@TomJackmanWP: Trump signs ‘FOSTA’ bill targeting online sex trafficking, enables states and victims to pursue websites — Artist Rights Watch

I remember briefing the National Association of Attorneys General on Google’s support for sex trafficking and ad supported piracy in 2013.  Nobody thought in 2013 that any safe harbor protected by the special interests would ever be cut back.  The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they do turn.  Or as Reverend King said many […]

There’s an Android app for that: Google Escort App Brings Human Trafficking to The Smartphone

Originally posted on Music Technology Policy:
[Here’s a reblog from September 2012–the CDA safe harbor was finally cut back today.] Remember Google’s human trafficking problem?  Let’s check in and see how successfully the company is hiding…I mean solving…that problem.  (There will be screen shots that are easier to read at 200% so you may want to…

@NMPAOrg: NMPA Members Win on Wolfgang’s Vault

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018 Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer NMPA MEMBERS SECURE CRITICAL VICTORY OVER WOLFGANG’S VAULT Washington, D.C. – After nearly three years of litigation, NMPA publisher members Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, ABKCO, peermusic, Spirit Music, and Imagem Music, have secured an important win in their ongoing efforts […] via […]

Don’t Come Crying to Me: Streaming Royalty Comparison

As we watch Daniel Ek gorge himself on stock market riches, who is either a royalty deadbeat or the savior of the music business depending on who you believe, here’s some numbers from the Washington Post to comfort you if you didn’t trade royalties for stock. The chart is based on The Trichordist’s “Streaming Price […]

Will DOJ Consent Decree Review Obviate Any Rationale for the Music Modernization Act? — Music Tech Solutions

Let’s be clear–one reason why there are problems with mechanical licensing in the US is the loophole created by the government consent decrees that block ASCAP and BMI from issuing a “unilicense” for both performances and streaming mechanicals.  I have argued for years that PROs should be allowed to administer existing statutory mechanical licenses for […]

When Zucky Met Bobby

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg was Time “Person of the Year” in 2010?  Here’s a strange anecdote from the story in Time that accompanied their fawning over Zuck: On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook’s conference rooms, so named because it’s in the middle of a […]