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  • Livestream boom leaves music copyright owners vulnerable

    The move to online streaming of live music events and other performances will be seriously compromised if there are not immediate and long-lasting changes made to the authorisation provisions of the Copyright Act.
  • New algorithm generates every possible melody to curb copyright lawsuits

    The goal: to copyright every single combo in order to give it to the public so musicians and artists can use melodies without worrying about copyright issues down the line.
  • Is the Music Copyright Business Worth More Than Ever?

    The recorded-music business has been trumpeting big gains in recent years, sparking a flood of new interest from investors. But music is just one piece of a pie that also includes publishing revenue from the underlying compositions.
  • Music Stars Take Copyright Fight To U.S. As Revenue Tops $10 Billion

    While the total figure for songwriter and author royalties collected by authors’ societies around the world showed a modest 1% rise in overall incomes, the digital revenue surged 39%, according to the Cisac 2019 Global Collections Report.
  • Music Publishers Demand Investigation of Tiktok for Copyright Theft

    The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) has called for “scrutiny” of TikTok, asserting they have "consistently violated US copyright law and the rights of songwriters and music publishers."

  • Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Music Modernization Rules

    The U.S. Copyright Office is inviting musicians, producers, and others to help it develop regulations guiding the implementation of new digital music law.
  • Record labels have a new target: streamers and gamers

    Since 2007, YouTube has relied on an algorithmic system known as Content ID to police copyright on the platform, a system that works by comparing ...
  • Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million in Dispute Over 'Dark Horse'

    A federal jury in Los Angeles on Thursday decided that Katy Perry and others must pay $2.8 million in damages in a copyright dispute over her 2013 ...
  • Music copyright lawsuit hits sour note for Manchester bar

    A New Hampshire country music restaurant and bar is singing the “Working Man Blues” after paying thousands of dollars to settle a music copyright infringement lawsuit.
  • What every songwriter and publisher needs to know about the Music Modernization Act

    The Music Modernization Act, or MMA, has already changed a lot for songwriters and producers, but there’s a lot more on the way. And yes, it could...
  • Copyright Office Confirms NMPA-Endorsed Mechanical Licensing Collective

    The U.S. Copyright Office today announced that it has designated the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the new entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the Music Modernization Act.

  • YouTube Updates Copyright-Reporting System to Make It Easier for Creators to Manage Claims

    Effective as of July 9, YouTube requires copyright owners to provide timestamps for all new manual Content ID claims. That’s designed to let creators know exactly which part of their video is being claimed.