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US Department Of Justice to appeal 100% licensing agreement

The US Department Of Justice has confirmed it will appeal the impromptu court ruling that overturned its decision on whether or not American collecting societies BMI and ASCAP must operate a 100% licensing system.

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U.S. Copyright Office Music Licensing Study

(adapted and courtesy of the The United States Copyright Office has undertaken a study to “evaluate the effectiveness of the existing methods of licensing music.” NSAI recently submitted comments answering specific questions from the Copyright Office relatign to this issue. U.S. Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, is expected to testify before Congress in a few months to give her thoughts on this study after reviewing all comment submissions.

Please read NSAI’s submission to the U.S. Copyright Office as well as that of all other submitting individuals and organizations.

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New Bill Would Force Radio Stations to Pay Artists for Airplay

Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) has introduced legislation to require that broadcasters compensate artists and labels when their music is played over the airwaves, adding to the long history of efforts by the music industry to obtain such a “performance right.”

Watt, who is the ranking member of a House Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property and the Internet, had indicated last month that he planned to unveil such a bill.

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Ray Manzarek, Thank You

As I wrote on Facebook ‘At times in our life, we are fortunate to spend time with people who help shape our life. Ray’s stories of THE DOORS, love of health food, and our countless hours focused on developing the novel THE MASTER AND MARGARITA in the early 90s will always be one of my fondest memories. RIP’

‘…Mr. Manzarek played a crucial role in creating music that was hugely popular and widely imitated, selling tens of millions of albums. It was a lean, transparent sound that could be swinging, haunted, meditative, suspenseful or circuslike. The Doors’ songs were generally credited to the entire group. Long after the death of Mr. Morrison in 1971, the music of the Doors remained synonymous with the darker, more primal impulses unleashed by psychedelia. In his 1998 autobiography, “Light My Fire,” Mr. Manzarek wrote: “We knew what the people wanted: the same thing the Doors wanted. Freedom.”…’

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Music Piracy Debate Takes a Turn at the Corner of 46th and Broadway #copyright #ghostbeach

“It seems ironic to use the earnings of a legal music licensing deal to launch a debate about the merits of piracy,” writes Alexandra Goldstein for the copyright alliance, “but that’s exactly what one Brooklyn-based band did last week. As the New York Times recently reported, the band Ghost Beach recently struck a deal with American Eagle Outfitters for the use of one of the band’s songs.  In exchange for being able to use the song, AE offered up both a standard fee and two weeks of prime real estate on their Times Square billboard.

With their blank canvas perched above the world’s largest confluence of foot traffic, Ghost Beach got to work on a campaign to spark debate about copyright and piracy in the music world. The band worked with advertising firm, TBWA/Chiat/Day, to plaster “PICK A SIDE” on their 15,000 square-foot billboard. On opposing sides of the ad, they juxtaposed the hashtag “ARTISTSAGAINSTPIRACY” with “ARTISTSFORPIRACY,” asking passers-by to take to Twitter and choose whether they are for pirating music or prefer a paid model…”

Read the full article at the copyright alliance.

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The Story Behind The Story: An Evening with Film Composers And Directors on 3/20/13

A unique joint event presented by The Society Of Composers and Lyricists and The California Copyright Conference, the panel features a discussion of the film scoring process from both the creative and business point of view as well as the interaction between directors and composer.  Moderated by Dan Kimpel, the panelists include Mark Isham, Aaron Zigman, Robin Swicord, and Brian Thomas Helgeland.

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Filed under: Aaron Zigman, Brian Thomas Helgeland, Directors, Mark Isham, Music, Organizations, Panels, Robin Swicord, The California Copyright Conference, , , , , , , ,

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  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 776
    NewsNet Issue 776July 29, 2019 U.S. Copyright Office Opens Chief of Operations Search The U.S. Copyright Office announces the search for a chief of operations. The chief of operations is a principal advisor to the Register of Copyrights on all aspects of operations and planning and is responsible for coordinating and directing certain operational activities […]
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 775
    NewsNet Issue 775July 15, 2019 Copyright Office Announces Fourth Modernization Webinar The Copyright Office will host its fourth public modernization webinar on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at noon eastern time.  The Office has received a number of questions on modernization and will use this webinar to highlight some of them to help explain the functions of the […]


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