There is a bit of strategy involved with affiliating with a performing rights organization in the United States. All the societies have a creative staff. The decision to affiliate with a particular society should be made after the artist/writer has taken some meetings with the performing rights society and decided if there’s more love coming […]
Great news today that the appeals court upheld BMI’s ruling by the BMI rate court judge that there is no such thing as 100% licensing under the consent decrees. Although it’s like winning an appeal that the Sun really does rise in the East, it’s good to put that issue to one side and to poke a stick in Google’s eye.
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 […]
Yesterday on Capitol Hill did not quite go the way that the Internet Radio Fairness Coalition had in mind. At all. More about that will be written. Mr. Chaffetz–more about him later, too–had asked Mr. Goodlatte for a hearing on the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act, and a hearing he got. I would say mostly a “listening” […]