Posts Tagged: music licensing


The Katy Perry Verdict Proves Our Music Copyright Laws Need a Tune Up

Our music copyright law is out of tune in several ways. The recent multi-million-dollar jury verdict this summer against Katy Perry and Capitol Records illustrates a lack …
By J. Michael Keyes
2 months ago 6

Compromise on Music Modernization Act Leads to Unconditional Support From Music Industry Organizations

A collection of trade organizations representing music publishers and songwriters recently released a joint statement in which all announced unconditional support for S.2823, the Music Modernization Act (…
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Increasing Fairness For Independent Songwriters By Improving The Music Modernization Act

As advocates for all music creators, including independent songwriters, we have endorsed the Music Modernization Act, along with other organizations spanning the music industry, as part of …

Largest Ever Copyright Royalty Board Ruling Transforms How Songwriters are Paid

Less than 48 hours before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 years ago 0

Not So Blurred Lines

Some IP commentators love to hate the Blurred Lines music copyright decision. A primary critique has stoked unnecessary fear in musicians that the decision blurs the line …
By Sean O'Connor
2 years ago 2

China’s copyright regulator tells foreign and domestic music companies to improve copyright licensing, reducing piracy

In mid-September, the federal government of the People’s Republic of China issued statements which indicate that the country is looking to expand upon recent rhetoric over …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

In the Era of Spotify and Pandora Where Do ASCAP and BMI Fit?

In traditional music recording, artists have had to choose to license their music through major music industry organizations like ASCAP and BMI. In the age of streaming …
By Derek Handova
2 years ago 2

The Impact of Drake’s Fair Use Copyright Victory on Music Copyright Infringement

A few weeks ago, a New York federal judge ruled that Hip-Hop Artist Drake was protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine when he sampled a spoken-word …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 years ago 4

Spotify, Pandora land top spots in growing online music streaming sector

A report issued in March of this year found that a full 45 percent of the 119 million people listening to online radio services were tuning into Pandora’s …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Jury Tells Robin Thicke to Give it Up

Thicke maintains that the Gaye family doesn't own a genre, a style, or a groove and he’s right. The Gayes point out no other musicians or …
By Beth Hutchens
5 years ago 5

Congress Seeks to Fix Unfair, Outdated Royalties for Songwriters and Composers

According to Congressman Collins, who I spoke with via telephone on Friday, March 6, 2015, there was a great deal of treatment of the SEA at the subcommittee level …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 6

Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye Because He’s Infringing?

Recently I was driving around between appointments and flipping through radio stations on Sirius XM. I came across a song that at first I thought was the …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 29

Copyright Issues on the Legislative Agenda for 2012-2013

Though they are unlikely to take center stage during the truncated session before elections or the post-election lame duck session, lawmakers will have to contend with several …