Items tagged "Music Licensing"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill to Fix Lack of Reliable Music Copyright Ownership Information

July 21, 2017 Copyright , Copyright Office , Music Licensing

Today, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, which would establish an information database for musical works and sound recordings that users and services could search and would make music licensing more efficient.

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Public Knowledge Calls for Appeal of Misguided Consent Decree Decision

September 19, 2016 BMI , Consent Decrees , Department of Justice , Litigation , Music Licensing

Last Friday, the federal district court overseeing the BMI consent decree rejected the Department of Justice’s interpretation, holding that it did not prohibit so-called “fractional licensing.” In an opinion with little meaningful analysis, the court dismissed DOJ’s reading of the plain language of the consent decree, calling the consent decree language merely “descriptive.”

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Public Knowledge Welcomes DoJ Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

August 4, 2016 Antitrust Law , consent decree , Copyright Office , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, the Department of Justice concluded its review of the antitrust consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the two largest music performance rights organizations (PROs) in the United States. After two years of extensive public comment and analysis, the Department has determined it would be inappropriate to amend the consent decrees in ways that would enable music publishers to take greater advantage of their market dominance in negotiating licenses. Additionally, it has clarified licensing practices that came to light during its review. Public Knowledge has advocated for the Department to adopt these positions throughout the review and welcomes the decision.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Reports on Department of Justice’s ASCAP/BMI Consent Decree Decision

July 1, 2016 Antitrust , consent decree , DOJ , Music Competition , Music Licensing

Reports now indicate that the Department of Justice has ended its lengthy process to amend the consent decrees governing music publishing in the United States by declining to make adjustments. If true, this would prevent music publishers from withdrawing digital public performance rights from the blanket licenses offered by the two largest performance rights organizations in the United States, ASCAP and BMI. Due to the threat to competition posed by such large concentrations in licensing authority, ASCAP and BMI operate under antitrust consent decrees that govern their licensing practices.

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Public Knowledge Celebrates Court Decision in “Happy Birthday” Case

September 23, 2015 Copyright , Music Licensing

Yesterday, the district court in Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. invalidated one of the most famous, longest lasting, and controversial rights claims in music: Warner/Chappell’s ownership of the copyright in the universally known song Happy Birthday to You.

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Public Knowledge Urges Appeals Court to Reject Overbroad State Copyrights

September 9, 2015 Copyright , Fair Use , Music Licensing

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief in Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Pandora. Public Knowledge urges the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision that claimed that the online music service violated a band’s public performance rights by streaming their pre-1972 sound recordings.

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Public Knowledge Urges Reps. Nadler, Blackburn to Revamp Fair Play Fair Pay Act

April 13, 2015 Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced music licensing legislation that contains several proposals, some of which encourage a more fair market and others that would undermine competition in the music industry. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act proposes: requiring AM/FM broadcasters to pay sound recording royalties; setting statutory licenses under a “willing buyer, willing seller” standard; and requiring certain services to pay for performing pre-1972 sound recordings, among other changes. Public Knowledge supports paying artists fairly for their work, but cannot support unbalanced legislation that does not promote competitive choices for listeners.

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Jodie Griffin to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on Music Antitrust Decrees

March 9, 2015 Copyright Reform , Music Licensing

Public Knowledge Senior Staff Attorney Jodie Griffin will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee Tuesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. Her testimony in the hearing on “How Much for a Song? The Antitrust Decrees that Govern the Market for Music” will support preserving competition in music licensing through consent decrees that ensure consumers have access to a competitive music market.

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Pre-1972 Recordings Need Balanced Copyright protection

May 29, 2014 Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. George Holding (R-NC) introduced the Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act (Respect Act). The Respect Act would require webcasters to pay statutory license fees for pre-1972 sound recordings as a condition of using the statutory license for sound recordings made in 1972 and later, which receive federal copyright protection. The bill would not preempt the patchwork of existing state law protections.

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It’s Time To Pull Back the Curtain on the Termination Right

December 5, 2019 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Music Licensing , Termination Right

You can read our new white paper, Making Sense of the Termination Right: How the System Fails Artists and How to Fix It, at publicknowledge.org/Termination.  Hidden inside Title 17 of the United States Code of Laws sits an unassuming but powerful right that Congress gave to artists and creators: the termination right. Unlike many statutory […]

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