Not taking anything away from Wixen Music Publishing, but this case is quite interesting because it could have wider ranging ramifications–if LyricFind did not have the rights to license Wixen repertoire but did so anyway, how many others are caught up in that mess? That’s a pickle of a whole different water, to mix a metaphor.
In the “it was only a matter of time” department, Wixen Music Publishing has sued Pandora over infringing reproductions of the lyrics in songs it represents.
MTP had a chance to catch up to Blake Morgan and David Lowery for an interview about the CRB rates announced yesterday. This is the first of the two posts with Blake Morgan, read David Lowery’s interview here. MTP: How do you feel about the CRB decision in general as far as rates go? While […]
Suzana Barbosa is a Canadian artist who walked from Los Angeles to the Googleplex (well…not inside the Googleplex) and used her #walkmilesformusic campaign to call attention to the absurdly low streaming royalties that are cannibalizing sales. In a serendipitous coincidence, Suzana’s protest coincided with the release by the Copyright Board of Canada of its new […]
[Editor Charlie sez: This is a guest post by Monica Conlon. Follow her @momusing. Used by permission, copyright held by the author, any reproductions require the author’s consent. Monica is Senior Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs and Licensing at Next Decade Entertainment, Inc., an independent music publishing company which she has been privileged to […]
Sometimes it pays to read the transcripts from earnings calls, especially for company’s like Pandora, our latest set of fake “friends” in the tech community. Always striving to keep their executive salaries high, Pandora’s CEO let their true strategy slip out in yesterday’s earnings call (see the full transcript on Seeking Alpha): For the landscape […]
The Associated Press story on new Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews starts out on a false premise: Pandora’s new CEO Brian McAndrews is a rock star of the digital advertising world. Actually–he’s not. He may like to think of himself that way when he plays air guitar in his bedroom, but he’s not a “rock star”. […]
MTP readers will remember the short lived legislation to lower artist royalties that Pandora backed last year. That was called the “Internet Radio Fairness Act” and it never came to a vote. The House IP Subcommittee held a hearing at which, I think it is fair to say, Pandora lost and lost big. We Will […]
The news that Sony/ATV made a direct deal with Pandora produced some strangely paranoid chatter in the echo chamber. Sony/ATV can bring Pandora to their knees, getting around the rate court, etc. I think it’s actually much simpler than that. What appears to have happened is quite simple–Sony/ATV opted out of letting ASCAP and BMI […]
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment or diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Adam Smith, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations The Future of Music Policy Summit will convene for the 12th […]