Music Law 101: How Long Can You Count On Copyright Protection To Last

1After a copyright is created, the length of time for which it hangs around tends to vary greatly - although it's often for longer than one might guess. Here we look at what determines a copyright's life span, and why it's usually not safe to assume something's fallen into the public domain.

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Spotify Launches 'The Game Plan' Video Series For Artists

1After noticing that many of its artists weren't utilizing the streaming platform's full potential, Spotify has a launched a new series of helpful videos intended to direct artists on how to take full advantage of their artist specific site.

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Songwriters Guild President Testifies On Need for Copyright Small Claims Court [Video]

1In this video Rick Carnes, president of the songwriters guild, gives testimony on the need for a small claims court for copyright infringement, something which the recent CASE act would help establish.

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What To Do If A Band's Name Is Similar To Yours

1The music industry is fraught with trademark disputes, and any artist would be well advised to take steps to avoid such infringement conflicts before they arise. In this piece Katelyn Kindberg talks us through what to do if your artist name is similar to that of another band.

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SOCAN Reports Record Royalty Distribution, Digital Up 44%

Socan-logoSOCAN collected a record $352-million in total royalties in fiscal year 2017, continuing a seven-year trend. The Canadian PRO said the jump was driven by a 44%  increase in revenue from Internet sources and a 13%t surge in royalties from countries outside of  the county.

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Thought Streaming Royalties Were Bad? Radio Airplay Royalties Even Worse

1Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play.

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Are Tech Companies The New Record Labels?

1[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression.

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Music Theory: Does It Still Matter?

1Last year, Rihanna's "Work" sent us into a spiral of discussions for days about where the tonal center was in that song, and what key it was in. People on the internet still can't agree. Regardless of that, we examine the ways that music theory (in the European classical sense) can still be relevant in today's popular music, and how we need to adapt its contours and constructs to be able to fit new musical languages inside. 

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What Does AT&T, Time Warner Deal Mean For Music? A Lot.

AT&T Time Warner MusicA Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal.  Think again. 

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Facebook Marketing Update: Watch For Fan Badges

2Facebook recently rolled out a new feature which awards users for high levels of interaction (likes, shares, comments) with a page by bestowing "fan badges" to them. Here Michael Brandvold outlines how these badges can be utilized, and what to watch for.

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SoundExchange Adds Tools To Get Songwriters Paid For 70M Address Unknown NOI Filings

CashSoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks has added two new tools developed to expand on its NOI LOOKUP service to help music publishers and songwriters search the more than 70 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) filings made with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Spotify Misstep: Direct Licenses With Managers For Rights They Don't Control

1There have been rumblings over at Spotify HQ of a plan for the streaming platform to pay advances for direct deals with artists and artist managers. Chris Castle explains why this shift is a wrong turn for the music streamer

 

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How A DIY Artist Lance Allen Is Earning Consistent Revenue From Streaming

1Instrumental guitarist Lance Allen has been consistently able to make his mortgage payments every month with the money he's earning off Spotify streaming revenue. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby looks at what this DIY artist is doing right, and the five ways in which he's been able to drive streams.

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SiriusXM To Pay SoundExchange $150 Million Settlement

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange and SiriusXM have settled their years-long litigation surrounding outstanding claims for unpaid and underpaid royalties from January 2007 through December 2017 in exchange for a lump sum payment of $150 million.

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New ACCESS Bill Could Stall Passage Of Music Modernization Act

1While it appeared for a while that the Music Modernization Act was headed toward an easy passage, a new bill called the Accessibility for Curators, Creators, Educators, Scholars, and Society to Recordings Act (or ACCESS) was recently introduced in the senate, and may bog down and reduce the likelihood of the passage of either bill.

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4 Myths Musicians Believe About Music Industry Success

1Owing to a pervasive misconception of what music industry success is, and how it's achieved, several prominent myths have emerged which many musicians take to heart that simply aren't true. In this piece Krizel Minnema works to debunk four of them.

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SESAC Launches $1M Film Composer Diversity Project

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The inaugural project is a collaborative effort between long-time SESAC composer Christophe Beck and the SESAC Film & Television team, led by SESAC Chairman and CEO John Josephson and Erin Collins, Vice President of Film, Television and Developing Media. The $1 million commitment, divided over the next five years, will be used for educational programming and composer workshops.

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Why Startups Should Be Included In Music Modernization Act

1Adding to the already intense level of criticism being levied at the Music Modernization Act, this piece from Chris Castle delves into the legislation's failure to properly include startups, and why they should be more present in the legislative process and the act itself.

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6 Reasons To Create Playlists, Share Them With Fans

1As streaming continues to dominate music consumption, (with an eye towards replacing the album altogether) artists have a lot to gain by assembling their own playlists and promoting them to fans. Here we look at six benefits in particular.

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How To Get A Solo Music Career Off The Ground

1[UPDATED] Being a successful solo musician is no easy task, and before fully embarking on a career as a solos performing, there is a certain amount of planning that should be done lest your hopes and dreams crumble before you've even begun. Here we explore how to launch and promote a solo career.

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Radio Royalty Rate Decision Could Soon Affect Songwriters Incomes

1The latest chapter in an ever-raging battle between performance rights organizations and radio to set rates for music use on radio i has BMI and RMLC headed to Rate Court, for a decision that could change songwriter incomes.

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Dolly Parton Lands Netflix Song Anthology Series

image from celebrityaccess.comDolly Parton has scored a new Netflix anthology based on her music. The legendary country performer will not only serve as singer, songwriter, and co-star of the 8-episode series but will executive produce the project through her own Dixie Pixie Productions in association with  Sam Haskell’s Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros Television.

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