Copyright & Media Update 9/20/2018

Senate Passes Music Modernization Act

BY VARIETY STAFF: After a long and complicated journey, the Senate passed the Music Modernization Act today by unanimous consent, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. Next, the bill returns to the House for approval of the Senate version, then it will go before President Trump to be signed into law. READ MORE…

Creating a Fake Plagiarism Story

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: As a fan of both Star Trek and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it pains me to say that I’ve found “irrefutable evidence” that the Rocky Horror was plagiarized in no insignificant part from a lesser-known episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. READ MORE…

Americans Listen to 151 Minutes of Music Each Day

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: So, just how much music do you really listen to?  And, how do you spend your music listening time? In Audio Monitor US 2018, a joint study on music habits in the US, Music Biz and AudienceNet have found most Americans still listen to more music on the radio.  Both organizations surveyed 3,000 consumers in the US aged 16 and above. READ MORE…

Exclusive: U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Webcaster Royalty Rates for 2016-2020

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF:  Yes, there’s something else going on in Washington this week. Today (September 18th), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion on the Copyright Royalty Board’s ‘Web IV’ music streaming rates for the period of 2016-2020. READ MORE…

RIAA Mid-Year: Revenue Hits $4.6 Billion as Paid Streaming Subscribers Rise 47 Percent Across U.S. Music Industry

BY ED CHRISTMAN: The music industry growth mode continues to enjoy nice increases with U.S. revenue expanding to $4.6 billion in the first half of the year, a 10 percent increase over the $4.18 billion recorded in the corresponding six months of 2017, according to the RIAA. READ MORE…

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