Inflation is bad but the Copyright Royalty Judges have a chance to do something about it in Phonorecords IV and the #FrozenMechanicals crisis.
Chris and David discuss the state of play at the Copyright Royalty Board and how to support the Judges and make the CRB better (and a “union” for songwriters).
Kevin Casini, Chris Castle, David Lowery, Nik Patel talk about the Copyright Royalty Board’s rejection of the insider deal, new rate proposals and the way forward.
Our response to the majors comment in Phonorecords IV.
First and foremost, the problem with the CRB adopting the purported settlement as the law of the land is the appearance of the bootstrapping of a private deal among apparently related parties and the controlled opposition into rates and terms that apply to all songwriters in the world.
The second Artist Rights Symposium is back at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia at Athens. Instead of a two-day in person event, the Symposium is going to be one topic a week for April and may extend into May and June. The panels will be recorded and videos posted. Videos […]
The Spitting Image of the Modern Major General MTP readers may remember the name Christopher Sprigman. Most recently, we have identified him as a counsel to Spotify in the “Nashville cases” brought against his firm’s client Spotify by four plaintiffs represented by well-known and successful artist rights attorney Richard Busch. These were cases brought […]
Editors note #1 – Over the last year, this blog has been reporting on Google’s apparent use of proxies in an attempt to intimidate members of the EU parliament into voting against the proposed EU Copyright Directive. The Copyright Directive requires social media platforms above a certain size to do more to counter copyright infringement […] […]
Since the earliest days of MTP, we’ve been pushing what has come to be called the “value gap”–the margin of profit that Big Tech makes from playing games with the DMCA safe harbor (and the Section 230 safe harbor in the Communications Decency Act). In 2006 we called this “The DMCA is Not an Alibi” […]
Blake Morgan wrote a post critical of Spotify on Huffington Post and the HuffPo censored him–until David Lowery came along…