Hollywood’s shift to streaming is rewriting the script for stars’ big paydays

New York (CNN Business) – Like other changes to entertainment distribution through the years, the studio shift toward streaming — hastened by the unforeseen consequences of the pandemic — has Hollywood talent and their representatives demanding a different way to be paid.

Read More: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/31/media/disney-black-widow-scarlett-johansson/index.html

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    SOURCE: CNN

    Date: July 31, 2021

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  • Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over ‘Black Widow’ Disney+ release

    Actress Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday that alleges Disney breached her contract by releasing the highly anticipated superhero film “Black Widow” on its streaming service, Disney+.

    The film was released simultaneously on the service and in theaters, which the suit claims broke an agreement between the star and the company. The suit alleges that Johansson agreed that her salary for the film would be based, in large part, on the film’s box office haul.

    Read More: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/29/media/scarlett-johansson-disney-lawsuit/index.html

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    SOURCE: CNN

    Date: July 30, 2021

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  • This virtual artist just inked a major record deal in China. One-off gimmick – or a sign of the future?

    The most famous virtual artist in the West – as in, an AI-generated performer – is perhaps Lil Miquela, with her 3 million Instagram followers and hundreds of thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify.

    There’s also FN Meka, the “robot rapper” MBW wrote about in April (who now has nearly 10 million followers on TikTok), plus the League Of Legends K-pop band, K/DA – voiced by humans, but fronted by avatars.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/in-china-a-virtual-artist-has-signed-to-a-major-record-company-is-this-a-sign-of-the-future/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: July 29, 2021

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  • COVID Vaccines Mandated for Broadway Workforce in New Actors’ Equity and Broadway League Deal

    A new agreement on Broadway safety protocols from the Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League mandates that theater workers be vaccinated.

    The deal, which was announced Thursday, requires vaccination among theaters’ workforce, with an exception for workers who can’t be vaccinated for several reasons, including their age or risks to their health. In addition to vaccinations, there will be weekly COVID testing for employees and venues will be required to have improved HVAC standards. The deal also allows for modifications to the protocols for individual shows or locations where necessary.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/arts/covid-vaccines-mandated-broadway-workforce-actors-equity-broadway-league-deal-1234990406/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 29, 2021

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  • Netflix’s Film Chief Scott Stuber Is Shaking Up Hollywood: ‘The Movie Business Is in a Revolution’

    Hollywood was in a collective state of shock last month when Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment forged a multiyear deal to make movies for Netflix. Two years ago, the legendary director reportedly opposed the idea that streaming films should qualify for Oscars. The new pact was seen as a sign that the old guard was finally embracing the realities of a shifting business forced to adapt to changing consumer habits.

    Read More: https://variety.com/2021/film/studio-execs/netflix-scott-stuber-steven-spielberg-1235028464/

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    SOURCE: Variety

    Date: July 28, 2021

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  • European Commission ramps up pressure on EU states to implement the copyright directive

    Hey Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia! What’s taking you so long in implementing the damn European Copyright Directive? Catch up slackers of Europe!

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/european-commission-ramps-up-pressure-on-eu-states-to-implement-the-copyright-directive/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 28, 2021

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  • Bad Wolves and manager Allen Kovac hit back at lawsuit from former vocalist

    The former vocalist of American metal outfit Bad Wolves, Tommy Vext has launched a lawsuit against the band’s manager, Allen Kovac. Vext accuses Kovac of forcing him out of the band earlier this year due to disagreements over politics, while also making allegations of racist conduct against his ex-manager. Kovac strongly denies the allegations, calling the lawsuit “bogus and spurious”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/bad-wolves-and-manager-allen-kovac-hit-back-at-lawsuit-from-former-vocalist/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 27, 2021

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  • Songwriter groups formally call on US Copyright Royalty Board to reject NMPA’s mechanical royalty rate proposals

