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 […]
The Dog Who Didn’t Bark On the Mirror There seems to be some concern about pre-MMA confidential lump sum payments of accrued black box monies under direct licenses or settlement agreements. Services are promoting the idea that these payments must be deducted from the cumulative black box payments required for services to get the benefit of […]
[Editor Charlie sez: The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing many different ways to regulate The MLC, which is the government approved mechanical licensing collective under MMA authorized to collect and pay out “all streaming mechanicals for every song ever written or that ever may be written by any songwriter in the world that is exploited […]
[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions] Even though they have a long history, Presidential Signing Statements are not exactly front and center in every civics class or constitutional public law class in America. You may be hearing about them for the first time now. But that doesn’t mean they have not been an important part […]
We have entered an era where Big Tech controls the purse strings for the Mechanical Licensing Collective. Despite that oddity, it’s refreshing to see the leaders of the music industry come together to form the Music Artists Coalition as a counterbalance to Big Tech and its counterpart, the MIC Coalition. The MIC Coalition included Google […]
Since there was no advance commitment or agreement on the budget for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) under Title I of the Music Modernization Act, it appears that the clock is ticking on an agreement before the parties have to go before the Copyright Royalty Judges to be told what the budget (or the “assessment”) is to be.
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.
As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. We have called the chart the “Countdown to Modernity.” Obviously, this chart is not intended as legal advice, and you […]
As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. We have called the chart the “Countdown to Modernity.” Recall that the Register of Copyrights gets to pick the entity […]
Chris Castle will be speaking on a panel covering the Music Modernization Act at the New York State Bar Association’s Music Business & Law Conference on November 16.