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.
on June 29, 2016, ASCAP and BMI (U.S. performing rights societies) met jointly with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to hear the government’s proposal regarding ASCAP’s and BMI’s respective consent decrees, which have been under formal review for the past couple years (i.e. among other proposed changes, ASCAP and BMI music publishers sought the right to withdraw digital licensing from the blanket licenses in order to cut direct deals, and the ability to bundle additional licensing with additional rights under the PROs blanket licenses). Read more here!