PRS upgrades its major touring service, possibly to counter direct licensing movement

UK collecting society PRS For Music earlier this week announced a revamp of its Major Live Concert Service which, among other things, will now go by the name MLCS By PRS. Which rhymes. Sort of. Well, there’s an ‘ess’ and then another ‘ess’.

Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/prs-upgrades-its-major-touring-service-possibly-to-counter-direct-licensing-movement/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 31, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Leader Defends Colleague, Blasts “Histrionic” Press as Criticism Mounts

    Writers Guild of America West executive director David Young slammed the “histrionic, biased trade press” in an email to members Thursday evening in an effort to defend key WGA negotiator Chris Keyser against rising charges of hypocrisy, calling media reports on the matter “invidious propaganda.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-leader-defends-colleague-blasts-histrionic-press-1214769

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 31, 2019

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  • The Record Industry Expects a Windfall. Where Will the Money Go?

    Six years ago, when Thom Yorke memorably expressed his feelings about the music industry by calling Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse,” it was hard to argue with him. At that point, global sales of recorded music were headed for their 13th decline in 14 years, with the overall value of the industry nearly cut by half since the turn of the century. It looked like the digital revolution really did turn the music business into a moldering husk. But now, like any good zombie during an apocalypse, the industry is once again primed to devour the world on a massive scale.

    Read more: https://pitchfork.com/features/article/the-record-industry-expects-a-windfall-where-will-the-money-go/

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    SOURCE: Pitchfork

    Date: May 30, 2019

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  • Writers’ Key Negotiator With Agencies Is Also Shopping a Project With Endeavor Content

    A leader in the Writers Guild of America’s battle against the major talent agencies — former WGA West president Chris Keyser, who serves as agency negotiating committee co-chair — is currently shopping a television project with WME’s affiliate production company, Endeavor Content. And two other large agencies, CAA and UTA, stand to receive packaging fees, even though the guild has blasted affiliate production and packaging fees as unacceptable conflicts of interest.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-key-negotiator-agencies-is-shopping-a-project-endeavor-content-1214717

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 30, 2019

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  • As Writers Crowdsource Jobs, Some Could Land a Lawsuit Instead

    Every legal dust-up deserves a killer hashtag. As the war between the Writers Guild of America and big talent agencies stretches into its second month, there’s now #WGAStaffingBoost, meant to help connect writers to jobs now that agents have been fired amid a dispute over TV packaging fees. Under the new regime, established writers volunteer to read material from up-and-comers, and after spotting the next Aaron Sorkin, recommend them for jobs. Such comity! Perhaps this is a revolutionary breakthrough and an existential threat to agents. In a filing to go public May 23, WME owner Endeavor listed WGA strife as a risk factor alongside Brexit and athlete clients breaking their necks.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/as-writers-crowdsource-jobs-some-could-land-a-lawsuit-1213674

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 30, 2019

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  • METADATA IS THE BIGGEST LITTLE PROBLEM PLAGUING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

     a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. It wasn’t that they had missed out on payments for a single song — it was that they had missed out on payments for 70 songs, going back at least six years.

    Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/29/18531476/music-industry-song-royalties-metadata-credit-problems

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: May 29, 2019

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  • More Americans Say Streaming Has Hit ‘Saturation Point’: So How Can Disney and Others Take on Netflix?

    TV viewers are increasingly unwilling to juggle more subscriptions than they already have — calling into question what new entrants to the streaming landscape, including Disney and Apple, will need to do to pull eyeballs away from stalwarts like Netflix.
    According to a new study from Hub Entertainment Research, about 25% of American TV customers believe they already have “too many TV services,” marking a 10% spike from the same time last year. Another 36% of respondents said they’d need to ditch at least one of their current services before considering adding a new one.
    “People are hitting a [streaming] plateau,” Hub analyst Jon Giegengack told TheWrap. “This suggests new platforms that enter the ma…

    Read more: https://www.thewrap.com/members/2019/05/29/streaming-saturation-point-disney-netflix/

