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BMI Settles Their Rate Dispute With Major Radio Broadcasters — Irving Azoff’s War Continues

BMI and the RMLC have finally settled their pricing dispute; new deal covers 2017-2021. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), one of the leading US-based performing rights organizations, has settled a long-running pricing disagreement with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which represents roughly 10,000 commercial radio stations in America. The multi-year deal will be in place […]

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Discovery Networks Backtracks On Its Controversial Plan to Ditch Performance Royalties

After howls of protest, Discovery has backed away from its plan to eliminate U.S. performance royalties for composers. Having faced considerable backlash from composers’ rights groups, Discovery, parent company of several prominent television channels, has abandoned its plan to cease paying U.S. performance royalties to composers. Discovery revealed a new royalty-distribution system—or lack thereof—in December. […]

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Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays

Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — for years — Spotify is apparently now sending payments to artists.  Just try not to laugh out […]

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Major Radio Broadcasters Lambaste the DOJ for Siding with Irving Azoff’s GMR

Photo of Irving Azoff In response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing an amicus brief in support of Irving Azoff and his long-standing legal battle with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed a motion to issue their own amicus brief, which criticizes the DOJ’s brief. The […]