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Monkee business in DC: musicFIRST Capitol Hill rally shows that broadcast performance royalty is still actively being pursued

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 22 2010

In an email blast that went out this morning, the musicFIRST Coalition, the group organized to pursue a performance royalty on radio broadcasters for the use of music in their over-the-air broadcasts, announced that they would be holding a rally and concert with a member of the 1960s rock band the Monkees, musically backed by three Congressmen

Copyright Office issues letter in support of broadcast performance royalty - suggests that economic comeback for radio makes royalty more affordable

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 8 2010

According to a letter from the Copyright Office that has recently been made public, the economic troubles of broadcasters, which have been used to argue against the imposition of a performance royalty for the use of sound recordings by radio stations, are cyclical and are largely over

Judge orders ASCAP fees for radio to drop - on an interim basis

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 19 2010

Last week, a US District Court Judge adopted a new interim rate to be paid by commercial radio broadcasters to ASCAP for the use of ASCAP-licensed music by over-the-air radio stations, reducing the fees paid by the industry by about $40 million dollars, or about 20 of the total that had been paid by the industry under the rate deal that expired at the end of 2009

Copyright Royalty Board approves settlement for sound recording royalty rates for "new subscription services" - any hints as to what a broadcast performance royalty would be?

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 25 2010

The Copyright Royalty Board has announced its approval of new sound recording performance royalties for "new subscription services", i.e. music services provided to the customers of cable or satellite television systems by companies not in this business in 1998 at the time of the adoption of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

SoundExchange sending reminders to broadcasters who are not paying royalties for streaming music sound recordings

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 23 2010

In recent weeks, SoundExchange has begun to send letters to broadcasters who are streaming their signals on the Internet without paying their SoundExchange royalties

The basics of music licensing in digital media

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 10 2010

Businesses that are involved in digital media use music in many ways and most require some sort of license to make the use legal

Proposed Broadcast Performance Royalty back in the news - where is it going?

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 9 2010

In one more indication that the Broadcast Performance Royalty (or "performance tax" as opponents of the legislation call it) is not dead yet is an article in yesterday's New York Times reviewing the issues at stake in the proceeding

Using music in advertising or in a video production? Secure the necessary rights - ASCAP, BMI and SESAC licenses are not enough

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 5 2010

Using music in commercials is not as simple as just paying your ASCAP, BMI and SESAC royalties

Stephen Colbert Olympics coverage explains trademark law

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 2 2010

Getting legal education from a fake news program is always dangerous, but a recent episode of the Stephen Colbert Show nicely demonstrated trademark law

Warner Music says no more music for streaming - what does it mean for US webcasters?

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 14 2010

According to British press reports, Warner Music's CEO Edger Bronfman Jr. stated that it will cease making its music available to advertising supported streaming music sites