    An assortment of organizations representing songwriters in America and beyond – led by the Songwriters Guild Of America, the Society Of Composers & Lyricists and Music Creators North America – have called on the US Copyright Royalty Board to reject a proposal endorsed by the major music publishers to keep in place the current mechanical royalty rates for discs and downloads within the US.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/songwriter-groups-formally-call-on-us-copyright-royalty-board-to-reject-nmpas-mechanical-royalty-rate-proposals/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 27, 2021

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  • SAG-AFTRA Members Earned Record $1.5 Billion In First 4 Months Of 2021; Jobs Also Hit “Record High”

    EXCLUSIVE: As production rebounds despite the continuing impact of the pandemic, SAG-AFTRA members earned a record-setting $1.5 billion during the first four months of 2021 — “the highest amount ever for a comparable period,” the union told Deadline. “During the same period, SAG-AFTRA-covered jobs totaled 319,000, which is also a record high for the time period.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2021/07/sag-aftra-members-record-earnings-jobs-covid-2021-1234800756/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: July 27, 2021

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  • Britney Spears’ Agent Called Her Conservatorship A “Violation Of Human Rights” And Said He’s Been “Threatened” Into Remaining Silent In A Scathing New Instagram Post

    Britney Spears’ agent and longtime friend, Cade Hudson, has become the latest member of her inner circle to speak out against the conservatorship battle she’s currently facing.

    Read More: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/leylamohammed/britney-spears-agent-conservatorship-instagram-post

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    SOURCE: BuzzFeed News

    Date: July 26, 2021

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  • NFTs May Seem Like Frivolous Fads. They Should Be the Future of Music

    Earlier this year, when a person with the username “JeffBezosForeskin” paid around $40,000 for Monty Python actor John Cleese’s NFT — a crude iPad sketching of the Brooklyn Bridge complete with disproportionately sized, stick-figure fishies — I lost a bit of whatever faith I had left in humanity.

    Read More: https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/crypto-nft-gaming-ticketing-royalties-1197979/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: July 26, 2021

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  • John Lydon says he doesn’t remember signing “terrifying” Sex Pistols band agreement as sync deal dispute continues

    John Lydon told the High Court in London yesterday that legal documents “terrify” him, that he didn’t understand what a Sex Pistols band agreement he signed in 1988 was all about, and that – despite said agreement allowing for majority decisions to stand – “unanimity is what has made this band as a business tick over”. He also explained the historical inaccuracies that resulted in him blocking the use of his band’s music in an episode of ‘The Crown’.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/lydon-says-he-doesnt-remember-signing-terrifying-band-agreement-as-sync-deal-dispute-continues/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 22, 2021

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  • How Much Does Spotify Pay Per Stream? Here’s the Latest Data (Updated for 2021)

    If you’re racking up Spotify streams, then knowing roughly how much other artists are earning per play is a must. The following information – sourced from Spotify royalty data shared directly with Digital Music News – will help you verify that your compensation is comparatively fair.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/08/17/how-much-does-spotify-pay-per-stream-latest/?mc_cid=e8536cb55b&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: August 17, 2021

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  • YouTube’s latest tipping feature focuses on individual videos

    YouTube viewers already have three ways to support their favourite creators by paying: Super Chat, Super Stickers, and channel subscriptions. Now there’s a fourth, Super Thanks, and unlike the first two above, it isn’t restricted to being used during livestreams.

    Read More: https://musically.com/2021/07/21/youtubes-latest-tipping-feature-focuses-on-individual-videos/

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    SOURCE: Musically

    Date: July 21, 2021

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  • How the Creator Economy Is Transforming Hollywood (Guest Blog)

    Amazon is acquiring the legendary MGM studio catalog. Warner and Discovery are merging. AMC Entertainment received a $250 million infusion of cash to update its theaters and buy new properties.

