RECAP: NMPA and Internet Assoc. Send Trump Wish-Lists, SACEM Helps Take Down What.CD, Streaming Trial-Hoppers

Music Publishers Send President-Elect Trump Their Wish List Story of the Week Many in the music community have argued that the Obama administration has a too cozy relationship with tech, particularly Google. David Israelite, who helms the National Music Publisher’s Association, hopes a Trump Oval Office could be more friendly to music rights holders than… Continue reading RECAP: NMPA and Internet Assoc. Send Trump Wish-Lists, SACEM Helps Take Down What.CD, Streaming Trial-Hoppers

Tuncore Bats for NMPA, PRS and WMG Win Big, The War on YouTube Continues

Story of the Week TuneCore Encourages Members To Opt-In To $25M Spotify NMPA Settement, Artist Advocates Cry Foul Spotify and the NMPA are contacting artists and publishers encouraging them to sign on to the $25 million settlement they negotiated over unreported and unpaid royalties for unlicensed streams. This week, TuneCore reached out to the artists… Continue reading Tuncore Bats for NMPA, PRS and WMG Win Big, The War on YouTube Continues

RECAP: David Lowery Motion Claims Songwriters Being “Misled”, TIDAL Gets Beyonce Exclusive, UMG Wins Big

Story of the Week David Lowery Files Motion To Stop Spotify, NMPA From “Misleading” Songwriters Songwriters are being “misled” by being encouraged to sign onto a settlement it made with the National Music Publishers Association, according to a motion filed by attorneys representing David Lowery, who is suing the music streamer for use of his… Continue reading RECAP: David Lowery Motion Claims Songwriters Being “Misled”, TIDAL Gets Beyonce Exclusive, UMG Wins Big

Recap: Spotify & NMPA Reach Settlement, Music Metadata and Streaming Focuses of SXSW

Story of the Week Spotify and NMPA Reach $30 Million Settlement Agreement Over Unpaid Royalties The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has announced its successful brokering of a settlement between Spotify and its constituents over unmatched (songs that haven’t received payment because Spotify didn’t identify their publishers) and unpaid song royalties, a topic that has… Continue reading Recap: Spotify & NMPA Reach Settlement, Music Metadata and Streaming Focuses of SXSW

Judge Rules that ‘Happy Birthday’ Is Now Public Domain, and Last Week’s Top News

Story of the Week ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Copyright Ruled to Be Invalid The world’s most popular English language song is potentially free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that filmmakers challenging Warner/Chappell Music’s hold on “Happy Birthday to You” should be granted summary judgment. According to the opinion on Tuesday from U.S.… Continue reading Judge Rules that ‘Happy Birthday’ Is Now Public Domain, and Last Week’s Top News