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Justice Department Plans Virtual Workshop On Music Industry Consent Decrees

The Justice Department is planning a virtual public workshop on one of the most contentious issues in the music business – the future of the nearly 80-year-old consent decrees that have governed how works are licensed. The event on July 28 and 29 is the latest development as the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division reviews the decrees, a move that would have huge implications on songwriters, artists and publishers.

Source: Justice Department Plans Virtual Workshop On Music Industry Consent Decrees

Peloton’s New Music Chief On Why Artists Should Take The Company For A Spin

The interactive workout giant in February settled a lawsuit filed by the National Music Publishers Association for an undisclosed sum. Now, with the suit in the rear view and artists seeking fan connection during the pandemic-produced live music pause, Peloton is looking to get up to speed with musicians, songwriters and producers.

Source: Peloton’s New Music Chief On Why Artists Should Take The Company For A Spin

UnitedMasters now gives artists 100% of royalties via $5-per-month subscription tier

Independent artist distribution platform UnitedMasters has launched a new subscription tier that allows acts to keep 100% of their royalties from digital services. To date, the US-based company has operated a model in which it keeps 10% of an artist’s royalties on any distributed platform.

Source: UnitedMasters now gives artists 100% of royalties via $5-per-month subscription tier

NMPA CEO: CASE Act Provides Streamlined Copyright Protection for Songwriters 

In this guest column, David Israelite, president & CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners, argues in favor of the CASE Act, which would create a board within the U.S. Copyright Office to decide copyright disputes rather than going before a court.

Source: The Case for the CASE Act, Which Provides Streamlined Copyright Protection for Songwriters (Guest Column)

U.S. Copyright Office: Disconnecting Persistent Pirates is Not Always Preferred 

In a letter to US Senators, the Copyright Office comments in detail on the ‘repeat infringer’ issue, stressing that a one-size-fits-all approach is not ideal. It may not always be appropriate to terminate the Internet accounts of persistent pirates. Instead, ISPs could also limit their bandwidth, the Office suggests.

Source: U.S. Copyright Office: Disconnecting Persistent Pirates is Not Always Preferred * TorrentFreak

Grammy-Winning Artist Sues YouTube Over Content ID Discrimination

Grammy-winning jazz artist and composer Maria Schneider has filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube over alleged Content ID discrimination. “If a rights holder does not have the economic clout to qualify for Content ID,” writes the plaintiffs’ legal team, “YouTube refuses to add their works to the Content ID catalog for prepublication protection even if those works have previously been infringed on YouTube hundreds or even thousands of times.”

Source: Grammy-Winning Artist Sues YouTube Over Content ID Discrimination

Rightsholders Want African Countries to Up Their Anti-Piracy Game

According to a coalition of prominent copyright industry groups, piracy remains a widespread and serious problem among all African countries. United in the IIPA, they ask the US Government to make trade benefits for sub-Saharan African countries dependent on local copyright laws and the effectiveness of their anti-piracy enforcement.

Source: Rightsholders Want African Countries to Up Their Anti-Piracy Game * TorrentFreak

Spotify and Harry Fox Agency accused of ‘joint conspiracy’ to infringe copyrights in Eminem publisher lawsuit

The new claim was filed in a Nashville court yesterday (July 1) and suggests that Spotify and HFA’s alleged “scheme to engage in copyright infringement was a massive success”. The filing suggests that Kobalt “was tricked into believing that Spotify had compulsory licenses and into accepting ‘royalty statements’ distributed by HFA on behalf of Spotify” and “was further tricked into believing that Eight Mile was being accounted to properly”.

Source: Spotify and Harry Fox Agency accused of ‘joint conspiracy’ to infringe copyrights in Eminem publisher lawsuit

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