Healing with Sunlight: A Rate Based Solution for the Frozen Mechanicals Dilemma

Well, it’s been quite a week for the frozen mechanicals issue on The Trichordist (once again cementing its leadership role in providing a platform for the voice of the people). Many songwriter groups, publishers, lawyers and academics stepped forward with well-reasoned commentary to demand a better rate on physical and downloads and full disclosure of the secret deals between NMPA and the major label affiliates of their biggest members. Even the mainstream press had to cover it. So much for physical and downloads being unimportant configurations.

Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2021/05/30/healing-with-sunlight-a-rate-based-solution-for-the-frozen-mechanicals-dilemma/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: May 30, 2021

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  • Are NFTs Worth Investing In?

    The explosion in the value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin has had an interesting side effect: Surging demand for NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Investors everywhere are asking themselves whether owning the digital rights to street art, LeBron James slam dunks or Jack Dorsey’s first tweet can possibly be worth the eye-popping valuations they’re fetching in the market.

    Read More: https://www.rollingstone.com/product-recommendations/finance/nft-explainer-are-nfts-worth-investing-in-1170059/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: May 25, 2021

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  • What is SoundExchange and How Does it Benefit You?

    SoundExchange has paid out more than $7 BILLION in royalties to date. They are the sole organization designated by the U.S. Congress to collect and distribute digital performance royalties for sound recordings.

    Read More: https://blog.symphonicdistribution.com/2021/05/what-is-soundexchange-and-how-does-it-benefit-you-2/?utm_source=Symphonic+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=caa4f6d5bd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_05_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_96c332aad3-caa4f6d5bd-258551445&mc_cid=caa4f6d5bd&mc_eid=fdf5666f83

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    SOURCE: Symphonic Blog

    Date: May 25, 2021

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  • Songwriter groups urge US Copyright Royalty Board to open submissions on proposed new mechanical royalty rate on discs and downloads

    An alliance of groups representing artists and songwriters have welcomed a commitment by the US Copyright Royalty Board to publish and accept comments about a proposed settlement regarding the mechanical royalties due on CDs, vinyl records and downloads sold in the US. However, they have also expressed concern that the organisations that agreed that proposed settlement might now be employing sneaky tactics to make it harder for artists and songwriters to comment on it.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/songwriter-groups-urge-us-copyright-royalty-board-to-open-submissions-on-proposed-new-mechanical-royalty-rate-on-discs-and-downloads/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: May 25, 2021

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  • Films = Jobs Rally at the State House May 25

    The Senate will begin the debate on their budget Tuesday, May 25.  Join fellow SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters members and other production workers for a sign holding rally to show the Senate how important the Film & Television Incentive is to our work.

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Bowdoin St. side
    RSVP: newengland@sagaftra.org so we know who will be attending (RSVP not required, but helpful.)

    Optional free parking and transportation is being offered by Teamsters Local 25 at their hall, 544 Main St., Charlestown.  Please arrive by 8 a.m. to catch a van to the State House.

    All city required COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including required masks for all attendees.

    Read More: https://www.sagaftra.org/films-jobs-rally-state-house-may-25

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    SOURCE: SAG-AFTRA

    Date: May 20, 2021

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  • Copyright Royalty Board Responds to Coalition of Songwriter Groups on Frozen Mechanicals

    A group of songwriter organizations from around the world wrote to the Copyright Royalty Board last week opposing a proposed private “settlement” between the major labels and the major publishers to freeze mechanical rates on physical and downloads at the 9.1¢ 2006 rate that was filed in the current Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) rate court hearing called “Phonorecords IV”. (You can find the entire list of filings in the case here.)

