Björn Ulvaeus explains the current plight of songwriters in the streaming economy.
This is great news from Apple, who is leading the way as usual….with one exception. Apple says to “make sure the ownership of your song is registered with a publisher, and that they have registered ownership with relevant publishing agencies such as ASCAP, BMI, PRS, Harry Fox and Music Reports.” That obviously is misleading. First […]
Après moi, le déluge Attributed to King Louis XV of France Right after Google’s YouTube acquisition, Googler Zahava Levine appeared on a bar association panel in Los Angeles and sneered at the assembled entertainment lawyers that even though YouTube was using their clients’ works without permission, YouTube would continue to rely on the DMCA notice […]
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 […]
[Ed: This post originally appeared on MTP on January 30, 2009–how little has changed American songwriters are one of our greatest sources of culture as well as important contributors to America’s “soft power“–our ability to win hearts and minds around the world by attraction and not by force. As Professor Joseph Nye would say “Lennon […]
For the next few weeks, we’re going to post sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. If you are interested in getting a free copy of the basic article, write to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 1. This doesn’t constitute legal […]
Americans are freedom loving people and nothing says freedom like getting away with it.Guy Forsyth, Long Long Time © 2005 Monkey King Music “Everyone knows where the booze is, Mr. Ness,” warned Officer Malone in David Mamet’s iconic screenplay, The Untouchables, as the federal officers were about to raid a Post Office transhipping point for […]
The Google Books settlement (which is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice, among other people) clearly includes sheet music. How you may ask? Thank your friendly librarians…and see Music Publishing and the Google Books Settlement and Why Music Publishers and their Licensees Should Care About the Google Books Settlement The National Music Publishers […]