With a 415-0 vote of approval in the House of Representatives, many anticipated the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) would achieve a similar, swift vote in the Senate and finally, we would see an update to archaic laws to reflect how artists and songwriters should get paid today. To nearly everyone’s surprise, however, it came to fruition that the opposition to the bill was vastly underestimated… read more here.
Photo by Lukas from Pexels The DIY era has its pros and cons. Musicians are able to take initiative, protect their works using seemingly simple/user-friendly instructions to do so, generate royalties from various streams, and do so while keeping more money in their own pockets. The downside, however, is that
In May 2017, individual lawsuits filed against Spotify by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick (and later joined) reached a settlement to the tune of $43.5 million. The suit arose after Spotify allegedly failed to compensate songwriters with publishing income deriving form mechanical licenses.
In their open letter, a host of United States music industry organizations, including Asoff MSG Entertainment, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, the RIAA and numerous others, have banned together asking for the United States Government’s support of Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposed by the European Commission.