    Read More: https://www.thewrap.com/how-the-creator-economy-is-transforming-hollywood-guest-blog/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking_news_5664785

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    SOURCE: The Wrap

    Date: July 21, 2021

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  • Without “Clear Ladder” to Advance, Hollywood Support Staff Seeks Living Wage

    Colby Bachiller remembers “crying my eyes out to another fellow script coordinator” about mounting bills when she got the idea for a hashtag advocating for higher wages in her role and for others in her union. As she was fretting over whether to cut back on her cat, dog or car expenses, Bachiller says, “Right then and there, calling back to #PayUpHollywood and #MeToo, [I realized] it was time for us to share our stories.”

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/hollywood-living-wage-1234985472/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 21, 2021

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  • Now Sony Music Publishing disregards unrecouped balances for heritage songwriters

    Last month, in a move that won widespread applause, Sony Music announced that it was to disregard unrecouped balances for a swathe of heritage recording artists on its books.

    The move was launched via an initiative called “Artists Forward” which, according to the record company, focuses on “prioritizing transparency with creators in all aspects of their development”.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/now-sony-music-publishing-disregards-unrecouped-balances-for-heritage-songwriters/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: July 20, 2021

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  • AI narration of chef Anthony Bourdain’s voice sparks row

    A new documentary about Anthony Bourdain has ignited a debate, after film-makers revealed they had used an AI simulation of the late chef’s voice.

    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain was narrated using archive material supplemented by a synthetic voice reading short extracts of writing by Mr Bourdain, who died in 2018.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57842514

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: July 16, 2021

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  • Hollywood Events Now Requiring Proof Of Vaccination, Negative Covid Tests Amid Rising Cases, Cancellations Due To Infection

    On the eve of the Season 2 premiere for its 20-time Emmy nominee Ted Lasso, Apple sent a note to attendees announcing it will require “proof of full-vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test.”

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2021/07/ted-lasso-premiere-apple-vaccination-negative-covid-test-1234793799/

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: July 15, 2021

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  • MPs call for complete reset of music streaming to ensure fair pay for artists

    The music industry is weighted against artists, with even successful pop stars seeing “pitiful returns” from streaming, a committee of MPs has said.

    They are calling for a “complete reset” of the market, with musicians given a “fair share” of the £736.5 million that UK record labels earn from streaming.

    Read More:  https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-57838473

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: July 14, 2021

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  • Dear fellow performers – an open letter on performer remuneration from streaming

    A group of performers from across Europe – all of whom back the pan-European PayPerformers campaign – have published an open letter in response to the letter recently sent by 230+ British music-makers to the UK government calling for the performer ER principle to be applied to the making available element of the sound recording copyright, and therefore to streaming. The new open letter is as follows…

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/dear-fellow-performers-an-open-letter-on-performer-remuneration-from-streaming/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: July 14, 2021

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  • Facebook, Instagram Plan to Pay $1B in Creator Incentives

    Facebook and Instagram will pay $1 billion to creators through 2022 as an incentive to use the platforms, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

    “We want to build the best platforms for millions of creators to make a living, so we’re creating new programs to invest over $1 billion to reward creators for great content they create on Facebook and Instagram through 2022,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “Investing in creators isn’t new for us, but I’m excited to expand this work over time.”

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/facebook-instagram-creators-1-billion-1234981917/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 14, 2021

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  • Catalog Releases Now Account for Two-Thirds of All US-Based Music Consumption

    MRC Data disclosed the noteworthy stat in its recently published mid-year analysis, covering January 1st through July 1st, 2021. The comprehensive breakdown details several interesting trends from across 2021’s first half, including triple-digit sales-volume growth for vinyl and a 27.5 percent year-over-year boost to global song streams.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/07/14/music-catalogs-stateside-consumption/?mc_cid=e8536cb55b&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 14, 2021

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  • Rebecca Green on Creating the Producers Union and What it Means for the Industry

    Go ahead: picture a film producer. What does this mental image look like? Well, if you’ve allowed the pop culture’s idea of “movie producer” to influence your vision you’re probably picturing some wealthy middle-aged dude, terrycloth pool shirt open to his sternum, chomping on a cigar while screaming obscenities into a speakerphone in some corner office with in view of the Hollywood Sign. But this idea of what a producer is couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Read More: https://www.filmindependent.org/blog/rebecca-green-on-creating-the-producers-union-and-what-it-means-for-the-industry/

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    SOURCE: Film Independent

    Date: July 13, 2021

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  • Could this technology, built by a Grammy-winning producer, blow up music’s ‘black box’ once and for all?

