2016 in Review

New developments marked the US music business in 2016, There was welcome growth in recorded music sales driven by more streams and streaming services. Still,…

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Federal law governs the licensing of music and songwriter collections. In particular, sound compositions that are broadcasted over the public airways or performed in commercial…

The Drama of Artist Payments

In recent times, artists/songwriters, who once made their living recording and writing songs, have been severely affected by the slump in royalty revenue coming from…

Pandora’s Evolution

Of late, the sustainability of streaming giant Pandora has become questionable. Losses are fivefold what they were a year ago, even though revenue has grown…

Compromising Moral Rights

Copyright law is based on property law. It evolved over time and recognized more and more economic rights, such as those of music creators to…

MIDEM in the Music Industry

MIDEM, the music industry conference held in France that is owned by communications company Reed MIDEM, targets the creativity and synergy of musicians, music entrepreneurs,…

GRD’s Failure

In the era of the Internet, it is still difficult to obtain information about the ownership and control of musical rights and works. This can…

Conflict over Consent Decrees

In early June, the United States Department of Justice announced that it would be launching a review of the consent decrees governing the nation’s two…

The Copyright Hearings

For more than a year now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet has been conducting a series of hearings as…

ASACP’s 100

February 13, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, known colloquially as ASCAP, the nation’s…