World Intellectual Property Indicators 2021

This authoritative report analyzes IP activity around the globe. Drawing on 2020 filing, registration and renewals statistics from national and regional IP offices and WIPO, it covers patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, microorganisms, plant variety protection and geographical indications. The report also draws on survey data and industry sources to give a picture of activity in the publishing industry.

 

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    SOURCE: wipo.int

    Date: 2021

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  • Former EMI boss says Kevin Brennan MP’s proposed copyright reforms will “obliterate” the label investment model

    The former boss of EMI UK and former Chair of record industry trade group BPI, Tony Wadsworth, has criticised the copyright reforms set out in Kevin Brennan MP’s Copyright (Rights And Remuneration Of Musicians etc) Bill, arguing that – although “well-intentioned” – those reforms will greatly impact on the ability of labels to invest in new talent.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/former-emi-boss-says-kevin-brennan-mps-proposed-copyright-reforms-will-obliterate-the-label-investment-model/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 30, 2021

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  • Copyright groups criticise EU Council’s ‘general approach’ to Digital Services Act

    Trade groups representing various copyright industries – including music industry groups like AEPO ARTIS, ECSA, FIM, GESAC, IAO, ICMP, IFPI, IMPALA and IMPF – all signed a letter last week expressing concern about the current direction the EU Digital Services Act is taking.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/copyright-groups-criticise-eu-councils-general-approach-to-digital-services-act/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 29, 2021

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  • What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening (around Article 17)? Tales from Hungary, Germany, Italy and Sweden

    Article 17 has been a (the) leading buzzword of the copyright reforms of the European Union in recent years (at least half a decade already). The transposition deadline has now passed. As of June 6, 2021, however, only a handful of Member States have implemented Directive 2019/790/EU (Copyright in the Digital Single Market; hereinafter CDSMD). Indeed, countries lagging behind might face infringement proceedings. In light of this, and also the fact that the Commission Guidance on Article 17 has now been published (a few days before the transposition deadline), Member States have shifted to higher speed in their legislative process.

    Read More: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2021/11/29/whats-the-buzz-tell-me-whats-a-happening-around-article-17-tales-from-hungary-germany-italy-and-sweden/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: November 29, 2021

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  • This Is What Music Streaming Services Pay Artists

    little over a year ago I started sharing my music with the world. At that point, I had been playing the piano for a few years and I felt ready to share some interpretations of pieces of classical composers with the rest of the world.

    At this point, I have had revenue income from virtually every platform out there. TikTok, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Apple Music and many more streaming services have paid me money for streams or views. All these streaming services pay even little amounts out to the artist and so at the time of writing, I have received over 5000 payments from all these streaming services, ranging from a couple of cents to a couple of bucks.

    Read More: https://medium.com/swlh/this-is-what-music-streaming-services-pay-artists-cd4ea3a3f734

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    SOURCE: Medium

    Date: November 29, 2021

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  • #FrozenMechanicals Take 2: @sealeinthedeal Finds Some Facts on the NMPA Tax Return and MOU FAQ

    The public comments on the majors’ proposed settlement at the Copyright Royalty Board that freezes mechanical royalties on vinyl and CDs are again attracting first rate reporting and arguments. Public comments are designed to help the Copyright Royalty Judges focus on important nuances before they tell us all what’s fair.

    Enter the connection between extending the fifteen year-old frozen mechanical rate for another five years in return for what may well be hundreds of millions under the unmatched “late fee waiver” settlement (total settlement value still undisclosed). It’s become obvious after the majors’ 11th hour reply comment in “#FrozenMechanicals Take One” that the majors have tied a settlement on what is essentially the late fee on black box mechanicals at the participating labels to getting a freeze on mechanicals. You can ask yourself how much of a risk it is that major publishers will sue their major label affiliates and what kind of a settlement avoiding that risk might drive.

