@thetrichordist: Will the Copyright Royalty Board Leave Songwriters In the Deep Freeze?

Music Technology Policy

In case you haven’t noticed, songwriter mechanical royalty rates are about to be set again at a faraway Congressional operation called the Copyright Royalty Board. [Editor Charlie sez: This post first appeared in The Trichordist.].

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#FrozenMechanicals Crisis: Comments of @helienne Lindvall, @DavidCLowery and @TheBlakeMorgan to the Copyright Royalty Board

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United States Copyright Royalty Judges Copyright Royalty Board. She is Chair of the Songwriter Committee & Board Director, Ivors Academy of Music Creators (formerly British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors BASCA) and chairs the esteemed Ivor Novello Awards.

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Former Head Of LexisNexis and Bloomberg Law Named to Integreon’s Board

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Lou Andreozzi , the former chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, has been appointed to the board of directors of global managed services provider Integreon , the company said today. We are thrilled to welcome Lou to our board of directors,” said Rowe.

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The Copyright Royalty Board Gets It Right: New Increased Inflation-Adjusted Royalty Rates for Webcasting

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Royalty Board has announced its decision on webcasting rates under §114 for 2021-25 and its good news for non-featured artists, featured artists and sound recording copyright owners. Copyright Royalty Board soundexchange SoundExchange webcastingThe rates are set for 2021, paid retroactively to January 1.

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#FrozenMechanicals Crisis: @DavidPoeMusic Comment to Copyright Royalty Board

Music Technology Policy

US Copyright Royalty Board. irespectmusic campaign Copyright Royalty Board Frozen Mechanicals Streaming Meltdown #FrozenMechanicals Crisis Copyright Royalty Judges David Poe[The great David Poe was among the first songwriters to post a comment opposing freezing the mechanical royalty rate for physical and downloads promoted by the NMPA and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

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Update: Copyright Royalty Board Calls for Public Comments on the Frozen Mechanicals Private Settlement

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve followed the frozen mechanicals debate, you’ll know that one of the asks from commenters was that the Copyright Royalty Board not restrictively parse who could and could not comment on the private party settlement that the settling parties asked the CRB to impose on the world. Copyright Law Revision Copyright Office Copyright Royalty Board Frozen Mechanicals

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Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties Expected by June 14 – What Will the Streaming Rates for 2021-2025 Be?

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board decision on the rates to be paid in the next 5 years by webcasters , including broadcasters who simulcast their programming on the internet, to SoundExchange for the digital public performance of sound recordings is supposed to be released by June 14. That decision will be embodied in a written document outlining how the judges on the Board reached their conclusions.

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Webcasting Royalties Going Up – Copyright Royalty Board Releases Rates and Terms for 2021-2025

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025 , and the rates are going up.

@thetrichordist: Coalition of Songwriter Groups Call on Copyright Royalty Board for Fairness and Transparency on Frozen Mechanicals

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It is a letter from a coalition of US and international songwriter groups to the Copyright Royalty Board about the frozen mechanical issue. If you want to write your own comment to the Copyright Royalty Board about frozen mechanicals, send your comment to crb@loc.gov. Strickler Copyright Royalty Judge Steve Ruwe US Copyright Royalty Board 101 Independence Ave SE / P.O. [Editor Charlie sez: This post first appeared on The Trichordist.

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Copyright Royalty Board Announces Changes in Judges

Broadcast Law Blog

With the Copyright Royalty Board now in the early stages of the next proceeding to consider webcasting royalties (see our article here ) as well as other proceedings including the distribution of cable and satellite television royalties to TV programmers (see these CRB notices ), the Chief Judge of the CRB, Suzanne Barnett, announced her retirement earlier this month.

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Copyright Royalty Board Announces Changes in Judges

Broadcast Law Blog

With the Copyright Royalty Board now in the early stages of the next proceeding to consider webcasting royalties (see our article here ) as well as other proceedings including the distribution of cable and satellite television royalties to TV programmers (see these CRB notices ), the Chief Judge of the CRB, Suzanne Barnett, announced her retirement earlier this month.

