Article 13 Copyright Directive Is Approved Ending Safe Harbor For YouTube

EU flagThe European Union gave its final approval to the Article 11 and 13 Copyright Directive designed to update copyright law in Europe for the online age. Members of the European Parliament voted 348 in favor and 274 against.

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Reunion Tour! Bands, Breakups and Contracts

image from musicbiz101wp.comThe vast majority of successful bands usually end up going through some kind of personnel change, sometimes to the point of having no original members at all. So what are the legal ramifications of these switcheroos and breakups? Prof. David Philp explains.

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50+ Music Companies File Copyright Suits Against ISPs Charter, Bright House

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwMore than 50 major music companies have joined to file separate lawsuits against ISP providers Charter and Bright House for not doing enough to stop copyright infringement. Each suit could result in more than $1 billion in damages.

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Neighboring Rights: What They Are, Why They're Important

1The concept of neighboring rights parallels that of performance rights. Where performance rights reference the right to perform a composition, neighboring rights reference the ability to publicly perform the sound recording. So, why are these neighboring rights so important to artists and independent labels?

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How to Sing A Happy Tune At Tax Time: Musician's Guide

1While tax season is commonly a source of dread for most Americans, working as a musician carries with it some unique tax implications, both when it comes to paying on what you earn, and in terms of what you're allowed to deduct. In this piece, we hear from some of  the music industry's top tax experts on how to make the system work to your advantage.

 

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Spotify Songwriter Town Hall Charm Offensive: Go Ahead, Make My Day [Op-Ed]

2In an effort to combat some of the negative press it's been receiving over its efforts to keep down songwriter royalty rates, Spotify is planning to hold a series of "town halls" where songwriters can air their concerns, a tactic the streaming company tried in 2014, with less than ideal results.

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Songtradr Adds $12 Million To Fund Global Growth

image from d2wbsh8jsobsq.cloudfront.netMusic licensing platform Songtradr has completed a Series B capital of US$12 million to support acquisitions, growth and product development. This round brings Songtradr’s total funding to date to $21.5 million.

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Songs By Jay-Z, Nina Simone, More More Added To National Recording Registry

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Library of Congress announced Wednesday (March 20) that songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond and Nina Simon are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Chess Club Records • Big Hit Entertainment • Prima Classic • Ditto • More

Business Of Indie New

In this week's edition of the Business Of Indie, Chess Club Records adds an investor and new distribution, BTS propels Big Hit Entertainment,  indie label Prima Classic launches, Ditto adds a management division and much more.

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5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

1The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best.

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Could You Be Making A Record Almost No One Will Hear?

2You can pour your heart and soul into a record and create some of the best work of your life, but creating good music in no way guarantees anyone will hear it. Here we look at five common pitfalls artists make when releasing new music, and how can avoid making them.

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NMPA, Downtown, Ole, Peer, Others Sue Peloton For $150M In Song Infringement

Peloton-logo-720x200The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a lawsuit against exercise equipment and streaming giant Peloton on behalf of members Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music and others.

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The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

Question-marks-2215_960_720With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry.

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The Art Of Spending Your Music Money (Part 2)

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 4.45.28 PMIn part two of this five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we look at a visual framework for self-investment, and how artists can use it as a series of checks and balances when developing their business.

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Songwriting Workflow: What One Month Of Daily Releases Taught Me

1What's it like to release a new composition every day for a month? Composer Martin Fowler recently took on this challenge (and then some), working to release new music everyday for an entire month. Here he documents his experience, and what he learned from it.

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The Importance Of Artwork In Your Music

2With the rise fo streaming the prominence of album artwork has, quite literally, been greatly reduced. That said, it's a mistake for artists to discount the incredible importance of album art when it comes to releasing and promoting your music.

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Copyright and A Defense Of 'Unfair' Competition [Neil Turkewitz]

2In this article, Neil Turkewitz goes on the offensive against a recent piece by Mark A. Lemley and Mark P. McKenna titled "Unfair Disruption" in which the authors lambast copyright and its owners' inability to adjust to disruptive technology and innovation.

