This Week in Royalties: Dec. 5 - 9

YouTube/NMPA play nice, and other must-read stories of the week affecting songwriters and anyone interested in music royalties...
December 9, 2016

The National Music Publishers Association reached a settlement with YouTube over the distribution of royalties earned from unpaid songwriting royalties, but as other stories of the week show, the video streaming giant’s battles with the music biz is far from over.

YouTube Reports $1 Billion Paid to Recording Industry Through Advertising This Year (Billboard)
One recording industry executive told Billboard that they are "struggling to understand" how YouTube "came up with" the $1 billion figure, and referenced a perceived 'value gap' between "how much consumption is going on and how poorly" the company monetizes that consumption

Global Music Rights Takes Fire at Radio "Cartel" (The Hollywood Reporter)
"RMLC’s member stations are competitors," writes Petrocelli. "Yet these 'competitors' created and actively participate in a 'committee' whose very purpose is to negotiate with PROs as a group and destroy competition among them in the acquisition of performance license rates."

Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works  (RightsTech Project)

The RightsTech Project will be participating in a public meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Work hosted by the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force

ASCAP Launches Redesigned Website, “Member Access” Portal (MusicRow)
Within the new Member Access, members will find improved self-service options, more information-at-a-glance, a simplified process for reporting performances, the ability to contact ASCAP with a single tap and more.

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