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…

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…

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…

Pandora’s Provocation

Pandora Media is locked in a no-holds-barred fight for profitability. The commotion is affecting a large contingent of stakeholders—songwriters, music publishers, performance rights organizations, terrestrial…

The Returned Value of PROs

Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) should be regarded as any artist/songwriter’s best friends. Societies such as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are responsible for collecting all performance…

The Music Industry in 2011

More than ten years have passed since the debut of Napster shook the record industry. The file-sharing software gave music listeners access to an immense …