Digest: Soundcloud Loses Two Top Execs, Grammys Recap, Songwriters Threaten To Sue DOJ

Top Story Last Week A Month After Posting Heavy Losses, SoundCloud Loses Two Top Execs The news comes five weeks after the Berlin-based company filed a fiscal report for 2015 showing annual revenues up 21.6% to €21.1m ($22m), but net losses accelerating 30.9% to €51.22m ($52m). SoundCloud’s co-founder Alexander Ljung noted in the filing that… Continue reading Digest: Soundcloud Loses Two Top Execs, Grammys Recap, Songwriters Threaten To Sue DOJ

RECAP: DOJ Appeals Stanton BMI Decision, Cox Appeals BMG Verdict, Facebook Moves Toward Media

Dept. of Justice Appeals BMI Consent Decree Decision Story of the Week The Department of Justice has filed a notice that it is appealing a September ruling by federal Judge Louis Stanton that concluded fractional licensing is allowed under the BMI consent decree. This appeal, which was expected, comes after the Judge KO’d the DOJ’s… Continue reading RECAP: DOJ Appeals Stanton BMI Decision, Cox Appeals BMG Verdict, Facebook Moves Toward Media

RECAP: Labels Sue YouTube MP3 Ripper, Congress Urges ‘100% Licensing’ Decision U-Turn, Shazam Finally Profits

Major Record Labels Sue Over Ripping Audio Tracks from YouTube Videos Story of the Week Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels are suing the operators of YouTube-mp3.org, a service that allows its users to rip the audio from videos streamed on YouTube. The plaintiffs filed a copyright lawsuit in California federal court,… Continue reading RECAP: Labels Sue YouTube MP3 Ripper, Congress Urges ‘100% Licensing’ Decision U-Turn, Shazam Finally Profits

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: The Whole Story on the Frank Ocean Apple Music Exclusive, Spotify’s Label Contracts Expire, Closing the Value Gap in Europe

Story of the Week What the Frank Ocean Apple Music Exclusive Deal Means for UMG, Artists, and Labels When Frank Ocean’s latest album ‘Blond’ dropped, it did so like a nuclear bomb, sending shockwaves throughout the music industry. In one of the audacious release strategies of recent years, Ocean and his team at 360 fulfilled… Continue reading RECAP: The Whole Story on the Frank Ocean Apple Music Exclusive, Spotify’s Label Contracts Expire, Closing the Value Gap in Europe

RECAP: U.S. Publishers In Uproar Against DOJ Consent Decree Ruling, EU Privacy Shield, Streaming Nets Labels $15M Daily

Story of the Week U.S. Publishing Industry in Uproar Over DOJ Licensing Plans The Justice Department announced on Thursday that it had concluded a two-year investigation into the complex world of music licensing and decided against making changes to the regulatory agreements that govern Ascap and BMI, two large clearinghouses for performing rights that process… Continue reading RECAP: U.S. Publishers In Uproar Against DOJ Consent Decree Ruling, EU Privacy Shield, Streaming Nets Labels $15M Daily

RECAP: Apple Makes News With Spotify & TIDAL, U.S. DOJ Imposes New Regulation on Songwriters

Story of the Week Apple In Talks To Buy Tidal Says Wall St. Journal, But New York Times Says ‘No Way’ Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, the Wall Street Journal blasted late last week; and hours later re/code sources confirmed the conversations. But respected New York Times music journalist Ben Sisario quotes his… Continue reading RECAP: Apple Makes News With Spotify & TIDAL, U.S. DOJ Imposes New Regulation on Songwriters

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]