    For the few in need of a reminder: the ‘black box’ refers to the pile of performance and mechanical royalties from around the world that, due to industry failings, don’t get paid out to their rightful owners each year.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/could-this-technology-built-by-a-grammy-winning-producer-blow-up-musics-black-box-once-and-for-all/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: July 13, 2021

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  • The Sound and the Fury: The Copyright Office Unmatched Report’s Confused Thesis

    One of the first world problems with the Copyright Office unmatched report (and frankly the legislative history) is that the Office seems to confound matching transitory royalty payments with building a permanent asset. There is an inherent tension in utilizing a cost benefit analysis to decide which songs are “worth” identifying and paying compared to which songs are “worth” identifying to build the Congressionally mandated core asset of the Mechanical Licensing Collective–the public’s musical works database.

    Read More: https://musictech.solutions/2021/07/13/the-sound-and-the-fury-the-copyright-office-unmatched-reports-confused-thesis/

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    SOURCE: Music Tech Solutions

    Date: July 13, 2021

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  • Report claims YouTube Music is fastest growing music DSP

    Midia Research has published its latest estimates for the size of the global music streaming subscriptions market, with figures from the end of the first quarter of this year.

    No surprises who’s leading: the company estimates that Spotify’s 158 million subs at the end of March – an official figure from the company’s last financials – gave it a 32% share of the 487 million music subscribers globally.

    Read More: https://musically.com/2021/07/12/report-claims-youtube-music-is-fastest-growing-music-dsp/

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    SOURCE: Musically

    Date: July 12, 2021

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  • Voice cloning of growing interest to actors and cybercriminals

    As voice cloning technology has become ever more effective, it is of increasing interest to actors… and cybercriminals.

    When Tim Heller first heard his cloned voice he says it was so accurate that “my jaw hit the floor… it was mind-blowing”.

    Voice cloning is when a computer program is used to generate a synthetic, adaptable copy of a person’s voice.

    Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57761873

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    SOURCE: BBC News

    Date: July 11, 2021

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  • Netflix Quietly a Huge Winner in Biden’s Order Targeting Big Business

    As just about everyone knows, the suits in Washington D.C. have it out for Big Tech these days. Listen to the cocktail conversations about antitrust reform. Or watch the marches into courtrooms where the main objective is to break ’em up. And now read the executive order being signed on Friday by President Joe Biden, determined to undercut these behemoths and shift power from corporate gatekeepers to American workers. Then again, one $235 billion company stands to benefit from Biden’s move — a tech giant that’s convinced everyone it’s not really a tech giant, the member of FAANG never invited to those grill sessions on Capitol Hill where lawmakers use tech executives as hamburger patties. Just how did Netflix get so lucky?

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/netflix-joe-biden-1234979790/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: July 9, 2021

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  • Music Creator Organizations Applaud Copyright Office “Best Practices” Recommendations

    New York City– The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), and the Music Creators of North America (MCNA) coalition enthusiastically welcomes yesterday’s announcement that the US Copyright Office has adopted the position of delaying “market share” distribution by the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) of royalties for musical works whose owners have not yet been identified. According to the Copyright Office Report, “The first distribution of unclaimed royalties should not occur for at least five years from the date that the ability to claim [ownership of works] in the portal is made available to the public…. After five years, the MLC should apply relevant criteria to determine whether the first distribution should be further deferred.”