    Read More: https://musictechpolicy.com/2021/11/29/frozenmechanicals-take-2-sealeinthedeal-finds-some-facts-on-the-nmpa-tax-return-and-mou-faq/

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    SOURCE: Music Technology Policy

    Date: November 29, 2021

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  • Songwriter groups make final submission to review of US royalty rates on discs and downloads

    An assortment of organisations representing songwriters in America and beyond – led by the Songwriters Guild Of America, the Society Of Composers & Lyricists and Music Creators North America – have submitted some final comments to the US Copyright Royalty Board in relation to its review of the mechanical royalty rate charged on discs and downloads sold within the American market.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/songwriter-groups-make-final-submission-to-review-of-us-royalty-rates-on-discs-and-downloads/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 25, 2021

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  • Record labels really, really don’t like a new Bill that could – eventually – change how artists get paid in the UK

    Record companies, both majors and indies, are up in arms over suggestions from a British politician that signed artists should see a portion of their UK streaming royalties bypass the label system entirely, and be paid to performers directly via a collection society.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/record-labels-really-really-dont-like-a-new-bill-that-could-change-british-law/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: November 24, 2021

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  • The Lucrative Afterlife of Music Estates – Heirs and Their Struggle Over Termination Rights

    Termination rights give authors and their heirs the opportunity to recapture ownership of their copyrights, though the process is often complex and arduous.

    In the following extract from his new book, Leaving The Building: The Lucrative Afterlife of Music Estates, journalist Eamonn Forde details how Ray Charles’ children fought to reclaim the rights to their father’s works.

    Read More: https://www.synchtank.com/blog/the-lucrative-afterlife-of-music-estates-heirs-and-their-struggle-over-termination-rights/

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    SOURCE: Synchtank

    Date: November 24, 2021

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  • MMF and FAC criticise Domino over Four Tet dispute, call for an end to life of copyright record deals

    The UK’s Music Managers Forum and Featured Artists Coalition have called on Domino Records to reconsider its decision to remove three Four Tet albums from streaming services as part of an ongoing legal dispute between the label and the musician, dubbing that move “misguided and self-defeating”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/mmf-and-fac-criticise-domino-over-four-tet-dispute-call-for-an-end-to-life-of-copyright-record-deals/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 23, 2021

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  • Facebook Paying Musicians Up to $50,000 for Live Audio Performances

    Facebook is paying musicians up to $50,000 to use its Clubhouse clone feature – Live Audio Rooms.

    Back in July, CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that his company would establish a $1 billion creator fund to pay talent through 2022. Now a new report from The Information details how some of that money is being spent. Facebook is paying musicians up to $50,000 to use Live Audio Rooms.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/11/23/facebook-paying-musicians-for-live-audio/?mc_cid=a47e8fa58f&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 23, 2021

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  • How Music Created Silicon Valley

    The tech titans couldn’t have built their empires without songs—and now they are destroying the cultural ecosystem that made them rich

    Songs created Silicon Valley. Without music, it wouldn’t exist.

    In each key area of technology—semiconductors, storage, handheld devices, video displays, test equipment, etc.—funds to launch and grow the tech titans came from the entertainment industry, and especially the music business. Hollywood studios and record labels would dominate high tech today if they had simply brought R&D in-house instead of sending so much cash to Northern California.

    Read More: https://tedgioia.substack.com/p/how-music-created-silicon-valley?curator=MusicREDEF

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    SOURCE: The Honest Broker

    Date: November 23, 2021

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  • Four Tet hits out at Domino for removing his albums from streaming services as legal battle over digital royalties continues

    Kieran Hebden – aka Four Tet – has hit out at Domino Records for removing three of his albums from streaming services, allegedly because of the ongoing legal battle between the musician and the indie label.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/four-tet-hits-out-at-domino-for-removing-his-albums-from-streaming-services-as-legal-battle-over-digital-royalties-continues/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: Novembetr 22, 2021

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  • Facebook is paying musicians and creators up to $50,000 to use its live audio features

    Social media conglomerate Meta continues its tactic of buying buzz, after CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised in July that the company would pay $1 billion to creators by the end of 2022. A report from The Information details how some of this money is being spent, with Meta-owned Facebook paying creators up to $50,000 to use the platform’s Live Audio Rooms feature — a rival to the once-buzzy live audio app Clubhouse.

    Read More: https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/19/22791007/facebook-live-audio-rooms-paying-creators-musicians

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    SOURCE: The Verge

    Date: November 19, 2021

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  • Tarantino Pulp Fiction Dispute Spotlights the Contentious Relationship between NFTs and IP Rights

    “Pulp Fiction owner Miramax contends that Tarantino violated their agreements and copyrights when he decided to provide access to a part of his handwritten scripts. Are those physical scripts still his property?”

