Copyright & Media Update 9/29/17

Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: Since copyright protection is automatic from the moment a work is created, registration is not required in order to protect your work. However, there are numerous benefits to registration and therefore it is highly recommended, if feasible. These benefits include: READ MORE…

Songwriters and Music Publishers Appeal Canadian Copyright Board’s Decision on the CSI Online Music Services Tariff

CMRRA: On August 25, 2017, the Copyright Board of Canada(“Board”) released its decision certifying the royalties payable to songwriters and music publishers for the reproduction of musical works by online music services operating in Canada, including services that offer music downloads, on-demand streaming and webcasting. CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. (“CSI”), the music collective that represents the vast majority of music rightsholders in Canada, is greatly disappointed by the decision and has filed an application for judicial review before the Federal Court of Appeal on a number of reviewable errors. READ MORE…

Surprise! If You Don’t Register With the US Government’s Song Database, You Lose Your Copyright

BY PAUL RESNIKOFF: Looks like Congress’ proposed ‘Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act’ forgot to include the ‘Transparency’ part.  In fact, there’s an insane poison pill that essentially strips copyright owners of their licenses if they don’t participate. READ MORE…

How Facebook Is Trying to Avoid a Public Relations Disaster with Songwriters

BY LEON LAZAROFF: Facebook has long resisted direct talks with the music industry. Like YouTube, the Menlo Park, Calif., company has leaned heavily on the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which effectively says internet platforms aren’t responsible for what their users post on their sites. Rather than actively police the site for user uploads of copyrighted songs, or homemade versions of those songs, Facebook requires rights holders to send them so-called take-down requests. READ MORE…

7 Startling Facts About the Music Industry in 2017

BY DANIEL SANCHEZ: Did you know that 96% of all internet users consume licensed music?  And 46% of all music streaming happens through YouTube? Earlier today, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released the 2017 Music Consumer Insight Report. READ MORE…

Music Licensing & Music Copyright 101

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: When it comes to copyright, there are few areas a complex, archaic and complicated as music licensing and music copyright. However, in the digital age it’s also one of the most important. Unlicensed music is one of the most common reasons for Content ID matches on YouTube. READ MORE…

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