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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: December 13, 2013

Nominations for the 56th Grammy Nominations were announced on Sunday. Nominees for Song of the Year include Just Give Me A Reason, Locked Out Of Heaven, Roar, Royals and Same Love. You can find the songwriters and publishers nominated for their respective songs here.

Winners of this year’s American Country Awards were announced Tuesday Night. Songwriters Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren took home Song of the Year honors for Highway Don’t Care. You can find the full list of winners here.

Nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes Awards were announced Thursday morning. The nominees for Best Original Score – Motion Picture are Steven Price (Gravity), John Williams (The Book Thief), Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave), Alex Ebert (All is Lost) and Alex Heffes (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). The nominees for Best Original Song – Motion Picture are Atlas (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Let It Go (Frozen), Ordinary Love (Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom), Please Mr. Kennedy (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Sweeter Than Fiction (One Chance).

Bart Baker’s parody video of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ was taken down by YouTube, presumably at SONGS Music Publishing’s request. George Strompolos, CEO of Fullscreen, Bart Baker’s MCN, took to Twitter to ask SONGS CEO Matt Pincus about the takedown. The two executives clearly disagreed on whether the video should be considered a parody and therefore protected under copyright law as fair use. Bart Baker filed a successful counterclaim and his video has been restored. Apparently creators’ concerns about legal fair-use parodies being removed along with infringing content has complicated publishers’ ongoing concerns about claiming and monetizing UGC on YouTube.

Billboard released its annual list of influential Women In Music. Among the honorees are key executives at each of America’s PROs: Lynne Lummel SVP of Distribution and Repertory at ASCAP, Catherine Brewton VP of Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI and Ellen Bligh Truley VP of Corporate Relations at SESAC. You can find the full list of honorees here.

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