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RECAP: DOJ Appeals Stanton BMI Decision, Cox Appeals BMG Verdict, Facebook Moves Toward Media

Posted by Glen Sears | November 14, 2016 9:23 am | No Comments

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Dept. of Justice Appeals BMI Consent Decree Decision

Story of the Week
The Department of Justice has filed a notice that it is appealing a September ruling by federal Judge Louis Stanton that concluded fractional licensing is allowed under the BMI consent decree. This appeal, which was expected, comes after the Judge KO’d the DOJ’s interpretation that the consent decree requires 100 percent licensing, AKA full-works licensing.

“While we hoped the DOJ would accept Judge Stanton’s decision, we are not surprised it chose to file an appeal,” BMI president/CEO Mike O’Neill said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that the DOJ continues to fight for an interpretation of BMI’s consent decree that is at odds with hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers, the country’s two largest performing rights organizations, numerous publishers and members of the music community, members of Congress, a U.S. Governor, the U.S. Copyright Office and, in Judge Stanton, a federal judge.”

“We believe Judge Stanton’s decision is correct and look forward to defending our position in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.”

Read the full story on Billboard.

Top Music News Stories

Cox Communications Appeals Against $25m BMG Verdict. Cox has said it is entitled to a new trial against music publisher BMG Rights Management because of several errors by a federal judge in Virginia.

Amazon Music Unlimited lands in the UK, Germany, and Austria. One month after the new on-demand streaming service launched in the U.S. Amazon has brought the service to the U.K.; Germany and Austria are close behind.

Apple Aquires Tech, Talent Of Bankrupt Music Streamer Omnifone. According to sources from TechCrunch, Apple hired at least 16 employees and purchased select technology from Omnifone, an early player in streaming music services.

SoundCloud On Acquisition Talk: ‘There Is A Lot Of Interest In Us.’ “We are very determined that we are building a sustainable platform,” he said. “We are focused on the long game here and it has been a long time coming.”

Napster Posted A $1.6m Profit For Its Latest Quarter. Napster recorded a net profit of just over $1.6m in the third quarter of 2016, according to the financial results of RealNetworks, which has a 42% ownership stake in the music streamer.

“Facebook Is Finally Ready To Become A Media Company.” According to analyst Mark Mulligan, Facebook “is now about to start looking and behaving much more like a media company, but in doing so it will rewrite the rule book on what a media company is.”

Orlando Buys Pulse Nightclub, Plans to Turn It Into Memorial. “This location is now a permanent part of Orlando’s history, it’s the site of the most tragic event that has ever occurred in the City of Orlando. We want our entire community to be a part of this site.”

Finally last week, the music industry lost a major talent in Leonard Cohen. As a songwriter, poet, singer, and popular icon, Cohen contributed so much to our industry and will be remembered fondly in our hearts.

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Napster Relaunches in Canada as Subscription Music Streamer, and Other Top News

Posted by Glen Sears | November 9, 2015 10:57 am | No Comments

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Story of the Week

Napster Relaunches in Canada as Subscription Music Streamer
Long after Napster transformed the music and tech worlds before a court-ordered closure in 2001, the one-time file-sharing site has returned to Canada as a subscription online music service.

The Canadian relaunch gives consumers online streaming and offline playback access to around 35 million songs for CAN$9.99 (US$7.65) a month. The music streaming service was legally available here for seven years until 2011, when Napster left the Canadian market after being acquired by U.S.-based Rhapsody International, its current owner.

Napster’s new Canadian service, available on the iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Web, Sonos and Chromecast platforms, has hand-curated playlists and local artists like Shawn Mendes.
Read more on Billboard: http://bit.ly/1L6QgI5

Other Top Stories

SoundCloud Launches ‘Pulse,’ Dedicated App for Creators – Key features include: Reply to comments on tracks directly through the app, up-to-date stats on the performance of tracks, share sounds already uploaded, and follow other users. Read More

Adele’s ‘Hello’ Has Biggest Sales Week for a Single Since Elton John’s Princess Diana Tribute in 1997 – It’s the first song ever to sell at least 1 million downloads in a week. Read More

Adam Levine On Record Labels: ‘No One Knows What They’re Doing.’ – Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 are clearly products of the big label, big media system. That didn’t stop him from having some harsh words for record labels. Read More

Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to $6.3 Billion – At a time when grassroots venues across the United Kingdom are finding it increasingly difficult to survive, a new report outlining the value of the British music industry illustrates the sector’s importance to the country’s financial well-being. Read More

Facebook Announces New ‘Music Stories’ Feature – Beginning last week, songs shared either through a URL or “Share on Facebook” button within Spotify and Apple Music will appear in the news feeds of iOS users as 30-second song samples. Read More

Sony/ATV Announces Direct Licensing Deal With Pandora – This pre-empts any future change to collective licensing rules Stateside, and means America’s biggest streaming service will now agree rates directly with the Sony publishing firm, rather than relying on fees set in the country’s rate courts. Read More

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