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RIGHTS October 27, 2013

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 ...

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RIGHTS July 11, 2013

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. ...

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RIGHTS January 17, 2013

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 ...

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RIGHTS October 31, 2012

SoundExchange Reveals What Pandora Pays Artists

By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. 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 ...

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RIGHTS October 31, 2012

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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RIGHTS August 24, 2012

Soundexchange Pays $204.4 Million in Digital Royalties Since Beginning of 2012

SoundExchange announced today that is it has distributed $204.4 million in digital royalty payments to artists and labels in the first two quarters of 2012. In its second quarter alone, the nonprofit PRO distributed $95.8 million, the second highest quarterly distribution in the organization's history. SoundExchange has really been on a mission lately to get musicians ...

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RIGHTS August 16, 2012

Apple V. Samsung: Are You F-ing Kidding Me?

Let me get this straight: The company that allowed massive copyright infringement with their no-copy protection music pod now wants to prevent a legitimate competitor from copying what…? Rounded corners and a touch screen?. Does anyone besides me find it ironic that Apple is suing anyone for “copying” them? Isn’t Apple the very company that railed ...

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RIGHTS August 16, 2012

Soundexchange Releases List of Unclaimed Digital Performance Royalties

SoundExchange continues its mission of rewarding musicians with their unclaimed digital performance royalties by today releasing a list of 50,000+ artist and label names owed tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments. This list also includes more than $31 million in royalties that are three or more years old ranging from $10 to more than ...

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RIGHTS July 31, 2012

Major Labels Admit They're Not Sharing Any Pirate Bay Award Money with Artists

When the prison sentences were made against The Pirate Bay defendants earlier this year, it was ordered that they would also have to pay €550,000 (approx $677,000) to several major labels including EMI, Universal Music, Sony Music and others. While the Swedish court had originally awarded the damages in order to compensate both artists and rightsholders, ...

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RIGHTS June 20, 2012

Breaking: Vevo to Finally Begin Paying Independent Publishers

Yesterday, we reported to you that the U.S. National Music Publisher's Association (NMPA) and their CEO David Israelite recently called for reform in the way publishers license digital content, particular with the way VEVO conducts its payouts. Today, Universal Music Group (part-owner of VEVO) announced that they will begin paying independent publishers for the use of ...

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