SOUNDEXCHANGE PAID $953M TO ARTISTS AND LABELS LAST YEAR – AN ALL-TIME RECORD

US-based collection and licensing society SoundExchange paid $952.8m to artists and record labels in 2018.

That figure was up 46.2% on 2017, when the organization distributed $652m to its recorded music members.

The 2018 payout would have included a $150m settlement agreed with Sirius XM, which was passed to SoundExchange on or before July 7 last year.

Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/soundexchange-paid-953m-to-artists-and-labels-last-year-an-all-time-record/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 30, 2019

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  • Article 13, YouTube and What’s Really Going on in Brussels (Column)

    For a small but committed band of activists strongly opposed to copyright reform, Jan. 19 was supposed to be a day of protest across Europe.

    Uniting under the slogan #StopACTA2 — a reference to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that was defeated in 2012 — and backed by numerous open rights groups, demonstrations were scheduled to take place in Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Poland, where much of the online campaigning against the European Parliament’s copyright plans has been co-ordinated from.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/8495831/article-13-youtube-and-whats-really-going-on-in

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: January 30, 2019

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  • Streaming Music Royalties are Even Worse Than We Thought — At Least According to This Indie Label

    Late last month, Digital Music News updated its list of what streaming music services pay.

    Thanks to information from third-party websites and actual artists, we ranked these services according to their per-stream rate.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/01/30/2018-streaming-music-price-bible/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 30, 2019

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  • WHY IS SIRIUSXM BUYING PANDORA IN A $3.5BN DEAL – AND WHAT’S IT GOING TO DO WITH A MUSIC STREAMING PLATFORM?

    When the deal is officially finalized, it will bring to an end the short tenure of current Pandora CEO Roger Lynch. After Lynch’s exit, Spotify rival Pandora will come under the direct purview of Jim Meyer, CEO of Sirius.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/why-is-siriusxm-buying-pandora-in-a-3-5bn-deal-and-whats-it-going-to-do-with-a-music-streaming-platform/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 30, 2019

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  • 2018 Streaming Price Bible! Per Stream Rates Drop as Streaming Volume Grows. YouTube’s Value Gap is Very Real

    This data set is isolated to the calendar year 2018 and represents a mid-sized indie label with an approximately 250+ album catalog now generating almost 1b streams annually. 2018 is the year we saw streaming truly mature as the dominant source of recorded music revenues.

    Read more: https://thetrichordist.com/2019/01/29/2018-streaming-price-bible-per-stream-rates-drop-as-streaming-volume-grows-youtubes-value-gap-is-very-real/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: January 29, 2019

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  • French society SACEM announces new division to streamline complex royalty process

    French collecting society SACEM has announced a rejig that will see its licensing, international and operational divisions integrated to “create a streamlined end-to-end solution to the identification, collection and distribution of royalties in order to ensure greater levels of transparency and value for its members”. The new combined unit will be headed up by Cécile Rap-Veber, previously Director Of Licensing & International.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/french-society-sacem-announces-new-division-to-streamline-complex-royalty-process/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 29, 2019

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  • How Much Are Consumers Willing to Pay for Streaming Services?

    The marketing teams for the major upcoming competitors to Netflix have some more work to do: Despite a plethora of news stories about them, about 40 percent of American adults still don’t know that WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal have subscription services in the works, while 30 percent are unaware of a Disney product dubbed Disney+, according to a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-are-consumers-willing-pay-streaming-services-1180438

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 29, 2019

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  • Create Music Group Now Offering Clients Daily YouTube, Apple Music/iTunes & Spotify Revenue Reports

    Los Angeles-based indie startup Create Music Group unveiled a new function on Monday (Jan. 28) for its distribution platform that allows clients to access streaming revenue figures from YouTube, Apple Music/iTunes and Spotify on a daily basis.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8495396/create-music-group-to-offer-clients-daily-youtube-apple-musicitunes-spotify

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: January 28, 2019

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  • German BGH – Does YouTube Perform Acts of Communication to the Public?

    The right of communication to the public (Article 3 Information Society Directive) is well-established in the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (“Court”) case-law: it no longer only encompasses more physical matters, such as broadcasting of television in hotels (SGAEC-306/05), but also digital matters, such as linking to copyright infringing content (GS MediaC-160/15) and operating a platform on which copyright infringing content is shared (The Pirate BayC-610/15).

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/27/german-bgh-does-youtube-perform-acts-of-communication-to-the-public/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: January 27, 2019

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  • Open Access Advocates See End Of US Copyright Term Extension Act As Win For Commons

    Open access advocates in the United States are celebrating the expiration, and non-renewal, of the Copyright Term Extension Act, which introduces into the public domain all works from 1923, and signals an end of the practice by US lawmakers to continually extend the terms of copyright protection.