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    SOURCE: Wrap

    Date: May 29, 2019

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  • CBS Faces a Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Theme Song

    It’s been nearly 60 years since ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ debuted on television, but the descendants of those who created the program’s theme song have just filed a lawsuit against CBS, the network that originally aired the show and that currently possesses distribution rights.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/05/29/cbs-andy-griffith-show-theme-song-lawsuit/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 29, 2019

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  • Know Your Rights: A Simple Guide to Digital Royalties

    Have you just released the greatest track ever? Congratulations! Do you have any idea how you will get paid what you’re owed and not get ripped off? Through my extensive work in publishing administration, I’ve seen that unfortunately too few artists really know their rights when it comes to collecting royalties on their music.

    Read more: https://flypaper.soundfly.com/hustle/know-your-rights-a-simple-guide-to-digital-royalties/

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    SOURCE: Soundfly

    Date: May 28, 2019

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  • CISAC’s Assembly in Tokyo works for stronger rights and fairer royalties for creators worldwide

    Tokyo, May 24, 2019 – Heads of authors’ societies and creators from around the world gather this week to discuss improving the lives, the income and the protection of millions of authors across many repertoires.

    Read more: https://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/CISAC-s-Assembly-in-Tokyo-works-for-stronger-rights-and-fairer-royalties-for-creators-worldwide

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: May 27, 2019

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  • Poland files complaint with EU’s top court over copyright rule change

    WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland has submitted a complaint to the European Union’s top court against copyright rules adopted by the bloc in April to protect Europe’s creative industries, which Warsaw says may result in preventive censorship.

    Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-copyright-poland/poland-files-complaint-with-eus-top-court-over-copyright-rule-change-idUSKCN1SU0T9

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    SOURCE: Reuters

    Date: May 24, 2019

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  • Brazilian Union of Composers Reports Growth in Membership, Cinema Royalties

    The Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC) saw a 14% rise in membership in 2018, to 29,000, according to a new report from the collective rights management organization in a year characterized by key new agreements with digital video and music services, including Amazon Video, Facebook, Google Play Music and TIM by Deezer. Royalties from on-line platforms saw a growth rate of 48.6%.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/8513065/brazilian-union-of-composers-reports-growth-in

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: May 24, 2019

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  • It’s Not Just PledgeMusic — The Entire Crowdfunding Sector Is In Trouble

    An in-depth market analysis now asserts that the crowdfunding model is in serious decline.  But maybe that was obvious.

    Evidence of that decline can clearly be seen at Indiegogo, where CEO David Mandelbrot recently stepped down. Mandelbrot cited personal reasons in his farewell LinkedIn post, but employees have confirmed layoffs as well.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/05/23/crowdfunding-in-decline-2019/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 23, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Accepts UTA’s Offer to Resume Failed Talks Between Writers and Agents

    In the first sign of a thaw between warring parties, the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday night agreed to a request by UTA co-president Jay Sures to reopen talks between the guild and the Association of Talent Agents, more than a month after negotiations between writers and agencies failed in an effort to reach a new franchise agreement.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/utas-jay-sures-aims-restart-talks-between-writers-agents-1213138

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 22, 2019

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  • Can Machines be Authors?

    Using newer forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including General Adversarial Networks (GANs), AI machines are increasingly good at emulating humans and laying siege to what has been a strictly human outpost: intellectual creativity. AI machines have composed polyphonic baroque music bearing the “style” of J.S. Bach. “Robot reporters” routinely write news bulletins and sports reports, a process called “automated journalism.” Machines write poems and draft contracts.  A machine named e-David produces paintings using a complex visual optimization algorithm that “takes pictures with its camera and draws original paintings from these photographs.” Machines can even write or enhance their own code.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/05/21/can-machines-be-authors/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: May 21, 2019

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  • Can Machines be Authors?

