The Trichordist

The Copyright Office public comment period for statements of account on mechanical royalties closes tonight, so there’s still time for songwriters to post comments about the proposed regulations.

The new regulations apply to the license that some services like Spotify rely on for on-demand streaming as well as the new categories of statutory licenses that the Copyright Royalty Judges are expected to approve any day now.  It’s probably hundreds of millions of dollars–and we have no idea whether it ever gets paid or paid right.

Seem like a big number?  Not really when you consider that services like Spotify launch with millions of tracks and those require millions of mechanical licenses for on demand streaming.  They could go to the publishers and songwriters for a direct license, but they prefer to “carpet bomb” notices to songwriters.  If you ask a big publisher they will tell you that they receive hundreds…

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