    Read more: http://www.ip-watch.org/2019/01/25/open-access-advocates-see-end-us-copyright-term-extension-act-win-commons/

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    SOURCE: Intellectual Property Watch

    Date: January 25, 2019

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  • Spotify Can’t Find Songwriters Performing at Spotify High Roller Party in Cancun

    Spotify is currently hosting a pricey offsite meeting in Cancun, Mexico, with dozens or more executives and employees participating.

    Of course, Cancun isn’t usually associated with getting work done — unless that work involves repeatedly lifting rum cocktails.  But this offsite is reportedly focused on assembling content groups from various global offices.  Beyond that, we’re not sure of the exact business purpose.

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2019/01/25/spotify-cant-find-songwriters-performing-at-spotify-high-roller-party-in-cancun/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: January 25, 2019

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  • The mystery tracks being ‘forced’ on your Spotify

    Mysterious musicians have cropped up on Spotify, racking up thousands of listens and (perhaps) hundreds of pounds. It’s a phenomenon that experts say could indicate a security flaw.

    But while Spotify denies that accounts have been hacked, the music streaming site has not explained how the playlists of some users indicate they’ve “listened to” musicians that nobody’s ever heard of.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-46898211

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: January 25, 2019

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  • Sundance: Will New Streamers Create a Seller’s Market?

    For the past few years, Apple has come to the Sundance Film Festival to wine and dine actors and filmmakers, host exclusive lounges, and stoke the mystery that has built up around the technology company within Hollywood. This year, the industry is counting on Apple finally coming to Park City with a more traditional mission — to buy films.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/will-new-streamers-create-a-sellers-market-1178390

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 24, 2019

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  • Article thirteen talks postponed because of disagreements in EU Council

    A meeting planned for later today where European Union officials and law-makers would have had a good go at agreeing a final draft of the bloody European Copyright Directive was called off at the last minute on Friday, after the EU Council couldn’t agree on the most recent efforts at a compromise. The music industry’s bid to reform the copyright safe harbour, aka article thirteen, remains a key sticking point.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/article-thirteen-talks-postponed-because-of-disagreements-in-eu-council/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 21, 2019

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  • Unwaivable equitable remuneration rights for performers: disruption or balancing of interests?

    In an article recently published in the JIPITEC (and available here), I examined parts of the ongoing copyright reform process drawing on a case study on the Fair Internet for Performers Campaign. This process has been characterised by strong discourses centred on ‘fairness’. Using discourse analysis, I found the concept of fairness to be mostly dependent on the stakeholders’ relative bargaining power and framed by neo-liberal thought.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/20/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: January 20, 2019

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  • FIA warmly welcomes the Council of Europe recognition of bargaining rights of self-employed workers

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe issued a decision in December that constitutes an important recognition of the collective labour rights of self-employed persons, clearly recognising that their fundamental right to collective bargaining may not be restricted simply by virtue of their employment status.

    Read more: https://fia-actors.com/no_cache/media/news/news-detail/article/fia-warmly-welcomes-the-council-of-europe-recognition-of-bargaining-rights-of-self-employed-workers/

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    SOURCE: FIA

    Date: January 17, 2019

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  • CALL FOR COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS, COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS AND REGULATIONS

    As signatories of this appeal, we fully support the combat of our friends in Create Denmark, which gathers a large number of organizations representing cinematographic and audiovisual creation in Denmark, and demand that all broadcasters, media service providers, and producers operating in Europe be required to comply with applicable laws, union rules, and collective agreements, and regulations in each Member State.

    Read more: http://www.filmdirectors.eu/joint-statement-call-for-compliance-with-applicable-laws-collective-agreement-and-regulations/

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    SOURCE: FERA

    Date: January 17, 2019

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  • Reaching the Full Potential of Social Dialogue for Atypical Workers: Project Update

    The joint FIA, FIM, UNI MEI and EFJ project on atypical work and social dialogue in our sector is reaching the end of its first year. It has been a productive year, with progress made towards the project ambition of developing and expanding experience and know-how on trade union organising of freelancers, self-employed and other atypical workers.

    Read more: https://fia-actors.com/no_cache/media/news/news-detail/article/reaching-the-full-potential-of-social-dialogue-for-atypical-workers-project-update/

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    SOURCE: FIA

    Date: January 17, 2019

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  • EU authors need a principle of proportionate remuneration to be enshrined in the Copyright Directive (Article -14)

    Today, screenwriters and directors in Europe are often disconnected from the success of the works they create: many of us do not receive royalties from the exploitation of their works, while these are essential to bring more stability to mostly freelance and self-employed professional lives. Weak bargaining power in individual contract negotiation and uneven implementation of collective rights management or collective bargaining solutions are important factors of this situation.