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2021/05/24/copyright-royalty-board-responds-to-coalition-of-songwriter-groups-on-frozen-mechanicals/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: May 24, 2021

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  • De minimis uses and the German implementation of Art 17 DSM Directive

    As readers may know, Germany passed their implementation of Article 17 of the Digital Single Market (DSM) Copyright Directive on Thursday 20th May 2021. This new copyright legislation is controversial and has potentially dramatic implications for copyright users, rightsholders and platforms. As such, I am extremely grateful to our friend Ansgar Kaiser, who is a Junior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, who has kindly provided us with this detailed explainer of just what exactly it all means:

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2021/05/guest-post-de-minimis-uses-and-german.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: May 24, 2021

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  • De minimis uses and the German implementation of Art 17 DSM Directive

    As readers may know, Germany passed their implementation of Article 17 of the Digital Single Market (DSM) Copyright Directive on Thursday 20th May 2021. This new copyright legislation is controversial and has potentially dramatic implications for copyright users, rightsholders and platforms. As such, I am extremely grateful to our friend Ansgar Kaiser, who is a Junior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, who has kindly provided us with this detailed explainer of just what exactly it all means:

    Read More:  https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2021/05/guest-post-de-minimis-uses-and-german.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: May 24, 2021

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  • International Federation of Musicians @fim_musicians Statement on Online Music, the Big Pool and User Centric

    Since the 2000s, the development of download platforms, then streaming services, has both contracted and expanded the music market. However, despite recently accelerating growth, the value thus created is not shared fairly. Indeed, the performers whose music creates this value receive little or no revenue when their recordings are used online with relatively few exceptions.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2021/05/22/international-federation-of-musicians-statement-on-online-music-the-big-pool-and-user-centric/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: May 22, 2021

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  • NFTs and copyright: An uncomfortable conjunction?

    On April 15th, Hollywood writer and director Kevin Smith announced that he was putting an unreleased film of his, “Killroy was Here” up for sale via NFT (i.e. ‘Non-Fungible Token’). He’s auctioning this work off ‘lock, stock and barrel’ – that is, all the digital files of which the film is comprised, and without retaining any copies or backups. He’s certainly aware of what he is doing – “What you get is the whole movie, with the hard-drive files, in the real world. The completed ‘Killroy’ movie is the NFT.

    Read More: https://venturebeat.com/2021/05/21/nfts-and-copyright-an-uncomfortable-conjunction/

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    SOURCE: Venture Beat

    Date: May 21, 2021

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  • Coalition of Songwriter Groups Call on Copyright Royalty Board for Fairness and Transparency on Frozen Mechanicals

    To Your Honors:

    As a US-led coalition representing hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers from across the United States and around the world, we are writing today to express our deep concerns over the “Notice of Settlement in Principle” recently filed by parties to the proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board concerning its Determination of Royalty Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords IV) (Docket No. 21–CRB–0001–PR<(2023–2027)). For reasons explained below, several highly conflicted parties to this proceeding have apparently agreed to propose a rolling forward to the year 2027 of the current US statutory mechanical royalty rate for the use of musical compositions in the manufacture and sale of physical phonorecords (such as CDs and vinyl records).

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2021/05/21/coalition-of-songwriter-groups-call-on-copyright-royalty-board-for-fairness-and-transparency-on-frozen-mechanicals/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: May 17, 2021

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  • Press Release: Nordic Musicians Union Condemns Copyright Buyouts

    At its meeting on the 21st of April 2021, the Nordic Musicians Union, NMU, discussed the issue of copyright buyouts.

    Technological development has been rapid in connection with digitalisation and globalization. This has challenged existing remuneration models that have been developed over a long period of time. This includes legislation, agreements, and collective management organisations. This rapid development has affected the income of performers in a very negative way.

    Read More: https://thetrichordist.com/2021/05/21/press-release-nordic-musicians-union-condemns-copyright-buyouts/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: May 21, 2021

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  • Germany Passes Controversial EU Copyright Reforms, Sparking Ire

    LONDON — Germany’s parliament approved controversial copyright laws that could make it harder for music rights holders to agree to future license deals with clip-focused sites like TikTok and Triller, in spite of strong objections from labels, artists and publishers.

    Read More: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/digital-and-mobile/9575787/germany-passes-controversial-eu-copyright-reforms/

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: May 20, 2021

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  • Deepfake dubs could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance

    What exactly is lost in translation when TV shows and films are subbed or dubbed into a new language? It’s a hard question to answer, but for the team at AI startup Flawless, it may be one we don’t have to think about in the future. The company claims it has the solution to this particular language barrier; a technical innovation that could help TV shows and films effortlessly reach new markets around the world: deepfake dubs.

