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Will Blanket Licenses Make Songwriters Warm and Fuzzy?
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 18:20:06 UTC

David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publisher's Association, has voiced support for a new licensing system that could fundamentally change how music is distributed and rightsholders compensated. On the surface, the proposal - which is still pretty vague at this point - would appear to simplify licensing in the digital environment. Israelite describes a "blanket license" to cover the mechanical and synchronization rights for music offered online. The latter would conceivably streamline the licensing process for popular video services like YouTube. If properly implemented, it may also help publishers and songwriters get paid for uses that have thus far been resistant to easy licensing solutions. So, how would it work? Complete Article







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