The only way I can think of that both Variety’s original statement and the correction could be true would be if there were a voluntary retroactive unmatched payment by the digital services as part of the deal for the Music Modernization Act. Even so, $1.5 billion is awfully generous, even for the biggest companies in commercial history. But then, if it is a voluntary payment, how would you ever know if it isn’t also voluntarily disclosed?
In another odd twist in the 60,000,000-plus “mass NOI” debacle, a five second search of the SX Works NOI Lookup database reveals that Spotify, Google, Pandora and other services can’t seem to locate Aerosmith songwriters like Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, not to mention their co-writers like long-time Bryan Adams collaborator Jim Vallence. [Aside from […]
Spotify and other services may be selling bootlegs of Aaliayah’s recordings and the Copyright Office may be allowing all of them to “license” her songs, too.
Not only do Spotify, Google and Amazon send “address unknown” NOIs on the Top 5 songwriters, they also send them on the creme de la creme of New Orleans songwriters.
great news for BlocBoy JB, he made the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The bad news…Spotify, Google and Amazon filed “address unknown” NOIs for his song which means these saviors of the music business just helped themselves to a royalty-free license for who knows how long.
Andrew Orlowski asks why can’t Spotify find Ed Sheeran ? via @andreworlowski: Spotify wants to go public but can’t find Ed Sheeran (to pay him) — Artist Rights Watch
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 […]
An update on the state of the Copyright Office debacle also known as mass filing of “address unknown” notices under Section 115 (you can see the largely unusable posting of these notices at this link on the Copyright Office site).
Here’s some charts you won’t see in the trades or even on the Copyright Office site-Royalty Claim’s Address “Unknown” Mass NOI chart that Royalty Claim measured by number of filings January 1-June 30, 2017.
We get an update this week on the total “address unknown” mass NOIs filed with the Copyright Office for the royalty-free windfall loophole. This time we have to thank our our friends at Paperchain in Sydney for doing the work of decompressing the massive numbers of unsearchable compressed files posted on the Copyright Office website. As you can see, there’s been an increase of approximately 70% since January 2017.
Chris Castle will lecture on the Mass NOI debacle July 26 in Austin sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts