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.
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.
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.
The Authors Guild, Amazon Publishing, and Penguin Random House filed suit in federal court in Washington State seeking to enjoin a Ukraine-based piracy site from illegally copying, distributing, and selling works written or published by the plaintiffs.
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.
In the creative world, the pandemic has illuminated one of the first lies Big Tech started pitching more than twenty years ago—namely that wiping out the market for music sales was an opportunity that musical artists were failing to understand.
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.
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.”
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.
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”.