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.

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. TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

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.

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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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a pre-condition of introducing the bill is that the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would have been withdrawn.

@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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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.

“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.)

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

@KRSfow: Future of What Podcast on the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

Music Technology Policy

The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. podcast the future of what kill rock stars transparency in music licensing and ownership music industry music business congress bill legislation future of music coalition.

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

The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced a bill entitled “ The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act “, a piece of work that is Dickensian in its cruelty, bringing a whole new meaning to either “ newspeak ” or “draconian,” take your pick.

Ninth Circuit Issues Important Decision on Software Licensing Practices and Web Scraping

New Media and Technology Law

Also, the case examines and interprets fairly “standard” software licensing language in light of evolving business practices in the software industry. Oracle”) develops and licenses certain enterprise software, and also offers maintenance contracts to its licensees. Rimini”) is a company that provides third-party, after-license software support services to Oracle licensees, competing directly with Oracle to provide these services.

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

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?

“Arrogance at its Worst: The Constitutional Fallacy Underlying the DOJ 100% Licensing Decision

Music Technology Policy

cases frequently cited for this principle all involve voluntary licenses by one of the co-owners. None involved the heavy hand of the government forcing one of the co-writers to license over any other co-writer’s own objections. But don’t call it voluntary licenses.

The Nature of Collective Licensing

Music Technology Policy

The fact is, if there wasn’t low transaction cost collective licensing like SoundExchange, someone would have invented it because of its inherent logic. It’s also one reason why we have form contracts for repetitive transactions and collective licensing for large numbers of property owners wishing to all make the same deal at the same time. One significant purpose of collective licensing in the U.S.

Why Has the Obama Department of Justice Gotten Stealthy on 100% Licensing?

Music Technology Policy

You probably didn’t know that the Obama Department of Justice has been conducting invitation only conference calls with songwriters about the DOJ’s proposed 100% licensing regime they’d like to impose by means of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

Funny How that Works: @edchristman reports: Irving Azoff, Top Radio Groups Reach Temporary Licensing Agreement

Music Technology Policy

So it is with Global Music Rights and the goliath Radio Music License Committee that itself is a member of the even bigger goliath MIC Coalition. (My 31 to sign an interim license agreement with GMR, which will cover them for playing the PROs songs through Sept. The MIC Coalition.

A must read post on @thetrichordist by @davidclowery: A Compromise Proposal to Fix Streaming Royalties,Licensing and Notification

Music Technology Policy

via @davidclowery: A Compromise Proposal to Fix Streaming Royalties,Licensing and Notification — Artist Rights Watch. irespectmusic campaign In a Goolag State of Mind Collective Licensing David Lowery Mass NOIsI have a feeling I’m about to wander off the reservation here. I say this because what I’m about to propose is essentially a modification of a potential legislative proposal that rumor has it the NMPA is floating.

DOJ Ruling on 100% Licensing Denies Due Process to Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In case you’re trying to figure out what in the world the Department of Justice is thinking with its recent ruling on 100% licensing for PROs, maybe a page of history is worth a volume of logic. Letter to Renata B. Hesse from MIC Coalition.

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

FCC To Hold Hearing to Determine Whether to Deny License Renewal of Radio Station that was Silent for Most of its License Term

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday took what some may suggest is an unprecedented action to potentially deny the license renewal of an FM broadcast station that was silent for all but one day each year during its license renewal term. The order released yesterday points to a 20 year-old case as warning broadcasters that, if they do not operate for substantial portions of a license renewal term, they are in danger of losing their license.

Radio Owner Forfeits Several FCC Licenses for Being Silent For Prolonged Periods of Time – Warning to Broadcasters for Next License Renewal Cycle

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC issued a consent decree entered into with a broadcaster who is the licensee of multiple radio stations, many of which were silent for long periods during the last license renewal cycle. As part of the deal, in order to get renewals for 12 stations granted, the licensee agreed to either surrender the licenses for 9 other stations or to donate them to nonprofit groups.

BMI Rate Court Judge Rules Against Dept. of Justice's '100 Percent' Licensing Decision

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

With the new ruling, fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Billboard

Universal Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out of the Cold With Precedent Setting Licensing Deal

Music Technology Policy

This is what happens when you stick to your property rights– Bloomberg reports that Facebook, aka royalty deadbeat, has signed a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group: Facebook Inc. signed a multiyear licensing deal that lets the social network carry songs and artists from the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music Group , across its platforms.

Margoni and Peters on Creative Commons Licenses

Media Law Prof Blog

Peters, Creative Commons, have published Creative Commons Licenses: Empowering Open Access. Thomas Margoni, University of Stirling School of Law, and Diane M. Here is the abstract. Open access (OA) is a concept that in recent years has acquired popularity and

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.

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?

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.

Viacom, Google on Same Copyright Page in Appellate Fight Over Music Licensing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments whether the Justice Department is right to bar BMI from issuing fractional licenses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger, but on the antitrust front, the Trump administration appears to be retreating in other places. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

@mikehuppe: “We are Making Major Progress on Music Licensing Reform – Together” #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

via @mikehuppe: “We are Making Major Progress on Music Licensing Reform – Together” #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch. While several pieces of music legislation have been introduced in the Senate, there is not a single comprehensive package yet. We are encouraging our Senate allies to bring these many issues together into a single, comprehensive Music Modernization Act, like the bill passed in the House.

Watch this Space: MTP Podcast on 100% Licensing with David Lowery, Steve Winogradsky, Chris Castle coming soon

Music Technology Policy

Next week we will kick things off with a discussion of the Department of Justice [sic] ruling on 100% licensing and partial withdrawals. Uncategorized 100% Licensing chris castle David Lowery MTP Podcast Steve WinogradskyThe MusicTechPolicy podcast is back! Participants will be David Lowery, Steve Winogradsky of Winogradsky/Sobel and author of Music Publishing: The Complete Guide and me. Watch this space for links to the podcast when it is completed, probably August 10/11.

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

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Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

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Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

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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.

Sony Sued for Lacking License to Use T.Rex Song in 'Baby Driver'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiff is the son of T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

DOJ Recommends No Changes in ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees, And Requires Full-Work Licensing – How It Affects Music Users

Broadcast Law Blog

The DOJ’s report decided to hold off on addressing any of these questions, and instead focused solely on one issue – requiring that the PROs offer full-work licensing on all songs within their catalogs (which the DOJ raised in a second request for comments about which we wrote here ). But just what are the issues with full-licensing of musical works? But fractional licensing is even more problematic for the music user.