    Read More: https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22430340/deepfake-dubs-dubbing-film-tv-flawless-startup

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: May 18, 2021

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  • MCNA letter regarding fairness and transparency on frozen mechanicals

    Your Honors:

    As a US-led coalition representing hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers from across the United States and around the world, we are writing today to express our deep concerns over the “Notice of Settlement in Principle” recently filed by parties to the proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board concerning its Determination of Royalty Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords IV) (Docket No. 21–CRB–0001–PR<(2023–2027)). For reasons explained below, several highly conflicted parties to this proceeding have apparently agreed to propose a rolling forward to the year 2027 of the current US statutory mechanical royalty rate for the use of musical compositions in the manufacture and sale of physical phonorecords (such as CDs and vinyl records). This proposal (and related industry agreements yet to be disclosed by the parties should neither be acted upon nor accepted by the CRB without the opportunity for public comment, especially by members of the broad community of music creators for whom it is financially unfeasible to participate in these proceedings as interested parties.

    Read More: https://www.musiccreatorsna.org/mcna-letter-regarding-fairness-and-transparency-on-frozen-mechanicals/

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    SOURCE: MCNA

    Date: May 18, 2021

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  • Shady’s back: Quantifying damages for copyright infringement of Eminem’s album

    The calculation of damages for copyright infringement is something that this Kat finds to be curious, sometimes sending her into a fuurrry, and other times she’s left wondering why the parties wasted their time over such a small recovery. She’ll let readers decide for themselves where this case falls…

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2021/05/shadys-back-quantifying-damages-for.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: May 14, 2021

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  • What Would @TaylorSwift13 and Eddie @cue Do? One solution to the frozen mechanical problem

    Who can forget how Taylor Swift stood up for songwriters, producers and artists against Apple’s bizarre decision to impose a royalty-free three month trial period on the launch of Apple Music. (Of course, songwriters, producers and artists weren’t the only ones involved, but that’s a story for another day.)

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2021/05/13/what-would-taylor-and-eddie-do-one-solution-to-the-frozen-mechanical-problem/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: May 13, 2021

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  • Why NFT Sales in the Music Business Are Still the Wild West — and How It Might Be Tamed

    When the music industry’s NFT craze hit its fever pitch earlier this year, it seemed nearly everyone was rushing to mint the crypto collectibles in one form or another. The non-fungible tokens, known colloquially as their acronym “NFT,” have captured the industry’s fascination in 2021 for their promise of fan engagement and a new source of income. After an already difficult moment for musicians, with nearly all touring canceled or at limited capacity due to COVID-19, this use of cryptocurrency became a welcomed and fast-growing opportunity.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2021/music/news/nft-sales-imusic-business-wild-west-1234970419/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: May 12, 2021

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  • How Virtual Songwriting Sessions Became the Nashville Norm

    On a recent mid-spring morning in Tennessee, Alex Kline is learning to live again in her Nashville home.

    A week earlier, Tenille Arts’ “Somebody Like That” — a pulsing, pop-friendly debut that Kline co-wrote and produced — became the Number One song on country radio, making Kline the first solo female producer in history to earn a chart-topping country hit. Newly vaccinated, she felt safe enough to celebrate the occasion over wine with Arts and songwriting partner Allison Veltz, having recently left Marin County — the California hometown where Kline spent most of 2020, riding out the Covid-19 pandemic in her parents’ place — to return to Tennessee.

    Read More: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/virtual-songwriting-nashville-pandemic-1167814/

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: May 11, 2021

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  • Film and TV Music Royalties: What’s the Score?

    As the pandemic started to impact early last year, the first and most obvious casualty in music was the concert business as touring and festivals were cancelled. The other area – somewhat less immediately obvious – was synchronisation use in TV shows and films, where fewer productions were happening due to social distancing measures and, as such, fewer pieces of music were being licensed.

