Spotify Finally Adds Songwriter, Producer Credits

icredit[UPDATED] Spotify has finally added songwriter and producer credits on its desktop platform for both free and Premium users worldwide. The music streamer called this the first iteration of the feature and hinted that it would eventually be be added to Spotify's mobile apps, as well.

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Under Music Modernization Act Songwriters Lose Unclaimed Royalties, Meaningful Ability To Litigate

Music Modernization PerilAs our week long look at the Music Modernization Act continues, some see major problems, despite bipartisan support in Congress and endorsements from virtually every major music and tech trade group. Among the critics are respected music industry attorneys Nicole Haff and Cassie Daum 

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Why Building More Rights Databases Won't Solve The Music Industry Metadata Problem

1In this piece Niclas Molinder takes a long look at the music industry's ongoing metadata problem and how the music industry as a whole needs to wake up and shift its focus if they hope to solve the issue effectively.

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What Is The Music Modernization Act and Who Supports It?

Music Modernization ActThe Music Modernization Act is poised to reshape music copyright and compensation for a generation. But what exactly is the MMA, and how will it impact songwriters and publishers?  We will be exploring these questions all this week on Hypebot with "The Music Modernization Act: Peril Or Promise?,"  a series of articles and guest posts designed to explain and dissect the legislation. We begin with this simple question: What is the Music Modernization Act and who supports it?

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Could It Be Time For Inspector General To Review Copyright Office’s Administration Of Address Unknown NOIs?

1In the latest development from the ongoing debacle of 'address unknown' NOIs, Chris Robley here points out the need for the copyright office to further investigate these Notices of Intent by digital music services, as well as a need to bring the Inspector General on board.

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EXCLUSIVE: DistroKid To Launch Publishing Administration, 300K Musicians Using Revenue Split Service

DistroKid logoDistroKid is launching a publishing administration service. Details are still be worked out, but the new service should be available within weeks, DistroKid founder Phil Kaplan tells Hypebot. Publishing administration joins an expanding set of add-on services offered by the indie digital music distributor.

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'We Shall Overcome' Overcomes Copyright Claim, Enters Public Domain

1From the people that brought you Happy Birthday, the famous gospel protest song 'We Shall Overcome' has now entered the public domain as well, following a dubious and later dismissed claim by The Richmond Organization and Ludlow music.

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Big Win For Songwriters: Mechanical Royalties Rise 44%, Copyright Royalty Board Rules

SongwriterRoyaltiesUp 44%[UPDATE 2] In a major win for songwriters and music publishers, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has approved major graduated increases in mechanical rates for 2018-2022 totalling 43.8%. It is the biggest single increase in mechanical royalties in CRB history.

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Billboard Power 100 List Confirms Women In Music Study

male female symbolsBillboard has named its 2018 Power 100 list of the executives driving the music industry. There is only one women named in the Top 25 in a standalone role, and just four more share billing in an otherwise all male team. While reflective of the industry, the list seems particularly tone deaf appearing on the same day that the trade magazine reported a new study of the " Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry."

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Cadence Weapon On Making Collaborative Music With An Independent Mindset [INTERVIEW]

1Here Cadence Weapon, AKA Rollie Pemberton, speaks about working as an independent artist on the frontlines of experimental hip-hop for the past decade, the process of making his latest album, and how he identifies as a DIY musician.

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How The Internet Has Been A Game Changer For DIY Artists

Internet-headerHere Robert Lanterman explores some of the major ways in which the pervasive take-over of the internet has changed the game for DIY artists everywhere when it comes to almost every aspect of the industry, be it travel, promotion, or networking.

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Google, Amazon, Spotify, Facebook, Other Major Net Players Endorse U.S. Music Modernization Act

internet associationThe Internet Association, the trade and lobbying group which represents Google, Amazon, Spotify, Facebook and several dozen other major internet companies, today sent a letter to the bipartisan Congressional sponsors of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) calling on them to advance the legislation.

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Songtradr Raises $4 Million For Indie Music Licensing

image from www.djcentral.tvMusic licensing platform Songtradr today announced that is had raised a Series A round of $4 million to support the company's ongoing expansion. This latest round brings Songtradr 's total funding to $9 million. Lead investor in the round was Richard White, CEO and founder of Australian-based WiseTech Global.

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What To Do When Your Song Is Among Copyright Office's 60M Notice Of Intent To Use Filings

image from www.soundexchange.comThis week SoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks launched a free database that allows songwriters and publishers and songwriters to search more than 60 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) song filings made to the U.S. Copyright Office by Spotify and other music service.  But what do you do when you find your song there? 

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Enrique Iglesias Sues UMG For Unpaid Streaming Royalties

image from celebrityaccess.comLatin music superstar Enrique Iglesias has filed a lawsuit against his former label, accusing them of underpaying streaming royalties. According to the suit, filed in a Miami on Wednesday, Iglesias alleges that UMG paid him a small fraction of his 50% royalty rate due for music streamed online and is owed millions in unpaid royalties.

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SoundExchange Launches Free NOI Loookup Of 60M Songs

Sound-exchange-logo[UPDATED] SoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks has launched a free database that allows music publishers and songwriters to search more than 60 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) song filings that have been made to the U.S. Copyright Office. 

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YouTube To Assign ISNI IDs To All Musicians, Songwriters

image from www.isni.orgYouTube has signed on to the global International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) initiative which assigns an ID to every creator, It is designed to make identification and therefore payments more accurate. YouTube is the first ISNI registration agency in the music space.

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Did A Court Just Make Creative Commons Unenforceable?

3Here Attorney and legal scholar Stephen Carlisle explores a perplexing court decision that changing the context in which a photographic image is displayed constitutes 'transformative use' rendering a Creative Commons license ineffective and impossible to enforce.

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10 Field Artists Working Across Aesthetic Boundaries

1While field recording has existed for over a century, it has changed and progressed along with the rest of the industry. Here we look at ten people working in field recording who are crossing aesthetic boundaries to capture sounds from the outside world.

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Song, Score, Sound Academy Awards 2018 Nominees Named

image from www.gossipcop.comA diverse group ranging from May J. Bilge to Sufjan Stevens have been nominated for the Best Original Song award at the 2018 Oscars to be announced March 4th live on ABC. Soundtrack stalwarts like Hans Zimmer and John Williams led the Best Original Score nominees.  The full list of 2018 Oscar music and sound nominees:

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Spotify Lawyer Leads Law Institute “Restatement of Copyright” Project [Chris Castle]

AnticopyrightChris Castle investigates a suspicious development in the world of copyright, after the American Law Institutes moved to write up a "Restatement of Copyright", a project with some concerning ties to a lawyer with Spotify's best interests at heart.

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What Did It Take To Have A Billboard Top 5 Hit In 2017? Here's The Breadown

2In this extensive piece, Dean Olivet breaks down each song from 2017 that successfully hit the Billboard Top 5, looking at the compilation and structure of each chart topper and providing some technical insight on what made each one a success. 

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Is Now Actually A Good Time To Invest In Music Royalties?

1While shelling out cash in the music industry is nothing new when it comes to purchasing merch or paying for Spotify, the idea of a more traditional investment has also been gaining traction of late. Here Cherie Hu explores the viability of investing in music royalties, and one sort of ROI one might see for doing so.

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