Happy New License Availability Date!

Music Technology Policy

The way it looks at the moment, if you don’t pay to “Play Your Part” with the mechanical licensing collective (or more precisely with The MLC, Inc.) If Apple is picking up the lyric licenses, etc., The mechanical licensing collective (currently The MLC, Inc.)

Making Sense of the New Blanket Mechanical License and the Mechanical Licensing Collective

Music Technology Policy

This is a recording of a webinar about the Mechanical Licensing Collective that I did with Abby North and Gwen Seale, sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and Austin Music Foundation. There was no blanket compulsory license.

Why Songwriters Should Care About Inflation Protection for Mechanical Licenses

Music Technology Policy

[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions ]. In a word: Stagflation. Maybe. In more words, classic stagflation occurs when supply side shocks lead to the costs of goods increasing while the real economy declines.

Here Comes the New Dark Age: Blanket Licenses for Everything Based on MMA

Music Technology Policy

It’s the old ISP licensing hash rehashed and served up as if nothing happened–but using The MLC as a justification. It created a new blanket license for musical compositions, covering downloads and interactive streaming. A Blanket License for the Internet.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Licensing Music For Kids Performance School

Gordon P. Firemark

Jamie wrote in with an interesting question about music licensing in theatre… Hi, I am Gordon Firemark and this is asked and answered, where I take your entertainment law questions so you can get your career and business in entertainment to the next level. Here’s Jamie’s question: “I am researching the licensing needed for rehearsals, as well as recording live performances, for a children’s musical theater group, set up as an LLC, with monthly fees.

October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewals, Broadcast Ownership Filings, Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, Rulemaking Comment Dates and More

Broadcast Law Blog

On or before October 1, radio stations in Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Marianas Islands, Oregon, and Washington and TV stations in Iowa and Missouri must submit their license renewal applications.

Arizona Licenses First Three Alternative Business Structures for Delivering Legal Services

LawSites

The Arizona Supreme Court has approved the first three entities to be licensed as alternative business structures, enabling businesses owned by non-lawyers to deliver legal services under the liberalized licensing rules the court approved last August.

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The Return of 100% Licensing and the Expansion of the Blanket License

Music Technology Policy

Who can forget the nightmare of the Justice Department’s counterproductive flirtation with 100% licensing the last time the DOJ reviewed the consent decrees. ( We covered the 100% licensing head fake in a podcast and a guide to 100% licensing.). Since then, the Congress passed the Music Modernization Act, which includes a massive overhaul of the mechanical licensing system which is currently the subject of an implementing rule making.

Please Take Our Mechanical Licensing Collective Survey

Music Technology Policy

Mechanical Licensing Collective Surveys Artist Rights Watch The MLCPlease take a moment and complete the ArtistRightsWatch new anonymous 10 question survey regarding The MLC at this link. We’re gathering general anonymized information about how songwriters and publishers have heard about The MLC and whether you think an independent advocate (or an “ombudsman”) would be useful to you. This will help us plan future programming and input.

Asked & Answered – How to license music for low budget film

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about licensing music on a shoestring. Is it wise to get a “Festival only license?” ” Or, should filmmakers get more comprehensive licenses. And, how the licensing request is made. This question and answer brought to you by: Asked & Answered – How to license music for low budget film is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P.

Is Copyright Registration Required Before Licensing – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Does a song have to be registered with the copyright office before you can obtain a license to use it in your film or other project? Clearing a piece of music simply involves tracking down the rightful owner or owners and getting the required permission in the form of a license. Then, contact those folks with your license request, and you’re good. Even if the music in question is NEVER registered with the copyright office, you can obtain a license.

August Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: National EAS Test, License Renewals, EEO Reporting, Political Broadcasting Rules Proposals, Media Ownership Comments, Annual Regulatory Fees, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

Radio stations in California and television stations in Illinois and Wisconsin should be putting the finishing touches on their license renewal applications, ahead of the August 2 filing deadline.

Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media

Gordon P. Firemark

Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media. We’ll navigate typical composing and licensing agreements, shed light on strategies for negotiating the best possible deal, and highlight the most common pitfalls. Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P. Events Arts License Licensing Music Music industry Music licensing Television

ESPN Reaches Settlement in Music Licensing Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The sports network sued BMI in February 2016, claiming that licensing demands for broadcasting ambient music were unreasonable. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

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Using Photos on Your Website – Court Decision Highlights Problems with a Creative Commons License and Other Copyright Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

To avoid issues, many website owners look for ways to get permission to use photos, signing up for subscriptions from stock photo services or, often when trying to save money, relying on photos made available through some “creative commons” license.

