Happy New License Availability Date!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Auld Lang Syne, by Robert Burns If you’ve gotten accustomed to regular mechanical royalty checks every month or quarter paid directly to you (or your publisher) by streaming services or for downloads like iTunes, fasten your seatbelt. You may have some surprises coming in this time […]

Welcome Shira and Thank You Maria

The new head of the Copyright Office is Shira Perlmutter.  Shira was already a very accomplished copyright lawyer when I first met her at the Fordham international copyright gathering in 1999.   She gave a very polite but rapier-like takedown of one Andrew Bridges who was being very…well…Andrew Bridges about something.  (A role that works for […]

@SGAWrites and Society of Composers & Lyricists Proposal for Secret Deals — Artist Rights Watch

[Editor Charlie sez: Here’s an excerpt from the important joint comment by the Songwriters Guild and the Society of Composers & Lyricists to the Copyright Office about how to address the previously secret deals between digital music services and publishers (called the “Negotiated Agreements”.  Read the full comment here.].] With potentially hundreds of millions of dollars […]