Independent music body IMPALA issued a statement (see below) today (January 28) arguing that it’s “illogical not to deliver the results now”. On Friday (January 24), Tom Kiehl, Deputy CEO of UK Music (an umbrella body that represents the recording, publishing and live sectors) wrote to Skidmore “to request an urgent meeting to discuss the music industry’s concerns”.
Impala, a leading advocate of independent record labels in Europe, is protesting the United Kingdom’s decision to not enforce the EU’s Copyright Directive. In a statement, Impala said that the Copyright Directive “brings clear benefits” and that all, including “creators, citizens, and of course start-ups,” have something to gain from the law.
PMR has now revealed, via a press release, that it has filed 10 separate copyright infringement actions against other music streaming services, for “the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works”. Lodged with the U.S. District Court in New York, the 10 lawsuits, filed name Apple, Google, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Pandora, Deezer, 7digital, iHeartradio and Rhapsody as defendants.
Technically, most tribute acts are in fact in violation of the rights belonging to the original act, to some degree. However, the current legislation in this area fails to adequately address the issue, and as such, a grey area has been created that has been left to the courts to decide.
A group of managers and lawyers representing some of Germany’s biggest artists have written a joint letter to the leaders of the four largest music rights companies in the market – Universal, Sony, Warner and BMG. The artist reps are demanding “more money from the booming business [created by] music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music”.
Media company Discovery Networks has scrapped controversial plans to stop paying performance royalties to composers for shows aired in the US across its channels including Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. As first reported by Variety in December, Discovery Networks was planning to start asking composers to agree to “direct source licenses” for their music, (i.e. having their rights bought outright ), or risk having their work removed from programming.
Following last year’s success in modernising copyright laws for the digital age, the government has made clear it has no plans to implement the Copyright Directive in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January. MP Chris Skidmore, confirmed that any changes to the UK’s copyright framework would fall under the domestic policy process.
ByteDance-owned video sharing app TikTok has inked a multi-territory licensing deal with Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector. Today’s news comes as TikTok is also understood to be in the middle of licensing negotiations with the majors.
The novel’s copyright is set to expire at the end of 2020, meaning that anyone will be allowed to publish the book, adapt it to a movie, make it into an opera or stage a Broadway musical. No longer will you need to permission to write a sequel, a prequel, a Jay Gatsby detective novel or a Gatsby narrative populated with Zombies.
Attorneys for Audible and seven major publishers told the court this week that they have resolved their high profile copyright lawsuit over Audible’s proposed ‘Captions’ program. In a January 13 letter, Audible attorney Emily Reisbaum “writing on behalf of all parties,” informed Judge Valerie Caproni that the sides “have resolved their disputes,”