    Read More: https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2021/11/18/tarantino-pulp-fiction-dispute-spotlights-contentious-relationship-nfts-ip-rights/id=140181/

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    SOURCE: IPWatchdog

    Date: November 18, 2021

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  • Horror Inc. v. Miller

    Second Circuit holds that screenwriter Victor Miller acted as independent contractor when writing screenplay for 1980 horror film Friday the 13th and had right to recapture copyright in screenplay, affirming district court’s grant of summary judgment.

    The central issue in this case arising from the screenplay of the landmark 1980 horror film Friday the 13th is whether, for Copyright Act purposes, the film’s screenwriter, Victor Miller, acted as an employee or as an independent contractor for the film production company Manny Inc. when Miller wrote the screenplay. The Second Circuit held that Miller acted as an independent contractor and could therefore exercise his statutory termination right to recapture the copyright in the screenplay, affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment in Miller’s favor in the declaratory judgment action brought by Manny’s successors in interest.

    Read More:  https://www.loeb.com/en/insights/publications/2021/10/horror-v-miller

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    SOURCE: Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Date: September 30, 2021

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  • Tina Turner Sues Tribute Act For Being Too Similar

    Tina Turner is suing a tribute act for being too similar to her, which in a roundabout way is a solid endorsement of the tribute act in question, surely?

    The 81-year-old legendary singer has filed a lawsuit against Germany-based Dorothea ‘Coco’ Fletcher, claiming that she looks too much like her in promotional posters, meaning fans may mistakenly think Turner is actually involved in the production.

    The tribute act, who has a 50 year age difference with Turner, performs in Germany in a show called Simply The Best.

    Read More: https://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/music-tina-turner-sues-tribute-act-for-being-too-similar-20211109 

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    SOURCE: Lad Bible

    Date: November 09, 2021

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  • Why Streamers Are Stalling on Sharing Data

    Back in 2019, WarnerMedia struck a deal for its soon-to-launch streaming platform HBO Max that secured exclusive domestic streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory for five years. The pact, which sources pegged in the billions, also included an extension of an existing syndication deal with TBS in which the comedy will continue airing on the WarnerMedia-owned network through 2028.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/streamers-data-sharing-1235045041/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 15, 2021

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  • Divorce in the Digital Age: What Counts as Community Property?

    “I Got You Babe.” That’s what Cher and Sonny Bono were singing to each other in the 1960s when they were married musical superstars. The following decade, however, the two divorced and had to split their assets. In 1978, three things happened. First, as part of the divorce agreement, Sonny assigned Cher a 50 percent share of his composition royalties. (He, not she, had authored the songs.) Second, Congress ensured that the royalties would be flowing well into the future by substantially increasing the number of years that copyrighted works would be protected. The third we’ll get to in a moment, as it’s become the subject of a new lawsuit in which Cher now alleges being robbed of royalties.

    Read More: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/hollywood-divorces-digital-age-community-property-1235044980/

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    SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

    Date: November 12, 2021

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  • Why Songwriter Royalty Rates Won’t Be Changing Much — No Matter How Many Copyright Hearings Take Place

    The interests of songwriters and their publishers aren’t aligned. So why is the most vocal songwriter advocate working for the music publishers?

    The rate hearings for “streaming mechanicals” are in progress right now. As always, the proposals proffered by the streaming services and the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), on behalf of publishers, are incomprehensible to anyone other than the lawyers and economists who are paid to prepare the lengthy filings that contain “expert” opinions about justifiable new rates.

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/11/11/songwriter-royalty-rates/?mc_cid=5fcf607d83&mc_eid=6413d85342

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 11, 2021

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  • MPs and music industry bodies criticise pay of Universal head Lucian Grainge

    MPs and music industry bodies have criticised the pay of Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG), who is set to earn more in 2021 than all songwriters did combined from streams and sales of their music in the UK in 2019.

    Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/nov/10/mps-and-music-industry-bodies-criticise-pay-of-universal-head-lucian-grainge?share=jetpack-whatsapp

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    SOURCE: The Guardian

    Date: November 10, 2021

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  • Legal dispute over US unions’ performer ER fees close to $8 million settlement

    A dispute over the fees charged by American performer unions AFM and SAG-AFTRA in relation to the payment of equitable remuneration royalties to session musicians in the US is seemingly close to being settled. According to Law360, the judge overseeing the case – Christina A Snyder – gave preliminary approval to a proposed settlement deal yesterday.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/legal-dispute-over-us-unions-performer-er-fees-close-to-8-million-settlement/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 9, 2021

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  • Transposing the DSM Directive: the draft Swedish implementation of Article 17

    While some countries have already adopted the DSM Directive into their own laws (last week it was the turn of Spain and Italy: see here and here), many are still working full force on implementing it, despite that the deadline has already passed.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2021/11/transposing-dsm-directive-draft-swedish.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: November 9, 2021

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  • At last Spain transposes the DSM Directive

    Spain has finally transposed the DSM Directive (DMSD), by means of a Royal Decree-law (RD-law), which was published in the Official Gazette on the 3rd of November. The same also transposes other Directives the implementation of which was pending, including Directive (EU) 2019/789 on online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes.