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Asked & Answered – How to license film and video clips?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about licensing film and video materials for online use. This question and answer brought to you by: Asked & Answered – How to license film and video clips? This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewal and EEO Filings, Comments and Replies, Auction Upfront Payments, Streaming Rates Announcement, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

Radio stations in Arizona , Idaho , Nevada , New Mexico , Utah , and Wyoming and television stations in Michigan and Ohio should be putting the final touches on their license renewal applications, which are due by June 1. See our article, here , about preparing for license renewal. As the calendar flips to June, pandemic restrictions across the country continue to loosen, and we inch closer to summer.

Music Rights and Licensing in Theatre (Free Webinar)

Gordon P. Firemark

This Friday, I’ll be presenting a webinar on music rights and licensing in theatre, Admission is free, and space is limited to 50 attendees. I’ll explore the various ways in which music is used in theatrical entertainment, from traditional- and jukebox musicals, to incidental, scene-change music, to concert and cabaret performance. You’ll learn about the rights issues that arise in this area, and how to efficiently and effectively secure the permissions needed.

“Successful” Licensing Models and the Opt Out: Music Licensing Study Comments

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Office is conducting a “ Music Licensing Study ” as part of the government’s overall review of the U.S. This post proposes allowing songwriters to “opt out” of the compulsory mechanical license required under Section 115 of the Copyright Act. One of the questions on the Copyright Office Roundtable Agenda is a discussion of successful licensing models. See Credit Check: Serial Bad Actors Should Lose Access to Compulsory Licenses.)

Wixen v. Pandora Raises Questions About Lyric Licensing

Music Technology Policy

There is a company called LyricFind that licenses lyrics for many publishers according to their advertising. Wixen notes in the complaint: Pandora may claim that it had obtained licenses to display the lyrics to the Musical Compositions from one or more sources, including an entity called LyricFind, the self-proclaimed “largest lyric licensing service” in the world, which claims that it “has licensing from over 4,000 music publishers, including all majors.”

Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites. As a station’s licenses are now generally available online, the FCC stated that they saw no reason to require that they be posted at station locations not normally accessible to the public.

License This, Not That

Media Law Prof Blog

It has been proposed that difficulties in negotiating cross-licenses John Howells, University of Aarhus, and Ron D. Katznelson, Bi-Level Technologies, have published The Coordination of Independently-Owned Vacuum Tube Patents in the Early Radio Alleged Patent ''Thicket''. Here is the abstract.

Common Software Licensing Language at Issue in IP Dispute

New Media and Technology Law

Licensors of software typically utilize software license agreements providing for their ownership of the licensed software and related IP, as well as restrictions barring licensees from reverse engineering the code at issue. The scope of protection, of course, depends on the final language of the licensing agreement and disputes can arise when licensees decide to develop similar software in-house, or with a third party.

Shrinkwrap Licenses and IP

Media Law Prof Blog

Lemley, Stanford Law School, has published Intellectual Property and Shrinkwrap Licenses. Mark A. Here is the abstract. Intellectual property -- right, wrong, or indifferent -- is well on its way to becoming irrelevant in the computer world. The reason is

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

Music Technology Policy

All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. All songs may be licensed under both SESAC and GMR’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice. All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice.

Irving Azoff Song Licensing Outfit Gains Edge in Antitrust Battle With Radio Stations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A magistrate judge potentially deals a blow to some 10,000 radio stations fighting licensing demands over songs by Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Bruno Mars, among other superstars. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

@crunchdigital: “Got Licenses?” — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

A funny but true short video from Crunch Digital that documents how app developers deal with music licensing! via @crunchdigital: “Got Licenses?” — Artist Rights Watch

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MTP Podcast: Pallante Firing, DOJ Appeal of BMI 100% Licensing Ruling, and Artist Advocacy

Music Technology Policy

MTP Podcasts 100% Licensing DOJ Appeal Maria Pallante

May Regulatory Dates: Auction Applications for AM and FM Construction Permits for New Radio Stations, New DTS Rules, License Renewals and More

Broadcast Law Blog

Also, broadcasters in several states, with an eye on the June 1 deadline, should be preparing now to file applications for license renewal or to prepare and upload to their public inspection file EEO public file reports, demonstrating their compliance with the FCC’s equal employment opportunity requirements. See our article, here , about preparing for license renewal.

