YouTube & ASCAP Announce Landmark Data Sharing Agreement, SOCAN Beats Royalty Records, Believe Digital Seeking Sale

Story of the Week YouTube, ASCAP to Share Data in First-Ever Voluntary Deal In what is the performance rights group’s first-ever fully-negotiated, voluntary licensing deal with the decade-old video hub not prompted by a rate-court proceeding, ASCAP will combine its database of 10.5 million musical works with YouTube’s data exchange, a move that ASCAP’s CEO… Continue reading YouTube & ASCAP Announce Landmark Data Sharing Agreement, SOCAN Beats Royalty Records, Believe Digital Seeking Sale

RECAP: Judge Rules Against ‘100 Percent Licensing,’ IFPI Releases New Reports, TIDAL Posts Big Losses

Story of the Week Federal judge rules against Dept. of Justice’s ‘100 Percent’ Licensing decision In a surprise move, BMI’s rate court judge ruled on Friday that fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under, according to a statement from BMI. According to Stanton’s ruling, “The consent decree neither bars… Continue reading RECAP: Judge Rules Against ‘100 Percent Licensing,’ IFPI Releases New Reports, TIDAL Posts Big Losses

RECAP: ASCAP Settles With DOJ, SOCAN Acquires MediaNet, U.K. Announces Safe Harbor Review

Story of the Week ASCAP Pays $1.75 Million To Settle DoJ Investigation The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle allegations that they had engaged in anti-competitive practices in violation of a court order. According to DoJ,… Continue reading RECAP: ASCAP Settles With DOJ, SOCAN Acquires MediaNet, U.K. Announces Safe Harbor Review

U.S. DOJ Considering Baffling New Licensing Rules, and Apple Music Is (or Isn’t) Succeeding [Soundcheck]

Story of the Week The Dept. of Justice Said to Be Considering a Baffling New Rule Change for Song Licensing Read More: http://bit.ly/1DlaKQK According to numerous sources, the DoJ has sent a letter to two performance rights societies (ASCAP & BMI) governed by the consent decree, telling them that on “split works” songs — songs… Continue reading U.S. DOJ Considering Baffling New Licensing Rules, and Apple Music Is (or Isn’t) Succeeding [Soundcheck]

FAQ: When Will My Performing Rights Organization Pay Me?

Performing rights organizations, or PROs, are societies responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast. This includes live covers, radio plays, television plays, internet radio services like Pandora, streaming services like Spotify, restaurants or bars, nightclubs, and any other public performance. All these users pay the… Continue reading FAQ: When Will My Performing Rights Organization Pay Me?