters on a range of services. READ MORE…

About Christian Copyright Solutions: CCS’s quest is to help churches and Chris tian 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 Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.

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