    Read More: https://www.synchtank.com/blog/film-and-tv-music-royalties-whats-the-score/?utm_source=PMA+Newsletter&utm_campaign=db01a8e1c3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_12_11_04_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_35ef650023-db01a8e1c3-413405129

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    SOURCE: Synchtank

    Date: May 11, 2021

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  • Actor sues TikTok for using her voice in viral tool

    An actor is suing TikTok for using her voice in its text-to-speech function.

    It converts writing into speech, which can then be played over videos uploaded to the app, often for comedic effect.

    Bev Standing recorded about 10,000 sentences of audio for the state-backed Chinese Institute of Acoustics research body to use in translations, in 2018.

    The legal action claims her voice can now be heard in viral videos featuring “foul and offensive language”, causing her reputation “irreparable harm”.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57063087

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: May 10, 2021

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  • @thetrichordist: Will the Copyright Royalty Board Leave Songwriters In the Deep Freeze?

    In case you haven’t noticed, songwriter mechanical royalty rates are about to be set again at a faraway Congressional operation called the Copyright Royalty Board. You may say, hold on–I thought that mechanical royalties were being appealed?! True, but that’s just for the ha’penny streaming rates. The rate for physical, permanent downloads, ringtones and bundles are separate rates that were set as part of the last rate hearing.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2021/05/09/thetrichordist-will-the-copyright-royalty-board-leave-songwriters-in-the-deep-freeze/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: May 9, 2021

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  • Golden Globes: Netflix “Stopping Any Activities” with HFPA Unless and Until Further Reforms Are Made

    Netflix, which received more nominations (42) and wins (10) than any other studio or network at the 78th Golden Globe Awards in February, is “stopping any activities” with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Globes, “until more meaningful changes are made” to the group’s demographics and ethics policies, The Hollywood Reporter can confirm.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/golden-globes-netflix-1234950125/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: May 7, 2021

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  • PRS Issues a 10% Backdated Livestream Tariff — Not Everyone’s So Thrilled With the ‘Discount’

    The 107-year-old UK collecting society – which in late January launched a licensing platform for small-scale livestreams, before walking back the pivot due to criticism from indie creators – just recently unveiled the 10 percent backdated tariff. Moreover, the latter is one component of a broader collection of changes to the London-headquartered entity’s licensing offering for virtual concerts.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/05/07/prs-livestream-tariff/?mc_cid=b7a36b1a57&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 7, 2021

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  • Musicians Say Streaming Doesn’t Pay. Can the Industry Change?

    Services like Spotify and Apple Music pulled the business back from the brink. But artists say they can’t make a living. And their complaints are getting louder.

    When the pandemic hit last year, the British singer-songwriter Nadine Shah saw her income dry up in an instant. The concert bookings that sustained her vanished and, at age 34, she moved back in with her parents on the northeast coast of England.

    Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/arts/music/streaming-music-payments.html?campaign_id=53&emc=edit_ms_20210507&instance_id=30465&nl=louder&regi_id=89659928&segment_id=57565&te=1&user_id=8236cae7e1c26fa19f26a985543088a5

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    SOURCE: The New York Times

    Date: May 7, 2021

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  • Songwriters Demand a Streaming Music Overhaul — “There Is No One Single Magic Solution But Rather Several Key Changes Required”

    The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) has officially called for “both policy makers and all stakeholders in the music sector to promote a fairer and more transparent ecosystem for music streaming.”

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/05/06/ecsa-streaming-demands/?mc_cid=ebdc97b4b9&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 6, 2021

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  • SoundCloud, Triller Partner to Amplify Emerging Artists

    AI-powered social media experience Triller and next-generation music company SoundCloud announced a new integration that will uniquely showcase and support emerging independent artists with the launch of a dedicated SoundCloud-curated playlist featured on Triller.

    Read More: https://platformstream.medium.com/soundcloud-triller-partner-to-amplify-emerging-artists-10443178d1f8

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    SOURCE: Platform and Stream

    Date: May 5, 2021

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  • Is a reckoning coming to the way collection societies spend songwriters’ money?

    In the last year where full accounts are available, 2019, the UK’s de facto songwriter and publisher PRO, PRS For Music, said its annual costs amounted to 11.0% of the money it brought through the door.

