I will be on one of the black box roundtable panels hosted by the Copyright Office on March 25.
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 […]
We’ve all heard rumors about how much is in the “inception to date” black box at the digital music services. The main reason that nobody knows is another example of the dismal drafting of the Music Modernization Act. Wouldn’t you think that if the class actions against Spotify gave the insiders the leverage to negotiate […]
[Editor Charlie sez: This post is a version of Chris Castle’s comment in the current Copyright Office rulemaking on the transparency of the MLC and originally appeared on The Trichordist.] By Chris Castle Just when you think you understand Title I of the Music Modernization Act, another toad runs out from under a rock. My nickname […]
The wisest among us learn to use their portents well There’s no need to hurry, it’s all downhill to hell. From “Don’t Stand Still“, written by Original Snake Boy, performed by Guy Forsyth The Copyright Office has solicited comments on the transparency of The MLC and received quite a few well-thought out comments (if I […]
The Copyright Office has posted notices of proposed rules on four topics: Confidential information, royalty reporting by MLC, the transparency of the MLC, and the notices and reporting. Lots to drill down on, thanks to the Copyright Office for all the work on these which must have been a tremendous effort.
The services want to codify their ability to change song titles to whatever they think works better for them. Shall we stop them?
[This post originally appeared in the MusicTechPolicy Monthly Newsletter before the announcement of the MLC vendors.] Title I of the Music Modernization Act is clear about a few things, one of which is the creation of the “musical works database.” That database is for a specific purpose-it is to be used by the mechanical licensing […]
The U.S. Copyright Office issued an interim rule for comment that lays out an intricate and well thought out approach to the Register’s role in designating the Mechanical Licensing Collective and the Digital Licensee Coordinator under Title I of the Music Modernization Act.
If all a digital music service needs to do in order to claim they have a licene to reproduce and distribute a song is send a notice to the Copyright Office is send a notice saying they can’t find the song copyright owner, how hard do you think they’ll look? Particularly if they know that […]