    Read More: https://thescl.com/news/music-creator-organizations-applaud-copyright-office-best-practices-recommendations/

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    SOURCE: SCL

    Date: July 9, 2021

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  • Copyright Office Recommends Mechanical Licensing Collective Delay First Unclaimed-Royalties Distribution

    The United States Copyright Office has officially released a report designed “to recommend best practices” for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as it works to resolve unmatched royalties and make an inaugural unclaimed royalties distribution, including a far-reaching recommendation pertaining to the timetable associated with the entity’s first such distribution.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/07/09/mechanical-licensing-collective-usco-report/?mc_cid=a456f2a10d&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17f

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 9, 2021

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  • Unclaimed Royalties Study

    As directed by the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the United States Copyright Office, in consultation with the Government Accountability Office, has issued a public report to recommend best practices that the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) may implement to effectively identify and locate copyright owners with unclaimed royalties of musical works, encourage copyright owners to claim accrued royalties, and ultimately reduce the incidence of unclaimed royalties. The best practice recommendations were developed after careful consideration of the views and suggestions made by a wide variety of stakeholders.

    Read More: https://www.copyright.gov/policy/unclaimed-royalties/?loclr=eanco

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    SOURCE: Copyright.gov

    Date: July 8, 2021

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  • Some of Netflix’s biggest hits come from outside the US. International TV producers describe how streaming deals are structured and how the market is changing.

    Some of streaming’s biggest breakout hits today are coming from outside of Hollywood.

    Netflix’s heist thriller “Money Heist” originated in Spain and is being remade in Korea. “Lupin,” the drama about a gentleman burglar, hails from France. And the murder-mystery drama “Who Killed Sara?” was made in Mexico.

    Read More: https://www.businessinsider.com/international-tv-producers-describe-streaming-tv-deal-structure-pay-2021-7?r=US&IR=T

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    SOURCE: Business Insider

    Date: July 6, 2021

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  • TV/Theatrical/Animation Rate Increase as of July 1, 2021

    SAG-AFTRA wants to remind you that wage rates for work done under the 2020 TV/Theatrical Contracts and 2020 TV/Basic Cable Animation Agreements increased July 1, 2021. Please consult the rate sheets for television, theatrical and animation posted at sagaftra.org/productioncenter for details.

    Read More: https://www.sagaftra.org/tvtheatricalanimation-rate-increase-july-1-2021

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    SOURCE: SAG-AFTRA

    Date: July 6, 2021

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  • Watch back ‘How to Fix Streaming – An Introduction to the Artist Growth Model’

    Our panel of economic experts unpicks the confusion around the current music streaming debate. They presented research results on the Artist Growth Model proposed by AIM and examined different propositions to improve the streaming market, exploring the current pro-rata system, the Artist Growth Model, user-centric payments and equitable remuneration.

    Read More: https://www.aim.org.uk/#/resources/how-to-fix-streaming-debate-recording

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    SOURCE: Association of Independent Music

    Date: July 5, 2021

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  • What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2021)

    Find out how much you’ll earn from the most popular streaming music services – Pandora, Napster, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and more.

    Based on information directly received from artists and indie labels, as well as various published sources, we can rank streaming music services according to their per-stream rate. Take a look.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/25/streaming-music-services-pay-2019/?mc_cid=8e3285b593&mc_eid=bc3b3ee17

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: July 05, 2021

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  • ON THE IMPACT OF PROPOSED BILL AB 1385 TO THE CALIFORNIA MUSIC COMMUNITY

    It is interesting to me how regulations that are economically harmful for musicians are often couched in terms of fairness and freedom, sentiments which quickly become rallying cries but often undermine the livelihoods of the very people shouting from the rooftops. Such is the case of Assembly Bill (AB) 1385 in California, which seeks to remove the right of record labels to pursue damages if a recording artist leaves after seven years and has not delivered the number of recordings for which they have contracted (and been paid) to create as part of their signed agreement.

    Read More: http://musonomics.com/Miller_AB_1385_to_the_California_Music_Community_June_2021.pdf

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    SOURCE: Musonomics

    Date: July 05, 2021

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