Why Can’t Songwriters Audit? A Brief Guide to Statutory Audits Under the U.S. Copyright Act

BLANCHE Whoever you are…I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. From A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams Songwriters earn a sizable percentage of their ever decreasing income from mechanical royalties.  Until the last few years, mechanical royalties were almost always licensed under direct licenses to record companies that incorporated by reference the […]

Did Slate Sell it’s Journalistic Integrity to Google -oops I mean New America Foundation Which is Run by Google Lobbyist?

Originally posted on The Trichordist:
The Interwebs have been  buzzing about a pair of articles on the once great Slate.com. It began with the  posting of a “news” article on Slate by Google Lawyer Marvin Ammori in which he compared entertainment creators to a stalkers.   Adland.tv quickly pointed out to Slate Magazine that they had…

Goodlatte and Schiff and the Elephant in the Room

Winning the week:  This was a good week for independent artists thanks largely to the heroic efforts of Maria Schneider.  A majority of the members of the House of Representatives IP Subcommittee heard Google try to blame the victim and explain how their receipt of 200 million takedown notices a year was (A) consistent with […]

Text of Songwriter Equity Act of 2014

[Congressional Bills 113th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4079 Introduced in House (IH)] 113th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4079 To amend title 17, United States Code, to ensure fairness in the establishment of certain rates and fees under sections 114 and 115 of such title, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN […]