Record Labels Sign Off, But Will Music Publishers Derail Apple's Cloud?
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:47:10 UTC

The distinction between music labels, who own the rights to music recordings, and music publishers, who own the rights to songs' underlying compositions, seems small and technical. But it's an important one. The two groups each get paid when their work is used, at different rates. And while all the big music companies have both a recorded music arm and a publishing arm, the two operate in different silos, and don't always share the rights to the same music. The Beatles' recordings, for instance, belong to EMI Music, while the bands' publishing rights are controlled by Sony/ATV. Complete Article

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