As the Google Transparency Project reports, Digital Media Association heaveyweight Google and its incumbent cronies like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, the Center for Democracy and Technology, NetChoice and the Consumer Technology Association are out for blood to keep the legacy Communications Decency Act from being dragged into the 21st Century. Miraculously, Google’s lobbying […]
There is one solution to the NOI loophole problem that is entirely within the power of the Congress to solve immediately–instruct the Librarian of Congress to require the Copyright Office to get the lead out on processing copyright registrations and create a rebuttable presumption that the Copyright Office has contact information for copyright owners. via The […]
Spotify is rigging the shareholder voting rights in its soon to be public stock and also rigging songwriters rights to statutory damages in the Music Modernization Act. But they can’t stop shareholder derivative suits which may have them running for statutory damages at the end of the day.
If you’ve been following the insiders spinning the controversial Music Modernization Act, you will probably have heard them say things like this about the closed door negotiations leading up to the introduction of the bill: “Don’t blame us! Not everyone can be at the table! But…NSAI, SONA, ASCAP and BMI were at the table representing […]
By Phil Galdston & David Wolfert “ANY LAW OF THIS KIND MUST FIRST AND FOREMOST PROTECT THE WORK’S CREATOR AND OWNER, NOT THE ADMINISTRATOR.” The Music Modernization Act (MMA) is a huge piece of copyright legislation that would shape the way music creators are paid for the foreseeable future. As songwriters, composers and independent publishers, […]
When you read through the Music Modernization Act’s prohibition on statutory damages, “reasonably diligent search” and global rights database clauses, you can’t help but think of the orphan works efforts from years past by some of the same cast of characters that is around the MMA in the Congress. Orphan works–if you recall–was a […]
There are two imponderables under the Music Modernization Act that I think could have a significant effect on valuations and investment: the designation of the mechanical licensing collective by the Register of Copyrights and the contemplated global rights database. First the initial and any re-designation of the collective by the Register. It must be said […]