    Using newer forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including General Adversarial Networks (GANs), AI machines are increasingly good at emulating humans and laying siege to what has been a strictly human outpost: intellectual creativity. AI machines have composed polyphonic baroque music bearing the “style” of J.S. Bach. “Robot reporters” routinely write news bulletins and sports reports, a process called “automated journalism.” Machines write poems and draft contracts.  A machine named e-David produces paintings using a complex visual optimization algorithm that “takes pictures with its camera and draws original paintings from these photographs.” Machines can even write or enhance their own code.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/05/21/can-machines-be-authors/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: May 21, 2019

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  • Songwriters Call For More Freedoms, Less Regulation During ASCAP “Stand With Songwriters” Advocacy Day on May 22

    WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2019—Award-winning songwriters will convene on Capitol Hill tomorrow, May 22, to meet with elected officials as part of the annual American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day. They will urge Members of Congress to safeguard against further regulations that continue to threaten the value of their work.

    Read more: https://www.ascap.com/press/2019/05/05-20-19-WWTH

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    SOURCE: Ascap

    Date: May 20, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Adds Additional Claim to Suit Against Talent Agencies (Exclusive)

    The Writers Guild of America amended its suit Monday against the major talent agencies, adding a claim with an explosive moniker — constructive fraud — but a tamer meaning. “Constructive fraud,” as the WGA’s First Amended Complaint notes, does not imply fraudulent intent, but instead is premised on breach of fiduciary duty and/or on an agent’s failure to disclose material facts to a client.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/wga-adds-additional-claim-suit-talent-agencies-1212480

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 20, 2019

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  • Transparency Tide Continues: Sony Music Introduces ‘Real Time Royalties’ and ATM-Style ‘Cash Outs’

    Indeed, royalty audits and contentious lawsuits were once a normal event at major label groups — including Sony Music Entertainment.  But thanks to nearly two decades of intense competition and technological upheaval, obfuscation simply doesn’t cut it anymore.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/05/20/sony-music-real-time-royalties-cash-outs/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 20, 2019

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  • Hollywood’s Writers-Agents War Bleeds Into ‘Walking Dead’ Profits Dispute

    For nearly six years, Creative Artists Agency has been after hundreds of millions of dollars in allegedly missing profits from AMC’s The Walking Dead, which, apologies to Game of Thrones, is still the biggest drama series ever to air on cable television. CAA enjoys profit participation along with series co-creator Frank Darabont for packaging the creative elements of the zombie series. As CAA’s huge profits lawsuit is headed to trial next year, AMC is preparing to tell a jury a story of shady Hollywood agents in an effort to beat the claims and is now probing the genesis of CAA’s involvement in The Walking Dead.For nearly six years, Creative Artists Agency has been after hundreds of millions of dollars in allegedly missing profits from AMC’s The Walking Dead, which, apologies to Game of Thrones, is still the biggest drama series ever to air on cable television. CAA enjoys profit participation along with series co-creator Frank Darabont for packaging the creative elements of the zombie series. As CAA’s huge profits lawsuit is headed to trial next year, AMC is preparing to tell a jury a story of shady Hollywood agents in an effort to beat the claims and is now probing the genesis of CAA’s involvement in The Walking Dead.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywoods-writers-agents-war-bleeds-walking-dead-profits-dispute-1212201

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 20, 2019

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  • Copyright Office Institutes New Group Registration Procedure for Works on an Album

    The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for musical works, sound recordings, and certain other works contained on an album. The proposed rule will expand the registration options currently available to register multiple musical works or sound recordings under one application by adding an option to be known as “Group Registration for Works on an Album of Music” or “GRAM.” In particular, this proposed group registration option will permit the registration of multiple musical works and/or sound recordings distributed together using a single electronic application, regardless whether such distribution occurs via physical or digital media. The Office proposes these changes to encourage broader participation in the registration system by reducing registration burdens on applicants, and seeks public comments on this proposed rulemaking.

    Read more: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2019/769.html

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    SOURCE: Copyright.gov

    Date: May 20, 2019

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  • DSM Directive is now Directive 2019/790 and Member States will need to transpose it by 7 June 2021

    At last the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market [see IPKat DSM Directive Series hereherehere, and here so far] has been published on the Official Journal of the European Union: it is now Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC [see here for all the language versions].