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SAG National Board Candidates Announced

Digital Media Law

SAG yesterday released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Notably, all of the open seats in LA (the Hollywood Division) are held by MembershipFirst members, which means that, as was the case last year, MF can at best maintain its level of representation on the national board. More likely, it will lose some of its board seats. On the Hollywood divisional board, MF could gain or lose, as all division seats are up every year.

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Rocket Matter Adds NetDocs Integration, User Permissioning, Kanban Boards, and More

Media Law

Kanban Boards. As if to put his money where his mouth is, today’s release adds Kanban boards, a lean methodology that uses cards to manage workflows and identify bottlenecks. In Rocket Matter, these Kanban boards give users a visual view of the status and flow of their cases.

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SAG Board Meeting Starts

Digital Media Law

The SAG National Board meeting began this morning at 9:00 a.m. Spotted among the hardline group were Ed Asner and National Board member Frances Fisher. accompanied by light informational leafleting from pro and con sources. The meeting is expected to be contentious. The leafleting was not. About 20 pro-hardline leafletters showed up, and about 5 anti-strike folks.

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Former Allen & Overy Global Managing Partner Joins Board Of ALSP Factor

Media Law

In a move that symbolizes the bridge between traditional law practice and new forms of legal services delivery, Andrew Ballheimer, who retired last year as global managing partner at Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy , has joined the board of directors of the alternative legal services provider Factor.

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Full Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties Now Public

Broadcast Law Blog

The full decision of the Copyright Royalty Board on Internet Radio royalties, excluding confidential information , has now been made public and is available here. The rates were adopted by the Copyright Royalty Board after a long hearing held last year, and after argument by the parties appearing in the case. We’ll have more details on the decision and the Board’s reasoning in the coming days, but the 203 pages of the decision are now available for your review.

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Weinstein Co. Board Members Targeted in Racketeering Class Action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The new case follows a similar action, which has stalled thanks to the bankruptcy of TWC. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online The Weinstein Company

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Ruling

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting RulingThere seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it (`which certainly was not here before,’ said Alice), and round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words `DRINK ME’ beautifully printed on it in large letters.

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The Countdown to Modernity: Copyright Royalty Board Posts Notices and Rules for MLC Assessment Proceeding — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Royalty Board has beat the July 8 deadline for noticing the proceeding and has posted the notice and the rules for the hearing. via The Countdown to Modernity: Copyright Royalty Board Posts Notices and Rules for MLC Assessment Proceeding — Artist Rights Watch. Countdown to Modernity Music Modernization Act compulsory mechanical license Copyright Royalty Board Mechanical Licensing Collective

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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Major #Legaltech News As Clio Gets $250M Investment; Adds Avvo Founder Mark Britton to Board

Media Law

Clio is also announcing that Mark Britton , who founded Avvo in 2006 and sold it last year to Internet Brands, is joining its board of directors. “At TCV, we partner with innovative companies that are leaders in their industry and offer superior value propositions for their customers,” said Amol Helekar, principal at TCV and a member of Clio’s board of directors.

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SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. The balloting material will be accompanied by both pro and con statements, and the fight over the deal will be a prelude to SAG’s presidential and board elections, which will commence in July and run through September. On a personal note, I had a surreal experience outside yesterday’s board meeting.

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SAG Board Re-Do Successful

Digital Media Law

The SAG Board met yesterday and re-affirmed actions already taken in writing two weeks earlier: the ouster of former National Executive Director Doug Allen and the replacement of the negotiating team. The Board’s vote would appear to render moot a lawsuit filed last week by SAG president Alan Rosenberg. The change results from two Membership First board members, Angela Watson and Keith Carradine, breaking ranks and voting with the SAG moderates.

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SAG Board Rejects AMPTP’s final offer

Gordon P. Firemark

The Entertainment trades are reporting that the SAG Board today voted to reject the “final&# offer made by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, setting the stage for more turmoil and the possibility of an Actor’s strike.

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Sumner Redstone's Granddaughter Sides With Viacom Board Members Against Shari

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Keryn Redstone adds more family drama to Viacom board circus. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Digital Media Law

The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank.