    Read more: http://www.filmdirectors.eu/joint-statement-eu-authors-need-a-principle-of-proportionate-remuneration-to-be-enshrined-in-the-copyright-directive-article-14/

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    SOURCE: FERA

    Date: January 17, 2019

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  • Europe for Creators launches new tools to counter Google’s unprecedented lobbying

    Brussels, 16 January  EUROPE FOR CREATORS is launching a new website and a newsletter, as part of a renewed effort to counter Google’s massive disinformation campaign around Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive.

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/Society-News/Europe-for-Creators-launches-new-tools-to-counter-Google-s-unprecedented-lobbying

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: January 16, 2019

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  • Directors UK calls for an end to intrusive insurer practices

    These forms are a staple for freelance production staff and too often require overly intrusive or gender-specific information, including details of mental health issues, pregnancy or menstruation. Directors UK, alongside BECTU, are worried that this can have a stigmatising effect – making it harder for people with mental health issues or pre-existing conditions to find work.

    Read more: https://www.directors.uk.com/news/directors-uk-calls-for-an-end-to-intrusive-insurer-practices

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    SOURCE: Directors UK

    Date: January 16, 2019

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  • Pro-Piracy Law Professor Appointed Justice Minister of Canada, Attorney General

    You can’t make this shit up.

    In cabinet shakeup Justin Trudeau has appointed David Lametti as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. We are very familiar with Lametti and this dude is very bad news for artists, authors, filmmakers and performers.

    Read more: https://thetrichordist.com/2019/01/14/pro-piracy-law-professor-appointed-justice-minister-of-canada-attorney-general/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: January 14, 2019

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  • SAG-AFTRA, IATSE Declare Support for Actors Equity Strike As Union Warns Off Strikebreakers

    SAG-AFTRA and IATSE threw their support behind a strike called Monday by Actors Equity, telling The Hollywood Reporter that they supported the stage performers’ union action against the lab process used to develop new Broadway shows, particularly musicals.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-iatse-declare-support-actors-equity-strike-as-union-warns-strikebreakers-1175386

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 11, 2019

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  • Why Original ‘Lion King’ Writers Are Losing Out With This Year’s Remake

    Storyboard artist Jorgen Klubien looks back fondly on his contribution to Disney’s hit 1994 film The Lion King and is proud that producers acknowledged his conceptualization of a key scene by awarding him a coveted “story” credit. That’s why it stung when he learned that his credit may not appear on this summer’s CGI-enhanced remake, due out July 19, despite a trailer in December that indicates the new movie will hew closely to the original script.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-original-lion-king-writers-are-losing-years-remake-1174451

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 11, 2019

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  • The Copyright Killer

    Antitrust agencies see copyright protection as a key driver of a competitive, innovative economy. But musicians, record labels and other copyright holders say that Google degrades their intellectual property rights through a combination of market power, regulatory capture and political sway. Should antitrust enforcers step in? Ron Knox reports

    Read more: https://globalcompetitionreview.com/article/1179029/the-copyright-killer

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    SOURCE: Global Competition Review

    Date: January 11, 2019

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  • As Netflix Goes Global, Saudi Arabia Isn’t the Only Trouble Spot

    On Jan. 6, 2016, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings stood onstage at CES in Las Vegas and declared that the audience was “witnessing the birth of a global TV network.” Now, three years later, the streaming behemoth is learning the unique challenges that come with being a content provider in more than 190 countries.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/as-netflix-goes-global-saudi-arabia-isnt-trouble-spot-1174717

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 10, 2019

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  • Musicians Union Declares Support for Actors Strike Over Share of Broadway Profits

    The New York branch of the musicians’ union threw its support behind a strike called Monday by Actors Equity, announcing Wednesday that it supported the performers’ union action against the lab process used to develop new Broadway shows, particularly musicals.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/musicians-union-declares-support-actors-strike-1175024

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 9, 2019

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  • American radio industry and Global Music Rights spar over subpoena in BMI case

    Squabbling between the US radio industry and Irving Azoff’s boutique collecting society Global Music Rights continues. Though this squabbling relates to an entirely different squabble between the US radio industry and big collecting society BMI. Fun times.

    Read more: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/american-radio-industry-and-global-music-rights-spar-over-subpoena-in-bmi-case/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: January 8, 2019

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  • Actors Equity on Strike for Share of Record Broadway Profits

    Actors Equity declared a strike Monday against the lab process used to develop new Broadway shows, particularly musicals. The union, which represents performers on stage, said it had been trying for two years to negotiate a new contract with the Broadway League, which represents theater owners, producers and others.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/actors-equity-strike-share-record-broadway-profits-1174489

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 7, 2019

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  • Supreme Court Denies Review of Olivia de Havilland’s ‘Feud’ Lawsuit

    Olivia de Havilland, the 102-year-old actress known for roles in Gone With the Wind and The Adventures of Robin Hood, won’t get another crack at legal glory. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her petition to review the dismissal of her lawsuit brought against the makers of FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-denies-review-olivia-de-havillands-feud-lawsuit-1174078

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 7, 2019

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  • WHAT NETFLIX’S ‘CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-SOUNDTRACK’ PARADIGM REVEALS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    What if you could choose the soundtrack to your favorite film or TV show? Or what if a movie on a streaming service could personalize its soundtrack algorithmically to your tastes – and monitor your consumption behavior to inform future curation?