    Read more: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/05/dsm-directive-is-now-directive-2017790.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: May 19, 2019

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  • Another Loose End: PledgeMusic’s Non Profit Messaging But For Profit Motive

    If you had to summarize the now bankrupt PledgeMusic’s public face, you might say that they were all about the greater good of artists rather than making money.  In other words, the company showed the world a kind of do-gooder public face commonly found in non-profits.  But always remember that Pledge was not a non-profit, they were a for-profit company.  And as the facts start to surface, they were apparently very much a for-profit company.

    Read more: https://artistrightswatch.com/2019/05/17/another-loose-end-pledgemusics-non-profit-messaging-but-for-profit-motive/

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    SOURCE: Artist Rights Watch

    Date: May 17, 2019

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  • Cannes: Solstice Studios Boss Mark Gill on How to Survive (and Thrive) in the Indie Market

    If you want your film to sell and make it into theaters worldwide, good is just no longer good enough.

    “You have to be very good, or great, or you’re dead,” said Mark Gill, the former Miramax and Millennium Films executive, who recently launched high-end production outfit Solstice Studios. “In today’s market you need all the elements to come together. If you miss out on one of them, it’s a problem.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/solstice-studios-mark-gill-five-things-indie-film-needs-1211731

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 17, 2019

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  • Verve Breaks Agency Ranks, Signs Writers Guild “Code of Conduct”

    Verve, an agency primarily representing writers and directors, has signed the Writers Guild of America’s Code of Conduct, the agency announced Thursday. The approximately 30-agent firm is the first widely recognized signatory to the code, which to date has garnered approval mostly from small shops not known for powerhouse writer clients. The firm’s roster includes Colin Trevorrow; Brian K. Vaughan; Howard Deutch; Jac Schaeffer (Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow); Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok); Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer (Plus One); and Leigh Janiak (Fear Street).

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/verve-breaks-agency-ranks-signs-writers-guild-code-conduct-1211561

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 16, 2019

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  • ‘Fake Artists’ Have Billions of Streams on Spotify. Is Sony Now Playing the Service at Its Own Game?

    That classic line, delivered by Johnny Rotten in January 1978 during The Sex Pistols’ farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, remains the stuff of legend. The frontman appeared to hint that the Pistols – for many, the purest distillation of the punk aesthetic – may have been flirting with artifice all along.

    Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/fake-artists-have-billions-of-streams-on-spotify-is-sony-now-playing-the-service-at-its-own-game-834746/amp/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: May 15, 2019

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  • Verve May Break Agency Ranks and Sign Writers Guild “Code of Conduct”

    Verve, an agency primarily representing writers and directors, has held discussions with the Writers Guild of America regarding signing the guild’s Code of Conduct, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from multiple sources.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/verve-may-break-agency-ranks-sign-writers-guild-code-conduct-1210625

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 15, 2019

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  • No knowledge in secondary copyright infringement of Eminem’s first album

    Rap star Eminem (Marshal Bruce Mathers III) became famous after his second album in 1999. His lesser-known first album, ‘Infinite’, recorded in 1996 was less successful, but was the subject of this recent dispute before Judge Hacon in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

    Read more: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/05/knowledge-in-secondary-copyright.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: May 14, 2019

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  • ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ Beer: Sounds Familiar?

    A few months back, Nirvana instituted proceedings against Marc Jacobs for copyright infringement and various common law trade mark claims s under the Lanham Act and California state law – see here for the IPKat report. Guns N’ Roses (“GNR”) is another rock and roll band to enter a federal district courtroom in California over an unauthorised use of their trade mark.

    Read more: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/05/guns-n-rose-beer-sounds-familiar.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: May 14, 2019

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  • The CASE Act is an opportunity for creators to have rights and remedies

    Last week, our nation celebrated National Small Business Week — a much-deserved nod to the more than 30 million small businesses that employ nearly 59 million workers. During the week, we honored the indomitable spirit that motivates millions of American entrepreneurs to accept the risks and challenges posed by starting new businesses in their local communities. But for many small business people — including photographers like my organization’s members, graphic artists, illustrators, authors and songwriters — holding onto to that spirt of entrepreneurship has proven increasingly difficult as their creative works are plundered by those who use them without permission and compensation — an increasingly easy task in our digital world.

    Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/443335-the-case-act-an-opportunity-for-creators-to-have-rights-and

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    SOURCE: The Hill

    Date: May 13, 2019

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  • NMPA President Says Spotify Treats Songwriters Like Uber Treats Drivers: ‘Is One Better Than the Other?’

    By opposing the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) recent 44% increase on royalties for songwriters and publishers – the first in 110 years – Spotify, along with Pandora, Google, and Amazon have reportedly ignored the needs of the songwriting and publishing community.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/05/13/nmpa-david-israelite-v-spotify/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 13, 2019

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  • Gavin Polone: This Is the Beginning of the End of TV Agents

    Six weeks ago, I wrote in this publication that I thought the Writers Guild of America would have to retreat from the battle with the talent agents over package fees and agency affiliates producing movies and TV. Now I think I may have been wrong. The WGA is currently winning this fight in terms of messaging, maintaining the resolve of its membership and demonstrating a long-term strategy that has pierced the clouds of uncertainty and revealed a path to achieving all of its goals. Further, and more significantly, an unintended consequence of this fight has materialized: a possible future — a near future — where most working writers don’t have agents at all.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gavin-polone-is-beginning-end-tv-agents-1209517

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 13, 2019

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  • Writers-Agents War: Are Labor Strikes Next?

    The battle between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood talent agencies has captivated the entire industry — but it could turn out to be merely a preliminary skirmish in a larger labor war that may see the guild go on strike next year, and could see SAG-AFTRA walk as well. Both unions have deep grievances as rank-and-file members fight stagnating salaries and declining residuals in an era of peak TV that has meant a bounty for companies, agencies, top showrunners and CEOs but has left middle- and working-class creatives waiting for their share.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-writers-agents-war-could-lead-dual-guild-walkouts-1208366

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 10, 2019

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  • Fox’s ‘Bones’ Fracas: A $128 Million Legal Fight That’s Just Beginning

    Despite Fox’s expressed hope that the Bones legal dispute will draw to its conclusion, don’t expect that to happen any time soon. Not when there’s $128 million at stake on a single question with a yes-or-no answer. And not when what’s been happening is unprecedented in the annals of the entertainment industry.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/foxs-bones-fraud-a-128-million-legal-fight-just-beginning-1208645

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 10, 2019

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  • Playlist Malfeasance Will Create a Streaming Crisis

    Streaming economics are facing a potential crisis. The problem does not lie in the market itself; after all, in Q1 2019 streaming revenue became more than half of the recorded music business and Spotify hit 100 million subscribers. Nor does it even lie in the perennial challenge of elusive operating margins. No, this particular looming crisis is both subtler and more insidious. Rather than being an inherent failing of the market, this crisis, if it transpires, will be the unintended consequence of short-sighted attempts to game the system. The root of it all is playlists.

    Read more: https://musicindustryblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/

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    SOURCE: Music Industry Blog

    Date: May 9, 2019

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  • MMF Song Royalties Guide

    The MMF has spent the last few years exploring how money flows from streaming services through to artists via our ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ series of reports and guides produced with CMU Insights. This has included reviewing the debate around how the ‘digital pie’ is sliced, ie the ongoing discussions over how streaming income is shared out between the different stakeholders, including artists, songwriters, labels, publishers and the streaming services themselves.

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    SOURCE: MMF

    Date: May 9, 2019

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  • New MMF guide explains why songwriters are often missing out on their digital dollars

    The Music Managers Forum has today put the spotlight on the complex way in which song royalties from the streaming services are processed each month, and the impact that has on how much cash actually flows through to the songwriter, and how long it takes for them to get paid. Significant sums are likely caught up in or lost to the system.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/new-mmf-guide-explains-why-songwriters-are-often-missing-out-on-their-digital-dollars/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 9, 2019

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  • PledgeMusic Is Officially Going Bankrupt — Cofounder Benji Rogers Says “I’m Sorry”

    Bad news for anyone involved with PledgeMusic.

