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YouTube Takes the Guess Work out of Music Copyright Status

Have you ever spent hours searching for the perfect soundtrack to your video masterpiece only to have it pulled immediately from YouTube for copyright infringement? You're not the only one. You're also not the only one who can exhale when uploading videos from now on. Why? YouTube just launched a feature that allows you to search ...


SoundExchange Identifies $2.3 Million in Unpaid Royalties for SAG-AFTRA Members

Media and entertainment union SAG-AFTRA and digital music collection agency SoundExchange have identified SAG-AFTRA members with a cumulative $2.3 million in unclaimed royalties for the use of their recordings on 2,500+ digital radio services. SAG-AFTRA and SoundExchange conducted a crosscheck of their two databases and identified nearly 2,000 union member performers who are potentially owed royalties. ...


5 Reasons an Interband Agreement is a Great Idea

Brandon Dorsky, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice in the state of California; he can be reached via Dorsky Legal. Everything is peachy when things in a band are going right; the music feels like a perfect marriage and all the members are excited about the opportunity horizon.  But just like divorces —- the realities ...


Producer Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson Estate Over Royalties

Producer Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson Estate Over Royalties

Music producer Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson's estate on Friday, seeking millions of dollars in royalties generated from some of the star's biggest hits after the King of Pop's death. Jones, who worked on Jackson's three biggest solo albums - “Off the Wall", “Thriller" and “Bad" - also named Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company of ...


Soundexchange Increases Quarterly Distributions

SoundExchange again broke its own record for quarterly royalty payments to musicians and record labels with a distribution of $149 million for the second quarter of 2013. This represented a 55 percent increase from the same quarter in 2012. SoundExchange was also recently honored with a couple of Silver Stevie Awards from the American Business Awards. ...


Soundexchange Announces Record $135 Million 4th Quarter Payments, $462 Million in 2012

SoundExchange announced today that it had paid out $462 million to recording artists and labels in 2012 including $134.9 million in the fourth quarter  - the largest quarterly distribution in SoundExchange history. The total year-end royalty payments represented a 58% from the prior year and  the Q4 distribution of 22,000 payments was a nearly 10% increase ...


SoundExchange Reveals What Pandora Pays Artists

By Eliot Van Buskirk of Earlier this month, Pandora revealed artist payouts in the millions, as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce the royalty rate for online radio — or at least add a similar burden to FM radio, which pays no performance royalty. To be clear, Pandora phrased this carefully in its blog ...


TuneSat Helps Musicians Get Paid for Unreported and Unlicensed Use of Their Music on TV

Earlier this year Zoe Keating raised awareness of the peculiar reporting processes of ASCAP for performance royalties in live settings. Now TuneSat, a music detection tech company, is doing the same thing for television reporting. Claiming that a majority of uses of music on tv are not reported to Performing Rights Organizations and that those that ...



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