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/what-netflixs-choose-your-own-soundtrack-paradigm-reveals-about-the-future-of-the-music-industry/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: January 7, 2019

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  • CAA Opposes Recusal in Writers’ Case, Claims That Plaintiff David Simon Settled With Agency in 2000

    The legal battle between the Writers Guild of America and the four largest talent agencies heated up Wednesday with CAA sending a letter criticizing as “frivolous” and “preposterous” the WGA’s suggestion that the judge recuse himself because his wife once worked for a precursor of a defendant talent agency and has also worked for production companies that may have paid packaging fees to talent agencies.

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 5, 2019

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  • The Business Model That Makes Streaming A Black Hole For Musicians

    Credit where it’s due!

    Most of what’s in this piece has been published in various trade sources over the past couple of years, but what really prompts putting it together as a single piece was Nora Germain’s article You Have No Idea How F****d Streaming Really Is, published on Medium on Dec. 10, 2018. If you haven’t yet read it, you probably want to read it first. This effort aims to complement the well taken points Nora made. She wrote as a professional musician defending the creative work of musicians, arguing that what is going on with the streaming platforms is horrific, and making the case that music has value that should be paid for. I’m endeavoring to describe the underlying business dynamics that have created the music monster we’re now dealing with. I’m no musician, but have been in the music industry for twenty years: operated retail and distribution music web sites, produced three albums, and most recently developed and sell e-commerce software for music.

    Read more: https://medium.com/@benwilliams_2592/the-business-model-that-makes-streaming-a-black-hole-for-musicians-ec315900f7b5

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    SOURCE: Medium

    Date: January 5, 2019

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  • Everything That’s Wrong With Streaming Music Networks

    Streaming music network like Spotify and Apple Music are not good for the music industry despite what we hear day to day from the press and music industry at large. Sure there has been growth in revenues since the days of Napster when the industry was in a complete mess, but the industry is nowhere near out of the water yet and needs to rethink its strategy if it is to support the very artists that make the industry possible.

    Read more: https://www.musicindustweet.com/2019/01/04/everything-thats-wrong-with-streaming-music-networks/

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    SOURCE: MUSICINDUSTWEET

    Date: January 4, 2019

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  • Black Filmmakers Directed Record Number of Top-Grossing Movies in 2018

    Black filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”), Spike Lee (“BlackKklansman”) and Antoine Fuqua (“Equalizer 2”) directed 16 of the top 100 movies at the box office in 2018, nearly three times as many as 2017 and double what they achieved a decade ago, according to a new study.

    Read more: https://www.thewrap.com/black-filmmakers-directed-record-number-of-top-grossing-movies-in-2018/

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    SOURCE: The Wrap

    Date: January 4, 2019

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  • U.S. judge orders Ed Sheeran to face Marvin Gaye plagiarism lawsuit

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has rejected English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of lifting from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 smash “Thinking Out Loud.”

    Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-music-sheeran-lawsuit/us-judge-orders-ed-sheeran-to-face-marvin-gaye-plagiarism-lawsuit-idUSKCN1OX1RQ

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    SOURCE: Reuters

    Date: January 3, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Sets Member Meetings as Clock Ticks Towards Talent Agency Battle

    The Writers Guild of America in an email to members on Thursday announced a series of member meetings for mid-February, less than two months before the guild’s agreement with the town’s talent agencies is set to terminate, which will potentially force writers to make an excruciating and almost unprecedented choice between their union and their agents in a high-stakes feud.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-sets-member-meetings-as-clock-ticks-talent-agency-battle-1181862

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 2, 2019

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  • Ad-Supported Streaming Gives Actors Hope for Bigger Paydays

    SAG-AFTRA will begin negotiating a new commercials contract sometime around Feb. 20, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, but the talks in advance of a March 31 expiration come as advertisers increasingly are making ads nonunion and fewer people are watching commercials of any sort as they switch to subscription streamers like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ad-supported-streaming-gives-actors-hope-bigger-paydays-1180918

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: January 2, 2019

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  • Bryan Adams Argues Canada’s Copyright Extension Would Only Benefit Major Labels, Not Creators

    Several months ago, negotiators from the US and Canada reached a trade agreement.  The deal – made right before a midnight deadline – came after a year of arduous negotiations.

    Yet, not everyone agreed with the outcome.

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: December 28, 2018

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