    Earlier this week, Digital Music News leaked a pre-liquidation fire-sale offer floated to prospective buyers.  That offer almost guaranteed that artists wouldn’t be paid their pledges, though a last-minute buyer didn’t emerge.

    Now, there’s an even slimmer chance that PledgeMusic will pay artists or refund backers.

     

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/05/08/pledgemusic-bankrupt/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 8, 2019

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  • Spanish Exhibitors Call on Netflix to “Adapt” to Traditional Windows System

    Representatives for the Spanish exhibitors’ group FECE have called on Netflix to conform to the traditional windows system and suggested competition from other companies like Disney could reinforce the value of that system.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/spanish-exhibitors-call-netflix-adapt-traditional-windows-system-1208813

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 8, 2019

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  • THE AVERAGE SALARY OF A SPOTIFY EMPLOYEE HIT $132,301 LAST YEAR – MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT IT WAS IN 2011

    Yesterday on Music Business Worldwide, the CEO of the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), Kim Bayley, gave a rousing defence of music streaming services – in particular, the right of these platforms to claim a larger portion of the industry’s revenue ‘pie’ at the expense of artists and record labels.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/the-average-salary-of-a-spotify-employee-hit-132301-last-year-more-than-double-what-it-was-in-2011/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: May 7, 2019

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  • Groundbreaking Metadata Alliance Announced Between Music, Film, TV Industries — “This Partnership Will Have a Truly Significant Impact on Rights Holders”

    The music industry is notorious for its disastrously disorganized metadata and billions in unmatched royalties.  But despite extremely contentious accusations of incompetence and outright fraud, a number of companies are potentially forcing accountability through tech solutions.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/05/07/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 7, 2019

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  • There’s a Musician’s Union. Many Musicians Are Unaware — or Unable to Join

    In a video interview uploaded to YouTube in February, Joe Budden, a former major-label rapper who is enjoying a popular second career as a podcast star, tried to recruit 2 Chainz to lead a strike in hip-hop.

    Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/theres-a-musicians-union-many-musicians-are-unaware-or-unable-to-join-831574/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: May 6, 2019

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  • Creators and Tech Companies: Let’s Fix The DMCA Together

    Whether it’s two-part harmony or a 100-member orchestra, some of the greatest music happens when people come together.

    Policymaking works the same way.  Last year, music and tech came together to support the Music Modernization Act (MMA) – a powerful new law that guarantees fair pay for legacy artists on digital radio, boosts royalties for songwriters, and updates the music publishing system for the digital age.  Creators and tech companies haven’t always been “all for one, and one for all,” but we realized we needed to link arms to get results.

    Read more: https://variety.com/2019/music/news/digital-copyright-act-creators-tech-lets-fix-dmca-together-riaa-1203205595/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: May 6, 2019

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  • UMG Fights Musicians Who Wish to Terminate Copyright Grants

    Universal Music Group has a ticking time bomb on its hands. The Copyright Act gives authors the ability to terminate a grant after a 35-year wait, and now there are hundreds of recording artists from the early 1980s who are looking to take advantage of this statutory provision to reclaim ownership rights. Soon will come artists from the late 1980s aiming to do the same. And after that, artists from the 1990s will want to cancel copyright grants so as to enjoy more financial rewards from digitally distributed music.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/umg-fights-musicians-who-wish-terminate-copyright-grants-1207640

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 6, 2019

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  • Composers Launch ‘Your Music, Your Future’ Initiative to Help Musicians Get Fairly Compensated

    Film and TV composers Joel Beckerman and David Vanacore are launching Your Music, Your Future, a new education initiative to help young composers navigate their options for compensation.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8509963/composers-launch-your-music-your-future-initiative-to-help-musicians-get-fairly

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: May 3, 2019

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  • Bradley Cooper Denied Ticket to Appeals Court Over Weinstein Debt

