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MLC, Digital Services Strike Deal to Fund Music Modernization Act-Mandated Database

Under the agreement, the MLC will receive $33.5 million in startup costs, as well as a first-year operating budget of $28.5 million, with the bill being split among the digital services — Amazon, Apple, Google, Pandora and Spotify — proportional by size, with the largest footing the larger portion of the payment.

Source: MLC, Digital Services Strike Deal to Fund Music Modernization Act-Mandated Database

Microsoft brought book burning into the digital age 

When Microsoft terminated its ebooks store — a service — it did not have to recall the books it had vended; instead, it terminated access to them. In essence, although the books continue to exist as intellectual property, those copies of the books just went away at the sole discretion of the provider, subject only to any contractual obligations.

Source: Microsoft brought book burning into the digital age — and you should be worried

ASCAP Launches Research & Innovation Initiative 

ASCAP has launched the Advanced Research & Innovation Initiative to explore how advanced technologies, new business approaches and creative collaborations can drive value for its music creator members and music consumers. The new program will help to identify and develop new areas of growth and efficiency through technology accelerators, prototyping research projects, cross-pollination with the startup community, and knowledge-sharing through a bi-monthly speaker series.

Source: ASCAP Launches Research & Innovation Initiative With Startup Summits, Speaker Series, More

Investors in Search of Yield Turn to Music-Royalty Funds

Funds focused on music royalties are gaining traction as investors stray from the beaten path in a hunt for yield. Such funds buy the rights to music catalogs and generate royalty payments for investors when songs are bought, streamed or performed. The firms behind the funds say they actively manage these assets, seeking licensing deals that allow songs to generate greater income.

Source: Investors in Search of Yield Turn to Music-Royalty Funds

Microsoft eBooks, iTunes and the Fahrenheit 451 Moment for Digital Content

When Microsoft terminated its ebooks store – a service – it did not have to recall the books it had vended; instead, it terminated access to them. In essence, although the books continue to exist as intellectual property, those copies of the books just went away at the sole discretion of the provider, subject only to any contractual obligations (which Microsoft has sought to ameliorate by reimbursing its customers, although to be fair, it is not clear that the company is under any legal obligation to do so).

Source: Microsoft is discontinuing their service of e-books from their online store.

Warner Music Joins $11 Million Investment In New Blockchain Venture 

Now that Warner Music Group has mastered streaming, generating $2 billion in revenue from the technology, the music giant behind Cardi B, Ed Sheerhan and Bruno Mars has set its sights on blockchain, joining an $11.2 million investment in Dapper Labs, best known for making the viral blockchain game, CryptoKitties.

Source: Exclusive: From CryptoKitties To Cardi B: Warner Music Joins $11 Million Investment In Ethereum Replacement

Apple Wanted to Revolutionize the Way Streaming Pays. Here’s Why It Wasn’t Allowed

Testifying on behalf of Apple on March 8th, 2017, Dale Cendali of legal giant Kirkland & Ellis told the CRB that “the current rate structure is overly complicated and lacks transparency because royalties depend on the amount of revenue a service generates … and because of that, songwriters may receive different compensation even though it is the same song being streamed.”

Source: Apple Wanted to Revolutionize the Way Streaming Pays. Here’s Why It Wasn’t Allowed

NMPA Questions Whether Spotify & Amazon Have Miscalculated, Underpaid Publisher Royalties

The National Music Publishers Association is challenging Spotify and Amazon’s methods of determining mechanical royalties, putting into question whether the services are underpaying publishers. On Tuesday (Aug. 27), the NMPA sent letters to both companies seeking more information on how they are applying various components of the Copyright Royalty Board’s three-tier rate formula.

Source: NMPA Questions Whether Spotify & Amazon Have Miscalculated, Underpaid Publisher Royalties

Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 of the rapper’s songs on its service to the tune of potentially billions of dollars in alleged damages. The suit also targets the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October that was intended to make life easier for tech companies and to get songwriters paid.

Source: Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

Music User Groups Warn DOJ Over Abandoning Consent Decrees

While music publishers, songwriters and both ASCAP and BMI are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the consent decrees under which the two performance rights organizations operate, and eventually allow them to expire, music users insist that the consent decrees are vital to the music licensing landscape and without them chaos would reign.

Source: Music User Groups Warn DOJ Abandoning Consent Decrees ‘Would Be a Public Policy Error of the Highest Order’

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