Pat Whitrock

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: November 15, 2013

The NMPA sent take-down notices to 50 unlicensed lyric sites, most notably Rap Genius, on Monday. The other 49 sites can be found here. NMPA President David Israelite described the take-down notices as a precursor to filing copyright infringement lawsuits, but stressed that the NMPA intends to facilitate licensing deals, so these businesses, songwriters and publishers can be business partners, not adversaries. The unlicensed lyric site conversation intensified back in late August when UGA's David Lowery released his Undesirable Lyric Website Study.

Nov 15, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: November 8, 2013

Nashville celebrated country music this week with four major awards shows - the CMA, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC awards.

Nov 8, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: November 1, 2013

The legal dispute between Marvin Gaye's estate and the writers and publishers with stakes in Robin Thicke's smash summer hit "Blurred Lines" has escalated in a major way. The Gaye family has counterclaimed that Thicke's "Marvin Gaye fixation" extends beyond "Blurred Lines", drawing connections between other Gaye's and Thicke's works. The Gayes have also targeted EMI (now owned by Sony/ATV), which co-publishes "Blurred Lines" and administers part of Gaye's catalog. According to the coutnersuit, this conflict of interest caused EMI to breach its legal, contractual and ethical obligations to protect Gaye's copyrights. The counterclaimants propose that EMI lose all "Blurred Lines" profits and the administration rights to Gaye's catalog.

Nov 1, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: October 25, 2013

Google’s YouTube is expected to launch a freemium, on-demand music streaming service before the year’s end. Sources report the service, which is designed with mobile usage in mind, will be similar to Spotify, but with video. Google already acquired most of the licenses required to launch the service in preparation for its Google Play Music All Access launch earlier this year. YouTube’s new streaming service is expected to launch before Beats Music, which may not launch until early 2014.

Oct 25, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: October 18, 2013

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently reviewing APRA’s virtual monopoly status in the field of performing rights acquisition and licensing. For APRA to continue its current statutory protection from court action under the competition provisions set forth in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the ACCC must determine that APRA’s current arrangement contributes more to public benefit than public detriment. In order to satisfy the public benefit test, the ACCC has decided APRA must make improvements and add transparency to its dispute resolution process, licensing schemes and ‘license back’ and ‘opt out’ facilities for direct licensing arrangements.

Oct 18, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: October 11, 2013

Apple’s iTunes Radio will be launching in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Nordic countries as soon as early next year. Its largest competitor, Pandora, still isn’t available in Europe, despite launching over a decade ago. iTunes Radio has negotiated direct deals with both labels and publishers while Pandora is waits for its Dec. 4 rate trial.

Oct 10, 2013

CMJ 2013: 7 Panels That Will Make You A Publishing Wizard

CMJ is right around the corner. If you’ve ever attended, you know what that means. For one week, aspiring musicians, music executives and everyone in between will be frantically running around downtown NYC trying to squeeze every drop of goodness out of the festival. But it’s important to remember they call it CMJ Music Marathon for a reason - a well-designed schedule is the key to getting the most out of any festival (and making it home in one piece).

Oct 8, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: October 4, 2013

Congressman Mel Watt introduced new legislation Monday morning that would extend the USA’s current digital performance right for sound recordings to include a broader spectrum of uses. Most notably, the Free Market Royalty Act would extend the master performance right to include broadcast radio, which in the US, unlike many other countries, currently only applies to publishing rights.

Oct 3, 2013

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: September 27, 2013

BMI has released their latest fiscal report, which includes record-high revenue figures for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Its $944 million in revenue and $814 million in royalty distributions are up 5% and 9%, respectively, from the previous year. BMI credits much of its positive growth to a 65% increase in new media revenues coming from Netflix, Hulu and others. International revenues constituted $297 million, over 30% of its total revenue.

Sep 26, 2013