    On Friday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals shot down an attempt by Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, David O. Russell and others associated with Silver Linings Playbook to show up and argue why they’ve been unfairly cheated out of money from the Oscar-nominated film.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/bradley-cooper-denied-ticket-appeals-court-weinstein-bankruptcy-dispute-1207209

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 3, 2019

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  • Fast-track small claims copyright board back on agenda in Washington

    Bills were introduced in US Congress this week that aim to set up a new copyright claims board to provide copyright owners with a simpler, quicker, cheaper route for enforcing their rights. The new board would mean that in disputes seeking damages of up to $30,000, copyright owners wouldn’t have to pursue a full action in the courts.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/fast-track-small-claims-copyright-board-back-on-agenda-in-washington/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 3, 2019

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  • ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ cast reflects on the cult classic 35 years later

    Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner of “This Is Spinal Tap” sit down with NBC’s Harry Smith 35 years after the film’s debut to talk about how the groundbreaking mockumentary became a cult classic.

    Watch the video: https://www.today.com/video/-this-is-spinal-tap-cast-reflects-on-the-cult-classic-35-years-later-1515441731721

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    SOURCE: Today

    Date: May 1, 2019

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  • CASE Act Bills Introduced in Congress to Create Copyright Small Claims

    Back in 2017, the CASE Act (“Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017”) was introduced to establish a copyright small claims system for pursuing infringements on a smaller scale in the US. That bill expired without being passed, new and revised CASE Act bills were just introduced in both the House and Senate this week to revive the effort.

    Read more: https://petapixel.com/2019/05/02/case-act-bills-introduced-in-congress-to-create-copyright-small-claims/

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    SOURCE: Peta Pixel

    Date: May 2, 2019

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  • Writers Guild Suggests Judge in Agency Fight May Need to Recuse

    The Writers Guild of America sent a letter Tuesday to the judge in its packaging fee lawsuit against four talent agencies, suggesting that the judge, Marc D. Gross, may need to recuse himself because his spouse formerly 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.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/writers-guild-suggests-judge-at-center-agency-fight-may-need-recuse-1206543

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 1, 2019

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  • Allen Toussaint-inspired bill would protect Louisiana icons’ publicity rights

    As visitors from around the world flock to the Fair Grounds for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, many will undoubtedly pass street vendors selling a variety of wares to the public. To me, they’ve become just another familiar part of the wonderful experience that unfolds annually in the city.

    Read more: https://www.nola.com/opinions/2019/04/allen-toussaint-inspired-bill-would-protect-louisiana-icons-publicity-rights.html

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    SOURCE: Nola.com

    Date: April 30, 2019

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  • Bernie Sanders: Disney Should Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay All Staff a “Middle-Class Wage”

    Bernie Sanders, the Democratic senator from Vermont and presidential candidate, on Monday said the Walt Disney Co. should use profits from box office hit franchise Avengers, whose latest installment, Avengers: Endgame, brought in $1.2 billion worldwide in a record-breaking opening weekend, to pay all its employees “a middle-class wage.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bernie-sanders-tells-walt-disney-use-avengers-profits-wages-1205893

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: April 30, 2019

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  • Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ Animators Push for Union Wages

    Netflix is releasing more animated shows, and an estimated 50 series in production or on the platform are now unionized with The Animation Guild (TAG), also known as IATSE Local 839. But on at least one high-profile show, there’s a fight brewing over representation. That would be BoJack Horseman, which is going into its sixth season and features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflixs-bojack-horseman-animators-push-union-wages-1205833

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: April 30, 2019

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  • Peloton Hits Back at Music Publishers With Antitrust Countersuit

    In French, “peloton” means “pack,” as in a group of riders sticking together to draft off the energy generated by the collective. There’s nothing wrong with doing so in the sport of cycling, but how about in business? Peloton Interactive believes something is amiss. On Tuesday, in a countersuit, Peloton alleges that the National Music Publishers Association has become a vehicle for anticompetitive behavior.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/peloton-hits-back-at-music-publishers-antitrust-countersuit-1205919

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: April 30, 2019

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