Legislative

22Mar

Let the Games Begin: Dueling MLC Submissions Filed With the U.S. Copyright Office

Competing submissions for the Music Modernization Act’s MLC were officially filed with the U.S. Copyright Office on Thursday night. Talk to National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) president David Israelite, and he’ll tell you this shouldn’t be a …

22Mar

Anti-Article 13 Petition Reaches 5 Million Signatures — And Counting

The Copyright Directive and its two controversial measures – Article 11 (the link tax) and Article 13 (copyright filters) – continue to draw rebuke. Several weeks ago, the Copyright Directive – and the controversial Article 13 measure – cleared a major…

15Mar

Members of U.S. Congress’ Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus Have Been Announced

The music industry’s Congressional ‘connecting committee’ is in place. Members of the 116th Congress’ Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus have been announced.  The bi-partisan caucus was first established in 2005 as a way to work with members of the mus…

13Mar

Facing Major Blowback from the Artist Community, Japan Scraps Its Controversial Anti-Piracy Bill

Japan wanted more restrictions on piracy.  The local creative content community unequivocally said, “No.” Last month, the Japanese government took a harsh stance against piracy. A government panel had reportedly adopted a new policy.  The proposed bill…

11Mar

Spotify Says They’re ‘Not Suing Songwriters’ — Here’s Their Full Statement to the Music Industry

Spotify is now responding to accusations of ‘suing songwriters’ and ‘declaring war’ against content creators. Last week, Spotify — along with Amazon, Google, and Pandora — started the process of appealing a Copyright Royalty Board ruling that would ult…