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Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWith the album on the wane and attention spans shorter than ever, the first 30 seconds of of a song matter more than.  Not only do they need to capture the listener's attention, but in streaming, they determine if the songwriter is going to get paid at all. 

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Black Box Income Most Musicians Don’t Even Know About

2Some of the most common advice given to indie artists is to populate their metadata. In the streaming age in particular, telling organizations who you are and how to get ahold of you is key to your getting paid. Still, many artists' failure to do this has resulted in pools of undistributed "black box income." Luckily, new provisions in the MMA could help to finally get this unclaimed income into the pockets of deserving artists.

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Supreme Court Tells Songwriters: “You’ll Have to Wait”

1In a further bit of bad news for music creators, the Supreme Court recently ruled that artists who are victims of copyright infringement must wait, in some cases for as long as seven months, before they are able to file they are able to file a lawsuit.

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A2IM, RIAA, Music Trade Groups Unite To Improve Digital Attribution, Credits

SongwritingThe RIAA, A2IM, The Artist Rights Alliance and SAG-AFTRA have joined forces to support the creation of a “more robust and effective system of digital attribution and credits.” For the first time, groups representing  both artists and labels have come together to work towards better attribution for musicians and fans music by creating a state of the art credits system.

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'Local Radio Freedom Act' Is Actually Anti-Creator, Anti-Property-Rights [Richard James Burgess]

AirThe National Association of Broadcasters and its horde of well paid lobbyists are now working to coerce congress into cosponsoring a bill dubbed the Local Radio Freedom Act, an ironic title given the bill's far more sinister anti-creator, anti-property rights content. Here A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess explains why both parties should lambast the bill.

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Ready Or Not, K-Pop Is Here To Stay

1Just a few short years ago, it seemed unlikely that the K-pop wave would ever truly break on the US, with multiple attempts to break into the market falling short. This all changed with the rise of BTS, bringing K-pop into the American mainstream, and while you still won't here much K-pop on US radio, it seems it's here to stay.

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Music Publishers Issue 'Fact Check' Of Spotify Blog Post 'Attempting To Deceive' Songwriters

image from openclipart.orgSpotify has released a blog post laying out their decision to join Amazon, Pandora and Google in appealing a US Copyright Board decision that would raise streaming payments to songwriters by 44%, over time. Now, David Israelite of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has issued point-by-point "fact check" of Spotify's claims.

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Tracklib: A Valuable Tool For Producers

3Sampling is a huge part of producing music in the modern era, but clearing records in order to do so legally can be a pricey and drawn out process. Thankfully, the good people at Tracklib have now become the first record store to streamline the digital sampling process - a game changer for music producers.

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How Spotify Can Fix Its Songwriter Problem [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify New $While it seems easy to blame Spotify for joining Google, Amazon and Pandora to appeal a 44% increase in streaming royalties paid to songwriters, the issue is not that simple. In fact, it's so complex, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. that "both sides are right: songwriters need to be paid more, and streaming services need to increase margin."

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Video’s Rise Can Lift Music's Fortunes, But Only If Music Clearance Catches Up Technologically

3As the availability of content continues to balloon and the streaming technology on which it's accessed continues to advance, the process of clearing music for picture remains stuck in the year 1989, even as the demand for synced, pre-recorded music is ever-increasing.

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From Azoff To Slipknot, Music Biz Condemns Spotify, Google Attack On Songwriter Rates Increase

Decision-1697537_960_720Late last week Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon announced they were teaming appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling increasing streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. The four will file a action with the D.C. Court of Appeals. Now, artists and the industry are reacting, condemning the tech giants and praising Apple Music for not supporting the court action.

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Major Labels Split On Supporting Article 13; As Music Publishers Complain They Can't Make Money From Parodies

2The controversial Article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive has apparently lost some support from the major labels, after the music publishers learned the article would prevent them from making money off parodies of their artists' songs. Universal is the most opposed however Warner and Sony Music taking a more nuanced position.

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