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Music Licensing Databases? The Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act and ASCAP/BMI

by Brooks Pierce on

On July 20, US Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act. The legislation would create a database of music copyright ownership and licensing information. ...more

Music Licensing Basics: How to Legally Use Someone’s Music in Your Business

by Knobbe Martens on

Introduction - •Music copyrights: –Musical works – sheet music and lyrics •Author is generally composer/lyricist and controls •Can be administered through a music publisher - Please see full Presentation below...more

Music Performing Rights Organizations and the “Full-Work” vs. “Fractional” Licensing Dispute: Government Seeks to Overturn...

by Brooks Pierce on

On Thursday, the United States filed its brief (link is external)in its appeal of a decision by the district court for the Southern District of New York (link is external), which rejected the US Department of Justice’s...more

This RMLC/GMR Fight Is No Joke

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Originally published in Radio Ink - January 12, 2017. Most radio stations have received emails in the past several weeks from both the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR) regarding an...more

The Monopoly Guys: ASCAP & BMI - Music Industry Landed on "Chance" When it Entered into Consent Decrees Long Ago

Landing on chance in the classic game of Monopoly brings a variety of potential outcomes – advance to go, get out of jail free, or go directly to jail. In 1941, the players in the music industry’s game of Monopoly landed on...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Antitrust Year in Review. In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at the...more

The Song Remains the Same

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that there would be no modifications to the 1941 ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees. The main thrust of the DOJ decision was a confirmation that each consent decree...more

DOJ declines to modify consent decrees, angers PROs.”

Greenberg Glusker music law partner William I. Hochberg was quoted in an August 4, 2016, Daily Journal article, “DOJ declines to modify consent decrees, angers PROs.”...more

BMI Redux: BMI Seeks To Move To “Clarify” The DOJ Position On Partial Licenses

As we have previously blogged, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected proposed modifications to the existing Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) consent...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

by Akerman LLP on

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

Pandora Enters Into License Agreements With ASCAP and BMI

by BakerHostetler on

Following the Copyright Royalty Board’s ruling to raise Pandora’s royalty rates, last week Pandora announced new licensing agreements with the country’s two largest performing-rights societies, Broadcast Music Inc. and the...more

Presidential Campaigns Using Songs Without Permission Hit a Sour Note

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is “Not Gonna Take It”. He recently received permission from Dee Snider to use Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his campaign. Trump sought permission after...more

Spooky Songs Done Wrong: Copyright Consequences for Unlicensed Haunted Houses

by Butler Snow LLP on

It’s that time of year: costumes and candy, haunted houses and hayrides. And all those tricks and treats add up to a $7.4 billion commercial industry around the holiday, a figure that exceeds the annual revenue of the...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - July - August 2015

by King & Spalding on

Protecting Trade Secrets in the Era of the Data Breach - The prevalence of data breaches cannot be ignored. New data breaches continue to occur one after an-other. In the first half of 2015 alone there were reports of...more

July 2015: Entertainment Litigation Update

How Proposed Changes at the Copyright Office Will Affect the Music Business. In February 2015, the U.S. Copyright Office released “Copyright and the Music Marketplace,” a report that details several recommendations to...more

Music Streaming Rights Are Included in ASCAP’s Licenses - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers et al. v. Pandora...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that composers and music publishers cannot partially withdraw from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) licensing...more

Second Circuit Affirms Victory for Pandora On Music Streaming Rights

On May 6, 2015, in Pandora Media, Inc. v. American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the Second Circuit held that composers and music publishers cannot partially withdraw from the American Society of Composers,...more

Department of Justice Opens Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice this month announced that it has opened a review of the 73-year-old ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees. In its press release, the DOJ noted that it is most interested in comments...more

DOJ Revisits Music Royalty Consent Decrees

by Mintz Levin on

From cassette tapes to CDs to Pandora and Spotify, innovations in the music field over the past two decades have drastically changed how people access music. Songwriters, however, are paid according to a system that has been...more

Antitrust Claims Against SESAC Copyright Licenses Permitted To Proceed

Performing rights organizations (PROs) are entities that issue licenses to, and collect royalties from, television stations and other parties who wish to perform or dylanbroadcast copyrighted musical compositions. There are...more

Annual Minimum Webcasting Royalty Fees Due Jan. 31, 2014

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Broadcasters and others who stream music on the Internet must pay their minimum annual webcasting copyright royalty fees to SoundExchange by Jan. 31, 2014. These webcasting fees are in addition to public performance...more

Southern District of New York Holds Music Publishers Cannot Selectively Withdraw New Media Rights from ASCAP's Repertory

On September 17, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the consent decree entered into by and between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the...more

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