Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters

(via The Huffington Post) Once a song is distributed to the public with the permission of the owner of the copyright in the song, the U.S. Copyright Act requires songwriters to license songs for reproduction and distribution under a “compulsory license.” This license is typically called a “mechanical license” because it only covers the “mechanical reproduction” of the song and does not, for example, include the right to use the song in a YouTube video or a motion picture, create a mashup or reprint the lyrics of the song. When the Congress first developed the compulsory mechanical license in 1909, the concern was that “the right to make mechanical reproductions […]

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Some Thoughts on Retitling from the Production Music Association

Last year, then-Chairman of the Production Music Association (PMA), Randy Thornton, was interviewed by sonic scoop about his role as the PMA Chair and his thoughts on retitling, an industry practice we’ve had a lot to say about. Today we wanted to share some of Randy’s comments from that article as we look ahead to the next PMA event our CEO and co-founder, Ron Mendelsohn, will be participating in– the upcoming encore of “Keys to Building a Successful Library” in New York City. Author David Weiss set the stage in the soundscoop article with this: “Put simply, the pressure has been turned up in production music, a sector which had […]

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Music Industry Plagued By Retitling Of Songs

Report reveals prolific problems with royalties in the music licensing landscape for artists and companies via mi2 An infographic report “State of the Music Licensing Industry: 2013″ published by The Music Licensing Directory provides alarming new data that shows an increasingly problematic music licensing landscape for recording artists, labels and publishers. The report provides analysis based upon detailed research into companies that license music from independent artists into film, television, games and advertising. “We have analyzed over 1500 music licensing companies globally, allowing for an accurate assessment of the market place and providing valued insight for artists and the industry.” said Winston Giles, CEO & Founder of The Music Licensing Directory. The […]

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From the vaults: Digital & Mobile Streaming of Live Broadcast Content- What Does it Mean to You?

This post originally appeared in the Megatrax Newsletter. Want to subscribe? Email info@megatrax.com today! You may have been following the issue in the news, or you may have been tackling it first-hand at work, but the era of live streaming of broadcast content online and via mobile devices is upon us, and the ripples of this change will touch every aspect of the broadcast world. As we’ve followed the Aereo lawsuit in particular, we’ve been thinking about how this transition will affect our clients and the world of music licensing. Megatrax’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Phil Macko, says: “No one can argue with the fact that this move is […]

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Megatrax’s Wendie Colter Goes to SXSW 2013

Austin in the Spring – toasty temperatures, friendly faces, and the annual madness known as South By Southwest! I attended the Music event again this year, to seek out new talent for our Marquee Music emerging artists catalog and to get a bead on upcoming music trends. Here are my highlights as well as some nifty video to give you that “you-are-there” feeling (apologies in advance for wobbly footage!). The music takes off on 6th Street in downtown Austin. 6th Street is lined with dozens of clubs, all of which feature bands from 10am to 2am daily. There are also special stages set up on side streets that showcase bands […]

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From Entrepreneur: What You Need to Know About Music Licensing for Your Business

Music licensing is a daily part of film and broadcast production, but have you thought about how it also affects small businesses? A lot of people don’t. Businesses playing music for their patrons may be responsible for paying for the right to use that music, and Entrepreneur published a great article about this the other day. Here’s an excerpt, and we hope you’ll click the link at the bottom of the post to read the full article. Music is protected by copyright law, which provides exclusive rights to copyright owners to perform or play their songs. If someone plays music without permission, they are infringing on the copyright, and copyright […]

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From CNET- How YouTube could ignite streaming music: Go mobile, go free

YouTube is moving into streaming music, and it’s news we should all be paying attention to. Here’s an excerpt from today’s article on the topic from CNET by Paul Sloan. Click the link below the excerpt for the full article. Google’s YouTube, the entertainment industry’s longtime “frenemy,” is emerging as an important component of record label plans to adapt to consumers who are taking their music mobile. A part of the streaming-music service that Google is aiming to launch this summer is a new YouTube product that would be designed for the desktop and mobile devices, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between Google and the major labels. Such a […]

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Congratulations to Guild of Music Supervisors Nominees!

Megatrax Production Music is a proud sponsor of the Guild of Music Supervisors, and we’re so excited about the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards coming up later this month! Congratulations to all the nominees, and for those who haven’t seen the list yet, here it is: BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – STUDIO FILMS OVER $25 MILLION The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Alexandra Patsavas Rock of Ages – Matt Sullivan Django Unchained – Mary Ramos This is 40 – Jonathan Karp 21 Jump Street – Karen Glauber Hope Springs – Julia Michels Step Up: Revolution – Buck Damon Argo – Linda Cohen American Reunion – Jojo Villanueva   BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – STUDIO FILMS UNDER $25 MILLION […]

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From the New York Times: As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle

The effects of new media on working composers and musicians is something we’ve addressed from a variety of perspectives on this blog, and we aren’t the only ones thinking about it. Monday, the New York Times featured a compelling article featuring some revealing data that illustrates just how little many artists are making through the new streaming channels. Here’s an excerpt we found particularly interesting, and we hope you’ll click the link below to read the whole article. Late last year, Zoe Keating, an independent musician from Northern California, provided an unusually detailed case in point. In voluminous spreadsheets posted to her Tumblr blog, she revealed the royalties she gets […]

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50 Years of ‘Monster Mash’: The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

It’s Halloween, and we’re enjoying all the great fun & spooky music that goes with the holiday– and so are the folks at Billboard! We loved this story behind the hit song “Monster Mash,” and we wanted to share part of Billboard’s article here. Enjoy this excerpt, and click the link at the bottom of this post to read the full story! Fifty years since its initial release, Bobby “Boris” Pickett‘s “Monster Mash” has long since entered the pantheon of holiday evergreens, the Halloween equivalent of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” or “Frosty The Snowman.” This is in itself an impressive feat. The song’s chart history is equally notable: After spending […]

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