This Week in Royalties: Nov. 14 - 18

November 18, 2016

2The Dept. of Justice this week filed a notice of plans to appeal a September federal ruling upholding BMI’s challenge to the 100% licensing requirement included in the recent Consent Decree interpretation.

Here are the other stories from the week worth noting:

U.S. Copyright Office Reopens DMCA Takedown and Safe Harbor Debate, Asks For Comments (Hypebot)
As it promised it would earlier this year, the U.S. Copyright Office is reviewing current safe harbor policies that say that YouTube and other internet companies cannot be held liable when their users upload and distribute content without licences, provided that they take it down when informed of the infringement.

German Music Publishers 'Shocked' By Court Ruling on Royalty Sharing (Billboard)
German music publishers are taken aback after a Berlin court ruled on Monday that top collection society GEMA can no longer distribute a share of authors’ royalties to its music publishers.

Is A Big Fight Brewing Over Performance Royalties? (Radio & Television Business Report)
The report, “Promotional Effects and the Determination of Royalty Rates for Music,” concludes that any promotional effect “is fully internalized in a marketplace bargain between the music and radio industries.”

Ohio Congresswoman Signs On as Songwriter Equity Act Cosponsor (BMI)
The bill, introduced by Congressman Doug Collins, continues to gain support on Capitol Hill.

The Worst Thing That Can Happen Is We Make A Bad Song (FiveThirtyEight)
What makes one song more popular than another, and what if we could predict that?

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