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Google Extends Keiretsu to Spotify Board

Music Technology Policy

When Google’s current Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani mysteriously took a seat on Spotify’s board of directors , this was just the latest in a series of moves extending Google’s dominant business influence throughout the Internet economy. “ This is, of course, a reminder of the typical interlocking boards and investors in the clubby world of Silicon Valley venture capital and technology companies. A keiretsu ( ?? ,

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Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 Webcasting Royalty Rate Decision

Broadcast Law Blog

The US Court of Appeals today released a decision upholding the Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 decision setting the SoundExchange royalty rates for 2016-2020. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights copyright royalty board appeal court decision on webcasting royalties soundexchange royalties webcasting appealWe wrote about that decision here , and provided more details here.

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James Murdoch Still On BSkyB Board

Media Law Prof Blog

James Murdoch was re-elected to the Board of Directors of BSkyB. More here from The Hollywood Reporter

Clio CEO Jack Newton Joins Board of AI Legal Research Company ROSS

Media Law

Jack Newton , cofounder and CEO of the legal practice management company Clio , has joined the board of directors of ROSS Intelligence , the AI-powered legal research service. “I’m honored to join ROSS Intelligence’s Board, and I look forward to playing a role in guiding the company’s growth in the years to come,” Newton said in a ROSS blog post announcing the news. Andrew Arruda , cofounder and CEO of ROSS, said having Newton on the board is “fabulous.”

Is the Copyright Royalty Board unconstitutional?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Live365, an Internet radio aggregator, is challenging the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board, the. By Eriq Gardner President Obama has a lot on his plate these days. But how about the rates that webcasters pay for copyright statutory licenses?

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AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

For details, see my THR piece: [link]. ——————. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

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Copyright Royalty Board Final Decision on Rates for Business Establishment Services

Broadcast Law Blog

In one of those year-end decisions that got lost in the holiday rush, in late November, the Copyright Royalty Board issued its final ruling on the rates to be paid to SoundExchange by “business establishment services” for the ephemeral copies of sound recordings when these music services transmit programming to their customers.

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SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

Digital Media Law

At a videoconference meeting today in New York and LA, AFTRA’s national board unanimously voted to approve joint bargaining with SAG for the Primetime Television Contract and the SAG TV/theatrical contract. The move comes a month after SAG’s national board voted, by a tally of 82% to 18%, to “seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of the Television/Theatrical Contract.”

Pulitzer Prize Board Announces Winners For 2014

Media Law Prof Blog

The Pulitzer Prize Board has named its winners for 2014. On the list: The Guardian US and the Washington Post won for public service, for coverage of the Edward Snowden story, the Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for

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AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Labor

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American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many : NPR

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

For the tens of thousands of Indians who went to boarding schools, it's largely remembered as a time of abuse and desecration of culture. The government still operates a handful of off-reservation boarding schools, but funding is in decline. Save the Man' The late performer and Indian activist Floyd Red Crow Westerman was haunted by his memories of boarding school. As a child, he left his reservation in South Dakota for the Wahpeton Indian Boarding School in North Dakota.

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SAG National Board Unanimously Moves Towards Merger with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The move today was SAG’s, whose national board has now unanimously established a merger taskforce to work with AFTRA to develop “a formal plan to unite SAG and AFTRA members in one union,” in the words of a SAG statement. The goal is ambitious: to have a plan for approval by the two unions’ national boards in January 2012.

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How MGM's 'Ben-Hur' Evolved Into a Pending Fight Before the National Labor Relations Board

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Are MGM and Paramount Pictures union-busting? Is the American Federation of Musicians tampering with witnesses in a lawsuit over wages and benefits? A labor dispute escalates. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor

Judge Lets Lawsuit Over Viacom Board Upheaval Move Forward

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

For the second time in two days, a judge won't dismiss a battle over Sumner Redstone's competency. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 Webcasting Royalty Rate Decision

Broadcast Law Blog

The US Court of Appeals today released a decision upholding the Copyright Royalty Board’s 2015 decision setting the SoundExchange royalty rates for 2016-2020. Intellectual Property Internet Radio Music Rights copyright royalty board appeal court decision on webcasting royalties soundexchange royalties webcasting appealWe wrote about that decision here , and provided more details here.

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Internet Cooking Channel Can't Trademark 'Jaws,' Says Board

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office thinks consumers might confuse a streaming 'Jaws' cooking program with the silver-screen shark of the same name. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online