    Read More: https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2021/11/guest-post-at-last-spain-transposes-dsm.html?m=1

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: November 5, 2021

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  • Record scratch: Tax break for recording artists in Biden’s $1.75T spending bill

    A tax break for recording artists managed to make the cut in House Democrats’ latest version of President Biden’s $1.75 trillion-plus social spending bill — allowing music producers to deduct up to $150,000 for “qualified sound recording productions.”

    Read More: https://nypost.com/2021/11/04/tax-break-for-recording-artists-in-bidens-spending-bill/

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    SOURCE: New York Post

    Date: November 4, 2021

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  • Read The Full IATSE-AMPTP Deal Memo Agreement Here

    UPDATED with more details from the proposed agreement: Almost a month after IATSE and the AMPTP said that they had reached a deal on a new film and TV contract to avert a major Hollywood strike, the completed general memorandum of agreement was finally released Thursday to union members.

    Read More: https://deadline.com/2021/11/iatse-memorandum-of-agreement-read-it-1234868498/#recipient_hashed=3a259dd7948fa5cf81748fd59fbfdb0cdc19448cf6f4bf505f19cde98578e9d3

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    SOURCE: Deadline

    Date: November 4, 2021

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  • European Parliament’s culture committee demands action from European Commission on “reciprocity” approach to international royalties

    The Chair of the European Parliament’s culture committee has asked the European Commission for clarity on when it will launch its study into the impact of a copyright ruling in the European Union courts last year regarding the flow of recording royalties between countries.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/european-parliaments-culture-committee-demands-action-from-european-commission-on-reciprocity-approach-to-international-royalties/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 3, 2021

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  • Anderson .Paak launches label for artists who can actually play

    Anderson .Paak has announced that he is launching his own record label, Apeshit Inc, in partnership with Universal Music.

    “I wanted to start a label that sets fire to a new generation of artists, who can play while performing”, he says of his vision for the new venture. “This label is going to be about passion, about feeling, about honesty. It’s about respect for the culture and art and it’s about heart”.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/anderson-paak-launches-label-for-artists-who-can-actually-play/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 3, 2021

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  • YouTube’s ads business is now bigger than the entire global record business

    Obviously, the major music companies are doing very well for themselves.

    Warner Music Group has seen a $10bn growth in its valuation over the past 12 months. Sony Music just confirmed that it saw a 33% year-on-year rise in streaming revenues in calendar Q3 this year. And Universal Music Group is looking on course for a whopping $2 billion EBITDA profit margin in 2021.

    Read More: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/youtubes-ads-business-is-now-bigger-than-the-entire-global-record-business2/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: November 2, 2021

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  • Jay-Z lays into perfume company’s “crappy, lazy work” in ongoing legal battle

    Jay-Z was yesterday given a chance to expand on why working with perfume company Parlux back in 2013 was so “frustrating”. Back to provide a second day of testimony in his legal battle with the fragrance firm, he critiqued his former business partner’s “crappy, lazy work”, including a “b-rate” commercial and unapproved Superdrug alliance for his Gold Jay-Z perfume brand. The problem with the product, he was basically arguing, wasn’t his failure to promote it, but Parlux’s terrible marketing.

    Read More: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/jay-z-lays-into-perfume-companys-crappy-lazy-work-in-ongoing-legal-battle/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: November 2, 2021

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  • What Are Music Royalties (and How Can You Collect Yours)?

    Music royalties are confusing. Most of us are not trained music lawyers. We’re musicians trying to make a living.

    And you probably just want to know how to earn the royalties owed to you.

    So in this post, I’ll cover the four main types of organizations that collect the several different types of royalties generated when someone uses or streams a song you wrote and/or recorded.

    But first, let’s cover the basics…

    Read More: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/11/01/what-are-music-royalties/?mc_cid=43db14e17d&mc_eid=3d7da4c48d

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: November 1, 2021

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