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Appeals Court Upholds Decision Allowing Fractional Licensing of Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

BMI scores a legal win over the Justice Department. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

ALM Media Licenses Its Legal News To Bloomberg Law, Ending Exclusive Deal with LexisNexis

Media Law

But last Friday, Jean O’Grady at Dewey B Strategic blog broke the news that ALM had ended its exclusive relationship with LexisNexis, signing a new deal that allowed LexisNexis continued use of the content while allowing ALM to license it to other companies.

@musictechsolve: Vote for Creator and Startup Licensing Education at SXSW

Music Technology Policy

Please vote for my creator and startup licensing panel at SXSW.EDU. If the latest Spotify litigation shows anything it’s the importance of licensing education. A licensing roadmap overlay for entrepreneurship studies. It’s far too frequent that entrepreneurs spend more time developing their product roadmap and critical path than they do developing their licensing roadmap side by side with the product. Deadline for SXSW Panel Picker is today!

The Detestable “DMCA License”

Music Technology Policy

We’ve referred a couple of times to the “DMCA license” a detestable phrase that I heard around the SXSW tech panels used as though it actually meant something. Corey Field went to the trouble of actually explaining why there is no such thing as a DMCA license without the serving of bile that accompanied my own. See “ The DMCA License

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Michigan Radio Station Gives Up FCC License

Media Law Prof Blog

Lake Isabella/Mount Pleasant, Michigan, radio station WRAX-FM has surrendered its license to operate to the FCC, before the agency held a scheduled hearing on whether the station's license should be renewed. The FCC scheduled that hearing on August 3.

Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote here , at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites. As a station’s licenses are now generally available online, the FCC stated that they saw no reason to require that they be posted at station locations not normally accessible to the public.

The MTP Podcast: The Consequences of DOJ’s New Rule on 100% Licensing with David Lowery, Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle

Music Technology Policy

Department of Justice re-interpreting the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees to require 100% licensing and prohibiting partial withdrawal. –Will songwriters have to indemnify PROs for antitrust violations of failing to renegotiate licenses? –How DOJ’s new rule is actually anticompetitive and anticompetitive aspects of direct licensing. –Is DOJ rule Google’s payback to Pharrell Williams refusing to license for YouTube?

Copyright Licensing, Fair Use, and Innovation

Media Law Prof Blog

Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center, has published All of This Has Happened Before and All of This Will Happen Again: Innovation in Copyright Licensing at 28 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1447 (2014). Here is the abstract. Claims that copyright

Congressional Database Obsession: The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is Quietly Adding Cosponsors

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act last year, we roundly criticized the bill as an 11th Century solution to a 21st Century problem, the Domesday Book meets a unicorn. With all the talk about the controversial Music Modernization Act, one would have thought that a pre-condition of introducing the bill is that the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would have been withdrawn.

@musictechsolve: Vote for Creator and Startup Licensing Education at SXSW

Music Technology Policy

–A licensing roadmap overlay for entrepreneurship studies. It’s far too frequent that entrepreneurs spend more time developing their product roadmap and critical path than they do developing their licensing roadmap side by side with the product. That way when a startup gets to launch there is less likelihood they will go into the terminal holding pattern or worse–launch without licenses. Click Here to Vote on Panel Picker.

Suffolk Legal Writing Students Will Get Free Licenses to WordRake Editing Software

Media Law

Students in the first-year legal writing program at Suffolk University Law School this year will get free licenses to WordRake , a legal editing and proofreading add-in for Microsoft Word and Outlook designed for lawyers and other legal professionals. Some 360 incoming students will receive a license, which WordRake is providing to the school at no cost.

March Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Preparing for License Renewal Tops the List

Broadcast Law Blog

But, starting next month, there will be a whole new set of deadlines about which broadcasters need to be concerned, as April 1 is when the first pre-filing announcements for broadcast license renewals will begin , signaling the start of the 3-year long radio renewal cycle. The 3-year TV license renewal cycle will begin at the same time next year.

Jay-Z's Roc Nation Fires Back at Licensing Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute centers on special edition New Era baseball caps. read more. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online Jay Z

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

Music Technology Policy

All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. All songs may be licensed under both SESAC and GMR’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice. All songs may be licensed under either ASCAP or BMI’s blanket licenses. Obtain synchronization licenses from each party for their respective shares, as is current custom and practice.