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Why Warner Did a Deal With YouTube

No Comments 10 May 2017

On Friday evening, MBW broke the news that Warner Music Group had signed a renewed global licensing deal with YouTube – via an oddly downtrodden internal memo from WMG boss Steve Cooper.

“[Our] experiences during these negotiations were proof positive of the acute need to clarify ‘safe harbor’ provisions under US and EU copyright legislation,” it read.

“That’s the only way to conclusively close the gap between the revenue YouTube generates and what songwriters, artists, publishers and labels make in return.”

For what ultimately amounted to the announcement of a contract extension, this was a missive dripping with barely-concealed sufferance.

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Prince’s Posthumous Year In Business Was Full Of Weirdos And Chaos

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Prince’s Posthumous Year In Business Was Full Of Weirdos And Chaos

No Comments 24 April 2017

The problem was that Prince, a control freak, didn’t leave a will. He didn’t even have a cause of death — initial reports suggested an overdose of fentanyl, and recently unsealed affidavits and search warrants revealed painkillers were scattered throughout his Paisley Park home and studio. Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, who was treating Prince for hip pain, reportedly prescribed oxycodone intended for the artist to a close friend in the weeks prior to his death. After Prince died a year ago today, found in a Paisley Park elevator, his estate — including songs, videos, $25 million in real estate and 67 gold bars, among many other things — was said to be worth between $200 and $300 million.

Because Prince had no children, was divorced and his closest relatives were his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings, the estate was in shambles from the outset.

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Rush, Arthur Fogel, Marilyn Denis Honored at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

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Rush, Arthur Fogel, Marilyn Denis Honored at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

No Comments 24 April 2017

Five legendary Canadian names - concert promoter Arthur Fogel, broadcaster Marilyn Denis, and artists Rush, 54.40 and Jann Arden - were celebrated with big awards at Canadian Music Week’s 35th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards (MBIA), Thursday evening in Grand Ballroom of Toronto’s Sheraton Centre.

Attended by a who’s who of Canadians and visiting international delegates in town for CMW, April 18-23, including three days jammed full of industry-focused keynotes and panels and six nights of live music all over the city.

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Online Royalties Jumped 60 percent For Independent Publishers In 2016

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Online Royalties Jumped 60 percent For Independent Publishers In 2016

No Comments 2 March 2017

Online royalties paid out by the likes of Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and YouTube jumped by 60% for a powerful set of independent publishers last year.

The figure refers to distributions made by IMPEL, which collectively licenses Anglo-American mechanical digital rights in Europe for publishers including Beggars Music, Imagem, SONGS Music Publishing and more.

The growth was completely driven by streaming (thanks to hits from songwriters like SONGS-signed The Weeknd, pictured), which comfortably offset declines from download platforms.

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Coalition of 15 Music Orgs File Complaint Over Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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Coalition of 15 Music Orgs File Complaint Over Digital Millennium Copyright Act

No Comments 23 February 2017

A coalition of 15 music organizations representing creators and companies has submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office about the safe harbors in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and why they’re not working for the music business. Among them are the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and various collection societies and creators organizations.

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Streaming’s Ad Boom

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Streaming’s Ad Boom

No Comments 30 July 2016

Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora steadily have increased their visibility - and marketing spends - in recent years, but as Apple Music and now YouTube have joined the competition for subscribers, the battleground has moved to Madison Avenue. Billboard reports.

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A SoundCloud Demise Would Create A Void For Indie Artists

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A SoundCloud Demise Would Create A Void For Indie Artists

No Comments 30 July 2016

From the Music 3.0 blog: SoundCloud is seeking a buyer, and that could make it much more difficult for indie music artists across all genres to have their music heard. The streaming music service is reportedly seeking a sale in the $1 billion range in a deal that could alter that part of the music landscape for a long time.

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