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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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

Jay Z's Roc Nation Accused of Undermining $204 Million Licensing Deal

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Iconix Brand Group complains of baseball caps bearing the "Roc Nation" logo. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Music Publishers, Photo Agencies Battle Claims of Licensing Public Domain Works

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Dismissal motions come in lawsuits over "This Land" and thousands of photographs donated to the Library of Congress. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Judge to Decide Vexing Question in Entertainment: License Needed to Show Body Tattoos?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge lets Take-Two, publisher of 'NBA 2K,' seek declaratory judgment against the owner of a tattoo design featured on LeBron James' body. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

ESPN Asks Court to Determine the Fair Rate for Licensing Music

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The sports network asserts BMI isn't being reasonable. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Business THR Online

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Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 9th Circuit has reversed a federal judge who concluded otherwise. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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ESPN Asked to Pay More Than $15 Million Annually to License Ambient Stadium Music

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

ESPN has taken BMI to court to get a break from royalty payments. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

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“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.

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.

TV Streamer Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

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FilmOn wins a potential landmark ruling — one that will set up a high-stakes appellate showdown with the broadcast establishment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Marilyn Monroe Estate's Licensing Activities Alleged To Be a Monopolistic Sham

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Movie nostalgia company looks to cancel trademarks and punish deceptive business practices. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

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.

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.

Relativity's $1.5 Billion Lawsuit Offers Rare Peek at Netflix License Agreement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Ryan Kavanaugh studio asserts Netflix tried to drive it out of business, and the complaint confirms that Relativity is now up for sale. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Compulsory License Rules For Music Services Finding Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Once a phonorecord of a work has been distributed to the public in the United States under authority of the copyright owner, anyone can obtain a compulsory license to make and distribute reproductions of that song if the compulsory licensee (like a Spotify, for example) otherwise complies with the very straightforward statutory requirements to enjoy this tremendously valuable compulsory license. So if you fail to comply, then you have no license.

AMC's Carmike Deal: Justice Department Review Could Impact Licensing of Blockbuster Movies

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AMC chief Adam Aron tells CNBC that he'd be open to new rules on exclusivity pacts with studios. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies 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.

Dept. of Justice Makes a Dramatic Change for Music Licensing Official

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Songwriters and music publishers, as well as the U.S. Copyright Office, have voiced vehement opposition to the mandate. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business Billboard

Hollywood Docket: Warner Bros. Fights Licensing Lawsuit Over 'Laws of Attraction'

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Plus a class action over song subtitles and profit participation claims from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' filmmakers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Netflix New Line Cinema Warner Bros

Target Facebook: Is the Social Network Joining the “DMCA License” Group

Music Technology Policy

So there it is–Facebook is joining the “DMCA license” crowd–meaning that by relying on the hopelessly out of date “notice and shakedown” provisions of the U.S. Americans are freedom loving people and nothing says freedom like getting away with it.

Fox Sports Underpays for Music Licenses, Claims Composer's Lawsuit

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Deyon Davis claims Fox uses music knowing it has no way of tracking how much it owes composers. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business THR Online 21st Century Fox Fox Sports Fox Sports 1 UFC

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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?

Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

Music Technology Policy

The government set the mechanical royalty rate for the compulsory license at two cents per song per copy in 1909 and then forgot to raise it until 1976 when in its largesse, the Sovereign raised the rate to 2.75 It is axiomatic that as government expands, liberty contracts.

Relativity Bankruptcy: 'Act of Valor' Owner Wishes to Protect License Fees, Sequel Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Buyers are put on notice they'll only get 30 days to negotiate rights for the follow-up to a surprise hit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Universal Sues Romanian TV Outlet for $11 Million in License Fees (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni The international arm of Universal Studios has sued a Romania-based broadcaster claiming more than $11 million in unpaid license fees for a series of movies and TV shows. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

Film and TV Script Website Accused of Violating Talent Agent Licensing Law

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Adam Seid accuses Breakdown Services of aiding and abetting talent managers who can''t legally procure employment for actors. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Showtime Becomes Third TV Network This Summer to Sue Charter Over License Fees

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The premium pay-TV network follows Univision and Fox News into court. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Pandora Demands Lower License Fees in Lawsuit Against ASCAP

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The digital music streamer says that the agency representing song publishers refuses to give it fair and reasonable terms. read more. The Business Music THR, Esq. ASCAP Tech Business

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.

Rate Court is Over: Pandora Caves, Signs Licenses with ASCAP and BMI, Drops Appeal

Music Technology Policy

According to StreetInsider , MIC Coalition member Pandora has returned to Planet Earth and closed licenses with ASCAP and BMI, ending years of rate court litigation by the highly litigious Pandora under the controversial Department of Justice consent decrees.

Google’s Muscle-Based Defacto Compulsory License: What About We Don’t Like You Don’t They Understand?

Music Technology Policy

The why of all of this is pretty simple: The unelected ASCAP and BMI rate court judges have decided that the government’s consent decree says that the only way songwriters can license their digital rights under a direct license is to withdraw entirely from ASCAP and BMI.

Controversial “Gripe Site” Protected (Again) by the Communications Decency Act and Defeats Novel Copyright Attack with Website “Browsewrap” License to User Generated Content

New Media and Technology Law

In examining the copyright issue, the appeals court affirmed the lower court’s holding that the author of the posts agreed to convey a nonexclusive, irrevocable license to RipoffReport.com Thus, the court held that RipoffReport.com had the right to publish the posts on its site. The controversial consumer gripe site, RipoffReport.com, is at it again.

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?

Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Distributing Movies Without License

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The German company previously had a deal with Franchise Films, which made a deal with Warner Bros. Franchise exited the picture, and now the Germans are targeting Warners over three films. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business Warner Bros

@musictechpolicy: Facebook’s Music Licenses: What’s Not to Like?

Music Technology Policy

Yet it is true—hitmakers and new artists, pros and amateurs alike do not get a penny from Facebook and the company doesn’t even attempt to license their work. We have the benefit of public statements by Facebook representatives under oath regarding what they can do and what they so far refuse to do which may come in handy in licensing negotiations. Facebook pays no royalties for the music that gives significant value to the platform.