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.

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.).

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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.

Washington, State that Pioneered Licensed Legal Technicians, Cancels the Program

Media Law

The Washington Supreme Court has voted 7-2 to end the state’s pioneering Limited License Legal Technicians program, a first-of-its-kind program that the court created in 2012 in an effort to help address the unmet legal needs of residents who could not afford a lawyer.

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.

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.

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.”

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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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.

“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.)

@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. Deadline for SXSW Panel Picker is today!

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.

@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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@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.

Controversial Bill On Music Licensing Has Nothing to Do with Small Business

Music Technology Policy

I dreamed up a startling new technique to attempt to divine whether the true purpose of the controversial Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act (or…”TIMLOA”?) Is it common in music licensing legislation to find such protections?

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

@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.

Artist Rights Watch COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/23): Key Dates and Accomplishments for the Mechanical Licensing Collective Under the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

As best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act. ” Recall that the Register of Copyrights gets to pick the entity to operate as the Mechanical Licensing Collective. So who’s behind the American Music Licensing Collective, exactly? The countdown to the License Availability Date: 770 days from now.

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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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

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

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.

Just Seven Months to the Beginning of the License Renewal Cycle – Is Your Station Ready?

Broadcast Law Blog

As we have written before, the next license renewal cycle begins on June 1, 2019 , with radio stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia submitting their applications. Earlier this month, I conducted a webinar for several state broadcast associations to help stations in those states start to look at their operations to avoid issues that might otherwise come up in with their license renewals.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.