    Over in the US, another not-for-profit PRO, ASCAP, estimates that its operating expenses amount to around 12% of its annual revenue.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/is-a-reckoning-coming-to-the-way-collection-societies-spend-songwriters-money/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: May 4, 2021

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  • Jay-Z reportedly finalizes TIDAL sale to Jack Dorsey for $302m (UPDATE)… as platform boasts of paying ‘4X more per stream’ than rivals

    TIDAL is now majority-owned by Jack Dorsey’s Square, after a deal was reportedly finalized between Dorsey and Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter on Friday (April 30).

    The acquisition was for more money than expected, according to TMZ, which reports that Square paid $350 million to buy an 80% stake in TIDAL.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/jay-z-finalizes-tidal-sale-to-jack-dorsey-for-350m-as-platform-boasts-of-paying-4x-more-per-stream-than-rivals/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: May 3, 2021

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  • Pharrell Compares Label Advances to ‘Illegal Loans’ — ‘No One Should Own You’

    As part of a recent discussion with Steve Stoute, Pharrell Williams compared record-label advances to “illegal” loans, specifying that “no one should own you.”

    The 48-year-old voiced his critical opinion of advances during UnitedMasters’ third SelectCon, which the four-year-old company broadcasted via Twitch. As an aside, Amazon-owned Twitch and UnitedMasters partnered to deliver the two-day livestream event to fans – a particularly interesting point, given Twitch’s ongoing licensing dispute with the major labels as well as UnitedMasters’ efforts to position itself as a viable alternative to these entities.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/05/03/pharrell-advances-comments/?mc_cid=1824c08d4b&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: May 3, 2021

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  • YouTube is now generating $2bn a month from ads – and grew faster than Netflix in Q1

    YouTube‘s advertising business is exploding.

    The platform’s latest revenue figures were revealed last week as part of the Q1 results of parent company Alphabet.

    They show that YouTube is now generating an average of over $2 billion every month from ads – and that it’s potentially on course to generate somewhere near to $30 billion across the course of this year.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/youtube-is-now-generating-2bn-a-month-from-ads-and-it-grew-faster-than-netflix-in-q1/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: May 3, 2021

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  • Why NFTs Could Help Strengthen Hollywood’s Film Industry And Intellectual Property Protection

    With the Oscar’s behind us, and a new year of film, TV, and music to keep our eyes fixed upon, it begs the question of how long these traditional award shows, like the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, etc. will continue to present award-winners with the physical award/iconic statue for?

    Read More: https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/20908215/why-nfts-could-help-strengthen-hollywoods-film-industry-and-intellectual-property-protecti

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    SOURCE: Benzinga

    Date: May 2, 2021

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  • Publishers are flipping the music industry upside down

    Who would have thought major music artists would be selling their music catalogs for big money. When I looked into this a little deeper it makes a lot of sense. Over the last year the music and entertainment industry shut down completely. Music artists experienced plummeting revenue in their music streaming as fans were forced to cut extracurricular events from their tight budgets as a result of the pandemic.

    Read More: https://nj1015.com/publishers-are-flipping-the-music-industry-upside-down/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

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    SOURCE: NJ 101.5

    Date: May 1, 2021

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  • PH accedes to Beijing Treaty strengthening performers’ rights

    The Philippines, through the Permanent Representative to Geneva Ambassador Evan Garcia deposited on April 28, 2021 its Instrument of Accession to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (BTAP). Ambassador Garcia personally handed the instrument of accession to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Darren Tang at WIPO Headquarters.

    Read More: https://mb.com.ph/2021/05/01/ph-accedes-to-beijing-treaty-strengthening-performers-rights/

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    SOURCE: Manila Bulletin

    Date: May 1, 2021

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  • ECSA’S Vision On How Europe Can Prevent Buyout Contracts

    In Europe and all over the world, audiovisual composers and their organisations have launched awareness and education campaigns to stop buyout contracts, which deprive them from a fair and proportionate remuneration. ECSA fully supports those campaigns and pays tribute to all the composers standing against buyouts.

    Download the full document below.

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    SOURCE: ECSA

    Date: May 2021

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