This Week in Royalties: Oct. 17 - 21

Oct 21, 2016

The $125 million lawsuit brought against Vivendi by “Spinal Tap” actor Harry Shearer for lack of paid royalties around both merch and music over the last 30 years rocked the licensing world, as it was revealed that he and his co-stars received only $98 in that timeframe.

Here are the other stories from the week worth noting:

ASCAP Sues 10 Music Venues For Not Being Licensed To Play Music (Hypebot)
ASCAP has filed 10 separate legal actions against bars and restaurants nationwide, alleging the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted songs.  

BARNEY WRAGG LAUNCHES BLOCKCHAIN BAND NAME REGISTER FOR MUSIC BIZ (Music Business Worldwide)
Former EMI, UMG and Really Useful Group exec Barney Wragg has announced the launch of a unique new band name registration service for artists.

RICHIE HAWTIN AND PIONEER DJ LAUNCH THE GET PLAYED GET PAID CAMPAIGN (MixMag)
Richie Hawtin has teamed up with Pioneer DJ to launch Get Played Get Paid, a campaign that aims to improve the allotment of royalties to producers that have their music played during DJ sets.

SOCAN partners with Core Rights, Re:Sound, to build new Canadian digital licensing marketplace/platform (SOCAN)
SOCAN has partnered with Core Rights and Re:Sound to build a Canadian, country-wide digital marketplace for licensing music rights.